Letter From Gerry Bay, recently
posted to the MMD.
Recently, I installed the Spencer
Chase/Gene Gerety MIDI system on my Steinway Duo-Art upright
piano. Since this is a very new system, I thought that the MMD
members might be interested in a report.
The system consists of a 16-valve
block with the electronics required to operate the valves on
board. I needed six blocks to cover the entire range. A MIDI
controller drives the electronics and you can operate the MIDI
controller with Cakewalk or similar software on your laptop
or by a Viscount MIDI player.
The installation took a full,
long day. Some of this time was due to the tedious requirement
of teeing the tubing in parallel with the tracker bar. But a
fair amount of time was spent playing with the software, etc.,
to get everything playing perfectly. It should be noted that
mine was the first installation of this generation of device
so none of this was a surprise to us. I had agreed to be the
guinea pig to help them get this device going.
When we finished the installation
and got everything working, the system played like a champ.
It has played solidly for the past week with no problems whatsoever.
I am thoroughly enjoying the wonderful music on my Steinway.
Spencer has scanned some really incredible rolls. You can leave
the piano on for hours and it just plays away. It is my belief
that Spencer and Gene have developed a very reliable unit but
time will tell.
... So having wanted a MIDI
system for my piano for quite a few years, I must say that I
am now just ecstatic about my new Chase/Gerety system. ...If
you are considering going in this direction, I think you should
give their system a serious look.