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QRS Story & Clark Self-Tuning Piano System
By John A. Tuttle

Hi All,  As a dealer of QRS products for over two decades, I am quite
interested in the new "Self-Tuning" piano. However, a few questions do
come to mind.

What happens if 'little Johnny' happens to drop one of his metal play
toys on the strings?

What happens if someone spills a drink in the piano?

What happens if 'Puss', the cat, happens to jump inside?

These are not uncommon occurrences.

What happens if a string breaks and 'shorts out' a dozen or more other

How "hot" is hot?  And is there a point at which the whole system shuts
down because of an overload??

Who repairs the system?  A computer technician or a piano tuner?  Will
a piano tuner who works on these pianos have to be cross-trained to work
on computers?

Can I leave the piano in my home at the shore during the winter when
the heat gets turned off?  Can I unplug the piano and expect it to
'retune' itself once the piano is plugged in again?

Who is the tuner who will establish the information that goes into the
tuning chip?  If the system can only be as good as the information that
goes into the chip, how much better can it be than a regular piano that
is well maintained?  And what about the customer who likes his/her piano
tuned a certain way?  When it comes to tuning is there really a "one
size that fits all"?

And finally, is all of this exactness really worth the complexity or
the cost?  Sure, it might be very novel, but there have been lots of
novel products that did not survive the marketplace.  I sure hope QRS
isn't wasting their stockholder's money on a "Tucker".

A closing thought: If tonal purity is so important, why not just make a
piano with one string per note?  It can't get any more "pure" than that!


John A. Tuttle
Brick, NJ, USA

(Message sent Fri 3 Jan 2003, 19:10:31 GMT, from time zone GMT-0500.)

Key Words in Subject:  Clark, Piano, QRS, Self-Tuning, Story, System

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