The auto-player piano features a vacuum system that pushes a rod up into a part of the piano action to send each hammer to the strings, plus more pneumatics to drive the motor, activate the sustain pedal, and in some cases control the dynamic level of the music.
Charles H. Templeton Sr. Music Museum
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Rastner & Co. London, "The Autopiano" (1911). Instrument Collection. 68.
instrument, player, phonograph
This player piano is on loan from Mrs. Mary Ann Templeton.; Circa 1911