Cyrus Kliewer, in 140810 MMDigest, makes some good points about
possible reasons for the declining interest in mechanical music.
Knowing what I know today (at age 56), I would not recommend owning
a player piano to anyone of a younger age, unless he or she enjoys
substantial earnings and remunerated relocation costs or, as Mr.
Kliewer points out, intends to remain in one place. Owning a player
piano substantially complicates relocation and housing considerations
(space requirements, etc.).
Finally, judging from what I read in the papers, young Americans
in the States who have attended college are generally burdened with
substantial debt, leaving little room for fanciful acquisitions such
as mechanical music instruments.
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