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Reel to Reel Tape Machines / Re: Butterfly heads.
« on: January 29, 2009, 02:25:45 PM »
Thanks Arian, I can't say that i have noticed any noise from the capstan motor, next time i'm home i will have a listen and let you know. It could just be a noisy bearing on the way out.

Reel to Reel Tape Machines / Butterfly heads.
« on: January 29, 2009, 12:23:54 PM »
I recently came across an advert for a pair of butterfly heads for a Revox C270 is there an advantage in using them over the standard heads. They are very expensive 560GB pounds so i assume that there is.

Tape Tech / Re: Oscilloscope for RTR Alignment.
« on: January 25, 2009, 11:26:36 AM »
Thanks Doc, I'll check that out.

Tape Tech / Oscilloscope for RTR Alignment.
« on: January 25, 2009, 03:26:49 AM »
I'm considering the purchase of an oscilloscope, what are the minimum requirements for tape machine use/alignment. Analogue or digital, frequency etc. below is the spec of one that I'm considering.

Scope Description

2 independent  floating channels

Max sensitivity vertical 5V per div

Min sensitivity 5mV per div 17.5nS rise time

25MHz with 100MS/S sample rate

Trigger Edge,Normal, Single, Auto, TV

Auto measurement of frequency, peak to peak voltage, true RMS voltage, average period.

Math add, subtract, multiply, divide, one channel by the other

Would this be suitable?

Revox C270, 7.5 + 15ips, iec/ccir. If you have a Nab version it can be converted by changing the left and right channel record cards.

Raw Tape / Re: Sticky shed symptoms
« on: January 17, 2009, 01:43:32 AM »
Thanks Steve,
                   I disassembled the reels and cleaned them with a mixture of warm water and bleach,the deposits on the deck came off easily with alcohol based head cleaner and Q-Tips. There was nothing showing on the outside of the tape pack at all. I made a mistake when i stated the the effected tapes were a mixture of 3M and Scotch, in actual fact they were  TDK LX and 3M. 

Suggestion Box / Re: Suggestions
« on: January 15, 2009, 01:30:34 PM »
Warhorse ???

Raw Tape / Sticky shed symptoms
« on: January 14, 2009, 01:01:01 PM »
So there i was happly rewinding (at play speed) on my Teac X2000R,  tapes I had purchased on Ebay. A collection of classical and opera, just to makes sure they were not wound too tight on the reels. This takes some time of course so I left to make myself a drink. I was greeted on my return by the sight of a small amount of off white powder lying on the desk below the pinch wheels and a white coating the tension arm wheels and heads. I cleaned it off with tape head cleaner, out of twelve 10 1/2 tapes eight were ok ( maxell LD ) and the remainder a mixture of Scotch 207 and 3M were not!! So my question is, is this classic sticky shed or for want of a better description are the Scotch and 3M tapes diseased!!!!
To be safe I have already thrown the tape away and kept the reels, at first I thought it might have been mold but now I'm not so sure.

Tape Project Albums - general / Re: 2nd series titles
« on: January 12, 2009, 11:46:46 AM »

i am not questioning anyone's right to offer an opinion on the price; only that somehow they are 'irritated' that they were not consulted first......and that is not the real world.


        i don't recall any saying that they were irritated or that they expected to be consulted first, thats silly. The point was that nobody said anything at all about the price increases. It was left for people to find out when they went to the subscription page. If the original price is not high enough to cover costs or make a profit then of course the price needs to go up. I'm sure everyone who subscribed to the first series is grateful to be able to do so, it really is quite possibly a once in a lifetime opportunity. I personally never thought I would see the day that someone would put in all the hard work necessary to get such a project up and running and am more grateful for that than mere words here can convey. I took out a charter subscription for the first ten tapes and will do again for the second series for that very reason.

General Discussion / Re: Price increase
« on: January 12, 2009, 03:20:35 AM »

The only commitments made by the TP to first series suscribers were two: that they would continue to release tapes (somehow easing the investment in hardware) and that charter suscribers could rollover their suscriptions to keep their #. They are keeping their promises and in top of that they have been announcing very good titles AND have offered a sbstantial discount on series two to us that have been with them since the start.


 I believe that its no longer the case that we keep our numbers, if I read Docs recent post correctly.

Tape Project Albums - general / Re: 2nd series titles
« on: January 12, 2009, 03:11:47 AM »

my hope is that enough people can continue to buy these tapes so it can continue. if The Tape Project did 'fold their tent' i think many would lament not investing. and the likelyhood of anyone else doing this would be dramatically reduced. we would all be the losers.

as far as how and when to talk about price on series 2; i think it would have been niave to talk price increase without also revealing some of the series 2 titles. it's the value of the music which makes the case for the investment.

just my 2 cents.



  I'm sure everybody including myself want this project to succeed, as it will no doubt. The point was, that there was no talk period, about the price increases. i would suggest that its naive not to expect some comment regarding the way it was handled.

Tape Project Albums - general / Re: 2nd series titles
« on: January 11, 2009, 01:15:22 PM »
Gimme Shelter would be nice, i was thinking more along the lines of singers like, Joan Armatrading, Joni Mitchell, Eva Cassidy, etc singers that are hard to pigeon hole into any one particular genre. A quick look through the suggestion post's shows that there are many others that have made excellent albums, recorded to a very high standard. Opera anyone??

General Discussion / Re: I'm really pissed off
« on: January 11, 2009, 12:08:25 PM »
Steve, your the backbone of this forum and thats a compliment.

Tape Project Albums - general / Re: 2nd series titles
« on: January 11, 2009, 11:29:30 AM »
Yes, A little warning would have been nice. I personally was expecting a price increase. But I figured it would be 10% or less so that attrition would be minimal. There are allot of software products competing for our money these days. BluRay is a big hit at my house. The audio is far better than I expected. Tons of new vinyl reissues from the master tapes. And many of us have less discretionary income dollars to spend do to the economy. So it is a bit of a shock to me to see such a large increase in cost of the TP tapes. I am not saying they are not worth the money. I am not saying the do not deserve every penny they are asking for. I am just saying it might result in more attrition to the project than they are expecting.  I hope not. But that might be in their calculation of their new business model.


My sentiments exactly, I know some of us might be able to afford this increase easily but I'm sure that many can't and will drop out. There is also the danger that because of the reduced number of subscribers this project might peter out after while then what? I hope the last four titles yet to be announced come from some of the many suggestions put forward on this site, jazz and classical are not everybody's liking, classical for example is well served by sacd.     

General Discussion / Re: I'm really pissed off
« on: January 11, 2009, 11:13:30 AM »
50% of the posts on this forum are complaints from people that has not received x, y or z tape. Even in threads not related to that. You wan't to get your music fast? Why don't you download something from itunes?

Sorry about the rant but this project is supposed to be something above those things.

50% ??? I'm sure its more like 0.1% and thats only if you call an enquiry a complaint, maybe more regular delivery status announcements would curtail the number of people asking. By the way, please don't mention itunes on this site !!!!

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