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Raw Tape / Yes, there is a story...
« on: April 17, 2007, 07:50:26 PM »
but it doesn't belong in this thread. So I'm starting a new one, over on the General Discussion page.

Raw Tape / Re: RMGI SM911 vs Quantagy 456
« on: April 17, 2007, 12:21:14 AM »
I'm not a huge fan of 911. Did you consider trying 468? We are using that for the Tape Project dubs, for a reason. It has been one of my favorite formulations for a long time.

And, I do a fair amount of reissue work, getting to work on tapes from many different sources. Those that were done on 468 going clear back to the '70's are usually in remarkably good shape (including Jazz At The Pawnshop, for instance.)

But there's no question that using 911 would be preferable to using 456.

Raw Tape / Re: Latest news on current production tape
« on: March 19, 2007, 08:08:20 PM »
We have had many discussions with ATR Magnetics, and they always said that 1/4 inch tape was going to be the very last width that they were going to be slitting. Their plan is to get the pipeline filled with 2" and 1/2" first, then start on the 1". I'm sorry to say I don't expect to see 1/4" from them for quite a while.

In the meantime, our experience with the RMGI 468 is very positive. We have both 1" and 1/4" in hand, and we are using them as we ramp up our own production.

I re-wired a stock 4 track Revox A-77 MKIII directly from the tape heads to the output jacks and then ran 2 foot leads into my Harmon Kardon Citation 1 pre-amp's tape head input.

The resulting sound was a revelation compared to any 4 track machine I have ever heard on any system...


Ooh, now you've got me thinking. I also have a Harman-Kardon Citation 1. Hadn't thought about connecting a deck right to it and using the internal preamp. I'mana have to try that.

(and how's this for irony: I acquired the Citation I in a swap with Stan Ricker...for some tape electronics he wanted.)

Suggestion Box / Re: Indie Labels....
« on: February 28, 2007, 02:48:06 AM »
We have no problem dealing with independent labels...or directly with the artists if they control their own recordings.

Keep the suggestions coming.

Tape Tech / Re: noisy mechanicals on fast wind on technics 1500 decks
« on: February 20, 2007, 12:29:08 AM »
Hi Doc B.
I held the roller with my hand while it was on fast wind and the cat like whining ceased. I am going to take the back off and try taking the belt off. Thanks for the advice.

Rich Brown
Acoustic Arts
Portland, Oregon


The tape counter is driven from the reversing idler (that's the roller at the bottom of the head assembly) via two belts inside the transport. The part that has been the source of our noise problems is the pulley where the first belt drives the second belt. This is all very easy to see with the back removed. A little lubrication on that pulley shaft should be all it needs.

General Discussion / Re: Tape Project tapes
« on: February 20, 2007, 12:18:52 AM »

We will be duplicating on RMGI 468, at least to start.

It would be prohibitively expensive to make a subscriber's tapes on any tape stock other than the one we're set up for. But we aim to please. If someone prefers a different stock and is willing to pay the premium...

Tape Tech / Re: Spec's for RS1500 heads (so far)
« on: February 14, 2007, 10:32:43 PM »
My question: is there a relationship between more milahenry's and performance? How is DCR significant, isolation?

I'd be careful about assuming that any one of these specs is a figure of merit by itself. It would be like asking, "What's the best value for a cathode resistor?" It would depend a lot on the rest of the circuit, wouldn't it?

I'll leave the details to people who know more about design than I do...I know enough to be dangerous, but I'd probably get something wrong.   

Tape Tech / Re: Hey Paul, any plans on another bias clinic
« on: February 14, 2007, 10:20:47 PM »
ATR services has announced their next alignment clinic:

ATR Spring Seminar on April 27th, 2007
Learn to calibrate your tape machine like a pro!  ATR's next analog tape machine alignment and calibration seminar will be held at our York, PA facility on Friday, April 27th, 2007. Attendees of all ability and experience levels are welcome, as we cover a wide range of topics and tailor each seminar to the particular needs and questions of the participants.  The seminar will held from 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM at our York, PA location.  The cost is $250 per person for those attendees that have not purchased or restored a machine with us, and $150 for those that have.  This cost includes lunch and all materials.  Please click here for more information or to sign up for the seminar.  Space is limited and seminars sell out quickly. We hope to see you there!

Reel to Reel Tape Machines / Re: Technics RS-1520 on e-bay...
« on: February 14, 2007, 10:11:27 PM »
The seller actually had two of them on eBay. They looked well-worn from the pictures, but as Doc has said, we just assume they're thoroughly used, and that we'll bring them up to spec in our refurb process.

Our friend Motorbruce nabbed the first one, and I got the second. As always, we'll see just what condition it's in when it arrives.

General Discussion / Re: Colour-coding leaders...
« on: February 12, 2007, 04:07:08 AM »
I guess I didn't express myself well. My comment had nothing to do with either leader tape or splicing tape.

When putting a tape away for storage, it is customary to tape down the free end so it doesn't unravel in storage and create a big mess the next time you pull the tape out. It doesn't matter whether there is leader on the end, or it's just the end of the tape. It's just good practice to tape it down so it doesn't unravel. It can be taped down with just about anything: masking tape, scotch tape, gaffer's tape. But in every commercial studio I've ever been in, there has been a supply of tape, usually artist's paper tape, in a quarter inch width, just for this purpose. And generally in two colors: red and blue. As I said earlier, the blue is used to signify that the tape is tails out, and the red is used to signify that it's heads out.

One studio I worked at, The Automatt, even had short lengths of tape ready-made for this purpose, with their logo pre-printed on them. Since it was assumed that all the tapes would be stored tails-out, they only made these in blue.

General Discussion / Re: Colour-coding leaders...
« on: February 10, 2007, 03:24:20 PM »
Yes, there is an industry standard for indicating head or tail of a reel...but it doesn't have to do with the leader itself. The indicator is the little piece of adhesive tape that is used to hold down the free end of the tape. If it's blue, the tape is tails out. If it's red, the tape is heads out. I have no idea where this originated, but it has been widely observed for a long time.

Reel to Reel Tape Machines / Re: Technics RS1500 head rewiring
« on: February 06, 2007, 12:42:34 AM »
Hello Ketchup,

Welcome to the forum. Before answering, I'd like to call your attention to our groundrules. We ask that all participants in the forum use their real names. Please either add your real name to your profile or sign your posts.

Now, regarding your heads: These machines were made in two versions: one with half-track record and play plus an additional quarter-track repro, the other with quarter-track record and play plus an additional half-track repro.

Your visual description of your heads seems accurate. If the half-track head comes first and your quarter track head comes last, that indicates that you have a quarter-track recorder-reproducer with the additional half-track repro head. Does the record head (that's the one that's third in line, the one right after the reversing idler) look like a quarter-track head? And look at the head switch...does the label "2-tr" appear on the left or the right side of the switch? If it's on the left, that further confirms that you have a quarter-track headstack. Let's determine that first, then we can figure out the wiring.

BTW the color code that Doc posted corresponds to what my manual shows for a half-track machine. It doesn't show the wiring of a quarter-track headstack.

General Discussion / Re: Non-vinyl audio sources for RTR
« on: January 27, 2007, 12:19:03 AM »
There is a long tradition of home r2r enthusiasts recording live broadcasts from FM radio. Some cities had high quality FM broadcasts live from the concert hall or ballroom, or occasionally from a recording studio. Sorry, I don't know of any currently being broadcast in the SF Bay Area. KCSM does have a show on Suday evenings called Sunday Night Suites that broadcasts location recordings of jazz made specifically for that show. They're good, but they are still recordings, not direct live feeds.

Service Resources / Re: JRF Magnetic Sciences!
« on: January 23, 2007, 11:26:10 PM »
JRF is absolutely one of the blue chip companies in this field.

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