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Player piano made by Aeolian

The Mastertouch Piano Roll Company was established in 1919 in Sydney and manufactured and sold piano rolls until its closure on 1 July 2005. It is highly significant both to the state of New South Wales and Australia as a whole as the longest running and only piano roll manufacturer to be operating in the country. It was also only one of two remaining large scale piano roll manufacturers in the world, the other being QRS in the USA and the only one to maintain a traditional method of …


Object No.


Object Statement

Piano player, flat topped model, wood / metal, made by Aeolian, United States of America, c. 1903

Physical Description

Piano player, flat topped model, wood / metal, made by Aeolian, United States of America, c. 1903

'Push-up' piano player for 65 notes in polished timber case. Flat topped model. Front has two pedals at bottom. Central wooden flap at top and side of case open to reveal music roll spools and tempo control and gauge. Rear side has series of wooden "fingers" for playing piano keys in upper section. Rear lower section is stepped.


Serial number on reverse above 'fingers', '44385'



930 mm


1135 mm


365 mm



Part of the Mastertouch Piano Roll Company's collection of keyboard instruments.


Credit Line

Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program by Mr Barclay Wright, 2006
Acquired with the assistance of the NSW Heritage Office

Acquisition Date

20 November 2006

Cite this Object


Player piano made by Aeolian 2021, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 25 September 2022, <>


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