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Don Tait wrote:

>   Regarding Tom Fine's message about the use of stairwells and bathrooms as
> reverb chambers until the '60s, I used to read that Peter Bartok used his tiled
> bathroom for his still-excellent-sounding mono recordings. The most famous
> example of the use of stairwells may be Ormandy's first, circa 1947,
> Philadelphia recording of Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade. It was issued on 78s and an
> early Columbia LP (ML 4089). On some editions of the LP (but not the first ones
> or the 78s), at one point one can hear a dog barking. The story I've heard is
> that Columbia was using a stairwell to add reverb in the early '50s, that the
> stairwell went down to street level, the dog barked outside the door while the
> tape was being re-worked, no one was paying attention, and it was issued.
>
>   Don Tait

So that's it! That Columbia echo is a major problem to deal with..I think it went down to
subway level. Listen to Morton Gould's "Serenade of Carols" on 10" LP.

dl