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The Monster Piano

When they say it's a "monster piano," they're not kidding. That's the official brand name, and it accurately describes the newest feature at the Family Museum in Bettendorf that'll be unveiled this weekend..

Spokeswoman, Elly Gerdts, says the monster piano is 22 feet long and includes 8 full octaves. And it's similar to the one made famous by Tom Hanks in the movie "Big."
She says music plays an important role in their exhibits.
Funding for the monster piano comes from the Scott County Regional Authority and the Riverboat Development Authority. She says it retails for 15,000 dollars, but the Family Museum got a discount.

Employees are preparing to hear "Chopsticks" and "Heart and Soul" a lot in the coming weeks. 
Members and donors will get to try the piano tonight, and it opens to the public tomorrow. 

A native of Detroit, Herb Trix began his radio career as a country-western disc jockey in Roswell, New Mexico (“KRSY, your superkicker in the Pecos Valley”), in 1978. After a stint at an oldies station in Topeka, Kansas (imagine getting paid to play “Louie Louie” and “Great Balls of Fire”), he wormed his way into news, first in Topeka, and then in Freeport Illinois.