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Market Value of Mechanical Music Instruments
By Bruce Grimes

The value to me is that it's my music -- it has been since I was
a kid.  I don't have a "collection" of rolls or a "collection" of
pianos, I am not running a private museum.  I have four pianos and
a couple thousand rolls that I love and play.

Sometimes I sit and watch the roll going by and I can see the next
measure of music my pianist is about to play, and, as my pianos are
Duo-Arts, it's easy to know how he/she is going to play the next
measure.  And of course there's the half measure of what's already
been played that I can also see.

My music has a future, present and past, right there in front of me.
It's like sitting next to my pianist and turning the sheet music.
I can see how the right and left hands are playing as they do it.

No other music medium has this.  The new electronic things sound
nice and you can get new music but to me they're boring.  A good
sound system is cheaper and plays other instruments too.

So what's the value of my instruments?  I love them intensely and they
aren't for sale.  Will they have an increased value in the future?
Maybe, if the oceans don't rise ... but I'm not counting on either

As spoke William Penn to his father in the 1660s: "Ye have no time
but this present... therefore prize your time, for your soul's sake".

Bruce Grimes

(Message sent Thu 23 Sep 2010, 14:53:59 GMT, from time zone GMT-0700.)

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