From 1986 to 1988, I worked with electronic-music pioneer Robert Moog (rhymes with vogue), custom-building experimental keyboard instruments. In 1993, I wrote this account of our work together; this is the first publication of the unabridged version.
Whenever I make changes to Piano Buyer’s “A Map of the Market for New Pianos” — the so-called Ratings Chart — I’m inevitably besieged by questions, comments, and complaints. Here, I’d like to go into a bit more depth about what the Map represents and how it’s formulated.
No new pianos have contained ivory since the 1980s. Nonetheless, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has proposed new regulations regarding ivory that will affect the sale and transportation of used pianos with ivory keytops.