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Player Pianos in Western Movies
By John A. Tuttle

Hi All,

I'm not an historian by any stretch so please keep that in
mind as you read this mildly sarcastic letter.

I really do get a kick out of seeing player pianos in western
movies, considering they weren't even invented yet.

I'd also go as far as to say the Dangerous Dan and his friends
were listening to an old out-of-tune upright. And I think they
were called spinets at the time. Let's be real here, in the
'old west' they had trouble keeping wheels on wagons. I can't
begin to imagine how an instrument as sophisticated as a
player piano could have ever survived bouncing along the open

Nothing tickles my funny bone more than the customer who calls
and says, "I have a player piano that was made in 1879."

John A. Tuttle

P. S. And perhaps Robbie or John Roache could shed some light concerning
      the entrance of 'RagTime' music into the music world.

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John A. Tuttle "Self-Playing Pianos"
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From: "John A. Tuttle" <>
Date: Sat, 7 Jun 1997 08:39:52 -0400 (EDT)

Subject: Cancel my ravings

Hi Jody/Robbie

Feel free to nix my previous letters. I may have gotten a little
to 'wound-up'.


 [ Editor's Note:
 [ I took the liberty to combine the 3 letters.  I think the "problem"
 [ presented here is a scream.  Frankly, I'd never considered the
 [ anachronism.  There's lots of "goofs" like this in Hollywood and I
 [ can't help but think that there's food for a new Mel Brooks movie here...
 [ Jody

(Message sent Sat 7 Jun 1997, 12:34:39 GMT, from time zone GMT-0400.)

Key Words in Subject:  Movies, Pianos, Player, Western

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