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Service Resources / Service Resource list - a few guidelines
« on: January 18, 2007, 04:46:12 PM »
We all know that finding a technician to work on your prized tape machine is not easy these days. The purpose of this list is to develop a useful resource for folks around the globe who need to get their reel to reel tape recorder serviced. Thus we need everyone to be very clear about what specific machines or parts the service person or company works on, and whether you have actually used their service or just heard of them.

Reel to Reel Tape Machines / Tape Machine Compatibility Database Project
« on: January 17, 2007, 01:22:41 PM »
I am happily getting deluged with emails asking whether machine XYZ will work with Tape Project tapes. This is something we expected, and our desire is to build a database of compatible and incompatible but adaptable machines.

The basic requirements of a reel to reel machine for Tape Project tape playback are:

  • handles 10.5" reels
  • plays at 15 ips
  • has 1/4" half track stereo (a.k.a. two track) playback head
  • has IEC (a.k.a. CCIR) playback equalization

Some machines have all of this right out of the box. One example would be the high speed version of the Otari MX-5050BII. Another is the Technics RS1520. Others are adaptable - for example a low speed MX-5050BII can be reset internally for 7.5/15 ips, and it may be possible to activate the IEC EQ on NAB type RS1500s.

So what we would like to see posted to this thread is info that you have determined by looking at any  machines you have in your possession. A simple post naming the brand and model and listing whether it meets or does not meet each of the the above criteria is all that is necessary. Please be as specific as possible about the model number as there are a lot of variants of some classic machines like Revox, Technics, Otari, etc. when it come to tape speed, head complement, EQ settings, etc. Info from brochures, websites, etc., is welcome too, but please be very clear to state that it's from a second hand source rather than from a machine that's sitting in front of you. Believe it or not, some info on the Web is wrong...

Tape Project Machines / The Seduction Repro Amp Project
« on: January 16, 2007, 05:31:39 PM »

Here's a link to the project that kind of started it all:

The Number White / Catalog
« on: January 15, 2007, 08:05:30 PM »
Here's a link to the current Tape Project catalog for 2007:

Forum Rules / Welcome to the Tape Project Forum - please read first
« on: January 15, 2007, 04:31:49 PM »
Thanks for stopping by the Tape Project Forum. While this forum is hosted by the Tape Project it is not limited to discussion of Tape Project products. We hope to create a haven for all things reel to reel that you Tape Heads might wish to discuss.

The Tape Project is a California LLC founded by Paul Stubblebine of Paul Stubblebine Mastering, Michael Romanowski of Michael Romanowski Mastering and Dan "Doc B." Schmalle of Bottlehead Corp. Dan has retired from the Tape Project and the company is currently owned by Paul and Michael.

We have decided to implement a few rules that have worked well on forums hosted by our friends.

First, we require registration for the privilege of posting. Also, regardless of your chosen moniker everyone must sign their posts with their real name and any audio industry affiliation they may have. When we have to take responsibility for our actions we tend to show more respect for each other and keep things more civilized.

It's easy to set up your member preferences so that your signature is automatically added to each post as you see at the bottom of this one. Go to the Quick Links menu pull down in the upper right of this page and select Edit Profile. Scroll to the bottom of that page and you will find Signature. You can put your name in there and it will be added automatically to all your posts.

Secondly, we require that any information offered about an experience be firsthand, that is, no "I heard that some guys/my friend/my enemy/my mom tried that and hated/loved it" posts. Only posts that are based upon first hand experience are truly useful in the Internet environment. If someone you respect told you of their experience and you are dying to share it, ask that person to post their first hand experience here themself.

Thirdly, no flames, no feuds, no whiners and no name calling. This is a privately funded commercial forum and as such we reserve the right to ban anyone who repeatedly acts like a jerk.

Fourthly, no for sale or want ads, no crossposts, and no "what's the best tape recorder/tape/album/etc?" posts. For this forum to grow into a useful archive of reel to reel info we need to keep the fluff to a minimum. Please ask specific questions about specific items, and please try to offer answers based on firsthand experience. If your answer is theoretical and not based on actual results, please be clear on this.

Lastly, Tape Project management does not condone the copying and distribution of any recordings except by those who have acquired a license from the legal owner of the recording. We will ask folks to refrain from discussing the copying or trade of unauthorized master duplicates. Please discuss this subject on some other forum besides the TP forum. We at the Tape Project wish to make it clear to the public that we do not in any way condone the making of illegal copies of any recordings and that all of our albums are made from legitimate licensed masters.

Thanks for checking us out and welcome to the swamp,

Dan Schmalle
forum janitor

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