QUOTE(Oddball @ Apr 21 2007, 12:33 PM)
I don't see what the hoo-hah is about smashing up pianos. Pianos are just boxes of wood, are they not? With strings. Sure, you can use them to channel your feelings and emotions to an audience, but the piano itself does not have any soul. It can't - how can it?
I don't think a piano has a soul. But why should that make it OK to smash it up for no good reason?
Why wreck a perfectly good (in some cases a truly exceptional) instrument just for the heck of it? Wasteful and silly, surely! Just as it'd be silly and wasteful for me to smash a computer I had no more use for, a pair of glasses that no longer fit, or any number of other things that someone else could use (in both these two cases, I know of charitable organisations that pass on those items to those who could not otherwise afford them).
I don't think that the 'hoo-hah' is particularly solely based on the emotional attachment to the instrument... at least, in my opinion, the main reason the destruction of pianos should be frowned upon among with the destruction of any other instrument, is that it is a complete waste of money, effort and the resources put into making it, not to mention you have 'wasted the lives' of those poor trees cut down to make it in the first place.
I.e. that piano could have been played - value in terms of enjoyment; it could have brought in revenue - so there would be an economical value in keeping it; by destroying it, you have negated the money input into the manufacture of such a piano - not just the initial value of the goods itself, but the cost to pay the wages of those working on its manufacture as well; and finally, you have probably just wasted a good deal of wood and metal, which is unlikely to be redeemed from the wreckage: hardly an ideal pastime when we are trying to conserve our trees and recycle all that we can...
If some rich pianist has enough money they can buy 3 pianos just for the sake of smashing them up to "prove a point", then they have enough money to do something useful like, say, sponsor a whole village full of kids, or hey, give those 3 pianos to music schools, colleges, or upcoming pianists who need them (or don't buy them and buy dozens of less expensive but still decent pianos for same). Smashing a piano on a whim because of a hissy fit about being unappreciated is the adult (and I use the word in its broadest sense) concert pianist version of throwing one's toys out of the pram; said pianist needs to grow up.