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Annual Player Piano Production Overseas
By John A. Tuttle

Hi All,  I'm hoping some of the members who live overseas will respond
to this question:  Was player piano production, in your part of the
world, adversely effected by the crash of the US stock market in 1929?

thank you,

John A. Tuttle

 [ In Harvey Roehl's book "Player Piano Treasury" is given some data
 [ from the U.S. Department of Commerce.  Player piano production in
 [ the U.S. peaked in 1923 with 205,556 units produced.  In 1929
 [ it was 36,504 and in 1935 only 418 players were made.  The likely
 [ cause of the decline was the electric phonograph, introduced around
 [ 1926.  Until then, only the piano could provide sound loud enough
 [ for dancing at a rollicking party!  -- Robbie

(Message sent Sat 3 Mar 2001, 19:14:59 GMT, from time zone GMT-0500.)

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