Recent comments have arisen about the current 'fair sales' enjoyed by
solenoid pianos. I'm no fan of these, even though I own one, but it's
worth pointing out that Yamaha have already manufactured in excess of
150,000 Disklaviers. I recall being told that the total number of
reproducing pianos of all types never topped the 10,000 mark. No doubt
someone will put me right on that figure. I gather from people 'in the
know' that Yamaha's music division is actually being held afloat by
Disklavier sales. Real 'self playing' pianos are clearly not a thing
of the past.
It's interesting to compare relative prices. Over here in the UK, an
average reproducing piano bought in the 1920's would cost roughly the
equivalent of a good family home. Disklaviers, although costly, are
nowhere near that level in modern terms, a typical new grand costing
approximately the same as a luxury family car.
Having a foot in both camps, it amuses me to compare the owners. By
and large, player piano folk are an agreeable bunch and I enjoy their
company much more than that of Disklavier owners. Considering
reproducing pianos cost about ten times as much, I dread to think what
their original owners were like !