Recordings and edits in The Fingerboard Posted July 27, 2000 · Report reply Here's my 2 cents. Edting, as in splicing bits of more than one take together, is not nearly so common in classical music as Maestro indicates. However, I know that it happens some. In a master class, Ricci once told us a story of his recording the 24 capricces using the then new direct to disc technology (mid 70s). They didn't give him his 4 hours to warm up so, although he almost got through them then, he had a "goof" as he put it. They had to start over from #1. This technology did not allow retakes at all. I did read once that one of Menuhin's recordings of one of the Paganini Concerti was a spliced composite of something like 30 takes. I heard the recording and I believe it may have been. But his name sold records so they kept pumping him for product, even when he was having significant problems. However, modern technology can easily correct for anything like slight differences in tempo or even pitch to produce a clean splice, so who knows what is happening now, especially in solo or small group recordings.