Perhaps we should re-name the piano of the future; because “digital” has a sterile, zeros and ones kinda sound to it, and I sometimes wonder if this influences people’s perception(s).
Let’s keep in mind that when I say “digital” I mean hybrid, so that in reality we’re not completely obliterating the acoustic, but rather getting rid of the parts we no longer need (harp, ‘strings’, felt hammers, huge cabinet, etc).
It’s just the nature of evolution, and in the same way we went form hand-cranked cars to the internal combustion engine, and now, to the electric motor, we simply have to move along and get rid of the things we no longer need.
Sure, it’ll take some time for me to convince you that the piano of the future (hybrid) will surpass the current acoustic, but no change is without a fight, and I plan on fighting to the end.
Did y’all not hate that sterile thing called the kindle at first? “It doesn’t read like a real book,” “it’s lifeless & sterile,” “it doesn’t smell like the real thing,” “it’ll never be like the real thing.”
But I ask, do y’all still believe e-readers are inferior to the real -bulky- thing?
“Oh, but Pete, you can’t compare a measly book to capturing the magic of the acoustic piano.”
We’re in the process of mapping the entire brain, and you’re telling me we can’t capture this thing that goes soft & loud (and a little in-between)? Give me a break, I say!