[FoRK] Take a step back...
Gregory Alan Bolcer
greg at bolcer.org
Tue Sep 27 10:30:25 PDT 2011
I've heard the exact same argument made about the digital music sound
qualities of a a Commodore Amiga computer. At one point they were going
for 20x their initial cost for their unique sound mixing qualities.
On 9/27/2011 10:00 AM, Gary Stock wrote:
> Your question led me to capture general trends in acoustic instrument
> quality over the past century:
> In short:
> "The finest pianos in the world were built about a hundred years ago.
> Due to evolution in engineering, exhaustion of raw materials, and
> flagging business standards, we will never see their like again. Some
> people may build very good pianos; new forms of the instrument may
> exceed (in narrow ways) the magnificent machines built a few decades
> either side of the year 1900. But, from a musical perspective, there
> will never be a “better” piano than the typical concert grand of a
> century ago."
> I end with the conclusion that a very good Steinway, built OVER A
> CENTURY AGO, may represent the pinnacle of this still evolving industry:
> "No /better/ acoustic piano will ever be built, at any time, ever again."
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