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Cable-Nelson "Lakeside" Piano
By Andy Taylor

In Digest 971114 Julee Knox wrote:

> ... I really don't know a thing about them except the names ...
>  Phillips & Crew company
>  Bell & Company
>  Playola junior
>  Lakeside

I can tell you about the Lakeside piano, Julee.  The "Lakeside" was
built by the Cable-Nelson company of South Haven, Michigan.  I used to
have one.  I bought the piano at an auction at Marion, Illinois.

It was a BIG player piano, in pretty bad shape.  I felt sorry for the
thing, sitting there all alone.  My wife played a few chords on it and
said, "You don't want that piano."  I said, "Yes, I do!"  I ended up in
trouble for a while 'cause I bought it anyway.  :-)

The Lakeside was a "commercial grade piano" but the piano was so tall
that it really had a powerful sound if in good shape.  Most had
Simplex player actions but a few had Standard.  Ours sounded awful so
we re-strung it and replaced the soundboard, and the piano came alive.
Bill Jelen now has the piano in Ohio.  He informed me yesterday that
it's still going strong .

Bill walked me through what I thought was a major computer failure.
It seems that my 5-year-old changed the screen settings on the
computer, and that made the view screen go black.  :-)

Andy Taylor
Tempola Music Rolls

(Message sent Sat 15 Nov 1997, 17:30:35 GMT, from time zone GMT-0500.)

Key Words in Subject:  Cable-Nelson, Lakeside, Piano

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