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Any info on SHUTES spinet piano? #2792044 12/16/18 03:13 PM
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How good brand is Shutes?

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Re: Any info on SHUTES spinet piano? [Re: Mystery] #2792146 12/16/18 07:05 PM
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Never heard of it— probably a “stencil piano”.
Regardless, the spinet was always the lowest quality, cheapest piano with the most compromised design the maker produced.


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Re: Any info on SHUTES spinet piano? [Re: Mystery] #2792189 12/16/18 09:24 PM
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From the Texas State historical Society:

Among the known stencil instruments sold in Texas were "El Paso Piano Company," and "Shutes" piano (both in reality manufactured by Haddorff Piano Company, Rockford, Illinois, for the Shutes company of El Paso);

From the ElPaso Times:

12/22/1937

Music emanating from the “roots” of the Christmas tree situated in San Jacinto Plaza is puzzling many Yule shoppers, who cannot figure out where the organ is hidden.

The secret was disclosed Tuesday by Will R. Shutes, proprietor of the El Paso Piano Company, who provided use of a Hammond Electric Organ sound chamber for the tree.

“When Tiny Snyder plays the Hammond organ at Hotel Hilton,” Shutes said, “the music is carried by wire to the recruiting station in the Plaza. The wire connects up with the sound chamber at the station. In front of this chamber is a microphone, which in turn is connected to public address system speakers hidden at the base of the tree.”

The Park Department installed the tree, electricity for which is being provided by the city.

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Re: Any info on SHUTES spinet piano? [Re: Mystery] #2792387 12/17/18 01:23 PM
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Pierce confirms that Shutes was an El Paso TX retailer of stencils made by Haddorff. There are serial numbers from 1901 to 1960, which should cover the pictured piano. It being an old spinet, the cash value is zero.


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Re: Any info on SHUTES spinet piano? [Re: Mystery] #2792399 12/17/18 01:52 PM
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