Hi All, Just need to check my glasses here.
So a new Boesendorfer Model 290 is $119,000.00? Heck, order me two...
[ Editor's rambling:
[ Gee, John, you could get the Boesendorfer 290SE model, equipped
[ with the SE ("Stahnke Electronic") solenoid player. In the fine
[ tradition of selling player pianos, it will only cost twice the
[ price of the ordinary 97-key 290-centimeter 9-1/2-foot-long Imperial
[ Concert Grand !
[ But it might be cheaper than we thought. At the end of the article
[ was exchange rate information -- "1 DM is circa 0,67 US$ or 0,51 GBP,
[ etc." -- which I edited in error. I thought that the unknown
[ character on my display (the little empty box) was the pound sign
[ (=L=) for GBP.
[ Not so, said author Gerhard Dangel-Reese. He advised me, "Aha, the
[ new symbol *. This is not the GBP, it is the new euro. We all have
[ to get used to it." (Like "dollar", the word "euro" is not capital-
[ ized. The asterisk * is my substitution for the little empty
[ Well, I was annoyed and embarrassed, and I blamed my old Macintosh
[ for the error ("kick the computer"). When I carefully displayed the
[ same data on the PC/Win95, the screen also showed the empty square.
[ But amazingly, the same text pasted into the Netscape HTML editor
[ yielded the glyph € !! What's gives?
[ Gerhard explained that new fonts with the euro character are now
[ available from Microsoft via download sites, and even old Windows 3.0
[ is supportable if the operating system is patched. Bob Fitterman
[ noted that in lieu of the Macintosh I could use a typewriter(!):
[ make the euro symbol with a capital 'C' and then over-strike with
[ the equals sign (=). The euro symbol is derived from the Greek
[ letter epsilon, says the official site at http://europa.eu.int/euro/
[ The German mark is fixed at 1 DEM (Deutschmark) = 0.5113 EUR (euro),
[ and today the euro exchanged at 1.1243 USD (US$). Therefore 1 DEM
[ is 0.5748 USD, and the price of the Boesendorfer 290 today is only
[ 88,060 USD before tax is added. So why not buy three !!