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Hotel Pianos
By George Bogatko

At 06:33 AM 11/8/97 -0800, you wrote:

>>   I'm still trying to figure out George Bogatko's
>> note. I've read it about four times. Is it a
>> criticism of the Disklavier?

Heavens no!   I've heard one at Macys and was very impressed with the
technology.   I must admit that the music that was being demonstrated was
mushy claptrap, but that's beside the point.

>>Is it a snide comment
>> that the Disklavier is only meant for elitists?

No, it is not *only* meant for elitists.   However I've been in a lot of
homes where there is a bang-up dynamite stereo system, costing at least
$2-3000, and the proud owner has a fabulous collection of -- all the known
music from soft-rock to country ballads.

I'm afraid I've become complete jaded about the musical taste of just about
90% of the population.   I know only *one* person, other than myself,
capable of listening to a 20 minute piece, such as the Sibelius 7th without
either bursting into idiotic babble or hives.

The article Larry K. refers to was a satiric description of the kind of
people who, like the stereo owners who play sounds of railroads and aircraft
carriers, would buy a Disklavier, play only Liberace and Yanni, and satisfy
themselves that they had achieved "ewige kunst" (eternal art).   And *then*
start crowing about the superior technology, along with ignorant remarks
about noisy and unmusical pedal pumpers.

>> I know solenoid pianos have a lot of detractors
>> on this list. I can accept that.

Not me, I can assure you!

George Bogatko -

(Message sent Sun 9 Nov 1997, 03:52:05 GMT, from time zone GMT-0500.)

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