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What a Reproducing Piano Should Be
By John A. Tuttle

Hi All,  I am truly blessed to have such authors as Craig Brougher
contributing fine articles to for presentation to
the rest of the world.  His practical expertise and first-hand
knowledge of the systems which make reproducing pianos a marvel by even
the best of todays standards continues to astound me.

Once again, he has written just such an article in "What a 'Reproducing
Piano' Should Be".  The article explains many of the subtle differences
between the 'actual performance' by the artist/s and the 'roll perform-
ance' produced by the various roll makers.  It also delves into the
styles, dynamics and nuances of various artists who utilized the
reproducing medium to present their works to the rest of the world.

This article is much more than just a treatise on the reproducing
player mechanism, it is an insight into the realm of the magic which
has allowed the reproducing piano to survive for almost 100 years.
It's historical content alone makes it an important contribution to the
trade and I encourage everyone who is interested in the realities of
reproducing pianos to read and learn from this informative work.

In closing, while I fully appreciate the extensive amount of
information stored in the archives at the Mechanical Music Digest,
it is 'stored' and not as readily available to the general public as
articles posted at  Therefore, if you have an
article that you believe deserves the attention afforded by
Player-Care, I welcome it's submission.

By the Way, Player-Care exceeded the projected site visits by almost
10,000 unique sites.  See:  My hope
was that at least 20,000 people would visit Player-Care within one
year.  The total unique sites was 29,928 as of 4/1/98.  However, in
all reality, things seem to be leveling off at approximately 500 unique
URLs/mo. and almost 5000 unique sites/mo.  (I find it exceedingly dif-
ficult to interpret the statistics that are generated by Rent-A-Guru.
If someone really understands what all the numbers mean, drop me a
line.  I'd love to find out exactly what it all means.)  All I know for
sure is that my server says I have an extremely active site.

John A. Tuttle (

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