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Messages - Arnold_Layne

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Suggestion Box / Re: Titles from the Mercury label and others
« on: March 25, 2008, 08:08:30 AM »
I second Roger Waters "Amused To Death" as a suggestion. The LP release (which is according to the label on the shrink wrap: "mastered direct to lacquer from the original analog tapes" ) is the finest sounding LP I think I've heard of modern rock music. And since it was mastered on analog tapes it'd make a wonderful Tape Project release. It would certainly make me a subscriber. The only problem might be getting Sony to license this release. If anyone from the Tape Project wants to hear this I highly suggest getting the LP which is rare and very expensive to find on ebay. There is a 180gram reissue that is highly suspect of being a bootleg. The original release does NOT have the 180gram sticker. Original sealed copies still sell for $300+

Raw Tape / "EE" tapes
« on: March 23, 2008, 07:23:23 AM »
I see these "EE" formulated tapes on ebay from time to time. Listings indicate they can only be used on a deck that had the "EE" setting. I believe the tapes are Chrome formulations. I know my Teac X700R has a setting for these tapes, but I wondered about decks that have user adjusable bias and EQ settings like my Otari 5050IIB. Are the adjustments on the Otari decks variable enough to use such tapes? What are the advantages to the "EE" formulations over tapes such as the extremely popular Ampex 456 formulations.


Reel to Reel Tape Machines / Re: Otari MX5050BII2
« on: March 09, 2008, 07:20:56 PM »
I need help locating pin 3 hot XLR to RCA adapters. I found a place online that claims to carry them. Paid for the order using their Pay Pal option. The website has no record of my order but Paypal does. No phone number to contact anyone so I've sent numerous emails to which I've received zero replies. So I'm dealing with PayPal to get my money back. The website is

If anyone knows another place where I can get the appropriate cables for an Otari MX5050 please let me know.


Reel to Reel Tape Machines / Re: Otari MX-50 & MX-55
« on: March 01, 2008, 07:10:15 PM »
If I recall correctly, time coding is used for synching purposes. It's a signal recorded onto the tape so that the output of the deck can be synced with other decks such as a video editing console or mixing console.


Reel to Reel Tape Machines / Re: Otari MX5050BII2
« on: February 29, 2008, 04:56:59 PM »
I can find Pin 3 hot adapters online. Is this all I'll need or do I still need to make modifactions to the Otari's connectors.


Reel to Reel Tape Machines / Otari MX5050BII2
« on: February 28, 2008, 10:05:01 PM »
Just purchased a Otari MX5050Bii2 on ebay. It has not yet arrived. I am looking for information on the proper cables to adapt from the XLR connectors on the unit to RCA connectors.

Steve Bennett

Tape Project Machines / Re: Technic RS-1506 recording problems
« on: February 17, 2008, 09:48:22 PM »
Sorry to hear about your situation. I always do test before reocording as well. BTW user Manuals for the 1500+1506 models can be downloaded freely here:


Prerecorded Tapes / Re: In the PINK floyd
« on: February 11, 2008, 07:49:49 PM »
Too my knowledge, the Final Cut reels were made for radio station broadcasting. I do konw that at least one other set exsists. They were produced by Wilder Bros Studios.


Prerecorded Tapes / Re: In the PINK Floyd
« on: February 09, 2008, 06:23:53 PM »
LOL too true. I bid $1600 on it. :)

But I'm a analog junkie and a huge Floyd fan.

Floyd reels I've collected so far:

Final Cut 2 track 15ips radio station reels (one album side per reel)

The Division Bell World Premier Broadcast 2 track 7.5ips Westwood One reels

I had a dialog with the AHM reel seller 6 months ago when he asked me to verify it's authenticity. I made him an offer back then, but he wasn't untested in selling it. When I saw the ebay listing, I emailed him asking why he decided to put it on ebay. He told me he was in a financial bind and needed the money.


Suggestion Box / Re: One man's obvious is another man's......
« on: January 26, 2008, 03:51:02 PM »
Man if any Pink Floyd albums were licensed to TTP, I'd be on it like flies on sh*t. I have not yet subscribed, because my deck is NAB EQ only, and I'm not a jazz/classical fan. I'd love to see some classic rock titles, but I doubt most of the major labels will license their back catalogs that they reissue 200 times a year with new artwork, mini-lp sleeves, re-re-re-remasters.

Titles I'd love to see TTP offer:

Pink Floyd: the entire catalog

Led Zeppelin: the entire catalog

Beatles: the entire catalog

CCR: the entire catalog


Tape Tech / Re: tape baking
« on: October 14, 2007, 03:09:42 PM »
Thanks Ironbutt. I see Mr. Hess will not transfer tapes of copyrighted material unless the owner of the tapes is the copyright holder. These reels are of commercial material but the material was never released in this format to the general public. I will email him but I doubt he will transfer these for me.

Steve Bennett

Tape Tech / tape baking
« on: October 13, 2007, 07:10:55 PM »
I recently acquired some rather rare reels. They were made back in the early to mid 80's. They are two track master dubs, and irreplaceable. I've noticed there's some shedding and I have a feeling the tapes will need baking. I would rather not risk ruing the tapes baking them myself, so I'm looking to find a business that can bake and transfer reels professionally. Any recommendations?


My suggestion would be a Technics RS 1500/1506/1520 series. The 1500 is 2 track play/record + 4 track play. 1506 4 track play/record + 2 track play, 1520 same as 1500 with manual bias/EQ control.


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