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Doc & Merle Watson / Listening Impressions-Doc & Merle Watson
« on: November 01, 2017, 08:30:08 PM »
Doc & Merle Watson, live at The Boarding House, San Francisco, May 2, 1974.

Share your impressions. And your recollections, if you happened to be at the show.

Tape Project Albums - general / TP-030 Doc Watson now being duped
« on: September 02, 2017, 06:31:09 PM »
The elves here at The Tapeshed are hard at work preparing our next release: Doc Watson/Never The Same Way Once/Live At The Boarding House May 1974.

You can read some of the background here:

Doc Watson, along with his son Merle and a bass player, appeared in a four night run at San Francisco's fondly remembered night club The Boarding House. (Bonus trivia content: The Boarding House occupied the theater which had previously been the first location of Coast Recorders.) The shows were all recorded by the Grateful Dead's legendary engineer Bear (Owsley Stanley.) Now for the first time these recordings are being released to the public.
The Owsley Stanley Foundation, which has control of the original master tapes, has made its arrangements with Doc Watson's estate, and they just put out a seven CD box set of the entire four night run, and are doing a 2-LP release of one particular night's show. And they are allowing us to put out a tape that incorporates the same program as the LP.

The duping is almost finished, and the flanges are coming along. However due to one unusual circumstance it's hard to give a firm date for the release. This is the first time that we aren't designing the artwork in house. The graphics firm that did the art for the CD box set is also doing the design for the LP and for us. They do great work, but that means we don't have control of when it's ready. 

I'm in the shop today working on the LP mastering, so I'm hearing the program again, and getting excited all over again about getting the tapes finished and shipped out to our subscribers. It's absolutely marvelous music-making, interspersed with just a bit of Doc's country humor. I can already tell that this one is going to go into regular rotation at my house (after everyone else gets it--Romo and I don't get our personal copies until all the subscribers do.)

I'll post an update shortly when I can narrow down the release date.

Tape Project Albums - general / TP-003 Arnold Overtures back in stock
« on: August 16, 2017, 01:03:54 AM »
TP-003 Arnold Overtures back in stock

Tape Project Albums - general / TP-014 Church Windows back in stock
« on: August 16, 2017, 01:03:16 AM »
TP-014 Church Windows back in stock

What a great album!

Nice to have this one back.

And more coming...

Tape Project Albums - general / TP-029 Istomin/Mozart back in stock
« on: August 03, 2017, 09:05:47 PM »
As the subject line says...

General Discussion / MOVED: TP-020 and TP-022 back in stock
« on: July 27, 2017, 12:52:23 PM »
This topic has been moved to Tape Project Albums - general. where it belonged in the first place.

Tape Project Albums - general / DDA-001 in stock
« on: July 27, 2017, 12:46:32 PM »
Our one album sourced from a digital recording, DDA-001 Bernie Dresel & BBB, is in stock and on the shelves.

Tape Project Albums - general / TP-010 Sonny Rollins back in stock
« on: July 27, 2017, 12:44:55 PM »
Happy to have this one back on the shelves.

Tape Project Albums - general / TP-008 and TP-011 back in stock
« on: July 18, 2017, 10:48:43 PM »
We have the Bill Evans and the Linda Ronstadt albums back on the shelves.

And a couple more will be ready soon.

Tape Project Albums - general / TP-020 and TP-022 back in stock
« on: June 05, 2017, 03:52:15 PM »
TP-020 Jimmy smith: The Sermon

TP-022 Creedence Clearwater Revival: Willy And The Poor Boys

Get 'em while they're hot!

General Discussion / Is the Tape Project going digital???
« on: February 20, 2017, 12:50:58 AM »

You may have noticed that there is now a category in the Catalog section of our website called Digital Direct. We are offering one album there now which is sourced from a digital recording. We may offer others in the future, if people like them.

This does not affect in any fashion the process we use for making our other tapes. In case you're new here, I'll repeat the description of that process. This applies to every tape that has a catalog number starting with TP. We start from an analog tape, the original master tape. We go through a normal mastering process to make a running master on one inch two track analog tape. That running master is copied in real time to a bank of ATR-100 recorders which make the customer tapes we sell.

We have been talking with some digital labels about releasing their recordings on tape. The first to reach fruition is one we got from Gary Reber. He's quite an interesting guy. Gary's probably best known in the entertainment field as editor and publisher of Wide Screen Review. In another aspect of his life he has long been involved in promoting economic democracy. You can read his blog at He's also a major fan of big band music. He used to go out on location recordings and help Wally Heider record big bands. I don't know whether that's a familiar name to you, but in my field, music recording, Wally is remembered as a giant. Gary eventually wound up producing recordings of big bands. That's how I met him originally, back in the 80's when he was producing one with Buddy Rich, who at the time was a fully mature artist at the height of his powers. That one came out as both an audio release and a video release. It's killer, I highly recommend it if you can find it.

For the last couple of years Gary has been working with a hot band in L.A., Bernie Dresel and the BBB. It culminated in a live recording which Gary produced. We got the 96/24 mixes and we copy those straight to our bank of ATR-100's. If you're curious about  how a good digital recording would sound on tape, here's your chance to find out.     

Istomin: Mozart Piano Concertos / Some shipping, the rest soon
« on: February 18, 2017, 04:24:00 PM »
We have been shipping this to subscribers, and got most of you. But we hit a snag with one of our suppliers, so it will be a couple of weeks till we can resume shipping. Sorry.

Worth the wait though.

General Discussion / Reorganization of the Tape Project
« on: December 26, 2016, 10:31:38 PM »
Now that Dan & Eileen are retiring, some of you are curious about the way the company will be moving forward.

Romo and I, with some help, will be keeping it all going, and expanding as we go. We will use the forum to post the details as they develop.

By mid-January all the parts of the operation that have been done in Bainbridge Island will be relocated to our facilities in the Bay Area, and we will be packaging and shipping from here. The duping is already done here.

A lot of our most popular titles already show as Out-Of-Stock on the website, but that is just temporary while we transition. They have been duplicated, and will be packaged and ready for shipping right away. The current release--Mozart Piano Concertos--is already arriving on our subscribers' doorsteps. It will be available for everyone to order very shortly after we complete the move. Then we get to work on to our next title.

We will post the new customer service phone number in this thread as soon as it is operational. For the time being, any questions that you don't get answered here on the forum can be emailed to paul at tapeproject dot com.

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