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No, it s not you: those 99 bottles of beer on the wall really are singing. The idea of a beer bottle organ was born some time in the 1800s; I m guessing those who were there didn t recall the details too clearly, because you naturally have to drink the beer before the bottles are ready for use. Modern models are made by Chicago organ tuned Peterson under their own name and for player piano company Gulbransen. They're fully, permanently tuned (in contrast to your buddies blowing into their bottles at the bar), and fully-MIDI capable for connection to a keyboard, digital player, or computer. And they only run in five-digit prices. Just invite me over to help empty those bottles, okay? —PK

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