In a message dated 4/7/01 10:32:35 AM Pacific Daylight Time, [log in to unmask]
> But the really astonishing thing about this is why the SF Opera is still
> using Neuperts. I wish I had had the guts to have asked this
> question. The only conclusion I can come to is that the "Eastern
> Establishment" mentality of which the SF Opera is an outpost must still
> regard the German series instrument as "standard" for this sort of
While the ugly Bach and Telemann series instruments seem to be still in
production, a quick peek at the Neupert website shows some handsome
instruments as well (jc-neupert.de) The Bach is indeed a heavy instrument
with all those bizarre adjustment screws on the plectra. The various
"historical" instruments they show don't reveal the innards. Has anyone seen
a Neupert "Hemsch" or "Blanchet" up close?
As an aside, when I arrived in Vienna in 1975 to study at the
Konservatorium der Stadt Wien, my teacher's studio, which was about 10' X 25'
with 20' ceilings contained a Neupert Bach and a 7' Bosendorfer. The Neupert
kept up with the Bosie in terms of noise generated. As soon as I realized
this was not the right school for me (the teacher had NEVER HEARD OF the
Fitzwilliam Books!!!!), I auditioned at the Hochschule fur Music to study
with Ahlgrimm. I will never forget the experience of playing several 3 Part
Sinfonias on a horribly out of tune Sperrhake in front of Ahlgrimm, Anton
Heiller and Hans Swarovsky. Despite the Sperrhake, I got admitted. Phew!