I have spoken with Mr. Garritan regarding his collaboration with Steinway, and about the contents of yesterday's thread, and about my part in that.
I apologized to him for my overzealousness yesterday. I would like to acknowledge that here as well. It is one thing for me to be passionate about issues that affect our community. It is another thing entirely to take it to that degree publicly. Gary deserved the dignity of choice, and I pushed the issue past the boundaries of good taste. I could have called him, and I didn't extend him that courtesy. Gary had the graciousness to accept my apology, and I appreciate it.
We had a long conversation about the issues. It is not appropriate for me to share specifics, but I am satisfied his intent is not to limit others' ability to sample Steinway pianos. He has also indicated that Steinway will clarify its intentions regarding future use of their mark. He feels Steinway is a good company, and that their intentions are honorable. I hope that when the intentions are clarified that we will be made aware of it, however, that will be Gary's call.
I hope we can put rancor aside, and refocus the energy into meaningful discussion.