Automatic Musical Instruments

Hy Babit can be viewed on the 1966 TV tour of the NAMM Show in Chicago, which highlighted several key exhibitors to the show that year.  Hy provided a review of the art of piano roll arranging.  At the time of the filming Hy was working for QRS.  Fast forward to 2014, Hy was once again in front of...
Bob Berkman has a passion about the player piano and the player piano rolls.  Bob's grandparents had a player piano when he was a child and he grew up fascinated by the instrument.  Once while in dental school, on a long weekend, Bob traveled to the QRS factory to make his own roll, having no idea...
Q David Bowers contributed greatly to the archiving of the music products industry. As an author, he researched and published several books on the early era of mechanical instruments. His 1972 publication, The Encyclopedia of Automatic Musical Instruments, has become the definitive reference...
Dick Dolan is the president of QRS, the historic makers of player piano rolls. He purchased the company in the mid 1980s and ensured that QRS continue to innovative products in the electronic age. His passion for the player piano resulted in a line of creative products including video linked player...
Edward Marsh, like many jazz pianists, was greatly influenced by the raw power and brilliant ideas of Art Tatum and other musical innovators. Ed took hold of jazz and blended it with his classical training to create his own unique style. After school he began working in piano sales with music...
David Saul is a leading expert on player piano rolls and the AMPICO Company. David was interviewed in his El Cajon, CA home in June 2011 and spoke of his career as an engineer. He worked in Texas for the space program in the late 1960s and early 70s before gaining his master’s degree and moving to...