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Group Looks to Restore Rare Piano in Davenport
DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) -- A rare double-grand piano built in Paris more than a century ago is awaiting repairs in Davenport.
A Bettendorf couple owned the Pleyel piano for many years. After they died, their estate donated it to the nonprofit Butterworth Center in Moline, Ill., which passed it on to the River Music Experience in Davenport in 2011.
The piano, which has keys on two ends of the instrument, was built in 1896 and may be among only six in the world.
It's displayed at River Music Experience, a nonprofit music venue, but can't be played until about $15,000 in repairs are made.
Members of the Federated Music Teachers Association hope to raise about $25,000, which also would pay for future maintenance and tuning.
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