Monthly Archives: May 2010

Buggs Bunny and the Player Piano

This morning, I witnessed a miracle.

I had just finished opening the store and turning on our new flat-screen TVs when I noticed that someone had forgotten to turn the DVD player off last night.  As I reached for the “power” button, the piano next to me began to play.

Needless to say, I was a bit stunned.  I quickly realized that someone must have forgotten to turn off our new player piano system the night before and, just as I was about to recover, I heard an iconic phrase:  “Eeeeehhhhh.   What’s up, Doc?”  Before I could react, the plasma TV flared to life and there – before my very eyes – Bugs Bunny nibbled a carrot and sat down to play. 

My enthusiasm exploded to life as I recognized this famous cartoon from my youth.  Bugs began to dance across the keyboard – sometimes literally – as he battled his virtuoso talents against those of a cartoon mouse.  Back and forth they went – song after song – until, finally… Bugs placed a stick of dynamite under the keyboard and I jumped as the piano next to me seemed to explode.  Then, with a start, I realized…

The piano next to me was playing everything Bugs played – exactly as he played it.

With a laugh I recognized our new “Intelligent” player system from PianoDisc.  I sat down, as Bugs continued to play, and enjoyed the rest of the show.

For most people, the term “player piano” conjures up a variety of nostalgic images relating – primarily – to the pneumatic paper roll systems of old.  Exploding onto the music scene at the end of the 19th Century, these “pump and play” systems were widely popular amongst non-players, hotels, and even amusement parks.  Naturally, as technology for electronic music came onto the scene, a new breed of “player pianos” made their debut.

Over the years, “player pianos” have evolved to accept a number of different media, such as:  cassette tapes, floppy disks, CDs, and even DVDs.  Now, however, PianoDisc is taking the “player piano” to a whole new level of sophistication with the introduction of the all-new “Intelligent” system.  “Intelligent” combines today’s cutting-edge music delivery devices, like an MP3 player, with its own next-generation technology to make the “player” piano accessible to an even wider group of music lovers.

Plug in your iPod, PDA, cell phone or laptop and watch your piano play itself!  …and, with PianoDisc’s new PianoVideo™ technology, you can incorporate video into the performance – giving you the same magical experience I had this morning with Bugs.  (In fact – I now know that the Bugs cartoon is included with each new Intelligent system.)

It’s time to dust off your old piano.  It’s time to dust off your old notions about player pianos.  It’s time to bring a little magic into your life!  Check out the all-new Intelligent system from PianoDisc!

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Buying a Piano Online, A Case Study

The story you are about to read is true.  Though the names and locations have been changed to protect the unfortunate, the horrific events to follow did indeed occur as described. 

 For the sake of our story, allow me to introduce Mr. Jason Price.  A successful small-business owner, Mr. Price was well-known throughout Louisville.  The success of his business and his love for music led him to purchase a beautiful baby grand piano for his wife a number of years ago.  Their beloved instrument served its family well until a sudden fire destroyed their home and their piano with it. Continue reading

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Play the Piano

To anyone who has been paying attention, the fact that our society is moving towards a more fast-paced, instant-gratification culture is not news.  With the invention of such marvels as the microwave, the cell phone, and “instant messaging,” Modern Culture has certainly shifted into high gear.  The risk, however, with this lightning-fast pace is that we may be losing our identity along the way.

Children today are rarely taught such niceties as etiquette, penmanship, and literature.  The result?  Our future leaders lack the trappings of academia and a sense of their place in the World.  They no longer appreciate the importance of complex thought, articulation, beauty, courtesy – or any number of other things that can’t be adjusted on an LCD screen.  In addition, kids today spend so much time isolated across the internet or the latest video game system that the complexities of social behavior have become a mystery to them – with disastrous results.

The concept of culture is not extinct yet, however.  Though the sitting room days of musical gatherings, book readings, home and hearth may seem provincial in the Digital Age, our salvation may come from an unlikely source:  Science. Continue reading

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