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Mechanical Music Wiki
By John A. Tuttle

Hi All,  Not meaning to throw a wet towel on the idea of a wiki,
but after eleven years with the MMDigest I've found that there is
almost never a "general consensus" about what is or is not "correct".

Look through the MMD Archives and you'll find that there are any
number of "right ways" to do a particular task, and only rarely is
there an agreement as to which 'right way' is actually the best.
The current thread about using RTV is a perfect example of how divided
people are about something as simple as gluing striker pneumatics to
deck boards.  Quoting from the Wikipedia web site:

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  A wiki ... is a web site that allows the visitors themselves to
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It seems pretty clear to me that a wiki on mechanical music would be
constantly changing as each individual, with their own ideas about what
is 'correct', compete to have their 'method', 'technique', or 'opinion'
in the wiki.

Questions that comes to mind are:  What would qualify an individual
as an 'authority' on any particular topic?  Would they have to have
written a book?  Been in business a certain number of years?  Been a
member of some organization?

In my opinion, the MMDigest has proven beyond much doubt that people
rarely agree when it comes to artistic endeavors such as how to rebuild
a player piano, how to adjust a reproducing mechanism, what type of
leather is best for a particular type of player mechanism, and a host
of other topics.  When you boil it all down, the "winner" is typically
the person who presents the best argument.  Does that mean they are
"right"?

No offense intended, but I don't see how a mechanical music wiki is
going to be any better than the MMDigest.  When it comes to "facts"
about things like player pianos, you have to be able to provide
"proof", and opinions do not constitute proof.  Who is going to verify
someone else's "proof"?

Musically,
John A Tuttle
Player-Care.com
Brick, New Jersey, USA


(Message sent Wed 17 Jan 2007, 14:53:54 GMT, from time zone GMT-0500.)

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