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The piano-forte's form has remained essentially static since the late 19th Century.
Is this beginning to change?

Recent work by a number of innovators has accelerated the glacial * flow of piano design. For the acoustic instrument to maintain its position such work is essential. Without it the rapidly improving electronic imitators will pose an increasing threat.

The concert grand is the most beautiful & complex manual+ musical instrument created by man. To remain viable it must be more than an item of historic nostalgia or of prestigious furniture.

With changes in the music industry, it is no longer sufficient for large studios & a few hire companies to own one. It must go beyond the confines of the occasional concert or prestige recording.

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Such a limited maket cannot, in the long term, sustain the high investment in manpower, skill & materials required. The instrument may eventually go the way of Concorde, once gone it will never come back.

The many firms making cheaper models for a currently thriving midrange market may not always do so. When sampled electronic imitations advance enough in looks & sound they will probably capture that market. They have already driven virtually the entirety of electro-mechanical manufacturing into extinction.

We will cover ways a number of companies are moving forward. The future is not all bleak.

More soon:

Notes: *Glaciers move VERY slowly. +Manual, using only human effort.

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Piano Developments. Updated on the 13th of June 2008. Ron Lebar, Author.