Exceedingly rare Aeolian “Grand” model player reed organ in elaborate mahogany cabinet
The Aeolian Grand Player Reed Organ was the first keyboard-type player reed organ to be sold in quantity. The firm that produced this organ was originally known as the Mechanical Orguinette Company, and then later changed to the Aeolian Organ & Music Company, then ultimately Aeolian. This organ was the first instrument in the Aeolian line to play their expanded 58 note perforated music roll.
This would have been one of the earliest types of pneumatically operated automatic musical instruments ever produced, and was the forerunner of the 20th Century player piano as we know it. These instruments were most popular in the 1890s era, and were all but extinct by the first decade of the 20th Century due to the popularity of the player piano.
This organ has been very well preserved, and is in very good original condition. Note the beautifully carved cabinet and elaborate fretwork. It will be a true showpiece after total restoration. These organs are of museum caliber, and deserve the finest restoration and preservation possible. A matching stool is included.