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Prerecorded Tapes / Re: One Rare Miles Davis Tape?
« on: April 09, 2010, 05:09:49 PM »
I sold one on ebay a few years ago for about $300. The price on 'loser' title 2 tracks have been breathtaking on ebay lately. 3rd rate classical two tracks have been topping $200 a tltle recently. KOB is indeed a rare title on two track. The two track version only has half the album, whereas the 1/4 track is complete.
In the thousands of two tracks that have gone through my hands in the last 25 years, I've only had 3 copies of KOB. It was only available for one or two years before Columbia remaindered two tracks around 1961.

Rich Brown
Acoustic Arts
Portland, Oregon

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Prerecorded Tapes / Re: edge ripple- pressure pad deck
« on: March 07, 2010, 06:27:29 PM »
I bet if you played it back on a Crown or another deck with pressure pads your tape would play back just fine.

Rich Brown
Acoustic Arts
Portland, Oregon

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Raw Tape / Re: cleaning dirty tapes
« on: February 24, 2010, 07:56:11 PM »
It sounds like your tapes might have the dreaded 'sticky shed syndrome'. Do the tapes in question have a black back coating? Ampex 406/456 from the mid 70s to late 90s were prone to this syndrome. 'Baking' at 130 degrees F. for 3 hours will make them playable.

Rich Brown
Acoustic Arts
Portland, Oregon

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Reel to Reel Tape Machines / Nunn and his Microphones-
« on: February 10, 2010, 08:52:33 AM »
Hi Guys
Nunn used these mics on all his Stereo recordings from the 50s to the early 70s. They are almost line level output and are transformerless! I purchased them from an old friend and colleague of Nunn who wrote a nice remembrance of Nunn on the Nunn memorial website. The capsules are B&K instrumentation capsules, as Levinson used on his recordings. In the spare parts box were some other branded capsules without markings. Charlie is attempting to get them running properly again. They are both producing too much hiss, but otherwise sound fine.

Here is a link to some Nunn photos. He was quite an American original.

http://www.franastat.com/jb/jb_images/fe73.jpg

Rich Brown
Acoustic Arts
Portland, Oregon

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Service Resources / Re: Nagra T Audio tech in US?
« on: December 09, 2009, 12:01:10 AM »
Bob Craig is the guy on LI. He did over a Ti deck for a friend of mine and did great work. I don't have his contact info though.

Rich Brown
Acoustic Arts
Portland, Oregon

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Reel to Reel Tape Machines / Re: Lyrec TR-55
« on: October 31, 2009, 06:54:44 PM »
I've wanted one of these since I first became aware of them last year. I doubt if there is even one or two in the US. Any group members spot one or have used one? Harold and I both use the Frida decks on a daily basis. I suspect the TR-55 would be better for studio use, as the Fridas were really meant for field recording and are somewhat finicky and lightweight.

Rich Brown

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Isn't Valin still writing for TAS?

Rich Brown
Acoustic Arts
Portland, Oregon

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Reel to Reel Tape Machines / Re: studer site does not appear to work
« on: October 05, 2009, 01:57:35 PM »
Tried downloading the files and got nowhere.

Rich

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Reel to Reel Tape Machines / ReVox c270 questions
« on: October 03, 2009, 07:03:39 PM »
Just picked up a pair of these locally. One is operational and the other has some issues with the playback electronics. I will likely use that deck as a transport to some outboard preamps. Does anyone know if this uses the same heads as the PR99/B77? The transport looks similar to the Studer 807 but weighs about half as much.

Rich Brown
Acoustic Arts
Portland, Oregon

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Reel to Reel Tape Machines / Re: New Toy from Denmark- Lyrec Frida
« on: September 02, 2009, 10:33:03 AM »
Hi Mark
The Frida I bought from you was ex-BBC machine and the first one I had ever seen. I sold it to the legendary Pokemonoman. The two Lyrec Fridas I use now were purchased from Harold in Canada. One was ex-BBC and the other ex-Suisse Radio.  Harold and Charlie service my decks. Stellavox and Nagra 5/7 inch reel decks were used in the film industry, where short takes of under 15 minutes were the norm. The QGB large reel adaptor was invented by Nagra later for concert recordings. I believe Bob Auger used a Nagra with QGB for the legendary Horenstein/LSO Mahler 3rd Symphony recording on Unicorn/Nonesuch/Barclay-Crocker.

I tried 12.5 inch reels and found they don't quite fit. 12 inch fit the Frida. That can make a big difference with 1.5 mil tape in a concert setting.

I hope to make it to Seattle area in the next few weeks. Ki, if you are interested I could bring it up with me. Let me know.

Rich Brown
Acoustic Arts
Portland, Oregon


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General Discussion / Re: Anyone interested in a sneak peak?
« on: August 13, 2009, 02:47:41 PM »
Brilliant Corners is indeed BRILLIANT. Can't wait to hear the tape. Monk's Music would also be welcome. Hope to see you in two weeks or so.

Rich Brown
Acoustic Arts
Portland, Oregon

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Raw Tape / 12 inch reels- I am looking for 3 of them
« on: July 31, 2009, 04:17:06 PM »
Hey Doc
A friend just sent me 3 BASF 12.5 inch reels and they don't fit on my deck, only 12 inch maximum. I would gladly trade these 3 reels, which are full 3850 foot reels of never used BASF 900 tape for 3 empty 12 inch reels. I can actually fit one 12.5 inch reel on the supply side but then the take up side won't fit :-(

Rich in Portland

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Suggestion Box / Re: Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique with munch
« on: June 07, 2009, 12:54:06 PM »
The early Munch Symphonie Fantastique is not that great sounding a recording. I have owned a few copies of the two track tape and have found all of them to be disappointing. This was one of the first BSO stereo recordings to be released and does not compare to the early Reiner/CSO recordings from the same era, notably Ein Heldenleben. This is somewhat surprising after listening to the short sample on a Living Stereo demo CD that had a Damnation of Faust excerpt with Munch from even earlier than the Symphonie. That is truly a great sounding recording of what sounds like a blazing performance of that masterpiece. Seems like the BSO still has a great Berlioz tradition. I heard Jimmy Levine conduct Damnation at Tanglewood two years ago. It remains one of my most treasured experiences at Tanglewood over the last 35 years of attending.
BTW Ironbut, I think you might be thinking of Monteux's performance of Rite of Spring on RCA two track.


Rich in Portland

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Hi Steve
This is one hairy pile of gear you've collected. You'll notice I don't divulge what scrap I'm listening to.... :-)

Rich Brown
Acoustic Arts
Portland, Oregon

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