Dutch Tuner Encounters Pianola
By Wybe van der Wal
My country (The Netherlands) was never under a Communist regime and
the last four decades there was no food problem. Helas [alas?] we are
exposed to a lot of films and TV series from a.o. the US.
But the reaction of the average Netherlands citizen would be the same
as your Russian friend.
Player-piano's are simply only known to very few people. We call
them normally 'pianola's'; the original Dutch word was: Kunstspelpiano
(= Artificially-played-piano. But 'Kunst' means also 'Art'!)
[ It's an "art" to pump it properly! ;) -- Robbie
Even the man who tunes my Aeolian always asks me to play a piece.
It's the only one he knows in a working condition. All others are
'transformed' to 'normal' pianos.
Wybe van der Wal
Rijswijk, the Netherlands
(Message sent Mon 13 Jul 1998, 20:55:07 GMT, from time zone GMT+0200.)