Can you guess what this is?
I added a bit of extra cheer to the home today by playing some favourite rolls on the pianola. This is a close up of a paper roll as it passes over the drum.The holes in the roll have to be perfectly aligned with the holes in the drum in order to hear the roll properly.
Our pianola is a 1928 Laffargue upright built in New York. We bought it in 1992 in honour of our dear and close friend, Graham, who died of AIDS at the age of 40 in 1992. Graham, as well as being a very talented educator, used to rebuild old pianolas as a hobby and had an extensive collection of rolls. We had so many happy nights over many years playing rolls after dinner and lovely wine. Graham was a pianist but we are not. The pianola allows us to have live music in our home - and it's good exercise.