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Tunes With Teeth: Edison Might Have Left His Mark On Piano
Michael Hill - staff, AP

Robert Friedman points out possible bite marks from Thomas Edison on a Steinway grand piano once owned by the inventor, on Sept. 28, 2022, in Woodstock, N.Y. Edison, who was hard of hearing, bit into phonographs and pianos to help him better experience music. Friedman purchased the piano last year and hopes to find a home for it where it can be seen by the public.

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Hard of hearing, Thomas Edison found a unique way to appreciate piano music. As someone played, the great inventor would lean in close to the instrument, right above the keys, and he’d bite the piano. Robert Friedman recently showed off marks on a Steinway grand piano once owned by Edison — a cluster of shallow indentations roughing up the black lacquer above the keyboard.

<p>Robert Friedman points out possible bite marks from Thomas Edison on a Steinway grand piano once owned by the inventor, on Sept. 28, 2022, in Woodstock, N.Y. Edison, who was hard of hearing, bit into phonographs and pianos to help him better experience music. Friedman purchased the piano last year and hopes to find a home for it where it can be seen by the public.</p>

Michael Hill – staff, AP

Robert Friedman points out possible bite marks from Thomas Edison on a Steinway grand piano once owned by the inventor, on Sept. 28, 2022, in Woodstock, N.Y. Edison, who was hard of hearing, bit into phonographs and pianos to help him better experience music. Friedman purchased the piano last year and hopes to find a home for it where it can be seen by the public.

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