National Geographic : 1945 Jul
R/&I I l-I Erno Rapee Forgets an Exacting Schedule ... When He Hears the Meissner "In just a few minutes the maestro will be here," said one of the men about the luxurious cabinet. "He can stay less than an hour," said another, "but remember how Guy Lombardo missed a rehearsal when he first heard the Meissner .. " As they spoke, Erno Rapee, director of music, Radio City Music Hall, entered the room . . . prompt to the minute. But before they could greet him, the Meissner took command, filling the room with the first notes of a great overture. Rapee moved to its side. Could this be recorded music? With such fidelity of tone? "Listen," he exclaimed. "The range of the flute ... perfect! And the soft, golden tones of the French horn ... so alive!" As the record ended, Rapee was about to speak, but the movement of the Automatic Record Changer caught his eye. He watched it gently lift the record, reverse it, then deftly place the opposite side in playing position. "Is there no end to the miracles this instru ment performs?" he asked incredulously. Finally the supply of records was exhausted, and Rapee turned from the Meissner. "I must go," he said. "I am already late for one other appointment, but I have been privileged to hear a miracle ... and miracles observe no schedule." Like Rapee, you, too, will be able to enjoy more than two hours of continuous recorded music . . . without touching a record... when your postwar Meissner is available. You will have the thrills of AM, FM and Super Shortwave Radio reception ... all in addition to the Meissner's fidelity of tone that has astounded the world's greatest musicians.