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Church Windows/Appalachian Spring Suite / Re: A new compilation.
« on: February 19, 2011, 02:46:00 PM »
Appalachian Spring is one of my all time favorite compositions. Obviously, I'm very excited about this new compilation! I may even have to play side B first...

Dan

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Suggestion Box / Re: Natalie Merchant: Tigerlily
« on: June 24, 2010, 05:46:10 AM »
Great suggestion, Taj! This one would be wonderful to hear on tape. I want it!

Dan

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General Discussion / Re: Improving Room Acoustics
« on: May 23, 2010, 05:16:13 PM »
Thanks for the info! I'm always looking for new ways to control and tame noise and sound in my listening room. Most of my sound treatments are home made, and have made a huge positive difference in the sound of my system. The nice thing about doing it yourself is not only the reduced cost, but the ability to try different things and find what works best in your room. After all, there is no theory or program that can take into account all the variables that exist in our listening rooms.

Dan

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Suggestion Box / Re: Levee Town
« on: April 17, 2010, 09:32:28 AM »
I'll throw in my support for "Saint Sonny". Every album I own of his is fabulous, but my favorite would have to be "Outward Bound". And as blaupunk said, don't miss him live if you get the opportunity! I have great memories of standing in the rain at a concert of his a few years ago...

Dan

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Reel to Reel Tape Machines / Re: 1/4 track heads on a Studer A-810?
« on: December 05, 2009, 01:14:47 PM »
I had Steve Smith replace the record head on one of my 812's with a 4 track Revox playback head. Both 2 and 4 track playback heads are wired to bypass the internal playback electronics. This setup works very well for me, as I use the other 812 for recording.

Dan

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Brilliant Corners / Re: Brilliant Corners is a gem!
« on: November 28, 2009, 03:05:39 PM »
Yeah, I feel your pain! I'm dying for mine here as well. My shipping confirmation was emailed a few days ago, with a delivery date of 12/4, so it shouldn't be long...

Dan

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Tape Project Albums - general / Re: Four more titles for Series Two!
« on: August 17, 2009, 08:06:01 AM »
The second series looks to be just as exciting as the first! With such great selections, you guys are killing me with anticipation. And a special congratulations for the Blue Notes - I hope we see more in the future.

So, what's the line up for Series III? (just kidding!)

Dan

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Reel to Reel Tape Machines / Re: Studer A812 and 7" plastic reels
« on: August 17, 2009, 07:52:52 AM »
Here's my update:

I followed Tim's instructions (thanks again for those, Tim!) and when I removed the reel table, found an aluminum shim between the table and the brake hub. This turned out to be the exact thickness I wanted, which was fortunate because I bent my hex wrench trying to loosen the center hex nut on the hub ( a zinc Snap-On wrench, so I guess I need to get the hardened steel ones ). After reassembly without the shim, I've tried multiple metal and plastic reels. The tape packs a little on the high side of the metal reels, but does not rub the flanges at all. On the plastic reels, it packs low on the hub, and only rubs if the flange is warped. This is all without the use of any spacers. I'm going to assume that this is why the aluminum shim was there, as removing it seems to have put me in exactly the sweet spot I was hoping to find.

Thanks to all for your help!
Dan

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Reel to Reel Tape Machines / Re: Studer A812 and 7" plastic reels
« on: August 04, 2009, 04:44:40 AM »
This sounds like just what I needed. Thanks for all your replies! I'll report my results once I get things lined up.

Dan

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Reel to Reel Tape Machines / Re: Studer A812 and 7" plastic reels
« on: August 03, 2009, 06:07:20 PM »
The problem I have is that I can't find a way to adjust the reel tables on the Studer. I'm not sure that this can be done. Does anyone know?

Dan

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Reel to Reel Tape Machines / Re: Studer A812 and 7" plastic reels
« on: August 03, 2009, 12:29:39 PM »
Jay,

Thanks for the suggestion, but unfortunately, that would actually make things worse, as the bottom flange of the plastic reel is already too high. I've used shims on my Technics for playing metal reels, but it is set up for plastic reel height. What I need is a way to lower the plastic reel.

Dan

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Reel to Reel Tape Machines / Studer A812 and 7" plastic reels
« on: August 03, 2009, 06:54:49 AM »
I'm having trouble playing my prerecorded two track tapes on my recently acquired Studer A812. As you would expect, the Studer is set up for NAB metal flanged reels. Unfortunately, this results in the tape rubbing the bottom flange of most of my plastic 7" prerecorded tape reels. Is there a way to adjust the reel table height to help avoid this? I have gone through the service manual several times, and haven't found any way to do this. My other ideas were either to transfer all my tapes to metal reels, or find some plastic reels with a thin enough flange to work correctly on my machine. The third option would be to use a separate machine for these tapes, but I'd rather not have to do that. What do you Studer experts do when playing your plastic reels?

Thanks for your help!
Dan

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General Discussion / Re: Group Buy of Multi-format Alignment Tape?
« on: April 30, 2009, 05:28:14 AM »
Charles,

I'm definitely still interested in one of these tapes. Keep me on the list.

Thanks!

Dan

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General Discussion / Re: Group Buy of Multi-format Alignment Tape?
« on: April 15, 2009, 06:36:38 PM »
Charles,

I would definitely be interested in one of these "all in one" alignment tapes, so count me in!

Dan

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Suggestion Box / Re: Art Pepper Meets the Rhythm Section
« on: April 16, 2008, 05:36:20 AM »
Ok, here's my 2 cents on this. Since I own several different versions of this recording, including both the AP 45 reissue (which is now $100) and the 2 track, I have done direct comparisons of these, and on a good high end system both have strengths and weaknesses. I think it depends more on your priorities in sound as to which one is better.

When the general public looks at what we spend on our machines and tapes here, they say basically the same thing about us as has been said in this topic about the high price of this 2 track. People in glass houses...

Dan

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