Freedom’s Sound – The Soviet Times

Freedom’s Sound – The Soviet Times


JOHAN NORBERG: For a company here in Estonia
before the reforms, they were stuck in a planned economy. It was impossible for them to get
the kind of goods, the supplies that they needed. With the abolishment of price controls,
of protectionism, of Communism, suddenly this entrepreneurial spirit springs up and creates
magical wonders. NARRATOR: But even with Estonia’s new independence and the eventual success of painful economic reforms, the Estonia Piano Company and its craftsmen remained trapped in the past. For forty years they had built pianos exclusively
for the state.

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