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Chapter 8


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Fifty years ago, people would buy more expensive things because of their robustness. "It'll last longer", they said.

How inappropriate to today's world!! When Yamaha was building music synthesizers in the late 1970s and early 1980s, they built them like real instruments, to last a lifetime. It soon became evident that advancing technology was going to send the instruments to the junkyard long before any wear ever manifested. Wisely, Yamaha began to make the construction lighter and cheaper.

The admirably well-constructed instruments had turned out to be a bad idea -- partly because some ensuing new technologies were in some ways better, and to some degree just because of the desires of human beings for whatever is new. Leaving the humans aside, the older instruments even today still work as well as they ever did, and some of them sound pretty cool.

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I have early music keyboards (Yamaha) and computer keyboards (IBM) built on heavy, metal frames. There is no reason to love them as I do, but I do.
Just because they're not junk.

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