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Events / RMAF 2013
« on: October 01, 2013, 05:08:38 PM »
Hi All,

Just checking to see if anyone was going to the show this year from The Tape Project or the forum. I will be there roaming around all day Friday the 11th and half of Saturday the 12th.


Tim Leggett

Tape Tech / MDI MagREELs For ATR-102
« on: March 24, 2012, 11:06:25 AM »
Hi All,

I just wanted to mention I picked up a set of Jeff Gilman?s MagREELS ATR-102 10? reel hub adapters and really do like them. I bought the set with the extenders so I can use them with ?? and ?? reels. They really do center the reels on the spindles and give absolute no slip cogged drive by their design with the pin that slips into the holes in the reel platter. They really stop the reel wobble when the transport is running.

I wasn?t sure if anyone had tried them or posted about them. I really do like them.


Suggestion Box / Groove Note Titles Anyone?
« on: March 07, 2012, 07:20:16 PM »
Most of the Groove Note titles recorded for Groove Note Records were done at Ocean Way Recording by Micheal Ross using some really nice microphones. My understanding is these titles were recorded to analog tape, but I cannot find any confirmation of this. I did hear they were mixed and mastered simultaneously to analog and DSD, and one title live to 45 RPM phonograph lacquers as well. These are some of my favorite reference LPs, ones I use to gauge changes in my system when I introduce something new. They have amazing dynamics.

Anyway I would like to suggest as possible Tape Project releases the following, provided they meet the project criteria. I do know the music moves me:
  • Jacintha - The Girl From Bossa Nova
  • The Bill Cunliffe Trio - Live At Bernie's (All the songs from the SACD if possible)
  • Jacintha - Lush Life


Just got this tape today, sealed no less from 1971. It is 4T 7? IPS.

Came in a fairly plain box, with a typed looking simple label.

The tape is a thin black looking stock on a clear large hub 7" Ampex reel.

Pretty amazing clean tape with very low noise, just perfect! The Blue Danube is divine! I do like me some Strauss!

Creek Bank / Very Nice Tape!
« on: August 08, 2011, 06:22:39 PM »
This is the first tape sent to me by the Tape Project for my Series One Subscription. I played it back on a stock Ampex ATR-102, with Flux Magnetics Extended Response heads.

I had never heard this LP and was very pleasantly surprised. I find after a few listens that 'The Seventh Son' is kind of stuck in my head, in a good way.

So here are my impressions:
  • Quality - The quality of the tape is exquisite. I really like the 30 or so seconds of blank tape lead ins and lead outs before the white leader. Very, very thoughtful. Keeps the tape with the signal isolated away from the edges of the reels and nicely packed! I have heard only one drop out which sounds to me like it was on the original tape, the SM468 it is recored on is flawless. No oxide was shed from the tape when played.
  • Recording - The recording and its sound is superb. I have done live jazz recording and this sounds just like it. Every instrument and note is very real sounding. You can hear the intent of the players in everything they are doing. Amazing dynamics throughout!
  • Reproduction - This an amazing sounding tape having come from an original produced in 1959. The tape duplication chain sounds second to none. I have heard quite a few jazz 45 RPMS played on my vinyl rig, but they have nothing on this. I particularly like the piano hammer sounds. That pace, rhythm and cohesion can only come from tape or hi-rez digital original sources.

I really like this tape and have been listening to it much more than I ever thought I would. This was a really good choice by the Tape Project principles. Bravo!


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