Arpesani on BottesiniWhile I find Arpesani's account of this extraordinary scene both engaging and trustworthy, I have found no independent corroboration, except for the fact that the stage door in question is indeed somewhat wider than standard for that style of architecture, and the door frame has the appearance of being a makeshift addition to the building.
It should be noted here that Arpesani was a notorious liar. He claimed, for instance, that he (a violinist) invented and popularized the violin-style bow for the Double Bass; he furthermore claimed that he invented the cotton gin, the steam engine, and the printing press, and the helicopter.
"We all must learn where to place our fingers."
© 1997, Jeff Brooks (email@example.com)