The piano's status in U.S. living rooms is declining
Friends play, and children pound on it from time to time, but its long-term place in the family is uncertain -- as is the piano's future in American culture.
The piano has been the center of many American homes for generations, not only a proclamation of a love of music but also often a statement about striving for success.
"In a very traditional sense, the piano did stand for something. It was a symbol of mobility, moving up," especially among immigrant families, said Joe Lamond, president of the International Music Products Assn., based in Carlsbad and known as NAMM. Some real estate agents still will move a piano into a house that's for sale to class it up, he said....
San Jose John, well, yes! There are electronic keyboards for music, so John Y. won't have such a steep learning curve! Do that as soon as possible John! but make sure that new home is near a Bible Believing Church and not some parish, because as you probably have realized, [URL=http://www.johnankerberg.org/Articles/roman-catholicism/RC1105W3.htm]]]Should Roman Catholicism really be classified as a Christian religion? -- No.[/URL]
I plan on purchasing a farm in Eastern Colorado in the Calhan and Ramah areas and I plan on purchasing one of those old time piano's to put in the living room. At present time I am unable to play the piano but once I purchase a piano I plan on learning to play the piano. I have always planned that when I purchase a house that I would acquire a piano to place in the living room.
Jim Lincoln wrote: It started to decline when Thomas Edison invented the phonograph. The introduction of Radio, really killed off the place of the piano in the American home. This article is a little behined the times!
Don't forget Karaoke!
These days the word "keyboard" more often refers to PC/MAC machines than pianos.