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General Discussion / Art Dudley Stereophile
« on: May 12, 2012, 05:17:58 PM »
Buried in Art Dudley's column near the end,  in Stereophile's most recent issue was a short blurb on ATR and their tape production with comments provided by Mike Spitz.
Art promises future musings on tape recorded sound.
Sounded promising.

Tape Project Albums - general / TP Demo Tape, gee why not?
« on: May 30, 2010, 02:04:45 PM »
One of the reasons that I do not go to many/any audiophile listening sessions is that you rarely if ever get to listen to anything all the way through.
This is regardless if you are at a show, or a private residence.  It is a stream of snippets.  You lose the continuity of the piece.  I am not too keen on greatest hits of anybody collections either.  I like the context of the album even if there are a few clunkers in the playlist.
But then again if you are under time constraints, or have friends with short attention spans, then snippets would be the sensible way to go.

A few months ago I suggested a demo tape as a possible sales tool for prospective TP subscribers from current TP selections.  The response was that the licensing agreement would not permit such a practice.  I understand the obstacles.

That seems to be a shame, as demo diving seems to be the M.O. of many called, and so called audiophiles.  It was bad enough with LPs, CDs made it easier, digital downloads make it almost too easy; tapes, oh Brother!  That is unless you want to roll your own, tape that is.  You folks out there with more than two machines, sic em tiger.

Perhaps there is already an audiophile demo tape available from some premier label done in the analog realm which could meet the sonic criteria and not run afoul of the licensing issues of a home grown TP greatest sonic wonders tape.  By definition you are limited by catalog, or genre or both unless you are talking Vanguard, Reference Recordings, Westminster (early), Fantasy, and the like.
Reference Recordings Sampler "Tutti" comes to mind.

This started out as a satire, but I kind of like the idea now that I think about it.

Please move this to TP title suggestions if this better suits that thread.

Suggestion Box / Exiles on Main Street
« on: May 26, 2010, 07:47:15 PM »
If you believe Michael Fremer, the new remastering job really botched the deal.
Perhaps Paul can do better.

General Discussion / Revox and TP tapes on Audiogon
« on: May 25, 2010, 07:50:46 PM »
For those interested in a Revox already modded for optimum use with TP tapes, a European individual is selling his RTR and selective Series 1 tapes at auction on Audiogon.
I pass this along as a public service announcement.

General Discussion / Improving Room Acoustics
« on: May 22, 2010, 04:25:11 PM »
For those of you considering improving the acoustics of your listening space whether it is a gut job, or a more modest make over may I direct you to a product named 'Green Glue' for consideration.  Even if it turns out to not be your cup of tea, there are loads of interesting and useful tips to all things acoustic to help you make informed decisions.

You may find this product is just right for your purposes and is very cost effective compared with other audiophile 'hobbyist' (sorry I couldn't resist) alternatives.
I was not able to go the Mikel route, so I took the Frugal approach instead.  No slam there Mikel, my lot is .23 acres (postage stamp) and I am in a critical areas region of the Chesapeake Bay.  I had to stay within my home footprint.

I have no financial interest in any way, shape, or form with Green Glue their distributors, or their retailers.

General Discussion / What is in a Name?
« on: May 22, 2010, 04:12:58 PM »
I was posting a new thread for the Washington Audio Fest event coming up in June when I hit upon a tangent (me a tangent?) pertaining to the use of the adjective "hobbyist" to describe our pursuit of all things musical.

It strikes me that the use of the word hobbyist is a not so subtle dismissive term for folks with thick glasses, little hair, and lots of time to kill being geeks, or nerds in dimly lit rooms.
OK in my case I have to fess up to the hair, but heh these are only reading glasses, and dim rooms seem to make the music more ethereal OK!
It is unfortunate that  we are perceived as hobbyists by the general public, but I have noticed the use of this description in the premier print audio magazines as well.

I for one never grew up wanting to be a hobbyist, and I am not going to start now.  Just ask any young person if they are (or want to be) a musical/audio hobbyist and wait for the contorted facial expressions to burst forth as in revulsion/consternation.

This may be preaching to the choir since this is a pretty activist crowd, but perhaps the hi end malaise we often read/talk about may be as much the friendly fire of the perceptions painted by the words we allow to characterize our passion.

I don't hear much passion in the word hobbyist do you?

Oh did you know that Blaupunk translates to enthusiast?

That was no coincidence you know!

Heh it was a slow news day and as Steve has noted I have too much time on my hands, but look out folks, the whole home demo project is lurching towards the finish line.
The listening room acoustic treatment and drywall work will be completed by next Tuesday.
Music is not far behind.
Look out Summer.

General Discussion / Capital AudioFest
« on: May 22, 2010, 03:47:08 PM »
As our friend Greg from United Audio has posted once before, the first and hopefully not the last Capital Audiofest is coming up in just a few weeks in June down in Rockville Md.  Check out the web site for particulars.
Those of you in the Mid Atlantic/Virginia region know that it has been quite some time since the demise of the Washington DC audio shows.
Now is a great time to vote with your feet and show up to support this event.
I feel certain that Greg will be playing TP tapes on his RTR rig(s).
That alone is worth the ride for me.
I have no financial interest in the event or any of the exhibitors, merely the self interest of a music listener and hi fi enthusiast.  I do not consider myself a 'hobbyist' which seems to be the latest adjective to be tagged with by our own audio press.

Suggestion Box / Takin names
« on: May 19, 2010, 08:09:06 PM »
While we are in flights of fancy, with your permission please allow me to perpetuate the delusion;
Self Titled
Santana 3
Steve Miller Band
Brave New World
Seals & Croft- Anything
Lauren & Novarro-Anything
Nitty Gritty Dirt Band- Uncle Charlie and his Dog Teddy
Grateful Dead
Live Dead
American Beauty
Neil Young
Self Titled
Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere
After The Goldrush
Harry Nillson
Nillson Schmillson
Son of Schmillson
Anything else
John Prine-Almost anything
Buddy Miles- Band of Gypsys
American Flag-anything
Pearls Before Swine-Anything
Tracy Nelson and Mother Earth-Anything
Its a Beautiful Day-anything
Jefferson Airplane
Bathing at Baxters
Earth Opera- American Eagle Tragedy
Mushwell Hillbillies
Lola versus Powerman
Emmy Lou Harris -anything
Byrds-almost anything but especially Sweethearts of the Rodeo
Chicago- first three albums
Blood Sweat and Tears- first two or three albums
Simon and Garfunkel-Bookends
You get the idea.

General Discussion / Tascam B-34 "New"
« on: May 11, 2010, 07:22:40 PM »
For those looking for this machine go over to the Audiogon site.
I have no financial interest in this sale.
Sale price is $750 OBO or so I remember. Chicago is the location.
I just happened upon it and thought someone might be looking for this model.

General Discussion / Back Handed Compliment
« on: May 04, 2010, 07:25:40 PM »
In the latest TAS Johnathan Valin gives a back handed compliment to the TP and United Audio (here in the Free State of Maryland) while acknowledging that the TP as source and United Audio's reworked Tascam RTR are as close as the public is likely to get to the real deal he opines that the pursuit is for the well healed adventurer, not a main stream pursuit (my characterization not his).
With a review to follow, it is better than nothing, but in reality we are a bit out there aren't we?
The truth will set you free!
Find the snippet for yourself in the TAS it won't take but a few seconds to read once you find it.

Suggestion Box / Something Unconventional
« on: May 02, 2010, 08:16:10 PM »
Now I believe I understand the reason for secrecy in these licensing matters.
However would it be too weird to have a secret ballot of specific titles or music genres to provide thought/guidance to the owners of the TP for what not only is liked, but would sell?

Caution contradicition ahead.

Now as it is quite clear from my recent postings, I am not shy about indicating my preferences which are decidedly not in the 'war horse' or remastered in various formats to within the reasonable resiliency of the master tape's life category.
Let's have something new, different, off the beaten track.

As I have indicated previously I have no interest in comparing one format original or reissue to the TP version ad nauseum; but neither do I begrudge others to partake in that pastime.
If I was a younger man perhaps I would allocate the time, however as a nearly 60 year old, I hear the sounds of the meat wagon as often as the Dolby tones on my Barclay Crocker tapes; think Pictures at an Exhibition Ox Cart.

One of my adult pleasures was and still is discovering new music to savor and enjoy.
The newness of the music is not determined by the age of the performance but the time of discovery.
Get out of the comfort zone and enjoy.

Suggestion Box / Musicals or Soundtracks
« on: May 01, 2010, 07:33:29 PM »
Well here's a change of pace for you.
The King & I
My Fair Lady
Man of La Mancha
West Side Story
Show Boat
The Fantastiks

Ben Hur
How the West Was Won
Any Henry Mancini film score

You get the idea.
Casino Royale

Suggestion Box / Volunteers
« on: May 01, 2010, 04:16:47 PM »
Jefferson Airplane
Nuf said.

Suggestion Box / Happy Trails/Shady Grove/Self titled
« on: May 01, 2010, 04:13:20 PM »
Quicksilver Messenger Service.
Think not, then how about Shady Grove?

Suggestion Box / Pacific Ocean Blue/Surf's Up
« on: May 01, 2010, 04:12:02 PM »
Perhaps more likely than Bread and Roses Musical Festival to make it into the running for consideration is this wondeful under the radar release by Dennis Wilson.  The deluxe treatment on CD and vinyl might mean that the tapes should still be pretty easy to find and are likely in good shape.
Not interested in that?
If not that then how about Surf's Up by the Beach Boys which is a hum dinger of a release which sort of gets lost in all the accolades of Pet Sounds.

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