One of the joys of writing this News Page is that, even after 30 years in the piano trade, I still come across inventions that I have not heard of before.

The Steinway Electrelle piano is just such an instrument. My research so far has turned up an intriguing account of a demonstration at the Athenaeum Hall in 1910.

Parts of the mechanism of this lot were still there although, sadly, the the 'tray' which would have housed the rolls had gone. But how wonderful to buy this Steinway with a story to rell!

Lot 104 Steinway Electrelle Upright Piano. Hammer Price £1,550

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