The idea that Piano rolls predate all other programmable storage medium is factually incorrect. Surely the Jacquard loom and its punch-card system, patented in 1801, pre-date the piano rolls of the 1900's?
Other than that, a great piece, but I would be remiss if I missed a chance to remind people of how amazing (and early) the Jacquard loom must've been at the time.
Those were the dampers, without them the sound will be "harder" and more percussive:
With such a big LCD I think it would be a fun addition to embed a PC inside it, with the keyboard of the piano acting as its... keyboard. After all, the original PC/AT keyboard only had 84 keys.
...and those who liked the article might find this interesting too: http://www.linusakesson.net/chipophone/
As someone who has taken a woodworking class or two, I love the ethos of how sometimes experienced wood workers tell the beginners to just throw in a shim . I know that some wood workers would blanch at that - but art is about compromises.
I wonder out loud how we can start getting underserved kids to learn how to make more physical stuff with digital help (CAD drawings).
Reminded me of Tim's Vermeer
It's basically an engineering textbook for pianos.
Another book on the subject is Arthur Reblitz's classic "Piano Servicing, Tuning, and Rebuilding: For the Professional, the Student, and the Hobbyist" which I do own and highly recommend.
I have to be that guy and remind people that are inspired by this to truck a piano home, that hantaviruses are a thing, sometimes a fatal thing, and mouse droppings are biohazards.
WOW! This is something that would bring a smile to... hmm, I would guess, damn near everyone.
Something that the article did not mention accounting for.
Pianos, as they're advances, are very prone to decay
I wonder if there are studies of building pianos with more stable materials (like polymers?)
That being said, it would be better if the author knew about the difference between "its" and "it's"