Bob Auletta

Rhapsody On Sunset

“I have this disease,” confesses Bob Auletta, hemmed in by an array of majestic Steinway, Mason & Hamlin and Seiler grand pianos. “It’s called, ‘Buy a piano even if you don’t need it.’” At one point, Auletta had seven grands in his living room and three more in his garage. Instead of starting a self-help group, he opened Strings, Etc., a piano shop specializing in the restoration of American grands from the teens and ‘20’s. Auletta was operating out of a location at Sunset Boulevard and Gardner Street when, in 1994, he noticed a magnificent, ivy-covered two-story brick building a few blocks west at Stanley Street that seemed teleported from...

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