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PianoLodeon Toy Player Piano
Also called 'Piano-Lodeon' or 'Piano Lodeon'


Photograph provided by Tom Sendall, who also had the Pianolodeon decal made for this unit.


Here are links to all the information I've collected
about the Piano-Lodeon Toy Player Piano:
Page 1 - Rebuilding Chein PianoLodeon By Mike Kitner
Page 2 - Piano-Lodeon Rollography Update By Jack M. Conway
Page 3 - Piano-Lodeon's Lost Potential By Mike Knudsen
Page 4 - Piano-Lodeon Rolls & Imperial Ind. Co. By Douglas Henderson
Page 5 - Extra information about the PianoLodeon
Page 6 - Piano-Lodeon: Repair Information by John A Tuttle
Page 7 - Piano-Lodeon: Colors and Years by Dale F Rowe
Page 8 - Repairing the Pianolodeon by Arnold Landvoigt

As of July 27, 2018, some accurate information has been received concerning the years that this toy was advertised:

A quick check of Newspapers.com archive show that the toy was first offered for the Christmas of 1962 (not 1959 as one of your correspondents claim) - it was introduced at the annual Toy Show in NYC earlier that year.

On Newspapers.com, a search for Piano Lodeon for 1962 brought up 182 ads from around the country - almost all for Christmas. 1963 search brought up 144, 1964 resulted in just 32. Note - Newspapers.com has just a percentage of US newspapers archived.

List price was $59.99, but most Xmas 1962 ads were for around $39.99, some a bit lower. By the Christmas of 1963, the price was down to an average of around $20, with one Woolworths advertising one (and only one) for $2.88! By 1964 & 1965, very few ads were run. It's retail life seems to have been over.

Many of the ads mention "As seen on TV". The 1962 listings sell the unit with 6 rolls, some with 3.

Also - the earliest mention in the US Press of the Piano Lodeon was Sept. 19/20, 1962 - when a UPI article appeared around the country with an article on the new toys for Xmas 1962.

EDITORS NOTE: The correct size tubing for the trackerbar is 1/4" ID (#8) player piano tubing -click here. You will need 20 feet of tubing.

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