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I find this to be kind of a strange thread. Tape is no longer going to be a mass medium...heck, LPs aren't either, although more of one than tape. The TP team made a quality decision - e.g., the only reason to do this is to ensure that the tapes are of the highest quality possible given a reasonable base of machines. Therefore,15 ips 2 track with the IEC equalization curve. I am certain there was never an expectation to move an enormous number of units, just enough to make the venture profitable. What's interesting is that new producers of tapes have popped up, and have adopted the same standards, and that the producers of new machines are now focused on the standards that Doc, Paul and Michael chose. RTR is now going to be an "elite" medium, not a mass one, and it makes sense to ensure that there is the best sound possible.

To my knowledge, the last prior commercial releases (well, except for the Shins) was in early 80s, from Barclay-Crocker. These were either Dolby-B or dbx encoded, which means they are likely incompatible (somewhat in the case of Dolby-B, completely in the case of dbx) with the new machines and even the bulk of older ones. I have tried several times, completely without success, to add a outboard Dolby unit to my ReVox A77....but I have also found that many of my 70s tapes are affected by sticky shed, and are useless. At this stage I believe that we should be focused on building the best future and not supporting the past.

General Discussion / Tape Coverage in The Absolute Sound
« on: June 09, 2013, 10:59:54 AM »
I didn't see a mention of this before, so here goes. The latest issue of The Absolute Sound (July/August, 2013) has quite a lot of coverage of RTR, starting with a review of the United Home Audio UHA-HQ tape deck (which Valin describes as the best source component he has ever heard, regardless of format). He also has a shorter review of the SonoruS ATR10, and also a list of available 15ips tapes. Very good reading. V

Somehow he managed to hear a dupe of a safety master of Sgt. Pepper....the description will make your mouth water. We can only dream!

General Discussion / Re: All That Jazz
« on: April 15, 2013, 05:15:11 PM »
For me, YouTube has been indispensable for viewing videos of artists/songs that I haven't otherwise ever seen. A couple that come to mind:

The Byrds doing "Hey, Mr Tambourine Man"....with a special guest, Bob Dylan. David Crosby was still in the group, so what, about 1967?

Joan Baez doing an acoustic version of "Love is Just a Four Letter Word" from her kitchen in Woodside, California. This was pretty recent, but it sounds better as an all-acoustic song than it does in the Nashville gussied up version done back in 68 or so on the album of Dylan covers.

We Five doing "You Were On My Mind" when it first came out. The Honeycombs doing "Have I the Right" with the drumming of the great Honey Lantree. Jackson Browne, Linda Ronstadt and the Eagles doing "Take It Easy". Paul McCartney doing the first live performance of "A Day In the Life". Jake Shimabukuro doing "While My Guitar (ukulele?) Gently Weeps". Buffalo Springfield doing "Mr. Soul". There is so MUCH. Gordon Lightfoot in his prime. Sometimes I find myself browsing from one artist/song to the next, and I find an hour has passed.

General Discussion / Re: Current state of affairs
« on: April 10, 2013, 09:30:04 AM »
I haven't seen Willie and the Poorboys yet....moving from Menlo Park to Burlingame in a few weeks.

General Discussion / Re: Current state of affairs
« on: April 09, 2013, 04:53:53 PM »
This is welcome news.

I will be inputting a change of address soon.....I wonder if Willie and the Poor Boys will ship first?

Willy and the Poor Boys / Re: At last, another album is shipping!
« on: February 23, 2013, 06:17:47 PM »
Thanks, Paul.

Willy and the Poor Boys / Re: At last, another album is shipping!
« on: February 22, 2013, 06:31:38 PM »
I still haven't heard the good news on this one.....what should be the expectation at this stage?


Prerecorded Tapes / Re: Christmas tape play
« on: December 25, 2012, 01:06:20 PM »
I played the Dorati Concertgebouw Nutcracker.

Flirting With Twilight / Re: TP-021 shipping
« on: September 23, 2012, 05:31:24 PM »
Doc, I haven't received a new TP tape in a year...and I subscribed to Series III fully 18 months ago. When should we start to see the logjam in the TP start to clear? I appreciate how busy you are with the Bottlehead business, but I am pretty sure that the loyal TP subscribers should be in the queue as well.


Flirting With Twilight / Re: TP-021 shipping
« on: July 03, 2012, 08:40:19 AM »
It would be great to hear when I might receive my copy of this. I have sent an inquiry, but haven't heard back. How is production going?



Events / Re: Bay Area Get Together Sunday March 18
« on: March 20, 2012, 12:43:12 PM »
So what did I miss?


Events / Re: Bay Area Get Together Sunday March 18
« on: March 09, 2012, 08:57:49 AM »
I am sorry that I have to miss yet another get together.....that's what happens when you have a 12 year old - weekend afternoons are difficult. This one sounds especially interesting! That evening I will be attending the Leo Kottke concert in Mountain View.

Suggestion Box / Re: Rimsky-Korsakoff
« on: February 23, 2012, 12:02:45 AM »
Personally, I find the Reiner performance extremely well played, but a bit too stiff and buttoned up. Stokowski, anyone?

General Discussion / The Shins
« on: February 13, 2012, 10:57:03 PM »
FWIW, the Shins are receiving a huge amount of air time and positive feedback from KFOG here in the Bay Area.   DJs love 'em.


Suggestion Box / Re: Crazy end of year suggestion
« on: January 05, 2012, 01:10:34 PM »
Steve, I don't know about Leroy Anderson - I have the Mercury SACD of his music, and the music is too lightweight for my taste - but I think your idea of RR and TP co-productions is terrific - so much that I suggested it myself a few months ago, under the "Nojima" subject line in the suggestion box. I also still hope for the live performance idea that the guys were kicking around a few gin and tonics ago.


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