Said one woman firmly: "I want a Steinway or a mahogany."
When WPB slammed the lid on new piano production last July, the gloom-wrapped industry changed over quickly to making plywood plane parts, deicers. But it kept one eye on the piano market.
That market is now hotter than a jump session with Duke Ellington. The new piano supply is close to exhaustion; prices of used instruments have soared like an upward series of arpeggios.
> In New York, dealers are buying every piano they can get their fingers on. They are paying 50 to...