While on the subject of the William Tell Overture on YouTube, I found this Players Piano playing it.
My Grandma used to have one of these, and I spent many hours playing her songs. I think part of my love for classical music stems from playing all her rolls.
My sister bought that players piano at her estate auction for only $200 and took it from humid Kansas to the dry desert in southern California. She was told at one time in order to fix all the bellows it would cost $1000. Which was expensive, but cheap if you were to go out and purchase a piano of that caliber these days. It is sitting in some friend's house there still, since they moved out of state, still drying out. I am afraid how ruined that piano is becoming. I wish I could store it here. There are humidity things you can install in your piano to keep it at the right humidity. I would do that if I owned it.
It makes me sad that it has been silenced for so long. She is giving it to her most accomplished pianist child, I think that was the agreement, but if you already play the piano, why have a players piano, is my thinking?
Anyway, if I had mega money, I think I would purchase a player's piano, and turn it on to play for me all day. There are some you don't have to pump to listen to. But pumping is half of the fun. I know, you are saying, "buy a CD for heaven's sake, and save your money" I guess, it is just not the same as coming from a beautiful, well-tuned grand upright piano.