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In this Dec. 3, 2014, photo, the Foster Family Music Center piano store sign alerts passing traffic of the store's closing, in Bettendorf, Iowa. The number of stores dedicated to selling pianos is dwindling across the country as fewer people take up the instrument and those who do opt for a used piano or a less expensive electronic keyboard. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

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Piano stores closing as fewer children taking up instrument

BETTENDORF, Iowa — When Jim Foster opened his piano store 30 years ago, he had 10 competitors selling just pianos.


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