Don Gilmore, a Kansas City mechanical engineer, has invented a self-tuning piano kit that could revolutionize â€” if not destroy â€” an industry headquartered in his hometown.
The computerized device, which could sell for as little as $300, could be retrofitted for older pianos, doing much of the job of a piano tuner. On the other hand, the kit would add one more layer of complexity to an instrument that already has thousands of moving parts. Whether that means less work â€” or more â€” for members of the Piano Technicians Guild based in Kansas City, Kan., is anybodyâ€™s guess.
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