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Total Production of Player Pianos
By John A. Tuttle

Hi All -- "How many pneumatic player pianos are there?"
Seems like a simple enough question ... Wrong!

I've checked around -- no one knows!  Estimates range from 450,000 to
3 million.  How can we find out?  Any ideas?

(I heard from one moving company that the ratio of regular pianos to
player pianos is 2000:1.  They claim to have moved over 7,000 pianos
in the Columbus, Ohio area in the past ten years or so.)

(And here's a funny: When I went to "Ask Jeeves" search engine,
guess which web site kept coming up as a place where the answer could
be found?  You guessed it: Player-Care!  You'd think I would know --
I don't!)


John A. Tuttle

 [ See "Player Piano Treasury", by Harvey Roehl, page 43: The
 [ U.S. Department of Commerce estimated that total production
 [ of player pianos through 1935 was about 2,500,000 units.  But
 [ what of the post-war revival?  ;-)  -- Robbie

(Message sent Fri 6 Jul 2001, 17:23:44 GMT, from time zone GMT-0400.)

Key Words in Subject:  Pianos, Player, Production, Total

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