on 2/4/08 10:30 PM, Nicholas Bunning at [log in to unmask] wrote:
> It makes me wonder why Puyana, Ehlers AND Marlowe would all opt to
> have Landowska's name removed from their instruments? Maybe she was
> a bitch?
There's no jealousy like professional jealousy.
> I was talking to Hal Chaney about it's arrival today... He told me
> he knew the instrument, and remembered it being a very fine one. He
> then asked me if i knew this harpsichord had a nickname... I replied
> "no" and asked what it was... he said "its called KILLER" and then
> explained that when it was being moved from her apartment on 67th
> Street it fell and KILLED one of the movers. It was then sent back
> to Pleyel in Paris for repair... (i have the letters documenting this
> too) where they did some upgrades to the pedals and put new legs on
> it. I dont know how many harpsichords have a deadly history? .. I 'm
> utterly thrilled one of mine does.
If this group could agree on anything, I think it would be that the big
Pleyel wins the Harpsichord Most Likely to Kill You if it Drops on You
James R. (Jay) McCarty, MD
Fort Worth, TX
"Sine arte, scientia nihil est"