Joe Tushinsky, Pianocorder and Yamaha
By Don Teach
One correction to the comment that Yamaha bought Pianocorder to put them
out of business. This is not true. I worked for Pianocorder at one
time and have family that has been a Yamaha dealer since 1963. The
Pianocorder division of Superscope had been sold to someone else. It
was this someone else that Yamaha bought Pianocorder from.
Production of Pianocorder had already ceased when Yamaha purchased it.
They thought they were also buying the software but I don't think they
got it. They did get some Ampico rolls somewhere along the line that
they did not save and put in the dumpster.
I might also add that when Superscope was putting Pianocorder units into
pianos for demonstration purposes that a nice Ampico Mason and Hamlin was
gutted and the player parts put in the dumpster. I remember this well
because I wanted the Ampico parts and Joe got real mad at me because I
did not want a Pianocorder. I thought I was going to loose my job over
Don Teach, Shreveport Music Co
1610 E. Bert Kouns, Shreveport, LA 71105
[ This topic is a good reason to ascertain the history of Joe Tushinsky,
[ and the sale of Marantz and Pianocorder to Yamaha. My friend Jim
[ Turner was the Pianocorder music editor who was there through it all,
[ and I've arranged to interview him tomorrow. I hope to have a full
[ report for tomorrow's Digest. -- Robbie
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