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Rachmaninoff and the Ampico Editing Process
By Dave Krall

For the Ampico historians out there, a few questions:

1. Who was Rachmaninoff's editor?

2. Did Rachmaninoff have an Ampico piano of his own?  (I seem to
remember that he had an upright Ampico at his home on Long Island.)

3. How much was Rachmaninoff paid for his Ampico rolls and what
is the source of this information?

4. To what extent was Rachmaninoff involved in the editing of his
rolls and where was this work done?

5. What was the make and size of the Ampico recording piano?

6. What was the make and size of the Ampico playback piano at the
studio (the piano used to playback finished rolls for the artists)?

7. Was the playback piano in the same room as the recording piano?

For anyone that responds, thank you very much in advance!

Dave Krall

 [ I believe Rachmaninoff treated the production of his Ampico rolls
 [ in the same fashion as he recorded for the phonograph and as he
 [ performed in small salons -- with reduced dynamic range as necessary
 [ for the limited dynamic range of (1) the acoustic phonograph and
 [ (2) the typical salon performance.  His salon playing is accurately
 [ reproduced when his Ampico rolls are played on an Ampico A parlor
 [ grand piano, because that's the size of the piano used for editing
 [ and auditioning the rolls _to the satisfaction of the artist_.
 [ Wayne Stahnke's Telarc CD, "A Window in Time", generally attempts
 [ to present the expanded dynamic range that Rachmaninoff achieved
 [ when playing a large grand piano in a concert hall.  See
 [  -- Robbie

(Message sent Mon 30 Aug 2010, 20:47:19 GMT, from time zone GMT-0700.)

Key Words in Subject:  Ampico, Editing, Process, Rachmaninoff

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