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Walrus Leica Nikon?
Wow, fantastic! I’m going nuts with all these new photos Tam, but I don’t have time to comment now. I’m flying to Porto Alegre early tomorrow morning (South of Brazil). I’m giving another one of my lectures at a 12-hour Beatle event there (once I start talking, the problem is making me stop!). I’m singing too – with no rehearsal… It’s a free event, they’re expecting around 10.000 people. And… I just found out it’s cold there so I have to wash some Winter stuff to take. It’s sooo hot here in Rio they will dry in a couple of hours after I hang them! Will be back in a few days and look at everything again.
4001S bass guitar, turn of the century Bechstein Model B.
Great pic Tammy…Go Dodgers!!!
Nothing learned in Esher?
Love the crack on McCartey’s 4001S pickguard. That bass had not left the recording studio and somehow managed to get its pickguard cracked.
Oh, yes. It did follow them around during the 1966 tour. Forgot about that. Apologies.
However, the crack was there already at “Paperback Writer” session on the 14th April.
IT was originally red, wasn`t it? This collor is awesome, though, he change it again during 1968/69 period, didn`t he?
Indeed. The 4001S was sanded to remove its finish and it is first seen that way in January 1969. The neck would still be painted though.
How about a Pauls photo book.
The pickguard was also repaired when the bass was sent back to Rickenbacker for work many years later. The action was terrible, and one of Paul’s techs had removed the pickup cover with a hacksaw. Unfortunately on Rics, that IS the pickup, so it was replaced. The techs did a lot more work on the bass than they were originally asked to do.
So, that’s a turn of the century Bechstein Model B(piano)?
And, nothing made by Antonio Stradivari?
What kind of prop department is this?
Lizzy, those lucky folks that get to hear your lecture! When I was a young girl the Beatles had a couple days of “downtime” in a remote rural area of Missouri where I live. They were flown from Dallas to The Ozarks to the Pigman Ranch and they were able to relax and take a breather. They were so kind and funny. It was a life changing event to meet the Beatles and Brian Epstein. They fished in our pond, rode our horses and swam in our pool. Our community foundation is hosting a 50 year festival. We invite all friends of the Beatles to come and celebrate with us. The website for information is http://www.ozarksbeatlemania.com. George’s sister has a group Liverpool Legends that is hosting a Beatles Concert for our festival.
Please share and again we certainly welcome all our friends of the Beatles! Thanks! Sheila Campbell Alton Missouri USA
C. Bechstein Model B pianos from 1890 to 1910 are considered the best pianos ever made. Better than the competition: Blüthner, Steinway & Sons, or Bösendorfer. So much that, after filming for Let It Be finished on the 31st January 1969, and the rented Blüthner grand was returned, Apple Studios acquired two turn of the century C. Bechstein pianos: a Model B, and a Model 10. Have a look:
Both are seen in the background in this February 1969 session:
Lewisohn’s book (“The Beatles Recording Sessions”) says the only group recording session in Feb. ’69 was at Trident on the 22nd. Then two engineering sessions on the 23rd and 24th. It claims the Apple studio was undergoing a “re-build and technological re-think”.
Indeed. That is why that session is called “Apple Mystery Session”, because there are no records or documents of it however that is clearly Apple Studio, McCartney has no beard, Lennon’s beard is growing and Harrison moustache is full grown. The Bechstein pianos are nowhere to be seen in the Let It Be photographs or footage, however they are there on this session photographs and on Joe Cocker’s session photographs, which was on February 1969 too. The C. Bechstein Model 10 is seen in the Harrison Heath Kay Jazz Trio recording session.
Both C. Bechstein pianos at Apple Studio.
I think the legendary status of such quality musical instruments would keep them off of the old air field…or out of the movie-prop function all together…
(Awesome follow-up, henry)
Paul has a habit of this…
Was the Apple Boutique represented this day?
(threads by The Fool?)
‘backer like a Nikon!
(Off the ground…goo goo ga job)
Photographic priestess :putnam:
Looking at all the photos from days past now. Beatle event was a massive success: there were 20.000 people… My lecture (to 200+ enthusiastic fans) was a lot of fun, as usual. At the end of the 12 hours I sang several songs with the band Cachorro Grande, no rehearsal, LOTS of fun. I had never performed in front of two street blocks totally packed with people. Quite emotional to see SO MANY people of all ages in Beatle t-shirts and so totally into “our” boys.
Hi Sheila, thank you for sharing: what an amazing story! I will post your website on my FB wall.
They JUST posted a short video which will give you an idea of what the event in Porto Alegre was like (you can see me a few times): http://tinyurl.com/lf2kam2
I just want you all to have an idea of how HUGE The Beatles are in my country, and have been from day one. We were totally ignored by them/their organization. They never came here, never gave one single interview especially for our country, all we got was magazines with translated stuff from abroad, and not that many. We had to develop our devotion on our own. Record company did zero. Records took ages to be released here. We had to rely on our many overseas pen-pals (mainly obtained through The Beatles Monthly) to send us stuff. I was lucky that my dad traveled abroad so much and bought everything Beatle he could see (at 84, he still does…).
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