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Don't Destroy The Old Player
By Damon Atchison

I've heard so many stories about people chopping up player pianos with and ax, ripping out the guts to them, letting their kids smash them up in the barn 30 years ago, that it makes me sick! It's like taking a good '35 Ford Coupe with all the original parts and making it into a bad hot-rod, and throwing away the original engine!

Art Reblitz said, "Don't bother restoring a player piano if the piano is not good," but this is like saying, "Let that Model A Ford rust behind the barn -- it don't run!"

I think it's a miracle if you find anything over 75 years old that is still in good condition after years of abuse! Let's face it, pianos aren't going to stay in top condition forever, so why do we sometimes judge them on that?

We are just now getting wiser, somewhat, about how valuable these things are! Why would we _ever_ throw one away -- we can't get a new one! The Story and Clark players they make now are only 74-note players, and made of plastic!

Damon Atchison

(Message sent Sun 19 Jan 1997, 14:42:00 GMT, from time zone GMT-0500.)

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