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Offline astrotoy

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My New 102
« on: July 18, 2016, 11:56:01 PM »
After a four month wait, my new (used) Ampex ATR-102 has arrived. I was able to get it with a used Doshi tape prepro, and had the 102 set up to play both 1/2" and 1/4" tapes at 15ips and 7.5ips.  The only thing I didn't get was a 1/2" take up reel - but that is coming this week.  I separately was able to buy a large collection of prerecorded 15ips 2 track tapes, including 50 1/2" tapes.  In the collection were 8 of the first ten TP tapes, all in 1/2". So now I have both 1/2" and 1/4" versions to compare.  Anxiously waiting for the take up reel!

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Re: My New 102
« Reply #1 on: July 20, 2016, 10:55:19 AM »
Congrats Larry!
I am green with envy my friend.
Looking forward to hearing it in your system one of these days.
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Re: My New 102
« Reply #2 on: July 20, 2016, 08:10:25 PM »
Thanks, Steve.   I'll do a gathering at the house when I get everything together, sometime this fall.   Larry
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Re: My New 102
« Reply #3 on: September 06, 2016, 07:05:24 AM »
What a beauty! Most linear tape machine in existence & top of my tape machine wish list. Promise to use it often.


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Re: My New 102 - In Heaven playing tapes
« Reply #4 on: September 28, 2016, 09:20:45 PM »
I've returned from a long trip and after getting tech supreme Krieg Wunderlich (who does the Ampex work for Tape Project) to fix a couple of issues with my new ATR-102, I have been playing my tapes, starting with a number of 1/2" tapes, part of large collection I bought, about the same time this Spring as the 102. Using the Doshi 3.0 tape prepro, I have been in music lovers heaven, even playing jazz albums that I do not know.  The albums were first recorded more than 50 years ago, but they sound like they were recorded yesterday. 

A few standards include Time Out, Kind of Blue, and A Love Supreme, but others including Art Blakey's African Beat and one classical album - Reiner's Bartok Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta - all on 1/2" tape.  I also have 8 of the first 10 of the Tape Project albums (all but the two Deccas) on 1/2" which were part of the collection. 

I'll be playing through the 1/2" tapes over the next week or so, and then to 1/4" tapes.

What an amazing experience!

Larry   
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Re: My New 102
« Reply #5 on: October 04, 2016, 09:10:25 PM »
How enjoyable it must be!  Comparison of 1/4" and 1/2" program material...most cool.
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