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#2010912 - 01/07/13 11:08 PM Double OT For Sure
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The Californians here are probably joining me in mourning the passing of Huell Howser. It's not easy trying to get something about Huell on topic in a PianoWorld forum, but this comes close.


Which begs the question, what the heck is that, and where can I get one?

And to think some neighbors complain about pianos making too much noise.
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#2010914 - 01/07/13 11:18 PM Re: Double OT For Sure [Re: Plowboy]
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thats intense!
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#2011073 - 01/08/13 08:49 AM Re: Double OT For Sure [Re: Plowboy]
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I love it, now that's a fun instrument!
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#2011077 - 01/08/13 08:58 AM Re: Double OT For Sure [Re: Plowboy]
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And I thought organists had it bad! laugh
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#2011084 - 01/08/13 09:21 AM Re: Double OT For Sure [Re: Plowboy]
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LMAO that's quite the piano player! He's got every imaginable instrument attached to that poor old piano! LOL
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#2011090 - 01/08/13 09:37 AM Re: Double OT For Sure [Re: Plowboy]
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I'm a collector of antique automated music machines, slot machines and jukeboxes and I gotta get me one of those!!!

Right now the prize of my collection is a 1913 Mills Violano-Virtuoso that plays piano/violin duets like this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O1whDlSUBUc
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#2011122 - 01/08/13 11:08 AM Re: Double OT For Sure [Re: Plowboy]
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That's a very cool machine! Steve, you must have a really crowded house.
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#2011137 - 01/08/13 11:33 AM Re: Double OT For Sure [Re: Plowboy]
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That is a photoplayer, or in its proper use, a nickelodeon player. It is a player piano made for accompanying silent movies. (A nickelodeon or nickel odeon was actually a theater where people paid a nickel to get in and watch a movie. The song Put Another Nickel In misuses the term, attributing it to a coin-operated player.)

They are rare because most of them wore out from use and were discarded at the end of the silent era.
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#2011151 - 01/08/13 11:59 AM Re: Double OT For Sure [Re: Steve Cohen]
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Originally Posted By: Steve Cohen
I'm a collector of antique automated music machines, slot machines and jukeboxes and I gotta get me one of those!!!



Steve,

Do you know about the Nethercutt Collection? It's a remarkable place in Saugus CA. It's better known for it's cars, all antique, all collectable and all fully functioning in showroom condition. On the 3rd floor is a collection of automated music making machines again all fully functioning and fully restored.

Gary,

California has a deep and fascinating history and Huell did a lot to teach us what was interesting about little places that you might never have known about otherwise. I think part of his appeal was that no matter how big a place or structure he was "visiting" he never moved far from the human scale. Instead of quoting numbers, he would want to know "what was it like to work in a tunnel that long?"
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#2011157 - 01/08/13 12:08 PM Re: Double OT For Sure [Re: Plowboy]
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Huell Howser is a great loss. He will be missed, and like Jack Horkheimer or Fred Rogers, nobody will be able to replace him.
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#2011167 - 01/08/13 12:31 PM Re: Double OT For Sure [Re: Plowboy]
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There is another great collection of mechanized instruments in the 'Streets of Yesteryear' museum at the House on the Rock attraction near Spring Green Wisconsin.
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#2011226 - 01/08/13 02:39 PM Re: Double OT For Sure [Re: Plowboy]
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KurtZ, the Nethercutt collection is in Sylmar, California.
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