Thanks for the the thoughtful analysis, Don--and, for taking the time to write them out so eloquently. (1) Of interviews, I am reminded of the (1982?) interview by Ray Moore of the Carpenters (I always write the "The"!). In that interview Richard Carpenter says :"Karen really has two separate voices." Then, the duo proceeds to describe the differences in those two voices. What is not said is that the'low' voice is the only--or,even best--voice, when comparing the two. Only that the other voice is most often heard in the background overdubs. So, again, I ponder: When was the public--at that time-given an overt opportunity to have a listen to that "other voice"? In fact, when--except in overdubs--was Karen given the 'go-ahead' to use primarily that upper register? (2) This brings to my mind Richard Carpenter's Lead vocals when he sang-- beautifully I might add--at Karen's wedding....in a low voice ! I did not ever--before I saw that Karen Carpenter wedding video--realize that Richard's low voice was there (so prominently) ! And, then, what....he did not utilize those same vocals on his own Time Album ! (Additionally,we hear Richard's 'high' background vocals pitch on the recently unearthed Touch Me When We're Dancing 1981 performance). In the end, so it appears, once everyone (i.e. everyone who had a financial stake) realized that "the money's in the basement", that is all the risk anyone was ever willing to take. Excepting, of course, for Karen Carpenter herself.