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Rachmaninoff Ampico CD as Victor Orthophonic 78
By George Bogatko

Andy Taylor wrote in MMD 981103, "I honestly don't see how Rachman-
inoff's playing could ever be judged by an old 78-rpm record!"

Robbie commented :

>[ We don't have a super Hi-Fi recording of Rachmaninoff for compari-
>[ son, but maybe we can make an acoustic recording of Wayne Stahnke's
>[ piano and compare the results with the existent acoustic recordings
>[ of Rachmaninoff at the piano in 1921.

Challenge accepted.   I have taken the first minute of "Liebesfreud"
from Mr. Stahnke's CD [Telarc CD-80489], and using DCART, have converted
it back into a Victor Orthophonic 78 -- compression, distortion, hiss
and all.

The results are _not visible_ on my WWW page.  The two RealAudio files
(lo-fi and hi-fi) can be found by pointing your browser to:

and clicking directly on the files.   They have been compressed with
PKZIP, so you will have to unzip them before playing.

Those of you who know the originals will find this experiment very

George Bogatko

 [ Tsk tsk!  After all that work on Wayne's piano!  ;)

(Message sent Fri 6 Nov 1998, 12:17:19 GMT, from time zone GMT-0500.)

Key Words in Subject:  78, Ampico, as, CD, Orthophonic, Rachmaninoff, Victor

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