A huge collection of antique musical equipment worth $25 million is just sitting in a storage room belonging to the University of Michigan. The Stearns collection, which includes the famous Moog synthesizer and a rare harp piano, was donated to the school about 100 years ago with the understanding that the pieces would be exhibited. Unfortunately the Stearns collection is just sitting in a storage area with “water-stained ceilings”.
Apart from a very small number of the instruments, which used to be displayed throughout Hill Auditorium but taken down an put into storage with the rest of the pieces to protect them from sunlight damage, the collection has spent the last 112 years in storage and just left forgotten.
The director of the Stearns Collection of Musical Instruments, Steven Ball said; “The only way I can characterize it is Tut’s Tomb, because it’s been so forgotten about for so many years. The collection has been in a holding pattern for 112 years. This is a national treasure – it deserves the dignity of either being properly housed … or to be dispersed in such a way that it could be.”
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