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Re: Dating Aeolian Players
By Dan Wilson

Don Teach said:

> The Atlas gives 1930 as a date for Stroud piano 96152 for
> Aeolian built-in-USA piano. For the ones made in England
> it would have been past 1960

Er, Strouds weren't ever made in England, Don. The bottom-of-range after 1927 was a very good value 80-note quasi-Steck upright called "Aeolian" of which hundreds survive.

Then there were Steck (between 1906 and 1914, English and "Gotha" were sold as one range, the second being the higher-quality) and Weber and the Steinways (usually New York ones, though I've seen a few Hamburgs) fitted by Steinway in London with Aeolian actions.

(In defiance of the agreement with Aeolian, you also get German-built Steinway-Weltes playing red or green Welte rolls up to c1929, presumably imported by individuals.)

A great number of British Aeolian instruments have stack date labels under or near the motor. The only pushups we know were made in UK were the Model U which appeared after 1920 and had small upright-size pneumatics. Not a single one has come to light !

Dan Wilson

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