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Rye, East Sussex, England. Tel: 01797 280 284. Mob: 07720 858 482.
Player Piano
Looking to buy a player piano? See our instrument listing in the For Sale section. Our stock includes various instruments, restored and unrestored.
Piano Roll
Visit the Player Piano Group's website.

About Us


Established in 1984, we are situated on the outskirts of the historic town of Rye in East Sussex. Our workshop facilities and considerable experience  means that we can offer a comprehensive service to the pianola owner or prospective purchaser. The Proprietor, Michael Boyd, has been restoring pianolas and related instruments as his full-time occupation for over thirty years – it is not a hobby or a part-time job!

If you would like us to visit you, either to service your pianola or give advice, we are very happy to do so. We have Customers in all parts of the UK, as well as France, Spain, Italy, The Netherlands, Morocco, Sweden, Singapore, Australia and the USA. Distance is no object.

We are equipped to deal with any instrument ranging from a standard  player piano to the sophisticated reproducing systems including Duo-Art, Ampico and Welte-Mignon.

Our opening hours are Monday to Friday 8:30am to 5:00pm and Saturday 8:45am to 1:00pm. Please contact us either by telephone or e-mail  prior to visiting, particularly if a special journey is intended.

Customers in Continental Europe.

We are pleased to offer our services to customers in Continental Europe (particularly in France where we have a workshop near Carcassonne).


As the majority of player pianos are now at least eighty years old, those that have not yet been restored are invariably in need of attention. We offer a complete refurbishment service, to include both the pneumatic player system and the normal piano components. Refinishing of casework, using new and traditional methods, can also be undertaken.  See our Restoration page for further information.


We are fortunate to be located next to an established and experienced piano moving company, who have been moving player pianos for our customers and ourselves for nearly twenty years.  We can arrange careful transport of your instrument at a very favourable price.

Maintenance and Repairs

To keep your restored player piano in fine playing condition, regular maintenance is essential. The same is true of tuning, which should be carried out at least every six months, as with any ordinary piano. In the case of unrestored instruments, basic repairs are frequently required to keep things playing. We can visit and carry out certain work in your home – however, it is usually necessary for the instrument to come to our workshop if extensive work is needed.    Please Note: As previously mentioned, all parts of the UK and Europe (and further afield) are covered – distance is no object.

Music Rolls

We always have a good selection of secondhand and new rolls for sale. See our Music Rolls page, where a small selection of our stock is shown.

Instruments Bought and Sold

If you are interested in buying a player piano of any description, please contact us and we will be happy to discuss your requirements. We can sell your player piano on commission if you wish. See our For Sale page.