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The Future of Mechanical Music - Player Pianos
By John A. Tuttle

Hi All,  Just wanted to add a couple more facts to this thread.

The sale of player piano music rolls at went from
$4562.00 in 1999 to $91,770.00 in 2003.

I had QRS send out 160 roll catalogs in 1999.  In 2003, I had them
send out 680 roll catalogs.

In 1999, I bought $2,245 worth of supplies and technical materials
from APSCO, Schaff and PPCo which I sold via the Internet.  In 2003,
I spent $9,649.  In the first two months of 2004, I spent $3003.

I can also add that the number of player technicians who are listed
at Player-Care continues to increase.  There are now over 160 listed
technicians.  I can also add that the Player Piano Ring is still
growing as technicians open web sites about their business.

My point is simple. From where I sit, the popularity of the roll
playing piano has done nothing but increase since the advent of the
Internet.  I also heard from a reliable source that Story & Clark will
start making roll-playing pianos again as soon as they can hammer out
an agreement with the Chinese.

"Keep the Music Rolling"


John A. Tuttle
Brick, NJ, USA

(Message sent Mon 8 Mar 2004, 23:03:47 GMT, from time zone GMT-0500.)

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