Welcome to the Piano World Piano Forums
Over 2.5 million posts about pianos, digital pianos, and all types of keyboard instruments
Join the World's Largest Community of Piano Lovers (it's free)
It's Fun to Play the Piano ... Please Pass It On!

SEARCH
Piano Forums & Piano World
Find a Professional
Our Classified Ads
Find Piano Professionals-

*Piano Dealers - Piano Stores
*Piano Tuners
*Piano Teachers
*Piano Movers
*Piano Restorations
*Piano Manufacturers

Advertise on Piano World

What's Hot!!
Posting Pictures on the Forums
-------------------
Forums RULES & HELP
-------------------
ADVERTISE on Piano World
(125ad)
Piano Life Saver - Dampp Chaser
Dampp Chaser Piano Life Saver
(ad)
Piano Buyer Guide
Piano Buyer Fall 2017
Who's Online Now
118 registered members (anamnesis, Alex_, Almaviva, andrea monza, Amedeus, Agent88, 26 invisible), 1,351 guests, and 2 spiders.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
(ad)
Estonia Pianos
Estonia Pianos
Quick Links to Useful Piano & Music Resources
Quick Links:
*Advertise On Piano World
*Free Piano Newsletter
*Online Piano Recitals
*Piano Recitals Index
*Piano & Music Accessories
*Live Piano Venues
*Music School Listings
* Buying a Piano
*Buying A Acoustic Piano
*Buying a Digital Piano
*Pianos for Sale
*Sell Your Piano
*How Old is My Piano?
*Directory/Site Map
*Virtual Piano
*Music Word Search
*Piano Videos
*Virtual Piano Chords & Scales
Previous Thread
Next Thread
Print Thread
Page 2 of 2 1 2
#1160107 - 03/09/09 01:40 PM Re: Piano Predictions Thread [Re: daniokeeper]  
Joined: May 2006
Posts: 277
Seneca Offline
Full Member
Seneca  Offline
Full Member

Joined: May 2006
Posts: 277
Portland, OR
Personal predictions.
The accoustic piano is going to be around for a long time to come. The main technological impact will fall in two areas. One, the availability of constantly improving digital keyboards as an alternative will tend to make the piano, more and more, a luxury item. Two, technology will lead to improved manufacturing and maintenance practices--pianos will be manufactured to closer tolerances, of raw materials that are cast, dried, etc. to higher standards, and the technological gadgets available to those who service pianos will mean fewer bad tunings, etc. In other words, the piano itself will be on the receiving end of the changes rather than changing itself, and, bottom line, look for better, more expensive pianos (note, I'm not talking Steingraber or Boesendorfer, here, I'm considering what middle class parents might buy for an interested child or a recent college grad might buy for himself).

Also, it's easy to knock Walmart, but as tjbsb noted, Walmart payrolls are pretty important to many a local economy. I shop at Costco, not Walmart, and in the Pacific Northwest, Costco is well regarded for providing health insurance and decent pay for its employees. How many small businesses can provide health insurance for all their staff? And, in the last year, I've personally seen the following piano brands on the floor at Costco--Estonia, Boesendorfer and Yamaha. I didn't bother to look at the prices, but I'm sure that, one, you could get a better deal somewhere else if you shopped hard enough, and two, the prices were fair, firm and inclusive.

Last edited by Seneca; 03/09/09 01:44 PM. Reason: clean up typos
(ad 800)
PTG Journal
PTG Journal
#1161105 - 03/11/09 07:21 AM Re: Piano Predictions Thread [Re: daniokeeper]  
Joined: Oct 2006
Posts: 2,539
David Jenson Offline
2000 Post Club Member
David Jenson  Offline
2000 Post Club Member

Joined: Oct 2006
Posts: 2,539
Maine
Quote
“I’ll be searching for a "real piano without strings". aspiretobe


There's a bit of humor in that sentence, but I'd like to avoid any lame efforts, so I'll pass on the cheap shots.

Your new guitar has strings. It needs tuning, adjustments and new strings from time to time. A real piano is bigger and much more complex, so the only real difference that I can see is that it's not a DIY instrument for maintenance and tuning, but then neither are the Digital Pianos.

Good luck with the search. That receipt will be interesting.


David L. Jenson
Tuning - Repairs - Refurbishing
Jenson's Piano Service
-----
#1161238 - 03/11/09 11:15 AM Re: Piano Predictions Thread [Re: daniokeeper]  
Joined: Dec 2006
Posts: 39
TsonicTsunami Offline
Full Member
TsonicTsunami  Offline
Full Member

Joined: Dec 2006
Posts: 39
Melbourne Village FL.
Self tuning pianos are in the cards. The technology exists and surely will be implemented.
They will have the ability for standard A=440 or with the flick of a switch go to any tuning loaded into it by software. As someone just getting into the field of piano technology it is easy for me to see this and it will rise well above the level of "gadget".

It is not the end of anything but the beginning of everything. The piano technologist of the not to distant future will need a skill set of computer hardware,software and robotics to go along with traditional skills. After all it is piano technology!

I am attaching a link to Gibson guitars and their Robot Guitar. I know a guitar is not a piano but I'm sure someone somewhere has this all figured out. They just have to get a price point that will work.
http://www2.gibson.com/Products/Ele...-USA/Robot-Les-Paul-Studio/Features.aspx


Pianoforte Neophyte
#1161262 - 03/11/09 11:53 AM Re: Piano Predictions Thread [Re: TsonicTsunami]  
Joined: Jan 2009
Posts: 26
aspiretobe Offline
Full Member
aspiretobe  Offline
Full Member

Joined: Jan 2009
Posts: 26
PA
"It is not the end of anything but the beginning of everything. The piano technologist of the not to distant future will need a skill set of computer hardware,software and robotics to go along with traditional skills. After all it is piano technology!"

Absolutely agree! No different than a car mechanic that has to go around with a laptop to troubleshoot/diagnose a car. Yes, the "engine" may be very similar but the tools change; in order for the tools to change, the technology needs to change (it's been available in the other industries for many, many years) and piano companies that will not adapt and change will go by the wayside. The same thing happened to equipment mechanics that used to replace belts or gears to change machine speeds and now all they have to do is download new settings to the servos. ( the "same" servos used by Gibson!)

(ad)
Piano & Music Accessories
piano accessories music gifts tuning and moving equipment
Page 2 of 2 1 2

Moderated by  Piano World 

Piano Acc. & Gift Items in
Piano World's Online Store
In PianoSupplies.com ,(a division of Piano World)
our online store for piano and music gifts and accessories, Digital Piano Dolly, party goods, tuning equipment, piano moving equipment, benches, lamps Caster Cups and more.


Free Shipping* on Jansen Artist Piano Benches, Cocoweb Piano Lamps, Hidrau Hydraulic Piano Benches
(*free shipping within contiguous U.S. only)
(ad)
Pearl River & Ritmuller
Pearl River Pianos
(ad)
Pianoteq
PianoTeq 6 Out now
ad
Pierce Piano Atlas


New Topics - Multiple Forums
Clavinova CVP-705 sustainability of notes
by HvT. 12/17/17 02:56 PM
Teacher in West London
by Stef London. 12/17/17 02:28 PM
Touch feels too heavy Kawai CS8
by DavidDorset. 12/17/17 02:11 PM
100 years old Bechstein case cleaning
by Toni Goldener. 12/17/17 11:38 AM
Forum Statistics
Forums44
Topics183,323
Posts2,679,885
Members89,283
Most Online15,252
Mar 21st, 2010
(ad)
Accu-Tuner
Sanderson Accu-Tuner
Check It Out!
There's a lot more to Piano World than just the forums.
Click Here to
Explore The Rest of Piano World!!
Visit our online store for gifts for music lovers


 
Help keep the forums up and running with a donation, any amount is appreciated!
Or by becoming a Subscribing member! Thank-you.
Donate   Subscribe
 
Our Piano Related Classified Ads
| Dealers | Tuners | Lessons | Movers | Restorations | Pianos For Sale | Sell Your Piano |

Advertise on Piano World
| Subscribe | Piano World | PianoSupplies.com | Advertise on Piano World |
| |Contact | Privacy | Legal | About Us | Site Map | Free Newsletter |


copyright 1997 - 2017 Piano World ® all rights reserved
No part of this site may be reproduced without prior written permission
Powered by UBB.threads™ PHP Forum Software 7.6.0