We are excited to announce that on Friday, September 20th, we will be holding a special Yamaha High Technology Event in store with Michael Inman and Craig Knudsen! See details below, and be sure to listen to the great podcast episode with Sherry Calisle Smith (General Sales Manager) below! Be sure to reserve your spot! You can make your appointment today by calling (615) 771-0020.
- Date: Friday, September 20, 2019
- Time: 10:00am – 3:00pm
- Guests: Michael Inman and Craig Knudsen
- Reservations: (615) 771-0020
- More Details: Listen to the podcast with Sherry Carlisle Smith below!
Sherry Carlisle Smith and the Yamaha High Technology Event
In this episode of the Miller Piano Podcast, we talk with General Sales Manager, Sherry Carlisle Smith about the Yamaha High Technology Event with Michael Inman and Craig Knudsen coming up on September 20, 2019! This is a great episode, where we get to know Sherry, her background, her love for music, the amazing technology that Yamaha has to offer, and also details on how you can get signed up for the event.
Make your appointments today by calling 615-771-0020!
John Haggard: 00:12 Welcome to the Miller Piano podcast on a special event we think you will have a lot of interest in attending, if you want to be amazed about the high technology that Yamaha has in its pianos. I’m your host, John Haggard and one thing for sure, Yamaha Pianos have come a long way in just a few short years compared to other brands out there. On the podcast today we have Sherry Carlisle Smith. She’s the General Sales Manager at Miller Piano in Cool Springs. Welcome to the podcast Sherry.
Sherry Carlisle Smith: 00:41 Hey John, it’s good to be here.
John Haggard: 00:42 Glad to have you here. We’re excited about this upcoming event, which we are going to be talking about, but before we talk about that event, tell us a little bit about you Sherry. Like where did you grow up?
Sherry Carlisle Smith: 00:54 Well I’m a transplant. I was born in Kentucky and it really, I guess I grew up in southern Indiana.
John Haggard: 01:00 Alright. From the Bluegrass State, but grew up a little bit north of there.
Sherry Carlisle Smith: 01:03 I did. My Dad was a preacher.
John Haggard: 01:05 Wow. Okay. So what church? What denomination?
Sherry Carlisle Smith: 01:09 Actually General Baptist, but we went to all denominations.
John Haggard: 01:12 Gotcha. And so that means you’ve been a good girl all your life, right?
Sherry Carlisle Smith: 01:17 He was General Baptist.
John Haggard: 01:19 Haha. And so, and you went to a high school where?
Sherry Carlisle Smith: 01:25 I went to two different high schools and I started out at Boonville High School in Boonville, Indiana and I actually graduated from Pike Central High School up in Petersburg.
John Haggard: 01:35 All right. And then what about college? Was that next for you?
Sherry Carlisle Smith: 01:38 It was I went to a baptist school, actually it was OCC at the time and now it’s Oakland City University.
John Haggard: 01:47 Got It. All right. So before we talk about Miller Piano and what you’re doing there today and what’s coming up, what do you like to do in your time off when you are away from work?
Sherry Carlisle Smith: 01:56 That’s a very good question because if you asked my family, I’m a workaholic, so I’m a 24/7 worker. So when I’m at home I’m still doing music, writing playing the piano. I guess the one thing I call my, my normal self is I love to work in the yard.
John Haggard: 02:15 Okay. You mean like planting or cutting grass or pruning? What, what in the yard?
Sherry Carlisle Smith: 02:19 Flowers, Planting. Yes. You name it. Mowing, not so much.
John Haggard: 02:26 Okay. I got Ya. All right, so I guess you have family living in the area?
Sherry Carlisle Smith: 02:32 I do. I do. And I have a daughter around the corner so, and she does a lot of activities with me and actually she works here at Miller Piano specialist as well. And a a student at MTSU.
John Haggard: 02:44 Okay. Now what’s her name?
Sherry Carlisle Smith: 02:46 Dakota Smith.
John Haggard: 02:47 All right. And so she is working with you at Miller and is she saying, oh mom or what is it that she does there?
Sherry Carlisle Smith: 02:54 She’s our utility player. She does a little bit of everything. She’s a major at MTSU so she, she’s been engulfed in music all of her life and she does everything from inventory to backup sales.
John Haggard: 03:09 Got It. All right, so just whatever mom says, get doing it. I understand how that works.
Sherry Carlisle Smith: 03:14 She’s got a job.
John Haggard: 03:15 Absolutely. So as you think about Miller Piano or just the piano business in general, what’s the coolest thing at Miller Piano that you see something that you know, no one would normally imagine but it keeps bringing you back to work.
Sherry Carlisle Smith: 03:31 What keeps bringing me back to work is the people I meet every day. Because I firmly believe in any business and any job if you truly love it, but especially in music, people don’t walk in unless they love music and people cross my path and I crossed their path for a reason. Whether they end up buying from me or not, we have crossed paths for a reason and I may not know then. But I know later on and my clients are my extended family. That’s what brings me back.
John Haggard: 04:03 Yeah. And you know, thinking about that very thing, I say, well let me go see the Facebook page for Miller Piano. You’ve got a lot of activity going on out there. What would people see on the Facebook page for Miller Piano?
Sherry Carlisle Smith: 04:15 Not the normal Facebook page for a business. They are going to see everything from the most creative photography to live concerts, to streaming radio concerts. On our live shows that we do twice a month. We have artists do concerts and our family, our extended family that, that purchase pianos, we have a category for them or they have their, their piano and their pictures. You’re gonna see a lot of things. We do show the latest in what’s coming out in what’s on the floor and our specials. But that Facebook page is more than just a business trying to sell you something. It’s an extended family network.
John Haggard: 04:58 Gotcha. All right. So tell me about the first piano that you ever played in your life.
Sherry Carlisle Smith: 05:03 That I’ve ever played?
John Haggard: 05:04 Yeah. Can you remember that far?
Sherry Carlisle Smith: 05:06 Yeah. Okay. John. actually, yes, it is still in our family because no one can part with it. You can’t play it. But the first thing my mother asked when she got married was for a piano and a sewing machine. And my father took her to the local store in southern Indiana and bought a little, what we call Stencil. A spinet piano and it looked like had been painted black for $200, and that was the very first piano in our house.
John Haggard: 05:38 And so how old were you then when you remember that piano?
Sherry Carlisle Smith: 05:43 Oh my gosh. Probably three or four.
John Haggard: 05:46 And you started playing on the keys?
Sherry Carlisle Smith: 05:48 I started playing at five because mom did not like to play in church, so I got to take one year shaped note lessons. And I learned quickly how to play by ear because my dad didn’t read music and when they stuck me up in that country church to play, he didn’t sing the way the notes were written. So I ended up learning to play by ear.
John Haggard: 06:14 Now when you say shaped note lessons for someone who doesn’t read music, what does that mean?
Sherry Carlisle Smith: 06:20 That is years ago on old hymnals especially, every note had a shape. So if it was a G noted how to shape if it was a C note, it might be a triangle or a square or a octagon. I mean, there was different shapes of notes that related, just like in Yamaha’s technology, they have a learning tool and some of their top technology that actually goes with color coding. So you know that every purple is a certain note or every yellow, which is great with children that have dyslexia or, or different different learning abilities that they need. This color form innovation is very good for learning how to recognize those notes and put a name with those notes.
John Haggard: 07:09 All right, so you’ve actually really been a musician basically all of your life
Sherry Carlisle Smith: 07:14 Pretty much.
John Haggard: 07:15 All right. So tell me from age five. All right, so you, you’re, you know, doing this, you’re playing the piano. I mean, as you grew up and what you did and if you were involved professionally or if you were on the road with anybody, what, tell me about that.
Sherry Carlisle Smith: 07:27 Well, my dad was in a gospel quartet, so about three, I remember them standing me up behind the piano to sing with the Gospel Quartet and there’s actually pictures of it. And then I started playing piano in church. I was constantly swinging on the swing set and I remember just making up songs. We lived in the country, lived on a farm, and so I started writing at a very early age. Dad. we sang as a family. So we started recording in Nashville at 14. And then at 16, I think I put together a little country band and at 18, I actually got my first single deal here in Nashville.
John Haggard: 08:09 Wow. Okay. And then from there, so as you roll through the 20s, tell me about that.
Sherry Carlisle Smith: 08:14 Well, I went to college because, you know, the adage is get to a good profession because you need a job if you’re going to be a musician.
John Haggard: 08:23 Right.
Sherry Carlisle Smith: 08:24 Start now. So I graduated college moved to Nashville and actually worked for a couple of places. But I guess my real first job was at a Claude P Street, which a music store that held had Yamaha pianos. And they taught me the business. But my mind was, I’m going to be an entertainer. I’m going to be an entertainer. And I sang and sang and played with different groups. And one night an agent brought the Jordanaires out to hear another woman sing to go on a tour. And I happened to sing first, that night opening and they said, that’s the sound we’re looking for. And they hired me and I did seven years with them. And that’s what started everything.
John Haggard: 09:11 Wow. That the you are at what age? When the Jordanaires hired?
Sherry Carlisle Smith: 09:14 Oh, in my twenties. Probably.
John Haggard: 09:17 So you were on the road…
Sherry Carlisle Smith: 09:18 I’m not going to tell you exact. Don’t get me on that!
John Haggard: 09:21 Right. But you were on the road, I mean, seven years.
Sherry Carlisle Smith: 09:25 I was on the road seven years with them and we were doing different variety shows with some tribute shows. They did their own shows. It was just kind of a variety of what we did for seven years. We did a lot of recording and I did the charts in the studio or did the high part Millie Kirkland part with the guys. And then from there I did work with David Brazelle, Jimmy Fortune Johnny Paycheck, which was wonderful. I worked with him until he passed. Did a couple shows with Jones. Everyone in my life, that was my legend growing up. I was so blessed to have the privilege to work with them in one way or another. So when people say back home, did you make it? I made it the day I moved to Nashville because my musical dream has taken me all full circle to Miller Piano.
John Haggard: 10:28 Wow. That is a full circle story. You know, before we talk about the Yamaha high technology event that you have coming up at Miller Piano, that’s going to be on Friday, September 20, technology, people love technology. I mean we have it in our phones, in our refrigerators, our microwaves. I mean everything is, you know, Wifi this, Wifi that no matter what it is. Just a kind of a brief recap if you will. I’m reading through some notes here about what’s really cool about Yamaha. So one of these pianos is the Clavinova, it says featuring Play Assist. Now you can play within minutes, no prior piano experience and no piano lessons. I mean really that’s almost sounds like that can’t be true.
Sherry Carlisle Smith: 11:10 No, it is true. In the Clavinova series, they have built lesson programs into their pianos. It depends on, I call this my musical zoo because there are Clavinovas and just like there are different animals in a zoo. I have them divided out just like you would hippos, elephants or giraffes. You have CLP’s CSP’ss or CVP’s. So depending on the needs. And that’s a big thing we do here is sitting down and talking with you when you come in to find out what you need before we find out what your favorite animal is or your favorite Clavinova. What’s going to work for you.
John Haggard: 11:50 Interesting. Yeah, but I mean to say that you can play within minutes, no piano experience, no piano lessons. I mean, what can you play? I mean just like A, B, C, D, E, F, G or like what?
Sherry Carlisle Smith: 12:00 They have a function on the CVPs called follow the lights. That is excellent. And I can actually even set you down, John and have you playing with one hand, two hands by following the light on a CVP. On a CLP with a wonderful technology, we can actually, on certain models, have you bluetooth, use your own iPad, iPhone or Android. And we can have these programs playing through your piano to learn to play. Or the other animal, our CSP has streaming lights that actually stream, just like, a good example would be like you’re a guitar hero. The kids were all doing guitar hero playing the guitar. This is the same concept, only much better and much farther along in technology with Yamaha on a piano.
John Haggard: 12:59 All right? Now the high technology Yamaha Clavinova also says here featuring pitch correction. So if you sing off key, it will automatically make you sing in tune. Now, how does that happen?
Sherry Carlisle Smith: 13:13 It’s the secrets of technology, but I sure wish Yamaha had done this back years ago when Karaoke first started.
John Haggard: 13:22 Yeah. Wouldn’t that be something? Yeah. We probably have more stars out there today who could really sing.
Sherry Carlisle Smith: 13:27 Yeah. No, it is amazing what it does. And we did a very cool thing. If you go to our youtube our videographer here actually had a trake and she has only heard a monotone voice for years out of herself. And Yamaha, the wonderful world of Yamaha and Craig Knudsen, who we’re gonna talk about later actually put her on one of the Cookie Karaoke’s and she’s sang Puff the Magic Dragon. And she heard a voice for the first time. For head and neck cancer patients. This is awesome.
John Haggard: 14:06 That is so cool. And there are Yamaha hybrid pianos, one known as the Yamaha Silent Piano. That’s a high technology, real acoustic piano with strings. Cool thing about it. No sound comes out unless you want it to.
Sherry Carlisle Smith: 14:22 Yamaha. I call it two types of hybrids. Once again, going back to my zoo, we can have a hybrid piano with strings, with silent feature, or we can have a hybrid without strings, which is our Avant series. And it was a very cool yesterday, Ronnie Milsap came in and bought one of the stringless hybrids. The hybrids with strings. It plays just like a regular piano. You can get these in vertical, upright or grand and you play it just like a regular piano. But the moment I engage the digital format, when I push the pedal on an upright to the left in the center, or if I pull the lever on the grand piano, the hammers miss the strings by a fraction so the player does not miss that action feel like a digital, you would miss maybe the feel of those hammers engaging.
Sherry Carlisle Smith: 15:20 You don’t miss that when you’re playing these hybrids, but it misses the strings by a fraction into a fiber optic and it will go into a nine foot Concert Grand sample among 18 other samples that you can play. You put your headphones in, you can record on the piano, acousticpiano, you can record in the digital format, you can plug speakers into it and play it outright into your home. A good example on these silent or hybrid pianos and another one is a Trans Acoustic, which is a little different. But another thing in our Institutions and our Universities. They’re finding that, oh, we have got a recital coming up and we forgot to get the piano tuned and we can’t get it sooner over here. So they put quarter-inch Jackson pump it through their PA, put it into that silent mode and then the ninth concert grant is being heard in the audience. Perfect. Pitch, the player is not losing any feel. Only technology like this comes from Yamaha.
John Haggard: 16:34 You known, that just really is amazing. Truly amazing.
Sherry Carlisle Smith: 16:38 I am telling you what, keeping up with the technology growth of Yamaha is an everyday and that’s another exciting thing about getting up. The first thing I do is grab my phone to see what’s new.
John Haggard: 16:49 Yeah, yeah. See if there’s been any breaking news.
Sherry Carlisle Smith: 16:53 Right? Okay. From Yamaha, guess what!
John Haggard: 16:55 Yeah, yeah. Here’s, here’s what’s up. So, all right, well let’s get excited. Let’s talk about the Yamaha high technology event. It’s coming there. Miller Piano, Cool Springs. And Franklin Friday, September 20. And I also understand that you’re going to have two representatives from Yamaha that are going to present the latest Yamaha technology live. So you said Michael Inman and Craig Knudson. So tell me about them a little bit. Who are they with Yamaha, what do they do?
Sherry Carlisle Smith: 17:24 Michael Inman is our district manager with Yamaha. He was in sales for years and he is a super, super guy with knowledge. Like yesterday I needed a quick hook up and Yamaha is so good with their tech support. But poor Michael, I have his cell phone. So I called him really quick to double check a hook up and he’s like boom, boom, boom. And it was good because we pride ourself here. Even though we’re a small mom and pop, we try to know everything from finding the right piano to installing it for you. So in doing that, you know, when we get into a position where we need to know something, we need to call somebody quick. Yamaha’s great. Like I said, I just happened to call Michael yesterday and he is great when it comes to knowledge on the Yamaha pianos the Clavinovas, and technology.
Sherry Carlisle Smith: 18:16 The other person that’s going to be joining us. And we’re so fortunate to have him. He is like what I call our Yamaha Guru. Craig Knudson. He works and has worked for Yamaha for years. He has, I think an MBA from, I mean one of the big schools. You can look up his bio, but he is a super smart, intelligent guy when it comes to technology in music. He also works for the Piano Guys and travels with them doing technology with the Piano Guys.
John Haggard: 18:50 For folks who don’t know the Piano Guys, tell us about that.
Sherry Carlisle Smith: 18:54 Piano Guys is a group of guys that play piano, you may see a lot of their videos. Yamaha is actually using one of their videos on our technology with Disklaviers, where you can see their videos and the piano is playing, but you may see them on a mountain, like a literal mountain that you don’t know how the piano got there with cellos around it and piano playing and they may have the top off so you can see the strings. They’re incredible. Please look them up, you know, unbelievable musicians.
John Haggard: 19:32 Friday, September 20, all day. So tell me the hours that they’re going to be there.
Sherry Carlisle Smith: 19:34 They are going to be here from 10:00am to 3:00pm and we are taking appointments because we’ve got several institutions and different people that are wanting to make one-on-ones, which is great. I would call in and immediately t0 (615) 771-0020. Talk to myself or one of the staff to book a 30 minute timeframe with the guys. Because like I said, they’re booking up fast and they have a couple outside things that people would like for them to come to, institutionalize. And you can get one on one and this is something that is free and money cannot buy the knowledge and the answers these guys can give you.
John Haggard: 20:20 They’re going to be talking about also the Yamaha Disclavier. Now what is a Yamaha Disklavier?
Sherry Carlisle Smith: 20:26 A Disclavier is our high technology self playing piano.
John Haggard: 20:31 All right? So people know that as a player piano.
Sherry Carlisle Smith: 20:36 That a self playing what we call self playing is a little different than a player. People think of player, they think of roles and the old time roles and upright and the technology of years ago where you put a floppy disc in or you put a CD in. The technology now has gotten so great with Yamaha that we can actually, if you had bought a Disclavier maybe five generations ago, I can still update you to the latest firmware and technology. The Disclavier actually works with your Internet and your home internet system. So it will update itself. It will play 37 stations streaming radio of genres of music. So if you like Gershwin, Elton John, the neat thing about the radio stations is the streaming stations, the last four continuously change.
Sherry Carlisle Smith: 21:32 So we have a monthly holiday station, maybe grammys. You know, the different award shows. So they have standard stations and then ones that you know, will alternate. But there’s also along with that 199, or a hundred concerts per month that you can tune in live with your own television and your own Disclavier when they send you an announcement of what’s coming up or it will go on demand for so many days that you can have a house party. And for instance, Elton had one not long ago. And Sarah McLaughlin had one and we had people having house parties and advertising and Elton was literally on their TV above the piano, playing their piano in real time.
John Haggard: 22:23 Wow. now wait a minute, let’s get that. So Elton John, if I had a Disclavier, would be playing my piano?! Is that what we’re saying? In real time.
Sherry Carlisle Smith: 22:32 That’s what we’re saying.
John Haggard: 22:34 Now how cool is that! How cool is that!
Sherry Carlisle Smith: 22:34 It’s very cool. And you have so many different artists and it’s not just concerts. They have they also have big, big competitions when they have the worldwide competitions of these classical players. The jazz, Monterrey Jazzfest, they’ve done that. There are so many neat things. Chick Corea did a thing on there one time. There’s so many neat things that this will do. And I told someone the other day, well actually at an institution I said, you’re only scratching the surface of what this monster piano and technology will do for you.
John Haggard: 23:15 Alright, so now the Disclavier, the Yamaha Disclavier, if you look at that technology, which you have been talking about, obviously there are competitors out there in the market. Everybody wants to get in on the action. So what makes the Disklavier I guess different or maybe superior or it can do that others can’t do. Tell me about that.
Sherry Carlisle Smith: 23:35 I will tell you that. That is one thing that, and I have people come in all the time that want to buy a Yamaha and they want me to put a another player system on because maybe it was less money adding them together. Okay. What you are getting when you get a Disclavier is Yamaha in production. When I was in Japan, I saw this. It’s either going to be a straight acoustic or it’s going to be a Disklavier. So at birth, these mechanisms are on the piano. They’re birthed on there. This technology, so if you put picked out just a regular grand and you wanted some kind of player put on it, that piano has to go to a shop. It’s cut into and it changes the whole dynamics of that spruce wood and the ringing of that beautiful sand has been changed and altered.
Sherry Carlisle Smith: 24:26 The worst thing I did in the 80s was take a Yamaha guitar. I wanted a pick up. I didn’t buy it on the guitar, had them drill a hole in it. It was never the same. So I encourage people, yeah, I can do that for you… but unless you twist my arm, I’m not going to do that for you. Because of what you’re getting in the latest technology. The Disklavier, your TV and radio subscription is only $199 a year… for everything. No one else on the market has that.
John Haggard: 25:01 So for $199 a year, when Elton John has a house party and I have a Yamaha Disklavier at that event, he will play my piano live over the Internet. That’s what you’re saying?
Sherry Carlisle Smith: 25:13 That’s correct.
John Haggard: 25:14 That’s pretty cool!
Sherry Carlisle Smith: 25:17 In fact, we did something really cool about two years after that. It took us two years to do it, but we went to the Metropolitan and we were doing at Miller, New York meets Nashville and a lot of New York entertainers were coming here.
Sherry Carlisle Smith: 25:32 We took a group of girl singers and a piano player to the Metropolitan Room in Manhattan. And we literally did a national meets New York classic country and people in Miller Piano, 65 people that came to Miller saw the piano keys, move on time, watched us on the screen, heard the vocals participated and people anywhere that had a Disklavier and I didnt’ know this until later, I think they flipped a switch. So other people watched in other places. I didn’t know we were just going to do it between the two places. And I think it ended in a few other places. But yes, it’s technology that… And Yamaha designed all this technology for learning. We kind of twisted it and made it a lot of fun, but they designed this to do long distance learning with teachers so that one teacher could be one place and have seven students anywhere in the world and could actually teach remotely if their student moved somewhere or they moved somewhere, could teach a lesson where the pianos moved, the keys moved on each end.
Sherry Carlisle Smith: 26:42 She could say passage 4, say this is wrong. Let’s Redo this. In fact, you can actually audition, I believe right now at Julliard with a Disklavier from your home.
John Haggard: 26:54 You know, that’s really neat because what if, let’s say you had a favorite teacher in your hometown or the teacher leaves your hometown or you go to another hometown. What you’re saying is virtually he or she could teach you on your piano from wherever they are. Am I right? Am I understanding that right?
John Haggard: 27:11 That is correct. And that is on a teaching level, on a level that is on a musician or writers level, these instruments are also maybe compatible and we won’t even get into that on this, this discussion. But writers, we used to go west coast meets east coast and they would take a bunch of writers from Nashville and fly them out to the west coast.
Sherry Carlisle Smith: 27:37 And this was a costly thing and it was fun. And there is nothing about taking away from people being together. But with Yamaha technology, I can co-write with writers that have moved to different parts of the country and I can see them on the screen, talk to them, play something. They go, ummm, I don’t like that. And they play something back co-writing and what people can do and the investment in this piano in the long run, it pays for itself 10 times over.
John Haggard: 28:09 Yeah, it really is just so cool. Cause, I was going to ask you, hey that technology and everything sounds great and there may be somebody in the family who’s like, well I like to listen but I don’t know that I want to play. So I was going to ask you, what are the benefits of having, other than all the fun you’re talking about and Elton John being able to play that piano in his house party, your piano right here in your house. What are the benefits of having a Disklavier in the home?
Sherry Carlisle Smith: 28:34 In the home? First of all, you’ve got a regular piano, so if your daughter, your son wants to just play or you want to hear or someone comes in that plays, that’s one way in the home it’s utilized. The second way is the piano plays. And I have people that buy it that work at home that just want that piano music playing. I have business people who use the video and the audio radio streaming for parties they have in their home, children and learning. There are lessons and there are apps and applications now that are free on your, like I said, iPad Android, iPhone also there is a silent feature on our ST Model. So one big thing when when I had my children were little was and they would play on the piano, the acoustic I had at the time time and I’d hear that wrong note and I would say sit there 30 minutes and it was like pulling my teeth, and I’d hear a wrong note and I was in the kitchen and I go, oh no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no.
Sherry Carlisle Smith: 29:41 You know, so that’s frustrating to the child. So what I tell people is let them learn technology. This is where the universities, the schools, the education is going, let them play the piano, but tell them to go play, not practice. Put the headphones in, play, anything you want, play with the technology. I don’t care. Just record the piece that you’re gonna play for your teacher. When you’re done. Pull out the headphones, let mama hear it. And they stay way over an hour. They learn technology but the last 20 minutes they are really going at it. Cause Mom’s going to hear when I pull these headphones out,
John Haggard: 30:25 You know that makes a whole lot of sense because you know all children are different. Anyone who has more than one child or rarely two that are the same. And so there can be some shyness like you know, I don’t want to do this because I’m gonna to play the wrong chords and mom’s going to say no, that’s not it. So they would actually stay engaged I think is what you’re saying here
Sherry Carlisle Smith: 30:43 It is. It is. And it’s if I told you to go practice something that practices work, I teach an adult play by ear class, the Nashville number system and I have 16 students online and in the showroom. And I never say practice. I say go play. And I’ll tell you another thing with any of these pianos, John. Never close the key fall board that goes over the keys. Yeah. Because when that child walks by, it might just be for two minutes, but if that lid is open and they see the keys, that’s an open door that says, Hey John, come in and play for a little while. Come see me. If that fall board is down and they don’t see the keys, nobody’s home. Why don’t you stop?
John Haggard: 31:32 What great advise parents, if you’re listening there, that fall board, leave it up. Cause there’s the invitation that only it’s like lights are on. Come on in.
Sherry Carlisle Smith: 31:42 It’s just a little dust. Dust it off. You know.
John Haggard: 31:46 So I think you’ve already answered the question I had, which is why are universities and various institutions adding the Disclavier to their schools of higher learning? I mean, I think it’s pretty obvious now based on what we’ve talked about.
Sherry Carlisle Smith: 32:01 Yeah. They’re adding, actually they’re adding Disclavier or they’re adding Silent Pianos and they are adding Trans-Acoustic pianos because they, and it was well said by one of the Deans here in our area, who purchased. He said our, our students that are wanting acoustic and the classical, they have that wonderful craftsmanship piano that Yamaha made and that acoustic form. The students coming in that are taking the recording or they’re wanting to get into, you know, in the MIDI or the interface and stacking and layering. They’re using the digital format of that piano, so that instead of buying two pianos, they paid for one piano and got two pianos.
John Haggard: 32:49 Yeah, that is so cool. Now we’re talking folks, it’s the Yamaha High Technology Event. It will be at Miller Piano Friday, September 20th from 10am to 3pm. Sherry Carlisle Smith, the General Sales Manager. They are saying call now because you’d have for about a half hour of time spent each, not a whole lot of appointments available. So call now. So what’s the number to call Sherry?
Sherry Carlisle Smith: 33:14 It’s (615) 771-0020. Anyone can help you that answers any of our Miller Piano family here. If you want to call and ask for me, that’s great. My name is Sherry once again, but anyone can take a timeframe and write it down or leave your number with them and I’ll be happy to call you back.
John Haggard: 33:35 Okay, so now what, for those who are going to search on the Internet, the address, the exact address and what is Miller Piano next to across from around the corner from
Sherry Carlisle Smith: 33:45 They want to go to https://millerps.com, of course is our website. You can find us on any form of social media, including youtube. And we are at 650 Frazier Drive, suite 150. The great landmark is we’re right in between one of the greatest places to eat, which is Sperry’s restaurant. And on the other side we have Bassett furniture.
John Haggard: 34:08 Alright, eat play and sit. I guess. All three stores side by side. Well thanks Sherry. That’s Sherry Carlisle Smith. Everybody. She is the General Sales Manager and Miller Piano. And remember the Yamaha High Technology Event coming one day, one day only to Miller Piano in Cool Springs. That’ll be Friday, September 20 Sherry encourages you pick up the phone now and get an appointment because the two guys, who are going to be there from 10 to three, the Yamaha pros, the experts, only 10 to 3, so (615) 771-0020. By the way, there’s a transcript of today’s podcast right here on the website. As you see it, you can get quick reference to all the data that you need. Mark that date down. One more time. Friday, September 20 Miller Piano. Coolsprings I’m your host John Haggard and we will see you next time.