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Tape Project Machines / Re: Studer A810 head rewire
« on: November 07, 2010, 08:53:15 AM »
A couple more of the Studer and Otari.

Jay

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Tape Project Machines / Re: Studer A810 head rewire
« on: November 07, 2010, 08:51:15 AM »
Here are the pics I promised of the finished playback head output modification we performed on a Studer A810. The small black pushbutton in the hole in the headblock cover allows switching the playback head from its normal connection to the internal playback electronics to a pair of XLR outputs that have been added to a blank plate on the top rear next to the existing XLR jacks. The only caveat with this setup is that you don't want to throw the switch with the machine turned on, as connecting it to the "hot" internal preamp will magnetize the head. So the procedure for switching is: power down the Studer and the external preamp, wait 60 seconds and then push the button.

It's quiet, there is plenty of output for a Tube Repro, frequency response is quite flat, all in all it's a nice combo.
Here are some pic's of my Studer's headblock mod.

Jay

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Reel to Reel Tape Machines / Location of External Pre
« on: November 03, 2010, 09:45:32 PM »
Ok you guys that are using an external pre with your Studers, where do you have your pre located???

Jay

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Reel to Reel Tape Machines / Re: OTARI MX5050
« on: November 03, 2010, 03:48:01 AM »
The level switch on the back of the Otari is very misleading.  While one would think that it would allow the user to adjust the bias for different kinds of tape, in fact all it does is to change the playback levels to compensate for the amount of headroom which various types of tapes have. I believe the positions are for Ampex Operating Level (low), 250 nw/meter (comparable to Ampex/Quantegy 456 tape) (medium) and (320 nw/meter) (high).  The recording bias on the Otari needs to be adjusted manually.

There is a switch on the front for recording.

Jay

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Reel to Reel Tape Machines / Re: OTARI MX5050
« on: November 02, 2010, 01:13:38 PM »
Fred,
What type tape are you using? With today's type tape you should use the middle setting.

Jay

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Prerecorded Tapes / Re: tape squealing, not backcoated tape...
« on: November 01, 2010, 05:55:57 PM »
We all have heard of squealing tapes, particularly of the backcoated variety, however, I just pulled another reel of because of squealing, Dolby copy on London, Ampex manufactured, this is the second of this type of tape, a black colored tape, that seems to squeal for no reason, did it on side 2 about half way in, both tapes the same way (half way in side 2), there is no residue on the heads/path, what is causing this?  I had a similar problem with RCA Living Stereo tapes years ago, got rid of them, ones I have purchased recently have not had that problem, although the dreaded "edge ripple" comes up quite frequently...  any ideas?

Check your pinch roller carefully, Maybe even try cleaning it.

Jay

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General Discussion / Re: Interesting Review on some tape accessories
« on: October 31, 2010, 05:09:46 PM »
do these only work with lock don spindles on machines like the 1500 and the Pioneer 909/707 machines?  in other words, not on Otari machines or Ampex, etc...

Yes they do all of them except the Otari!!!

Jay

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General Discussion / Re: Interesting Review on some tape accessories
« on: October 23, 2010, 05:53:24 AM »
Yes it will.

Jay

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General Discussion / Re: Interesting Review on some tape accessories
« on: October 20, 2010, 12:56:54 PM »
But then again, I could be wrong...

Thanks,

Ki

I am sure there is a reason but I kind of doubt the above quote!!! LOL!!!

Jay

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General Discussion / Re: New High for Sax Colossus!
« on: September 28, 2010, 06:45:21 AM »
Wow Myles,
That's some serious money!

One pretty interesting thing is checking the sellers feedback. Almost all the "winners" of these jazz classic originals are return customers. They must all be satisfied with their purchases so at least the records must really be mint as the seller states. I guess if I was in the position to pay that kind of money, I'd be glad that there was a seller on eBay that deals in actual mint condition records like this.
Heck, and some of the 1500 series Blue Notes sold for less than $1k!
If you look past the first page of feedback, there was a Sax Colossus that went for $2850.

Man, I gotta start hunting down a few of those original BNs!!! Wouldn't take too many of them at the price and could order a pair of Wilson Maxxs :) Or Magicos!
For the kind of money I could buy a whole lot of BN 45's and have some change!!!

Jay

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That's a pretty good question, I'd like to know when also so I can get my funding ready.

Jay

Jay, you should start getting your funding together. You're gonna like Series Three.

TEASE :)
Hey Myles,
I kind of felt the same thing, a little tease!!! So come on spill it when???

Jay

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That's a pretty good question, I'd like to know when also so I can get my funding ready.

Jay

Jay, you should start getting your funding together. You're gonna like Series Three.
Hey Paul,
I am sure looking forward to the next set of titles, and filling the kitty as we speak!!! Any idea about when???

Jay

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Tape Project Machines / Re: B-Head Tube Repro Configurations?
« on: September 02, 2010, 10:50:39 PM »
Ok guys I am also using the Tele 806S's and a Tele 6922, I was using the Amperex 7308 until I tried the Tele 6922. For cables I am using Audioquest between the Repro and the Otari and some homebrew wire from the head to the RCA's. I found this combo works in my system very well. I am soon to be getting my Studer modded for direct head output can't wait for that!!!

Jay

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Rock With Me Baby / Re: first impressions of TP-017, 'Rock With Me Baby'
« on: September 02, 2010, 10:02:10 AM »
in my life of listening to recorded music, TP-017 is easily the most real recording i've yet heard.

That some pretty big praise coming from you Mike!!! I can't wait to listen to this one based solely on your statement!!!

Jay

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That's a pretty good question, I'd like to know when also so I can get my funding ready.

Jay

Well is there no info on the next titles???? What's the deal???

Jay

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