Listen to beautiful piano music anytime you want, produced live at your piano with real moving keys.
When you hear "player piano," what do you picture? Chances are, it's one of the old-fashioned models using a roll to have the piano play back music - either a pre-perforated song or music someone just played manually.
The Modern Player Piano
Modern player pianos use small computer-controlled solenoids and plungers to move the keys, causing the hammers to strike the strings the way a performer does. The system is independent of the piano and has no effect on the way the instrument feels or plays, which is why the systems fits on all makes and models of pianos.
Recent improvements in the technology behind player piano systems allow the piano to play at very low volumes, making them ideal for every situation. Earlier models would experience note drop out when turning the piano down to a level acceptable for home use. This is why many older systems are not always the best choice.
What's Unique About Player Pianos?
No longer dependent on paper rolls to play back music, modern-day player pianos:
- Use sensors to capture the notes and touch at which the player presses the keys to create a playback recording.
- Incorporate real-time technology to detect the speed at which the player completes these actions.
- Can record concerts and recitals for the purpose of listening to the player's performance.
- Now include options for sharing files and accessing them wirelessly with smartphones and tablets.
- Include a headphone jack for listening to yourself play and then studying the recording.
Invisible, wireless, no disks!
All new player piano installations are invisible, with no large control boxes or disk drives visible to the outside world. No disruption of the clean lines of your piano's cabinet. They can be controlled wirelessly using devices you already use - your iPad, smartphone, or laptop is the remote control!
Music On Demand - Digital music storage means no need to buy CDs or disks for your player piano. A potentially unlimited music library is right there at your fingertips, ready to play when you want it.
How can I get it?
Already own a great piano? Let us transform it into a remarkable player piano with our player piano conversion service. Modern player piano installations fully preserve the musical and visual integrity of your instrument. There's no effect on the way the piano feels whatsoever. No clunky control boxes, so you won't even realize its capabilities until it begins to play itself!
Models of Player Pianos
At Alamo Music Center, you'll encounter the following types of player pianos, including used and for sale:
Yamaha Disklavier Player Pianos
In the 1980s, Yamaha introduced an acoustic piano with recording and playback features. Now a favorite among amateurs, students and professionals, the Disklavier line stands apart with its electronic sensors and solenoids to record the movement of keys, hammers and pedals and save the performance as a Standard MIDI file for playback. Not just for entertainment, this aspect lets players take note of their performances to refine their skills and compositions. Find used Disklavier player pianos now, including grand and upright instruments.
Baldwin and Ritmuller Player Pianos
You don't need a separate instrument or device to get player piano capabilities. Instead, Alamo Music Center presents a selection of acoustic instruments outfitted with QRS player piano components.
QRS Player Pianos
QRS has pioneered player piano technology into the 21st century with its PNOmation3 technology. Designed to be installed into your existing acoustic piano, it plays back music from your library, working with virtual assistants and other smart devices to do so. PNOmation3 further presents recording capabilities, sensing the movement of the keys to create a digital file you can listen to.
Find Player Pianos at Alamo Music Center
Whether you're a student looking to improve your craft or a songwriter wanting to hear your composition, Alamo Music Center offers a selection of player pianos for sale and pairs these unique instruments with installation services. Browse digital and acoustic models by Yamaha, Ritmuller and more well-known brands. We offer multiple financing and layaway options, including 12- to 48-month, no-interest options at times, plus trial lessons and an extended warranty.