Holy Pianola, Batman! Bruce Wayne Enterprises releases a £100,000 self-playing piano that could bring Batcave vibes to your bedroom

Bruce Wayne piano
(Image credit: Bruce Wayne Enterprises)

What Bruce Wayne gets up to in his spare time remains a closely guarded secret - a gagging clause in Alfred The Butler’s contract means he’s not permitted to tell anyone - but if Alpange is to be believed, his instrument of choice in the Batcave is a stunning, futuristic piano that he likes to tinkle on during those dark and lonely nights.

The piano is being unveiled as part of the Wayne Enterprises Experience, which takes place from 3 to 10 June. Hosted by - deep breath -

Warner Brothers Discovery Global Consumer Products and Relevance International, this is described as a “shoppable theater experience” that’s stuffed with luxury brand collaborations.

In case you were wondering: yes, that does mean that you can buy the limited-edition piano, but only if you’re willing to part with $100,000. You’re going to have to do a lot of crime-fighting (actually, does Batman even get paid for that?) to raise that kind of money.

For that, you get a French-made instrument that uses modelling technology to generate its piano tones every time you press a key, rather than relying on multisamples (that rules out any round-Robin jokes, unfortunately). The sound can be modified in real-time via a dedicated app.

A lot of attention has also been paid to the built-in 5.1 speaker system, which features 14 high-fidelity acoustic diffusers. 

Other features include self-play - because why should you bother doing it yourself if you’re the world’s most eligible bachelor billionaire? - and a wireless microphone so that you can record yourself singing. As you’d expect, the 88-note keyboard has a graded hammer-action.

While you might think that a ‘Bruce Wayne piano' is a pretty random piece of superhero merch, the instrument did actually play a role in the original Batman TV series. In an episode called The Devil’s Fingers from season 2, an evil piano player called Chandell - played by none other than Liberace - sets out to end Batman and Robin by feeding them through a machine that punches out pianola cards for self-playing pianos.

You can find out more about the new piano on the Wayne Enterprises website - assuming The Joker hasn’t taken it down with a cyber-attack, that is.

Ben Rogerson
Deputy Editor

I’m the Deputy Editor of MusicRadar, having worked on the site since its launch in 2007. I previously spent eight years working on our sister magazine, Computer Music. I’ve been playing the piano, gigging in bands and failing to finish tracks at home for more than 30 years, 24 of which I’ve also spent writing about music and the ever-changing technology used to make it. 

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