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Other Uses for Player Pianos
By Bob Baker

In the recent discussion concerning impediments to selling a
player piano, I forgot to mention the poorly-documented aspect of
cardiovascular exercise which a foot-pumped player piano affords,
especially one which has been poorly-restored and has leaky primary
valves or slightly porous reservoir leather.  I can personally attest
to the vigorous workout one experiences by pumping out "(By the Light
of) The Silv'ry Moon" and even "Der Fuehrer's Face".

Since more than 50% of adults in this country are now officially
overweight (defined as one's being more than 20% above one's ideal
weight), pumping a poorly-rebuilt player piano will probably add years
to one's life by providing much-needed aerobic exercise.  Using the
player piano I find is far more enjoyable than spending an equivalent
amount of time on a treadmill or on a Health Rider, both of which are
silent and provide no musical accompaniment at all.

Someday I hope to find in the "New England Journal of Medicine" a
double-blind study comparing longevity of nursing-home residents with
access to a player piano to those of age-matched inhabitants without
access to a foot-pumped player.  Even if the player affords no greater
longevity, I'd suspect that inhabitants with access to a functioning
foot-pumped player piano had far more enjoyable retirement years.

Bob Baker

(Message sent Mon 4 Feb 2002, 02:20:47 GMT, from time zone GMT-0500.)

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