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General Discussion / Re: tandberg td 20a se service
« on: July 26, 2010, 04:49:38 AM »
i have a tandberg td 20a se that has wow and flutter problem. any thouhts on this ? also does any one know how to locate nick a tech in new york who serviced my deck 14 yrs.,a phone # would be nice?                                                                                                                                                      thanks

If this is the same guy, he has moved to Chicago.



Suggestion Box / Re: The Goldberg Variations, Glenn Gould 1981
« on: May 21, 2009, 11:10:56 AM »
My pressing is dated 1982, but this is a digital recording anyway, and would not qualify because of that. 

General Discussion / Re: Newby, here, with a few questions...
« on: April 18, 2009, 07:34:16 PM »
I have many 7.5ips Angel, EMI & UK Columbia tapes with CCIR EQ which I understand is IEC.  But I have read that IEC and NAB EQ's are the same at 7.5 ips.  Is this correct? 


Tape Project Albums - general / Re: I know I will regret this...
« on: March 30, 2009, 08:39:38 PM »
I would like to know if there will be at least two more classical titles.  And, knowing what they are, would certainly help me make a decision.


Tape Project Albums - general / Re: New series 2 Titles
« on: March 03, 2009, 02:30:46 PM »
Will there be at least two more classical titles?


Suggestion Box / Re: Classical Music Subscription Series
« on: January 29, 2009, 09:56:20 PM »
No, I am not suggesting an "alternate pricing structure".  I have no problems with the price of the subscriptions; I think the prices for both series are fair and reasonable - this is an incredible undertaking.  I am only asking about the possibility of a separate classical music series.


Suggestion Box / Re: Classical Music Subscription Series
« on: January 29, 2009, 08:52:13 PM »
I'm not sure I understand the proposal. If it is classical titles beyond the regular series you can definitely count me in.

I really want the four titles that have already been done, but I don't want the other two titles that I would have to pay for to get them with a selective subscription.  So for me, I would love to have all the present classical titles that have already been released, and future titles, like those in series two, put into a separate classical series. 


Suggestion Box / Classical Music Subscription Series
« on: January 29, 2009, 04:25:51 PM »
While I understand that there is a lot of interest in Jazz and Blues, and other styles of music, I personally don't have any interest in these styles.  And since these styles take up 60% of a subscription, they have kept me from even being a selective subscriber. 

I am wondering if there would be a possibility for The Tape Project to consider a Classical Music Series.  I would subscribe today to a series with six classical titles, and if there were more, I would go for a full subscription.   

I would be interested in finding out if there are others who would also subscribe to this type of a series.


Prerecorded Tapes / Re: Mono prerecorded tapes
« on: January 13, 2009, 02:05:39 PM »
Can you elaborate on this part?
I understand relative channel phase in a stereo system but I have a feeling you are talking about absolute phase from the original studio performance - which I don't know if there is a way of determining on a reel to reel tape, mono or stereo.

I guess I should explain that the tapes I am referring to are 2 track mono tapes that have only one channel per track, and must be flipped over to play the remaining material.

I am not sure what phase you would call it, I can only explain what is experienced when it is heard. 

When I wrote about the reason for reversing phase to hear the mono correctly, I was referring to what is similarly experienced when playing a mono LP with a mono or stereo cartridge, but played back through a stereo system.  I may not know the terminology to explain it, but without reversing phase either by a switch on the pre-amp, or reversing phase on a speaker cable, you end up with a wide image spread between the speakers, but when phase is reversed, the image solidifies into a single point between both speakers, and this will give you the illusion of a single speaker playing back the material.  Just like you would get if you Like you are listening in mono.  If you have stereo a test record with a phase test, you will experience the same thing in stereo.   

I have no idea what will be heard with the TP's mono tape.  I do not know if this effect can be changed by having a double mono signal.


Prerecorded Tapes / Re: Mono prerecorded tapes
« on: January 13, 2009, 09:10:19 AM »
There are quite a few of these tapes around.  I had many mono 7.5 ips 2 track tapes on the UK EMI/Columbia releases of their early opera recordings.  The only tape I kept was the Beethoven Piano Concerto #4.  There is no conductor listed, but I am pretty sure it is Furtwangler.

The sound of these tapes was OK, but nothing outstanding.  The thing to remember when playing these tapes is to to reverse phase so that you get a proper mono presentation.  If you don't want to reverse phase, then listen with only one channel.

There was also a period of time when EMI released some 2 track 3.75 ips tapes on 5" reels; you can find some Beatles releases like this.  I have also seen some Karajan Beethoven on DGG in the same format.  Personally, I would not bother with them unless you collect performances or performers.  Those that I have heard; like some EMI operas, were not very good, at least to my ears. 


Tape Tech / Re: Listening To Mono Tapes
« on: January 10, 2009, 09:13:07 AM »
I would think that full mono and not double mono would be best.  That way the tape could be played back on a mono head as well as a two track head.


Prerecorded Tapes / Re: Collection of Tapes
« on: January 10, 2009, 07:42:32 AM »
What a great collection!!

Let me know if you plan on selling any of the 2 track tapes.


General Discussion / Re: Happy Holidays to all
« on: December 19, 2008, 11:09:05 AM »
Finally, a few words about my current system ? speakers are Quad 63?s driven by a tweaked Lazarus Class A hybrid 50 watt amplifier.  Homebrew, center channel, Quad woofer with self contained combiner / amplifier / 4th order low pass filter from 100 hz down.  System goes down into the 20?s. 

You are a man after my own heart.  I have been thinking of using 3 Quad ESL 63's in my main system.  I would love to hear how it is working out and how much of a difference there is once you add in the center speaker.


Reel to Reel Tape Machines / Re: Ampex 440
« on: December 16, 2008, 05:13:32 PM »
Yes, it's quite a decent transport. It's not up to the level of sophistication of an ATR, but it is a nice rugged and reliable studio transport that sounds good. We did our first demos in 2003 with it's ancestor, the 350. For the price I'd say it's very worthy of consideration.

Thanks for the recommendation.  Physically, it looks OK, but I may need some new parts.  Do you know of anyone that I can contact for parts?

Reel to Reel Tape Machines / Ampex 440
« on: December 16, 2008, 06:59:49 AM »
I have been offered a 2 track 1/4" Ampex 440 on its dolly for free.  I do not know what version it it.

Could those who know, tell me if it is worth spending the money getting this machine mechanically perfect.  It has one broken tape tesion guide, but other than that it plays and sounds very good.  I would not use the electronics in the long term, I dream of having a Repro head amp one day. 

Any help or suggestions would be appreciated.


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