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Exceptions to "Next Generation" Stereotypes
By Mark Reinhart

The Sealed Carton Purist Responds

I think it very improper to refer to anything anyone does as "asinine"
within this Digest.  I do not make such statements in postings directed
to others and I would appreciate the same consideration from others.
I may strongly disagree with restoration techniques that I have seen
mentioned in the past but would never refer to them as "asinine."

Second, people should not speak as the majority unless they them-
selves, have conducted a poll to justify this position.  An allegation
is simply that, a statement not supported by fact.

Third, one should not state that an opinion is the "normal" one.
Quentin Crisp rightly notes that "normal is when one suffers from the
same diseases as those around him.  Like a consumptive with a cough
ruins it for everyone else."   What is 'normal'?  I used to think my
friends were normal.

Lastly, a point was made about "the next generation."  I believe this
is not well taken since my body is pierced, I have, when provoked, used
language that would curl most people's hair, and as I rapidly approach
forty I note that more and more people of my generation are of the
multi-colored hair variety.  It is less than apropos to judge a group
by generalizing about a few who might be of the extreme fringe.

I ask that we watch our postings and try to express our opinions
without criticizing those of others.  This digest will be a nicer place
for all of us.

I might add that no one in my household complains from being denied
music from the Welte-Mignon since at last count I now have over 900
different Licensee titles and will shortly have just shy of 1,300
T-100 "red" roll titles.  If anything, subsequent to my demise, my
spouse would probably prefer to bury me inside my Steinway-Welte grand.
As an aside, Mr. Henderson was correct in that my sealed rolls were,
in fact, "junkers that nobody wanted."  I'm certain that is why they
remained sealed.  It is nice to see that the performers Ravel and
Scriabin were subsequently recognized by my generation.

Mark Reinhart
Charles Town, West Virginia

(Message sent Thu 29 Jul 1999, 22:15:45 GMT, from time zone GMT-0400.)

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