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Tape Project Albums - general / Re: Latest shipping News
« on: October 22, 2008, 06:42:54 PM »
I have now received 5 tapes - #1, 2, 4, 6, 7 - kind of odd, not that it is a problem.

Suggestion Box / Some additional suggestions
« on: October 10, 2008, 10:10:53 PM »
Beach Boys' Surf's Up - one of the all time greats.

Jackson Browne For Everyman -ditto

Eric Tingstad On the Links - fantastic solo guitar, didn't make it to CD (thankfully)

Sibelius Symphony #2 Szell

Prerecorded Tapes / Soft Binder Syndrome
« on: October 10, 2008, 08:58:31 AM »
Steve, thanks for the link to the tape restoration page. I have a few squealing tapes, but there is no residue to speak of left on my deck after playing. Based on the description it looks like these tapes are suffering from soft binder syndrome and not sticky shed syndrome. Will a LAST treatment help these? Is it worth trying?

Tape Project Albums - general / Got my first tape today!
« on: September 26, 2008, 10:32:01 PM »
I received tape 001 today! I hope this means that the others are soon to follow. I ordered my full subscription on July 8 and it seems that things are now starting to happen. Boy, it is a beautiful thing to own.

My charter subscription order went in on July 8 and I haven't received a tape yet - so yes, it looks like patience is well advised.

Tape Project Albums - general / Contacting Romo
« on: August 11, 2008, 06:28:28 PM »
Seve, I did send him one email -no reply. Guess I'll send another. I have this big beautiful RS1520 with nothing to play on it!

Tape Project Albums - general / Re: Latest shipping News
« on: August 11, 2008, 09:28:42 AM »
In general, how long should I have to wait to receive a tape? I purchased my subscription on July 6 - haven't seen a tape yet.

Suggestion Box / Re: Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique
« on: August 03, 2008, 10:27:12 PM »
Here is the AA link:

Not a long discussion, but interesting. The poster is a major Ansermet fan.

Suggestion Box / Re: Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique
« on: August 03, 2008, 02:11:50 PM »
Berlioz is a great idea (as is Mahler) but I might campaign for something like Romeo & Juliet over the Symphonie Fantastique.  However, if we are going to get SF, I might be looking for something really interesting like the Ansermet performance, which is extremely rare on LP. One of the contributors in  Audio Asylum made an extremely cogent case for this performance.

Prerecorded Tapes / Re: Barclay-Crocker tape catalog?
« on: August 03, 2008, 02:07:09 PM »
I notice there is a lot of missing data in this catalog, although it is still very useful. There are many "artist unknowns" - the Horenstein Mahler recordings licensed from Unicorn, for example, are listed as "artist unknown". Clearly there is an opportunity for some BC lover with lots of spare time to clean this up and publish a comprehensive catalog.

I also notice that the general catalog seems to be missing lots of info -I did a search on both
"Mahler" and "Solti" and two tapes that I own (Solti conducting the LSO in the Resurrection and the CSO in the 6th) didn't come up under either search.

Tape Project Machines / User Manual for Technics RS1520?
« on: July 25, 2008, 11:05:47 AM »
I now am the proud owner of an RS1520, but I don't have a user manual. I looked at - they have a service manual, but no user manual. Anyone know where to obtain a user manual?


Thanks, Steve. Signing up the the Tape Project (I went the charter route) represents a new era in RTR to me. Back in the 70's and early 80's I always had a RTR in my system, initially a Tandberg 92XX series and then a Teac, after my Tandberg died an ugly death. I collected a fair number of RTR's, from various manufacturers (Ampex, Stereotape, then Barclay Crocker).  I kept the tapes but didn't have a deck for about 20 years. When I first started to lurk around ebay I was stunned and shocked about the large amount of RTR stuff available, and I acquired a ReVox A77 in nice shape and a few more tapes (from ebay and Irvington Music) and have enjoyed rolling those. My technical knowledge of the RTR world was never more than a consumer whose primary interest was playback. So I found a few things confusing at first but now I have a good handle on the requirements.

Right now I'm probably going to to the stock thing and acquire a deck which can play the tapes in its native mode. For that reason I'm looking at the Otari MX5050 (and trying to figure out which model number means what) and the Technics 1520. I was impressed by your set up  (boy is the build quality of the Technics high) and that might be a next step -I do get the idea of the performance advantage of bypassing the deck's built in electronics (maybe Otari could make this an option on their units) and also tweaking the heads, but just not ready to spend the $$ quite yet until I have a library of tapes. (None, so far - I presume the first one I'll get will be 007, followed by the first 6).

I will continue to run the A77 for the 4 track tapes (most of which are 7.5 ips), although I'd love to upgrade to a B77 with an onboard Dolby circuit, but that's for another forum.

I am concerned about service and so on. I live in the south bay, as I think you know, and am grateful for any info you can share. I work in San Francisco, fortunately I drive a Hybrid Civic.

I have seen on ebay the following:

MX 5050 B2 HD
MX5050 B II 2

I know from Doc's post  in the sticky that a MX 5050 BII is supposed to work as is for the TP tapes, but what are these variants? Given the flexibility of RTR hardware, I worry that some variant will mean, oh, it does NAB only, or it is a 3 3/4 and 7.5 machine.


Suggestion Box / Re: We need some Wagner
« on: June 20, 2008, 01:28:09 PM »
Well, I am ignoring the admonition to start a new topic. Went to Das Rheingold at the SF Opera last night - brilliant performance of a very rich score, and it seems to me that the Solti Das Rheingold ought to be a candidate as a pioneering audiophile recording. It was on 7.5 ips rtr in the heyday. Yes, high cost, and since Wagnerian opera may not be every suscriber's cup of tea perhaps this ought to be offered outside of the standard subscription series, possibly even on a preorder basis.

Reel to Reel Tape Machines / Trying to clear up my confusion
« on: June 20, 2008, 01:12:45 PM »
I am sure if I read through all of the posts it would be  entirely clear - but want to check. If I understand all correctly, any 15 ips 2 track machine will play the Tape Project tapes, as long as it is equalized for IEC. However, best performance will be achieved by bypassing the native electronics of the machine and modifying it to connect directly from the heads to a better preamp such as a Bottlehead.

Do I have that right?

Under this scenario, a new Otari would work straight out of the box. BTW, how hard is it to switch between IEC and NAD on that unit.

Also what happens to the other functions of the deck after modification? Does it become playback only? If it has a four track playback head (I believe the Otari does) can that still be used?


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