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Prerecorded Tapes / Re: tape pack deformation problems..
« on: January 17, 2011, 08:17:11 PM »
yes, Steve, it is part of that Ring recording.  The tapes do sound good, but I went through reel 2 again tonite and now I know what is going on, edge ripple on side 2 of reel 2!  I'll turn that reel over and play side 2 to see if the sound is affected, the ripple looks pretty bad watching from side 1...  for whatever reason there seems to be problems getting good complete sets of those recordings, they are not rare, but it make take a couple of sets to make one good one, my Walkure reel 1 has poor slitting midway thru, haven't tried the other reels yet though...

Prerecorded Tapes / Re: tape pack deformation problems..
« on: January 17, 2011, 04:20:01 PM »
thanks, Steve, I may try that new reel suggestion, the tape itself seems to play fine but just lays up funny with noticeable "spoking" as discussed on Richard Hess's website.  I am just a bit concerned as to longevity since this reel 2 of 3 in Gotterdamerung and if this is going to become a problem I would want to send it back to Polyphony.  Thanks, Randy

Prerecorded Tapes / tape pack deformation problems..
« on: January 17, 2011, 11:53:00 AM »
howdy, all, I was wondering about the problems inherent when a reel of tape packs onto the reel with some deformation showing in the packing, ie., it may manifest as flat spots in the pack or wavy spots and/or humping as opposed to normal arcuate packing, and what appears to be a radial lines/areas visible in the library wound, packed tape.  I saw some of this on Richard Hess's site and was wondering what effect this has on tape, both during play and for long term storage/use.  On one tape I note this effect, I do not seem to hear any playback problems, perhaps more careful listening will be needed, in others, there are audible issues.  Also, tapes having this problem also seem to have problems where the tape does not pack flat, there is often areas where the tape edges are high or low on a couple of laps, or a fair section of the pack will have tape edges alternating high and low as the tape packs onto the reel...  thanks

Prerecorded Tapes / Re: Reader fav tapes...
« on: January 10, 2011, 09:44:38 PM »
Your welcome, Steve.  My luck with the Command Classics has been iffy as well, not so much damaged tapes as just not good sounding, it seems to me that the Steinberg/Pittsburg recordings are "boxy" and not that great, not bad, but not super either, although I have found that the hiss level is pretty low.  Cheap Thrills is a recording that I am trying to get my bandmates to cover some of, the recording is from live material, it just seems to have a nice sound, probably pulled from the soundboard during the performance.   While my in-process upgrades to the Otari have made substantial leaps in the sound quality from many tapes, I wonder just how much better that tape would sound thru your Bottlehead ; )

Prerecorded Tapes / Re: Reader fav tapes...
« on: January 10, 2011, 12:29:35 PM »
just got a new tape today via eBay, it is Berlioz Symphonie Fantastique on Command Classics, excellent sound, the brass and woodwinds are a bit forward sounding, very low hiss and no distortion/compression in the tuttis, something I find too often with Living Stereo recordings.  Some recent recordings I have bought that sounded suprisingly good are Ray Charles Live In Concert on ABC Paramount, really nice live sound, and Cheap Thrills, listening to the recording on tape it is surprising how much detail is in the recording that I have not heard on the CD...

Prerecorded Tapes / Re: tape squealing, not backcoated tape...
« on: January 07, 2011, 04:26:01 PM »
well, the dreaded squeal happened again!  And once again, it is a black tape, London recording/ampex duplicated Dolby-encoded, the squeal seems to be occurring around the erase head on both of my machines (5050 and MTR-10).  Beautiful recording, no use to me now...  while I have a few of the same type of tapes that do not squeal, I would recommend staying away from any of the London/Phillips - ampex mastered black tapes, looks to be trouble.  Many are Dolby recordings, and the sound is very good, '70s recordings, but there is something amiss with the tape...

Prerecorded Tapes / Re: Ravel/Andre Clyutens tapes commanding big prices!
« on: December 30, 2010, 07:43:58 PM »
forgot to mention, one of my favorite Nutcracker's is the the Rodzinski version that I have on an MCA cd, very vivid recording!  I have seen the tape of the highlights on Sonotape, but am more interested in the whole ballet.  Wondering how that tape compares to the cd...

Prerecorded Tapes / Re: Ravel/Andre Clyutens tapes commanding big prices!
« on: December 30, 2010, 07:39:43 PM »
Thanks, Steve, well reasoned thoughts.  I have a few of the Command Classics, most are "boxy" sounding that open up a bit when played back more loudly than other tapes, I thought they might be better sounding because of the recording techniques, but not sure about that.  A good number of the Living Stereo tapes that I have heard have congestion in the tuttis, I can also hear that to a lesser degree in the SACDs of the same performances.  That being said, there is a beguiling sound to tapes that I can't quite put my finger on...

Prerecorded Tapes / Re: Ravel/Andre Clyutens tapes commanding big prices!
« on: December 30, 2010, 05:11:53 PM »
what you are saying is partially correct, docb, there are buyers who are buying "blind", however, outside of the Ravel tapes, which are Angel recordings, the other tapes I am seeing explode in cost are primarily tapes whose provenance in the LP world is known as high quality, ie., Mercury, London Bluebacks, Living Stereo, etc., so that these buyers are not buying particularly blind, they have some knowledge of high quality recordings from other sources, but are pushing those tapes into outtasite territory.  The question is are these recordings all that great, Steve has noted that many 4 trackers are better than 2 trackers depending on the recordings, etc.  One of my hifi gurus, Arthur Salvatore, has indicated on his excellent website how many holy grail recordings from the '50s/'60s are just not that good, that technology had improved mastering and in some ways, recordings to the point that later recordings are much better than what came before, but he is talking primarily about LPs.  Just as docb has noted, while many R2R people lust after a stereo 350, the ATRs, Studers, etc. machines are just so much better, evolved technology, etc.  And with the improvement in TTP tapes, I wonder how these 4 trackers are stacking up to other technology, such as SACD and LP in similar price point gear...

Prerecorded Tapes / Re: Ravel/Andre Clyutens tapes commanding big prices!
« on: December 30, 2010, 11:50:05 AM »
HI, Steve, these were/are on eBay, and this has been ongoing for every one of the Ravel/Clyutens tapes listed.  That being said, this trend is extending to many tapes being sold on eBay, prices are just going crazy over the last couple of months and shows no signs of abating.  I would agree with your premise, but would extend it a bit, there are factions of money makers, basically overpaid people of one sort or the other, that have gotten into tape, much as the 2-trackers did a while back, that have money to burn and are driving the prices up on a number of sorts of tapes, certainly rock tapes, but numerous classical tapes are getting hammered by these buyers/collectors.  I am still working on my system to determine if indeed R2R is the better sounding format, not able to make that determination yet.  But at the prices tapes are going to, tapes will not be in my equation!

Prerecorded Tapes / Ravel/Andre Clyutens tapes commanding big prices!
« on: December 29, 2010, 03:27:03 PM »
what is up with that?  Are these tapes that good, or what?  The prices I am seeing on these tapes are pretty ridiculous for 4-track tapes.  That being said, over the last couple of months the prices in general for 4-track tapes has skyrocketing, any ideas why?

Reel to Reel Tape Machines / Re: Otari MX-5050 mods, impressive!
« on: December 20, 2010, 11:08:41 PM »
HI, Neil, not yet, ran into a problem with a cable and am awaiting my mouser order for the Molex pins to fix said connector.  I should note that John was talking to me about the Otari MTR-10, he is a studio engineer and has a couple of these, an earlier thread with Steve Koto noted that these decks are fairly easy to get and cheap as well, they are more along the lines of a true studio machine.  I did get one, but it needed (needs) some work to get it up to its best operation, that is what I am in the process of doing.  However, the mods John mention are also applicable to the Otari MX5050 series, and that is the machine I replaced the power supply bypass caps on that made such a difference, night and day to my ears!  I plan on getting another MTR-10 and run both cap mods, the straight 0.1 mfd mods and the varied values mod and listen to the difference, going by what John has told me in the emails, the varied values mod is probably what I will eventually stay with.  I also note that the 0.1 mfd caps can be a bit of a trick to get in a small enough size, mouser and digi-key don't carry the 192Ps any more but I was able to get a stock in the 0.1 value.  In looking into various capacitor reviews and such, I have noted that there may very well be other film/foil caps available in sizes that would work as well, I believe Sonicaps makes fairly small 0.1 mfds, there are some film/foil caps of quality construction that will fit in the spaces...  feel free to contact me for any questions you have [email protected]...

General Discussion / Re: Season's Barclay Crocker's
« on: December 20, 2010, 10:55:21 PM »
yes, Happy Holidays to all!  BTW, docb, how does that Messiah sound?  I have the complete 2 disc version, and the sound can be a bit cloudy, and yet there seems to be potential for a really good recording there, thinking I might have one that is a bit off...

Tape Tech / Re: Annis magnetometer, anyone using these? (nt)
« on: December 09, 2010, 07:19:43 PM »
thanks, Steve, I was wondering about getting one as a means to determine when to demag, I guess I play tapes around 2-3 hrs/day, your sticky indicated to demag 4x/year, one for each season, would that be about right for the amount of listening I do?  thanks!

Tape Tech / Annis magnetometer, anyone using these? (nt)
« on: December 08, 2010, 07:40:39 PM »
anyone using these magnetometer to determine when to demag the RR?

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