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Piano-Lodeons
By Greg Filardo

We had just purchased a rebuilt player piano for me to take piano
lessons on in 1957.  I remember going to the F. W. Woolworth dime store
and seeing the ultimate kid's toy, the Piano-Lodeon, priced at $29.95,
complete with a boxed 6-pack of rolls.  They were available in maroon
or beige plastic.

The year was 1959.  At that young age of ten, I wondered why anyone
would spend so much for something that did not sound very good, when we
bought a wonderful old rebuilt (in 1945) player piano, that sounded so
much better, and it was only $250!

I eventually found and bought several of these Piano-Lodeons, including
some that were still in their original box.  I am a music instructor
and remember my students' amazement when I said I brought a piano with
me, pulled it out of the box, plugged it in, and it played by itself.

Greg Filardo


(Message sent Fri 11 Feb 2011, 15:32:17 GMT, from time zone GMT-0800.)

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