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A dirge to be played on black keys only…

The roll market has continued to decline, which is no surprise. It no longer is, nor has it been for some time, the central part of our business. We’re still doing what we always did, which is to provide software for pianos that play themselves. It’s just the technology that has changed. But I would be lying to say [the halting of production] doesn’t sadden me.
– Bob Berkman, QRS Music Technologies

Until mid-day last New Year’s Eve, QRS Music Technologies was the only continuously operating mass producer of “player” piano rolls in the world.  At noon last December 31st, the last piano roll came off the assembly line at the Buffalo, N.Y. plant. On its tail, an inspector scribbled “end of era.”  Read the full story here.

Bob Berkman, demonstrating the perforating machine

As we adjust our benches, we might recall that it was on this date in 1787 that English astronomer (and composer) William Herschel discovered Titania and Oberon, two moons of Uranus…

William Herschel

.. and that precisely 180 years later, on this date in 1967, Jimi Hendrix recorded “Purple Haze.”

Jimi Hendrix (at Royal Albert Hall)

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January 11, 2009 at 1:01 am

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