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Disklaviers in 2068?
By John A. Tuttle

Hi Damon, I just have to say that I love your signature statement:
> Who will fix the Disklaviers in 2068?

I've been making similar statements since 1972 when I started repairing player pianos for a living. As an electronics technician before entering into player piano technology, it became very obvious that repairing the "electronic" player pianos might become a problem within a short number of years. So I started educating people with reason. It's really paid off in the past five years.

I can see a technician in 2068. "Diskla-what lady? CD what?" I mean, think about it. It was exactly fifty years ago that the first electronic digital computer was made by Dr. JW William and JP Eckert. It wasn't until 1948 that the first transistor was invented. (That's the year I was born) And nowadays everything's gigabyte this and gigahertz that. However, I feel certain of one thing: Even in 2068, there will be a player piano tech. somewhere, and he will be able to rebuild the 1920's style player piano. And I also believe that people will still want to be able to pump their antique player pianos with their feet.

Here's my quote for the year:
"Technology WILL change, Nostalgia will NOT."

Just my opinion,

John Tuttle
John A Tuttle "Self-Playing Pianos"
407 19th Avenue 908-840-8787 (leave message)
Bricktown, NJ 08724 Rolls:1-800-870-8784 (leave order)
"We Keep Your Music Rolling"

(Message sent Thu 5 Dec 1996, 01:21:16 GMT, from time zone GMT-0500.)

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