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Afro/American Sketches / Re: TP-026 getting ready to ship!
« on: April 24, 2015, 01:27:30 PM »
I'll shine up the system this weekend (totally behind on my audiophile chores).

Events / Re: 2015 Axpona
« on: April 17, 2015, 02:47:06 PM »
Very cool Myles!
I guess I knew most of those but when you see them in a list, it looks impressive!

Have fun in Chicago (one of my fav towns)!
I wish I was going but I'm lucky to have the time to check this forum right now.

Very cool!
You guys are doing some great stuff in Austin!
Keep it up!

Raw Tape / Re: Availability and recos for half inch tape?
« on: April 09, 2015, 11:48:02 AM »
Hey Sam,

If you're looking for RMGI SM900, read

I suggest you try ATR Magnetics 1/2".

Raw Tape / Re: Availability and recos for half inch tape?
« on: April 05, 2015, 01:49:44 PM »
IMHO, unless you're experienced with recording, do your experiments and practice with the cheapest media you can.
I think you'll find that the room and microphone placement are far more critical than the gear you use to make the recording with.
If you're just beginning, I'd do my practicing recording digitally. That way you there's no real money being wasted on tape and you won't get bogged down with any machine issues.
If you already have your recording chops, why not try using a mixer before investing in another machine?

Tape Tech / Re: Tape Heads
« on: March 31, 2015, 02:33:47 PM »
Hey Frosty,

A couple of possible reasons for white (powdery?) residue on your heads.
Both are caused by the tape.
One is binder hydrolysis. Some tape formulations (IIRC Agfa/BASF) produce a white substance when the binder breaks down.
It would be accompanied by tape squeal and the machine might stop too.
The other is mold.
Bad stuff if you have a collection that you want to keep in good shape.
Not only does the mold produce spores which spread the infection to tape that are played on this machine, but they will cause drop outs and the mold will eventually ruin the tape itself.
Try and track down the offending tape(s), toss them, and clean your machine like never before.
Luckily cassettes are much better at keeping stuff like spores contained.

General Discussion / Talk About Rare!
« on: March 31, 2015, 03:28:26 AM »
Here's a tape media I'd never even heard of.
And that's before we even discuss what's contained on them!

Here's a site about these;

And the machine built to play them;

General Discussion / Info Regarding RMGI/Pyral
« on: March 14, 2015, 01:19:42 PM »
In case any of you guys were wondering what was up with RMGI lately, here's a email that Jay McKnight posted to the Ampex list this week.
It comes from the US distributor of RMGI/Pyral.

Hello Analog Magnetic Tape Recordists,

As you may or may not have heard, there are some changes at the analog
tape maker RMG. Since there are only two analog tape makers, and our
businesses depend on their continued existence, I had asked "Can you
give us some accurate information to distribute", and here it is:

"March 11, 2015

"Dear RMGI Customer,

"I want to bring you up to date on the new situation regarding our
production in France of analog recording

"As you know, in 2011 the RMGI factory in the Netherlands was purchased by
Pyral and move to their
new facility in France. Pyral had invested over $2,000,000 in a new building
to house the coating and
production lines. There was also over a one year supply of tape moved to
Pyral to meet the market
demands while the coating and production were being re-assembled in France.

"After numerous cost overruns that had not been anticipated such as the
installation of a new solvent
recovery system with a cost of over $250,000, Pyral has operated under
Chapter 11 protection in 2013-

"In January of this year the court ordered that Pyral assets to be sold to
Mulann Industries. Mulann
Industries is a manufacturer of production and testing equipment for the
credit card, ticketing and smart
card industries.

"On March 4th I meet with the new owner of Pyral and his Sales
Director in Chicago. He has assured me the continued production of
Analog Recording tape. Mulann Industries, with a new management team
is committed to improved delivery time and size carefully the
inventory at the factory. Effective immediately, Mulann Industries
will deliver only tape with the Pyral Brand.

"RMGI Americas will continue to be the distributor for the Pyral Analog
Recording Studio Recording

"Thank you for your continued support of RMGI\Pyral Studio Tape. If you have
any questions, don't
hesitate to contact me.

"Don Morris
"RMGI Americas

"Phone 847-812-5727
"[email protected]"

General Discussion / New Posts Not Indicated
« on: January 30, 2015, 01:02:54 PM »
I'm not sure if it's just me, but there used to be an indication that an unread/new post exists.
It was IIRC, shown with the category when viewing the Index.

Also, when I click on the "Show Unread Posts" I get nothing.
So, the only way for me to find new posts is to open every categories page where I can see the New indicator.

General Discussion / Wow!
« on: January 09, 2015, 01:30:25 PM »
Doing my daily fly-by and it was like I stepped into the 21st Century!
Very sharp looking and modern.
Thanks to the folks who made it happen.

General Discussion / Re: Congratulations on the new Website "look"
« on: January 08, 2015, 01:24:47 PM »
I totally agree.
Great job you guys!

General Discussion / Paul Stubblebine Interview
« on: January 03, 2015, 02:42:12 PM »
If you haven't been keeping an eye on the progress of the Museum of Magnetic Recording, be sure and check out that exciting thread;

In the latest update from Martin (thanks) there's a fantastic interview with Paul where he discusses his career in the recording arts.
Not to be missed!

General Discussion / MOVED: Dead Capstan on A810
« on: December 27, 2014, 01:52:41 PM »
This topic has been moved to reel to reel tape machines.

Tape Project Albums - general / Re: TP-024 on eBay
« on: December 25, 2014, 02:57:35 PM »
I noticed that the seller has zero "seller" feedback so he may not be experienced about setting up the sale.
Seems a little weird to me anyway so I'd avoid getting involved.

Tape Project Machines / Re: Flux Magnetics Heads
« on: December 23, 2014, 02:58:31 PM »
Could it be that they were thinking about Nortronics heads?
Joe Dundovic (the original founder of Nortronics) passed away almost a month ago.

JFR is handling the distribution of those heads now. (they also sell Flux heads)

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