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Artistic Music is Never "Loud"
By Craig Brougher

There has been a taint to the thread in regard to "loud" Duo-Arts that I really believe misrepresent this instrument, and I would like to put it straight.

Both the DuoArt and the Ampico were debuted at Carnegie Hall and other major performance centers across the country. World-famous artists were in attendance on stage, and often, one of the purposes of the demonstration was to determine when the reproducer was playing, and when the concert artist was playing. Since the score always settled down to a 50-50 score, it was clear that not even the finest musical ears in the country could really determine in fact when the player piano was performing, and when the artist was playing his own music. They often switched around and played "duets," duets with the player, or each other, etc. I actually have one of the schemes used by the Ampico Company to do this.

The point is, artistic music is never "loud"! Artistic music gets loud at times, but cannot be deemed "loud" except by very unmusical individuals who couldn't discern the difference between beautiful music and a road grader.

So my opinion is that when musical people describe their piano as "loud," they are referring to a deficiency in expression, as opposed to an overpowered pump. We are here to change that, and if you will just give us a chance, we will. I hope that those who also own "loud" Duo-Arts will realize that, "They ain't heard nothing yet!"

Craig B.

(Message sent Wed 28 Aug 1996, 23:47:10 GMT, from time zone GMT.)

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