Show and Tell

June 18, 2010

The headquarters of a musical-instrument concern around the corner from where I live (rejoicing in the strangely bilingual name of Steinway) currently has, in their front window, an unusually informative display. Instead of the intimidating, ebony bulk of that culturally-loaded product of the descendants of the Steinweg family, we get a genial, succinct lesson in the structure of the resonating parts of the piano and the intricacies of its action. If there’s an award for shop windows, this should win it:

It may also sell some pianos by creating an appreciation for their inner workings.

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