If the story is as fascinating as you say, I would like to see some
extensive liner notes and photos, or even a small book if there is
enough information to fill one, should you decide to release anything.
Perhaps a book and cd combo, like CaseQuarter did with their Rev. Utah
Smith release? (That is the first example that springs to mind, I know
there are others...)
With cds getting more difficult to sell, some non-downloadable "added
value" might help. The story sounds quite interesting, and I would be
curious to know more.
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The story is even weirder than she writes it, but it's too long to
print. Carmi went nuts over this piano and neglected his family because
of it. When both he and his wife passed away the family gave me the
archive "threatening it's either me or the bin. They just didn't want to
have anything to do with it anymore. When I arrived to collect the
archive it was their small apartment and one room was just shelves and
shelves or reels.
From the posts I see here I am wondering if maybe I should reissue some
of these recordings. There is a lot of rubbish but of the 1000+ reels
there are some gems. Do you think there will be a market for it? I don't
need to sell much to recover the costs.
Tom Fine wrote:
> Is this information about the piano somewhat accurate?
> Surprisingly, no entry at Whacky Packia.
> -- Tom Fine
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>> The story is told on one of the reels by the person who found the
>> piano and dedicated his life to it, Avner Carmi. I have copies of the
>> counterpoint recordings and some of the master copies. but also many
>> masters Carmi made himself at studio in NYC. I assume they were top
>> notch studios since they used "Dolby a301 stretched", which I am
>> guessing was not in every studio around.
>> Michael Biel wrote:
>>> In the late 50s or early 60s there was a TV show about the piano
>>> dramatizing the early history of it, the covering of it with plaster
>>> or cement to protect it during WW II, it being discovered by some
>>> soldiers at liberation, it being used -- still covered -- at a
>>> soldiers' club, and it being re-discovered when a piece of the
>>> plaster was knocked off revealing the ornate carving. They
>>> concluded with a short concert being played live on the piano. The
>>> program was probably on the Armstrong Circle Theatre, DuPont Show of
>>> the Month, or a similar docudrama anthology series. I then started
>>> picking up the records of it as they started hitting the Sam Goody
>>> 99 cent bins.
>>> Mike Biel [log in to unmask] Steven Smolian wrote:
>>>> The Counterpoint label recordings are owned by the Everest
>>>> Steven Smolian
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>>>>> Does anyone have any information about the Siena Pianoforte? A few
>>>>> years ago I received the complete archive of the recordings made
>>>>> on it including all masters and rights. I am now starting a
>>>>> process of sifting through the boxes. according to the lists that
>>>>> came with the tapes some of the greatest pianists of the day
>>>>> recorded on this piano (Glen Gould for example). I have one book
>>>>> but it's in German so it's of no use to me. Does anyone know where
>>>>> I can find a grant to help pay for the digitization of this
>>>>> archive? Feel free to ping me off list.