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About This Web Site

(Policies, Disclaimers, and Notices)

Hathaway & Associates is a nothing more than a convenient and arbitrary name for a loose collection of mutually independent people who may, from time to time, voluntarily associate under what may seem to be a generic title for a common interest, good, and goal. It is not a legal entity, nor does it, of itself, represent any person or entity, or conduct any type of business, commerce, or make or cause to be made any binding representations, commitments, or contractual arrangements. There is no facility, office, staff, assets, or anything else; not even a mailing address. Any and all persons, whether actual, implied, or construed as associated with Hathaway & Associates, this site, and/or the author of this site are to be considered as independent entities and, as such, any arrangement with any one particular individual shall not in any way bind, effect, or reflect upon any other individual.

Mission Statement

The purpose of this web site is to display a variety of topics in a visually simple and easy to navigate manner. In line with this thinking, the underlying technical structure of this web site has intentionally been kept as simple as possible, while still meeting certain technical standards of excellence, function, accessibility, and platform compatibility.

General Policy

This web site does not attempt to collect or market any visitor information. Any contact information shared or referenced within this site is either (1) public information available elsewhere, or is (2) specifically authorized by the person or entity mentioned. Some minimal technical information is known to be collected by the Internet Service Provider that hosts this web site, so as to provide statistical visitor information.

External web sites accessed through links located under the headings of Friends and Associates and/or Mechanical Music are wholly independent entities who are provided a link within this web site solely as a courtesy. There is no commercial affiliation or interaction of any kind, and therefore any mention and/or representation suggested within these externally independent web site are not to be construed as any kind or type of legal or financial relationship. This web site and its author is not responsible for the policy, actions, or decisions by any implied or the above referenced external entities.

Privacy Policy

This web site does not attempt to collect or market any visitor information. Any contact information shared or referenced within this site is either (1) public information available elsewhere, or is (2) specifically authorized by the person or entity mentioned.

Some minimal technical information is known to be collected by the Internet Service Provider hosting this web site, such as browser type and file access information, so as to analyze usage trends and provide visitor statistics. No "cookies" are used by this site, but it is possible that the hosting service may set a cookie, but, if so, for reasons unknown to the author of this web site.

Errors and Omissions

Diligence and a best effort to minimize inaccuracies within this site is ongoing, but, under no circumstances shall there be any guarantee or warrantee, either stated, implied, construed, or otherwise inferred, regarding the authenticity, correctness, or usefulness of any material contained within this web site. Anyone using and/or relying upon any information contained within this site does so at their own risk, and without recourse or remedy.

Evolution of This Site

After many years of intense private and commercial interest in mechanical music, mainly between the years of 1950 to 1980, other endeavors took precedence. Then, in 1997 a resurgence of excitement regarding automatic music machines brought about a renewed desire to write about and further research and share some of the stories about many of my old mechanical music friends. Thus, this web site came into existence as a way of sharing my rekindled enthusiasm for automatic music, and also because of my love of working with computers as a communicative tool for sharing certain aspects of my life with others.

When this site commenced operation in 1997, it was primarily dedicated to research and data collection in regards to the J.D. Philipps Pianella / Wurlitzer PianOrchestra line of self-playing automatic orchestras. The PianOrchestra research project, as it was then called, was originally a strictly academic affair, and, as such, was committed to acquiring historical information and related stories about the companies and the people associated with various automated music machines, adding to what is already known and then sharing that information with historians and other interested parties. Later, certain aspects of the historical work evolved into making available tangible items, such as a limited series of educational custom audio compact disc albums of assorted, outstanding examples of automatic musical instruments, which included coin-in-the-slot pianos, orchestrions, dance organs, and fair organs. This audio activity was discontinued in early 2005.

Beginning in 1998, a separate section devoted entirely to understanding and applying (what I have arbitrarily termed) the fundamental Mechanics of Consciousness was added, with the intention of suggesting ways the knowledge could be put to use in practical everyday ways. This material has periodically been made available.

In April of 2003 this site was basically closed and the mechanical music history pages were transferred over to the Mechanical Music Press web site, where they reside to this day. A simple banner page with a link to the Mechanical Music Press website was maintained after the closure, and then a few months later this simple link page was formalized as part of a navigation menu and the Mechanics of Consciousness material was upgraded and reinstated on an interim basis.

In January, of 2007, a complimentary web section was added for the Hathaway Ranch Museum, which is a non-profit organization with limited funds. As of October 17, 2013, this section was permanently removed, because the HRM had created and made public its own independent web site.

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