Originally Posted by Beermaster
The problem with these guys who transcribe stuff from the original recordings is that its only ever an approximation of the original score and never exact ( unless its a small ensemble sound )
I've done quite a bit of this myself and I've also played a lot of 'Take Downs' over the years - playing the original arrangements is alwasy different.
True, some scores are harder to transcribe than others. But it's only an approximation if it's an approximation.
If you have a good transcriptionist and can hear the parts, it can be exact. I played with 60 piece contemporary orchestra for a couple years (rhythm section, strings, brass, woodwinds, piano, percussion). The director hired a music college kid (who was a stunning pianist) to transcribe some pieces from recordings. He was good and they were exact - some of them were probably 15 to 25 part scores. He'd obviously done a lot of transcription and scoring in college.
If you can hear it, you can write it down.