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Where Have All The Piano Buyers Gone?
By David Dewey

Ref. 120411 MMDigest, "FS Free: 1930s Weber Duo-Art in New Jersey"
Where have all the piano buyers gone?  (Preface: This posting sub-title
should be sung to the tune of "Where Have all the Flowers Gone.")

Egads, gang, what kind of a world is this where a Weber Duo-Art,
basically untouched, might end up in a dumpster?  Have player pianos,
even grands, reached the point of electronic organs?  (Almost no
market for them; I recently found one dumped by the roadside, which
had a built-in Leslie unit.  I not only removed roadside blight, but
got some good stuff too!)

I hope Richard Dutton has put the word out in more places than our
group, and that we do find out what happens to the piano.  I'm on the
other side of the country or I'd be knocking on his door -- and I have
_no_ idea where I'd store it; I already have four pianos in storage!
(That's a long story, hope it gets shorter this summer!)

So, since a posting should have a directed question, is this present
non-market due to the economy, or does it reflect a basic change in
our society?  I leave it to you to reason out the cause of the change:
failure of the traditional family unit, lack of musical exposure to
young people (beyond whatever is being touted as the "latest sound"),
technological advances (keyboards, etc.), dumbing down of society,
etc.  And can we blame it all on Elvis and The Beatles?  (Okay, humor
there, folks... I think!)

David Dewey

(Message sent Thu 12 Apr 2012, 16:05:27 GMT, from time zone GMT-0700.)

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