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The Corrupt MIDI Influence
By Craig Brougher

I for one hope that Robin Pratt has a change of heart after he downloads the archives of just the last three weeks alone and reads what he probably hasn't had an opportunity to see: All kinds of articles on hot hide glue, valve restoration, player rebuilding, and tons of stuff yet to come. We haven't even got started, yet! So come on, Robin-- as publisher of the Amica Bulletin, you might find some very worthwhile stuff to reprint from this page. More here than anywhere else. And I don't think that my goals are counter to AMICA's, Robin. I have been restoring Automatic Musical Instruments for 30 years. Is it a sin to say the "M" word? To consider MIDI an alternative music source for roll playing pianos?

What do you think is worse, Robin-- talking about original restoration techniques and MIDI, and having a back and forth discussion on all angles of it together, or printing technical articles from supposed experts who cannot then be questioned, challenged, proved wrong, and corrected, for the sake of having correct archives.

Don't you want to know what I think about Jeffery Morgan's article on the Ampico one of these days? I believe it is called, ahem, (James, my monocular, please) "Some Observations On Fundamental Differences Between Ampico Model B and Prior Reproducing Systems, " Vol 33, No 2. AMICA Bulletin Mar/ Apr '96.

Is it right? Or is it wrong? And how wrong is it? Boy, It's really bad! And you're going to miss all the fun, pal. So come on back. We're just getting started, here. You ain't heard nothin', yet!

What's wrong with Robbie Rhodes opinion of Welte? After all, you printed Jeffery Morgan's article of the great Welte Fraud in the AMICA Bulletin twice, I believe--as if once wasn't quite enough! Didn't Robbie say exactly the same thing in three sentences that required three pages when Morgan "exposed those con artists for all to see?" Where do you think the subject came from, Robin?

You are the best publisher I have ever known, frankly. I think you are just great. You have done things for AMICA that nobody else has ever been able to touch. Please don't sign out --we appreciate you and need you very much. You are a good friend and a good rebuilder. Hang in there.

Craig B.


(Message sent Wed 22 May 1996, 02:58:58 GMT, from time zone GMT.)

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