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New QRS Player Piano on TV
By Karl Ellison

Sub-title: "Tell 'em What They've Won, Johnny !"

Being home from work Monday, I decided to tune into "The Price Is Right"
while I had lunch.  I was surprised to see Bob Barker getting on in
years before I realized that I hadn't seen him with any regularity
since 25 years ago when I used to watch him on "Truth Or Consequences".

Anyway, TPIR featured an upright QRS piano that a college student
won.  I though to myself when they showed it and the audience was still
Ooo-ing and moaning: "yeah - it's one of those digital jobs".  But then
one of  "Bob's beauties" opened the top and there was a new QRS paper
roll playing.  "Johnny" announced that "... hundreds of rolls are
available from the QRS music company, Buffalo New York!!!".

It was nice to see something like this put in front of the general
television public, even if only for 15 seconds.  I was also glad they
didn't try to cheese it up by playing rinky-tink music and gay-90's
garb.  The instrument was operating, but you couldn't hear anything.
By the way: The actual Retail Price was ... approx. $6500 !

I wonder how long QRS players are expected to last before requiring
a major rebuild?

Karl Ellison
Ashland, Massachusetts

(Message sent Tue 17 Feb 1998, 00:55:22 GMT, from time zone GMT-0500.)

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