1. The new issue of the BAS Speaker
has been published. It features John Atkinson of Stereophile.
2. Over the years I have accumulated
quite a few open reel tapes. Also a couple people have given
me their collections. I dont play them anymore and keep
thinking of downsizing and taking them to the dump. But procrastination
rules. Then I happened to look on eBay and it turns out there
is a thriving market in people buying such tapes. I put a few
on eBay, sorted by tape type, and they were snapped up at $5
each for the 7 reels in batches of five. I ship by Media
Mail, since they have recorded material on them, and it is cheap
and zone independent. I tried a couple 10-1/2 reels for
$12 and again they sold quickly. My master tape collection has
been digitized so the temptation is to sell them too.
So always check before assuming something
3. From John Marks: For
quite some time, I have wanted to make a solo-piano recording;
and for just about as long I have wanted to record Stephen T.
Martorella. You might recall that about 10 years ago, I hosted
a joint meeting of the Boston and Connecticut Audio Societies
at the First Baptist Church in America in Providence, and Steve
played the organ so people could record it. The recording venue
was Mechanics Hall in Worcester MA. The Artist & Repertory
thinking behind this project was to record Steve Martorella
in 20th-century J.S. Bach solo-piano transcriptions, most of
which were sourced from the under-appreciated collection A Bach
Book for Harriet Cohen.
I have been paying for this out of my
own pocket (but I hope to get a major label interested in it).
All told, the recording session cost about $1000 an hour. And
there have been cost over-runs. If any of you would like to
help get this project edited and mastered, please consider this
email as a Crowdfunding Appeal.
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