Mechanical Music Digest  Archives
You Are Not Logged In Login/Get New Account
Please Log In. Accounts are free!
Logged In users are granted additional features including a more current version of the Archives and a simplified process for submitting articles.
Home Archives Calendar Gallery Store Links Info

Spring Fundraising Drive In Progress. Please visit our home page to see this and other announcements:     Thank you. --Jody

MMD > Archives > February 2002 > 2002.02.05 > 04Prev  Next

Other Uses for Player Pianos
By John A. Tuttle

Hi All,  Echoing Bob Bakers comments in yesterdays MMD, I know from
first hand evidence and experience that cardiovascular surgeons highly
recommend pumping a player piano as a means of exercise.  In one
instance I was asked _not_ to improve the air-tightness of a unit
because it would be too easy to pump.  The owner weighed over 300
pounds and she could not ride a bicycle, which at that time was
the preferred method of exercise.

When she explained to the doctor about her player piano, he recommended
that she "pump off" at least five rolls a day.  She lost over 70 pounds
in one year!  (The unit was quite 'leaky'. :-)  Also, this was one
instance where I showed the customer "how not to pump a player piano."

As many owners know, the correct way to pump a player piano is with
your ankles, not your legs.  By moving closer to the piano, one is
forced to pump with their legs because of the angle of attack.  This
exercises both legs and the buttocks.

I too hope that the medical community will someday recognize the value
of a foot pumped player piano as an exercise machine.  For sure, the
all-time favorite player would be the modern Aeolian line of player
pianos.  Even in excellent condition, they are without a doubt the
hardest players to pump because of the valve blocks that Aeolian
produced.  (More about Aeolian block valves later...)


John A. Tuttle

(Message sent Tue 5 Feb 2002, 17:51:08 GMT, from time zone GMT-0500.)

Key Words in Subject:  Other, Pianos, Player, Uses

Home    Archives    Calendar    Gallery    Store    Links    Info   

Enter text below to search the MMD Website with Google

CONTACT FORM: Click HERE to write to the editor, or to post a message about Mechanical Musical Instruments to the MMD

Unless otherwise noted, all opinions are those of the individual authors and may not represent those of the editors. Compilation copyright 1995-2024 by Jody Kravitz.

Please read our Republication Policy before copying information from or creating links to this web site.

Click HERE to contact the webmaster regarding problems with the website.

Please support publication of the MMD by donating online

Please Support Publication of the MMD with your Generous Donation

Pay via PayPal

No PayPal account required

Translate This Page