You can't tell your Phonolizst from your Violano Virtuoso

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or the second time, you have published a story about the Mills Violano Virtuoso with a glaring error. At the top of page 12 of the March 23 WEDNESDAY JOURNAL, you show a picture of the Mills Violano in the corner of a room at Pleasant Home. This picture is correct.

However, in the center of the same page you published a picture of a "Phonolizst" manufactured by the Hupfeld Company in Germany?#34;not by the Mills Novelty Company. You refer to it as a "triple violano."

True, it has three violins; however, the Phonolizst only plays one string on each violin, so the effect is that of one violin. The mechanism pushes the appropriate violin against the rotating horsehair bow when that particular string is required.

There is no connection between the Hupfeld Company and the Mills Novelty company, and the Phonoliszt which you picture is certainly not a violano.

Jim Bruce
Oak Park

Editor's note: And you're certainly correct. We regret the error.  One will be coming to Pleasant Home if the foundation can raise $15,000 for restoration. Call Laura Thompson, 383-2654, if you'd like to help.

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