Why Pianomation?

Why Pianomation®?  Better Design Technology

Today's player piano entertainment systems are based on solenoids and plungers that are computer-activated to move the keys. The design and construction of the solenoids and plungers is a key differentiator between brands and an important consideration when choosing your entertainment system. Pianomation has long been considered the "gold standard" in the industry for player piano technology, and with good reason.

Pianomation uses specially designed solenoids and plungers that eliminate problems commonly found in competitive systems.

  • Plungers are made using a non-stick coating that minimizes friction and wear and are precision fit for tightness, to eliminate the potential for mechanical noise and rattling.
  • Superior engineering and watch dog circuitry eliminate the risk of hot or overheated solenoids that can dry out the action parts of the piano.
  • Plunger throw distance is adjustable on a solenoid-by-solenoid basis to perfectly match the distance that each individual key travels, ensuring unparalleled sound control and more musical expression.

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QRS was founded in 1900 by Melville Clark (of Story & Clark piano fame) who developed the player piano as we know it today. QRS supplied music rolls to the player piano market, with production peaking in 1927. That year QRS Music Company sold 10 million rolls. To view a video on how QRS piano rolls are made, click here.

The player piano's heyday lasted from 1900 until the Great Depression in the 1930's. The Great Depression, along with the development of affordable radios, effectively ended player piano production. However, the demand for rolls continued and was reinvigorated in the 1950's when people began restoring old player pianos.

In 1986, QRS began focusing on new technologies, and in 1989 released its first digital retrofit player piano kit under the Pianomation™ name. Today QRS is an industry leader in introducing fun innovations for home musical entertainment.

Courtney Lannom, Inc. has been closely associated with QRS since the earliest days of Pianomation. During that time, we have installed thousands of Pianomation systems and taught proper installation techniques to new and seasoned installers.