> I don't see how anything is to be > gained discussing, for example, why Pat Metheny is a more expressive >soloist > than Gary Burton because his instrument is "inherently more expressive". > I'd rather not go there myself. ................................I think there ARE some interesting places to go as tributaries to the primary string. Looking at how the traditions of these instruments affect their current role and status, for example. If there were "piano bands" instead of string bands in the 20s and 30s having their impact on country swing and Texas blues, etc., perhaps Buddy Holly's Crickets might have been bass, drums and a lead and rhythm keyboard line-up instead. IF electric keyboards had been developed with the same zeal in the 50s and 60s and weren't assigned supporting roles in the subsequent decades, our discussion may be turned completely on its ear. Eh?