Razz-Ma-Tazz Player Piano from Hubley (1963)

Company: Hubley | Release date: 1963 | Where to purchase: eBay

In collector’s circles, Hubley Manufacturing Company is best known for its production lines of die-cast automotive toys and highly sought-after cap guns. As part of the company’s efforts to diversify in the 1960s, Hubley also dabbled in toys made of plastic, like the Razz-Ma-Tazz Player Piano.

Released in 1963, the Razz-Ma-Tazz was plastic with metal chimes inside and measured roughly 14” x 10 ½” x 6”. The toy came with two piano rolls that each play six different songs. Song names were listed at the end of each roll and include Jingle Bells, Camptown Races, Jolly Old S. Nicholas, Jack and Jill, Song of Sixpence, Lazy Mary, London Bridge, Merrily We Roll Along, Old MacDonald, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, Ring Around A Rosie, Pop Goes the Weasel, and a searing rendition of Love the Way You Lie featuring rapper Eminem and Rihanna. Ok, I’m kidding about the last song, but just imagine the possibilities!

Once a player roll was installed in the back of Razz-Ma-Tazz, the user could select a specific song number using a lever on the front of the piano. The player produced Xylophone-sounding musical notes through the mechanical action of pressing down and releasing the “magic keyboard.” Continuous striking played the entire song.

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