From where I stand, it's alive and well and living
somewhere in Staten Island, NY. :-)
(Serious) Since I only work on player pianos, and since
I only work for the general public (I don't buy or sell
player pianos), I can only expound on the condition of
my own business. As a line in a song goes: "The future's
so bright, I gotta wear shades."
Ok, I'm not rich. No boat, no extended vacations to
Japan (oooh.. nuclear meltdown), but Pandy and I get
out for Sushi every few weeks. I've still got a fairly
substantial backlog. Still make house calls at least
three days a week and always have at least three jobs
on-going in the shop at all times.
From the desk of "The Crazy Player Man",
John A. Tuttle
Yes! The piano is alive and well. I listen to my 11 year old son play
everyday. He has access to Nintendo 64 and an in home computer, but more of
his time is spent on the piano than the two electronic components together.
What a JOY!!
My piano, as well as my love for it and for pianos and piano music in
general, is alive and seems to be more so as each day passes.
I own a 9'3"
Petrof concert grand, not because I have more money than I know what to do
with, or because I had some extra space in my 12' x 20' living room and I
couldn't find anything else to fill it with, but because of what it adds to
my life, and to me as an individual.
I learned to tune pianos because I
couldn't afford to pay a technician every time my sensitive ear told me a
tuning was necessary, so now I make part of my living doing something I
deeply believe in. I have an electronic keyboard for the sake of
portability and also private practice, but the acoustical piano is what
it's all about for me.
Yes, the piano is alive and well indeed.. I have played the piano (by ear)
since the age of 3, and own 2 uprights... a Young Chang Baby Grand, and a
Hardman Peck, along with 3 electric pianos... I play in a lovely resturant 4
nights a week, on a "regular" piano... I actually prefer playing a regular
piano over an electric one, so yes, to me a piano will always be loved, and
Michelle (aka JazziPiano@AOL.Com)