I had forgotten that AMR production number 30001 had been assigned
to the "prepared piano" presentation tune which Ferrante & Teicher
called "African Echoes". It had become somewhat of a trademark at
their two-piano concerts, because they inserted mutes into the strings
and then plucked and strummed at the strings during the performance
on two pianos.
In about 1972 I borrowed an LP record and listened to the technique
that they used and tried to imitate the effects on an Ampico roll.
I debuted the roll at the 1973 AMICA convention in Ft. Worth, Texas.
It was such a surprise to the listening AMICANs that they wanted me
to perform it several times, so that they could watch the effects
Many roll owners forget that the piano must be "prepared" beforehand,
by inserting mutes, etc., into the pianos strings and, during the
performance, being prepared to pluck and strum the strings at the
A single sheet of instructions was included with each roll that was
sold by Frank Adams. Today, I could send a copy of these instructions
to roll owners who have misplaced the original. Send a self-addressed
stamped envelope (SASE) to me.
11815 Woodbridge Dr.
Dallas, TX 75243