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Is farming going the way of the grand piano?

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OPINION: I wonder if we rely too much on our pasture-based farming or our beautiful scenery or our clean image.

What if the things we think are our strengths are actually weaknesses?

Steinway and Sons had been the leading maker of grand pianos since 1853 when their business was crippled by Yamaha.

Professor Howard Yu explains how Steinway held on to their main strength for far too long and it eventually became a weakness.

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New York-based Steinway and Sons made the highest-quality grand pianos and they had been doing it since 1853. Steinway and Sons was the choice of master pianists around the world.

It takes two years for the craftspeople to handmake a grand piano. The wood is dried over time in just the right way to remove moisture. Nine people wrestle the timbers into the bending machine to form the main frame.

Each component is machined oversize and hand-fitted because only a person can get the level of detail required and no two Steinways sound the same. It's the job of the tone regulator to tune each........

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