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I've been going thru and dubbing albums from my pre-recorded reel collection and coming across all sorts of "albums" that be great as tape project tapes.  However, I noticed one audity that stands out for me - The Sir Douglas Quintet's "Mendocino".  Its' been one of those albums I always heard about as a teenager, but could never find copy.  I finally won a reel-to-reel copy of it on E-bay and like wow!  A funky mix of SF Psychedelia, Texas Blues stuff that sounds pretty original and like the stuff that genre roots are made of.  I don't know if anyone else remembers Sir Doug or the album and would like to nominate it.

I also found a copy of the Monkees last album (I think?) "Head" and found it very interesting and listenable.  Was totally blown away and shocked to learn Carole King co-penned "the Porpoise Song".  Who'd thought?  It'd make a great artifact from 60's...did you know that Niel Young played on the album?  Lots' of big names played on'd be great to have a decent copy of it from the Tape Project too...

Best, HOpkins

Hey gang --- If your interested, see below

We have several A80/QC cassette-tape, open-reel machines.

Most came purchased direct from mastering QC room at Sony in Carrolton, GA  ....and EMI duplication room in Jacksonville, IL., as those facilities were in process of down-sizing.
Most of the machines have been sitting unused in a climate-controlled warehouse since they were removed from those facilities.

We are clearing space for a new business venture right now, and need the space that these machines occupy. 
If you one or more machines for parts, this is a great opportunity.
We are open to entertain any offers for all or part of this equipment.
Thank you,

F.W. Black
[email protected]
ps.. we are also now accepting inquiries and offers on (many extra Studer A80 pancake checkers), (an inventory of excess SAKI / LLH duplicator heads), (spare King 2797s, Concept Design MK2000, and CD9000 cassette loaders), (a spare Apex 2-color cassette printer), (spare Scandia norelco wrappers),  (a spare cassette plain paper labeler and die cutter), (a spare Emerald/PakTek Norelco J-Card&Cassette inserter), (a spare Emerald/PakTek Poly Box Cassette inserter), as well as thousands of spare parts for the above and many more duplicating, loading and packaging machines.
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Service Resources / Studer Tech in San Francisco...
« on: February 06, 2009, 10:18:39 PM »
Hi all...I can't remember if I posted info on Michael Gore's repair shop here in San Francisco and wanted to make sure I let folks know about him.  He runs the Bay Area Studio Engineering (BASE) and repairs Studer, Ampex, Revox and Otari's...sometimes TEAC and Tascam too.  I think most of his work is for studios, but is also happy to do work for us "audiophiles" too.

To date, he's worked on my 810 and B67, using the Tape Project Alignment tape and 468 tape for bias.  I just got my B67 back and like wow!  I?m listening to a crappy dub of Melanie?s ?Leftover wine? album and the high-end sparkles like it never has and her voice doesn?t get shattered in cross-talk.  There was new crispness in the drums and i can even hear bits of movement in the studio that I hadn?t heard before?way kewl!  He's working on my two PR99's currently and I'll let folks know how they turn out.

He's also pretty good about keeping Gear Acquistion Syndrome (GAS) in check and consistently tells me that I've got a great machine in the 810 as I drool over the C37's that pass thru his shop - tee - hee!


Reel to Reel Tape Machines / Plain Revox/Studer NAB Adaptors
« on: June 16, 2008, 04:19:31 PM »
Hi all...I took Doc's recommendation of J-Corder for those studer style aluminium caps and asked if they just had the black "hockey puck" Revox/Studer NAB adaptors.  Jeff told me that they do, even though the adaptors aren't listed in their catalogue ( 

Anyhow, if your looking for the plastic Studer NAB Adaptators and are tired of bidding on them, contact Jeff at J-Corder.  They're going for $95/pair or $85/pair for 5 pairs or more...I ordered 2-pair and they arrived within a few days.  Darkfield is on the bottom and their brand-new black plastic...also a bit tighter then my old ones.

Reel to Reel Tape Machines / 810's organicity??
« on: February 02, 2008, 07:44:01 PM »
Angel brought my 810 back after changing the power capacitors for me.  It played sort of funky in terms of speed and Angel told me it was from being in his cold car.  He should me how to play with the tension trimmers and said it should be fine after a few hours of play.  He said that he'd put the power sitting at 140 to keep it from running so hot, but the Studer list was unanimous about turning it back to 120, which I did, and gave a few tips on playing with the trimmers.  So I got out the manual, found the instructions for sitting tape tension, and did my measurements with the deck on its? back?Lo and behold, after a few minutes of play time in the upright position, my 810 is running perfectly! 

For what its? worth, I also heard on the Studer list that as long as you use your 810 fairly frequently, it runs perfectly.  Problem is when you put an 810 in storage for long periods.  I think that means you have let it sort of ?warm? up for a few days to let it find itself again?sounds kinda organic to me?hmmm

Suggestion Box / Fantasy library access...? Creedence Clearwater Revival?
« on: September 23, 2007, 04:13:18 PM »
Yesterday, I learned that the Tape Project has access to parts of the Fantasy Catalogue thanks to Paul!  I don't know if anyone else is interested or not, but I floated a question about getting some Creedence Clearwater as a way of getting some Rock'n'Roll into the catalogue?

I've been listening to some CCR on 4-track and have been pleasantly surprised at how good it sounds and suspect the engineering on them aren't half-bad.  I'm particularily interested in the first album and Cosmo's Factory, but would be greatful to get any of them on 15ips 468, Hopkins

Reel to Reel Tape Machines / IEC crisper sounding????
« on: September 17, 2007, 12:16:27 PM »
Hi all...per my last post, I've started to switch over recording things using IEC rather then NAB eq.  I'm not sure if its' my ears or not, but things sound crisper and the high-end seems to have less smearing and more detail? 

I seem to remember Angel telling me that the only difference between the two to his ears was this crispness...but then I might have dreamt that too...

At this rate, I'm going to be tearing into my B67 to sort out switching it over to IEC sooner then later.

Reel to Reel Tape Machines / IEC and NAB eq...
« on: June 27, 2007, 01:57:09 PM »
Hi all...given that I've got 6 decks that get used fairly frequently, I'm wondering what the effect of having them all set to IEC eq will be?  I'm thinking that the eq is recording only, so that it shouldn't effect the playback of the majority of collection?  Am I understanding this correctly?

Prerecorded Tapes / Pink Floyd on Pre-recorded RTR?
« on: May 31, 2007, 12:23:46 PM »
Hi all...was any Pink Floyd ever available on Pre-recorded RTR?  I never see any on ebay and sometimes it seems a bit conspicuous in its' absence so to speak...Hop

Prerecorded Tapes / Grover Washington, Jr.
« on: May 31, 2007, 12:22:02 PM »
I've never seen a Grover Washington pre-recorded tape, or any of the KUDU label on pre-recorded tape.  $100 for a copy at 7 1/2 ips....

Suggestion Box / Any new or unsigned bands?????
« on: May 10, 2007, 02:51:43 PM »
Just a thought...maybe going for some one new out there.  RTR release only of a hot new band would be an interesting thought....

Reel to Reel Tape Machines / Studer A810
« on: May 09, 2007, 01:53:30 PM »
Well, I didn't mean to, but the e-bay add looked really good and before I knew it I'd put a bid on an A810 and won it!  I think it'll fill-out my collection and I shouldn't be looking for any more machines.  At least for awhile... :)

If anyone's interested, there's another Studer A810 on Ebay that looks intriguing!

Tape Project Machines / Heat/Noise head shields
« on: May 06, 2007, 12:36:17 PM »
I just figured out the little plate which pops up to cover the tape path over the playback head on my PR99 must be a variation on the shield I can manually pop-up on my Studer B67.  What exactly are these shields supposed to do? 

Also, they aren't part the Technics design and wondered if they'd be part of the final Doc Bottlehead design?

Tape Tech / stereo miking vs. mono miking on analog mixes?
« on: May 06, 2007, 12:30:28 PM »
Hopefully this question isn't too far afield....

Some older rock recordings, like the White Album, sound so much different then the current crop and I know there's a whole lot of digital reasons, as well as complete loss of dynamics usually given as the reason. 

My question is how much of the difference between modern vs. classic rock "sound" can be ascribed to working in a limited track environment and using mono vs. stereo miking of instruments like guitars and voices?  I've already figured out running bass straight into the board gives me much cleaner sounding bass rather then trying to do multiple mics.  I'm wondering if mono miking or channeling of a guitar or voice rather multiple tracks and miking of the same instrument would also lend a "cleaner" sounding mix?

Thanks for any answers/thoughts....

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