The minipiano is a type of piano patented by the Brasted brothers in 1934 under the name of their company Eavestaff Ltd. The first minipiano brought onto the market was known as the ‘Pianette’ model and was enormously popular due to its sleek and fashionable Art Deco appearance which was at the time popular in many different fields of art and design. In the fifties another type of minipiano was brought onto the market and was known as the ‘Royal’ model. The primary factor that sets both models apart from types of piano still manufactured today is the fact that the sound producing mechanism is positioned below the keyboard which results in an economical use of space.The minipiano, when it was initially brought onto the market in 1934 was enormously popular, but like many products which are attached to fashions, its popularity ended as abruptly as it began. There is no doubt, however, that the ‘Pianette’ did have a significant influence during a period in which the gramophone was growing in popularity. Its unpopularity today is related to the fact that without regular upkeep many models appear to become unusable and because they are so different from upright pianos both piano tuners and piano sellers are quick to write them off as bad instruments.The name minipiano may well sound strange today, but it must not be confused with either a toy piano or an instrument that is in some way ‘smaller’ than an upright piano; in fact it is almost equally as heavy despite its compact size. It is neither a collector’s item nor an aberration on the historical timeline of keyboard instruments. Like many creations from the past whose function today seems inexplicable or anomalous, this can lead to its being sidelined or entirely ignored, as is the case of the minipiano, particularly the ‘Pianette’ model which was the original minipiano and the most popular of all minipianos brought onto the market by the Brasted brothers.