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Gather 'Round the Computer Controlled Piano

Techstination feature for Monday, December 10, 2001

Gathering the family 'round the computer controlled piano. Bloomberg Boot Camp, a report on today's technology. This is one of those gifts for the family that has just about everything... your favorite artist singing along with the piano in your living room... (sound) It's the latest in the Disklavier line of high tech pianos from Yamaha...

"While for years there's been player pianos, we now have a piano that not only has the ability to play back just the note information on and off, but we have an instrument that can repeat the expression that you get from playing the piano. The soft touch, the loud touch, all the pedaling applications that are possible on the piano. Additionally on the Mark III Disklavier, we have the ability to take a CD audio track and blend that with an acoustic piano track, so that you get both the acoustic piano flavor, the expressiveness there, plus the beautiful quality of the CD audio in background."

Yamaha's Bernie McCaffrey. It will take lots of C notes to buy one of these... prices start at about 15 thousand dollars. But it never needs lessons... sounds sharp... and will look great in your flat. Bloomberg Boot Camp, I'm Fred Fishkin.