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  1. Depends on what you want to play and whether you want to follow the composer's instructions in the piece. In addition to the sustain pedal markings on a piece, a composer will specify when the soft pedal is indicated (designated typically as "una corda"). In an acoustic grand, the soft or una corda pedal, shifts the action of the piano slightly to the right, so that the hammers don't hit all three strings, but only two (in the old days it hit only one string or una corda.) This not only makes the sound quieter, but also changes the tonality of the notes - with only two strings playing, rathe
  2. I would say that we have to be a little careful in choosing who are the great composers. It partly depends on the era. Bach was known in the era of Mozart and Beethoven, but not generally considered one of the greats, until Mendelssohn rediscovered him. Same with Schubert, where many of what we now consider greatest compositions weren't even played until many years after his death. During a composer's lifetime, it is particularly hard to judge what is great about them. For example, during his lifetime, Beethoven's first symphony was his most popular symphony and his most popular piece wa
  3. Fix It Again Tony. (Apologies if this has been already posted).
  4. Besides a tape (which had the channels reversed from the CD) I do have the FIM version which Winston Ma did. Winston hired the best mastering engineers and with his keen ears and mind would spend lots of time (and money) to get the best out of each master tape. (BTW, the FIM version has Astrud's voice on the right). I had the pleasure of working with Winston when he commissioned me to write a book about Decca Records (classical) for FIM in 2013. Four CD's of some of the greatest Decca recordings were included with the book and we had two great multi Grammy award winning engineers (Michael
  5. I am fortunate to have a very nice 15ips 2 track tape copy of the Getz/Gilberto album. Spectacular sound. It has the full version of the song with Joao Gilberto playing the guitar and singing the original Portuguese lyrics and then his wife Astrud follows singing the English lyrics. Not sure whether it is common knowledge, but after the album was released, Astrud Gilberto moved to the US, left her husband for Stan Getz and toured with Getz. According to wiki the "Girl" was about 17 when she inspired the song in 1962. There is a nice photo of her in the wiki article taken in
  6. There is a story about a famous classical pianist Wilhelm Backhaus who had phenomenal powers to transpose on the fly. He was scheduled to play the Grieg A minor piano concerto with an orchestra. He came in for the rehearsal the afternoon and found the piano was a semitone flat. So he played the concerto in the rehearsal in Bb minor! By the time of the concert that evening, the piano had been brought up to pitch (or maybe a substitute piano) and he played the concert in the correct key. (For non-musicians, A minor is the relative minor to C major - no sharps or flats, the easiest mino
  7. I just listened to the two samples. I noticed some crackles, but in particular, in the DECODED version, the second word of the song "you're" is missing or edited out. It is there in the RAW version. I pulled out my tape version (15ips 2 track 1/4" dub of a safety master copy - so second generation after the safety) and there are no crackles. However, there is a faint tick on the word "you're", so I assume that is on the master tape. My tape version sounds really good. Larry
  8. Bill Schnee won Grammy awards for engineering the Steely Dan albums Aja and Gaucho. For audiophiles, he engineered many of the early direct to disc Sheffield albums for Doug Sax and Lincoln Mayorga. 135 gold and platinum albums. Over 600 albums to his credit. Can't wait for the book! Larry
  9. I was fortunate to spend an afternoon visiting Dave Brubeck and his wife Iola at their Connecticut home back in 1987. There were only four of us with Dave and Iola, with their son Chris joining the group. Not dinner, but still a day to remember. My wife played his Baldwin grand and Dave told us about his composition he was doing for the Pope's visit to the US later in the year. Our London timeshare is on the same street that Jimi Hendrix lived - about 5 blocks away from us - same building as George Friedrich Handel lived 200+ years before Hendrix. Now it is a museum called Han
  10. It used to be that it wasn't until they went to college that your kid started to know more than you did. Now... Our seniors group had a troop of Girl Scouts give us a class on how to use our iphones. They were all 12 and 13. They said we didn't need to take notes, since they had written and self published a color manual taking us step-by-step through each part of the lesson. Of course, it was a hard copy, given to each of us, since we weren't so good at reading manuals or books on our computers or phones. Larru
  11. I like what you are doing. My main interest is classical, so I like to compare sessions, what hall was used, microphone setup, recording engineer(s), producer, tape recorder(s) used, artists, pieces, dates. Often recordings were done in blocks - the recording company booked several days in a row and either had the same group of artists/orchestra during that time or sometimes would bring a new conductor with the same orchestra, and sometimes a new recording engineer and or producer. I have access to a lot of information from one of the major companies, so i can do comparisons. However, no on
  12. I have three sets of backups. One I consider a partial backup within the Synology RAID system, with up to 2 of the 12 drives can fail simultaneously and everything gets rebuilt. The other two back ups are sets of eight 8TB external hard drives, one at home and the other in two large safe deposit boxes in my bank. Larry
  13. I have a Synology 12 Bay NAS Drive which, over the years has seen an upgrade in storage from 36TB to 48TB to currently 96TB, which probably is it. Currently I have about 60TB of files, mostly (40 TB) of rips I did of about 11K vinyl and tape albums at 192/24 (you can see the equipment I used in my signature). I have a pretty large number of hirez mch files (ripped from SACDs or purchased from sources like NativeDSD) and stereo hirez files (up to DSD256 and DXD352 purchased from sources like HDTT). A typical vinyl album ripped at 192/24 takes around 3-4GB. Took me about 6 years - 12,000 hou
  14. As probably the only (or one of a very few) astronomers in the group, I found the OP story very interesting. One thing I have learned since starting my studies in astronomy almost sixfty years ago is that it can be very humbling. For example, I would modify the OP story just a bit, setting it in 1860. The astronomer, physicist, and engineer would be explaining why the crystalline sphere is nonsense, and that instead the space between the stars was filled with an invisible aether which was the only way light waves could travel to us. When I completed school we were pretty confid
  15. I have never been a big jazz fan, much more into classical music. However, back in 2013-14 when the late Winston Ma of First Impression Music asked me to write a book for him on Decca Records (their classical division) he also introduced me to his catalogue of great CD reissues. Among them were several TBM albums which he remastered and released on his FIM and Golden Strings labels. One album, 'The TBM Sounds!' released in 2011, is a sampler of several of the TBM albums that he had remastered. For me, it was an excellent way to learn about TBM. However, since WInston's death a few years a
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