In a discussion about the Boesendorfer SE electronic-acoustic
reproducing piano on Usenet/rec.music.makers.piano, the following
highly unlikely message has just appeared:
"I also heard a figure of about $250K for this piano. I also
believe that this sort of piano has been used in some high-profile
piano competitions, at least in the preliminary rounds, if I'm not
mistaken. The artist could enter the contest submitting his/her
performance via the proprietary data device the Boesendorfer SE
system uses (I don't know if it's a disc or just what). The judges
listen to the performance as played by the automatic player. If
anyone knows more about that I'd be interested to hear about it.
So would I, with knobs on !
Dan Wilson, London
[ Editor's note:
[ Fritz Lachnit, the SE expert at Boesendorfer, Vienna, says that he
[ also heard the story as a rumor. Wayne Stahnke recalls hearing the
[ story too, but he doesn't know from whom or where it arose. Here's
[ the version Wayne heard:
[ For the preliminary round of competition, the pianists all perform
[ (and record) at the same SE piano in the same recital hall, under the
[ supervision of the competition staff. Later, in privacy, the judges
[ sit in the recital hall and evaluate the performances reproduced by
[ the SE piano, without the distractions of an audience (nor the
[ pianist's gyrations).
[ Fritz says that when it was in production the Model 290 SE Imperial
[ Concert Grand Boesendorfer (290 cm = 9' 6", 97 keys) sold for about
[ $150,000. Jim Turner, the former SE product manager at Kimball, says
[ that today the smaller Model 225 SE pianos bring over $100K used.
[ Before production ended a total of 32 Boesendorfer pianos were fitted
[ with the SE computer-controlled recording and reproducing system.
[ (SE means "Stahnke Electronics" or "Stahnke Equipped".)
[ Visit the Boesendorfer SE web site: http://boesendorfer.com/se/
[ -- Robbie