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Peerless Style 44

The music rolls for a Peerless 44 are hard to come by, but a roll recutting project was recently started. The rolls are an endless loop that is collected into a hopper below the roll mechanism. Route operators would easily switch out the hoppers with ones containing a new music roll, rather than to take time to reroll the endless loop of paper. The old music roll was then often discarded, resulting in the few extant rolls, despite the fact that music rolls for the Peerless 44 was produced into the 1930’s. Many models were later converted to play other types of music rolls for this reason. Hopefully, with the current cutting project, music rolls will be abundant again.

This model is waiting for someone to bring it back to its full glory. Everything is here but the coin mechanism. One original and six recut music rolls and a test roll are included.

The Peerless Style 44 coin piano was one of the first paper roll playing automatic pianos made for the American commercial market. Introduced in about 1902, shortly after the Peerless D coin piano, the keyboardless cabinet piano took up a smaller amount of space and quickly became a public favorite. The Model 44 featured a 44 note piano with hammer rail control (no automatic mandolin) operating from an endless roll, similar to the Encore Automatic Banjo. The cabinet also resembled the Encore Banjo, housed in a solid quarter-sawn oak cabinet with similar design details.

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