Hi all, I completely agree with Andy Taylor on buying a Universal
player over the Aeolian spinet piano. I would not touch those 1960s
to 1970s Aeolian or other spinet player pianos. Another reason,
besides that they don't sound as great as an old upright, is the
fact that most of them will not play a long playing roll all the way
As Andy Taylor says, buy yourself a nice 1920's upright player piano
-- you won't regret it. Also remember it costs almost as much to
restore a cheap little spinet player as it does to restore a fine
art case grand player piano.
Too bad you did not live close to Virginia, I got a call a couple of
weeks ago from a lady in California whose mother, who lived in West
Virginia, had died and had paid about $10,000 for a restored upright
player piano and the family said they were putting in new carpet the
following week and the player piano and rolls had to go that week.
Come get it for free! It took me a lot of calls to finally find
someone who would take the player away to enjoy.
So, shop around a bit more. Today it is a buyers market and you want
a very nice player piano that sounds great and is very easy to pedal to
make music. There are plenty out there, some even for free that still
work just fine. Keep looking around. If you live close to Virginia,
let me know, I may be able to find you one.
By the way? Does anyone out there want any of those old pump reed
organs? I get calls all the time from people who want someone to take
Larry Norman - from the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains where it is cool
up there and still very nice.