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Suggestion Box / Re: A great Suggestion !from the 70;s
« on: April 14, 2018, 09:44:01 PM »
PM me.   Larry

Willy and the Poor Boys / Re: Missing the Album Insert for Willy
« on: May 02, 2017, 04:53:43 PM »
Thanks, Paul.  Much appreciated.    Larry

Willy and the Poor Boys / Missing the Album Insert for Willy
« on: April 29, 2017, 06:33:23 PM »
I was checking my tape and discovered I was missing the album insert.  Not sure whether I ever got one.  Did one come with the album?   Thanks, Larry

Tape Tech / Re: Using Pancakes to store recorded tapes
« on: March 22, 2017, 12:55:00 AM »
Thanks, Paul.  Great idea.  I'll be doing some dubbing with pancakes and this will minimize the risk of a spill.  Not sure whether storing them that way is worth the risk.  Larry

Tape Tech / Using Pancakes to store recorded tapes
« on: March 18, 2017, 08:31:43 PM »
Is anyone using pancakes on an NAB hub to actually store their recorded music?  Right now the price of a pancake is about the same as a metal reel. So if you just use the pancake, it will cost about half as much as a regular reel.  I've seen some videos where a pancake is being used to playback music, so I am surmising that they are not using a reel, but just using the pancake.  I've bought pancakes before, when I was able to buy a bunch of used metal reels on the cheap, or when I bought plastic reels, and transferred the pancake to the reel.  Obviously, people need to have a horizontal deck to play a pancake.   

I noticed that there was one tape seller (in Europe) that offered their tapes either on metal reels or on pancakes (at a savings).

Thanks, Larry

Tape Tech / Re: Revox Hubs on Otari MX-5050 BIII
« on: March 03, 2017, 01:29:32 AM »
Thanks.  The person who bought my BIII thinks the Revox hubs look really nice.    Larry

Tape Tech / Re: 7" reel on an ATR-102
« on: March 03, 2017, 01:28:08 AM »
Thanks, Alan.  I found out pretty early how important tightening down the reel clamp was for my ATR102s.  One day I couldn't get the tapes to load. In desperation I called my tech and he said, "Are your reels tightened?"  Of course, my supply reel clamp was loose and the platter was spinning below the reels and it wouldn't load! 


Tape Tech / Revox Hubs on Otari MX-5050 BIII
« on: February 11, 2017, 12:38:58 AM »
Hi Folks, I sold my Otari MX5050BIII.  It has a pair of Tascam hubs on it for NAB reels.  The buyer asked me whether Revox NAB hubs would fit on it. I said I thought so, but I never tried that, since the Tascam hubs always worked fine.  Did I say the right thing?   Thanks, Larry

Tape Tech / Re: 7" reel on an ATR-102
« on: February 01, 2017, 07:11:57 PM »
Thanks a lot.  I was able to do the clamp and play a 7" reel on one side and 10.5" on the other, all at 7.5ips.  Worked great.   Larry

General Discussion / Re: Tape Storage
« on: January 06, 2017, 11:37:05 AM »
Tom, Does the replacement to the Expedit, the Kallax work for you?   Larry

General Discussion / Re: Reorganization of the Tape Project
« on: January 06, 2017, 01:46:02 AM »
If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then Chad Kassem has given you the highest compliment. At the RMAF show panel (where Romo participated and got a big hand of applause for the TP), Chad said that he basically copied the TP when he was setting up his new Ultra Tape Series.  Having received his first two tape releases, I can say that the packaging, the two reel albums, much of the copying chain using the Ampex ATR-100 series machines, and even the pricing follows the lead of the TP.  I can only see Chad's entry providing a major new source of tapes, and a larger base of tape owners who then will be potential new customers for TP.  I know over the past two weeks, I sold both my BH modified Technics and my Otari MX5050BIII-2 to two audiophiles who have been thinking about getting into tapes. So there are two potential new customers(a dentist and a retired surgeon) for the TP.  Don't worry - I now own two ATR-102's and my wife said for every new one, an old one had to go!


Tape Tech / Re: 7" reel on an ATR-102
« on: December 27, 2016, 08:55:18 PM »
Thanks, Xavier.  I'll try that.  I just sold my Otari, so I am down to two 102's.  Larry

General Discussion / Re: Reorganization of the Tape Project
« on: December 27, 2016, 08:53:36 PM »
Paul, thanks for the update.  We'll look forward to the successful transition. The old timer subscribers can remember (if we still have that facility) when everything was done in the Bay Area. 

Larry (#45)

Tape Tech / 7" reel on an ATR-102
« on: December 25, 2016, 10:21:29 PM »
I am downsizing to only two R2R machines, my two ATR-102's. To accommodate my large collection of 7" prerecorded 4 track stereo tapes I had Greg Orton (Flux Magnetics) install a 4 track stereo playback head in my 1/4" head stack along with a switch - so I can play both 4 track stereo and 2 track tapes (and record 2 track tapes.  However, the 102 doesn't like playing from or to a 7" reel. I have been able to play my 4 track stereo tapes by winding them on 10.5" reels, which I do on my extra Otari MX5050BIII, hopefully soon gone.  Any suggestions on how to play 7" reels with the 102?  I'd rather not keep the Otari for the sole purpose of transfering tape back and forth between 7"  and 10.5" reels.

Thanks, Larry

Tape Tech / Baggie or No Baggie?
« on: December 25, 2016, 10:14:33 PM »
What do you do?  Do you use the baggie that the tape comes in, or do you discard it?  Any reason for or against the baggie?  Thanks, Larry

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