Support tells me that the Standard version of Garritan Authorized Steinway has been discontinued.
This is not what I was waiting to hear - big disappointment.
The Basic version is a very fine but incomplete piano. Jeff has done a great job with it. But without the release samples there is no hall ambience available, or indeed any realistic piano sound (by today's standards). To get the Troy Hall effect, a very important aspect of the piano, you now have to go all the way to Professional. Aria's Ambience effects in Basic are not Troy Hall and they are not realistic (IMHO).
The gap in price between Basic and Professional is huge, making the fully functional Garritan piano more expensive than Ivory (for example), which doesn't seem to be in line with the Garritan philosophy of first-rate affordable libraries for musicians and student musicians.
GPO4 at $149 is an outstanding example of this philosophy. The Standard version of the piano was more-or-less in line with this. The Basic version is, but it is a disabled piano (no Troy Hall ambience). GPO4 is not disabled, it is fully capable. So it seems inconsistent.
You could buy almost three copies of a whole orchestra for the price of a single Professional piano! It doesn't make sense.
Perhaps Garritan is constrained by its relationship with Steinway??
Here's a suggestion (my perferred solution) to resolve this issue. Discontinue the Standard version if you must, but issue a new "Basic Plus" version, that is, a version of Basic that includes release samples. That would be a terrific piano, in line with GPO4 in both quality and (presumably) price ($129?).
And it wouldn't threaten sales of Professional because lacks the perspectives, 64 bit, every note sampled, etc. But it would be a complete piano, and therefore consistent with GPO4. Let's do it!
Much thanks to Gary and Jeff for the Basic version, a wonderful piano. On to Basic Plus!