HHH, I think you missed your vocation. You should have been a carpenter, given the number of times you appear to hit the nail on the head...HullandHellandHalifax wrote:I am very excited by the piano in that the sound is not that of the Big Boys, the Steinways, Bechs, Bosens and Bluths.
The problem with the high and low notes is that they are very dependent upon the individual piano, much more than the mid-range, which by and large tends to be more (but not completely) uniform. Hence I agree, as do most of the people I've spoken too, that perhaps the piece would have been different if the composer had more access to the sound of the piano. I didn't mind the piece so much, and the pianism is excellent IMO, but these are very early days for these types of pianos, and Stephen is still feeling his way forward as a piano designer and manufacturer.
I also agree that 102 notes is not likely to be the standard. From a technical and musical perspective 109 notes (i.e a full 9 octaves + 1, C0->C9) is possible and the only reason not to go there is laziness and fear of the 88-note inertia. 109 notes will happen, and it will be very interesting to see what can be made of it.