The piano is the greatest invention in the history of solo instruments. It retained this distinction in the West until the advent of the microphone, with the exception of perhaps the organ. The string tension it withstands has not been surpassed by any other instrument, and so, it remains apart from electronic amplification capable of producing more sound than any other string instrument. The invention of the plate to date has permanently given the modern piano this distinction for 150 years.
Piano use and care is something that people contend over, not just in practice, but in theory. Generation to generation, systems are created and discarded for doing so most effectively. The penultimate question, is, should a system be adopted and unalterably adhered to? What is considered fair, and what, foul, in promoting a system that I find particularly appealing? This question is more important than how to obtain clientele. It requires ethical consideration.
The piano technician is not only expected to be just an artist, engineer, or woodworker, though any will demonstrate at least a modest understanding in all these things. Unfortunately, to-day, the piano technician has largely been transformed into just an engineer, and less so, woodworker. There are also many isolated components of piano maintenance within such categories; the arts community exhibits little recognition of what to associate with the proclivities of their piano technician. As that piano technicians might most be artists, engineers, or woodworkers, it is important to recognize what the piano technician him or herself is skilled in, and then, direct them into these areas of the field.
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