I'd be interested to know what's on them and who released them. I do not believe you'll find that
they are in fact 2T stereo. They are likely half-track (2-sided) mono. If they are stereo, it would
be very interesting to know who put them out as in 1952 only a few people were experimenting with
2-channel stereo recording of music. No major labels yet, although I believe RCA started making 2T
masters in 1954 or even 1953 -- I think Zarathustra with Reiner was the first 2T session.
-- Tom Fine
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> I bought my first 2 track tapes for my reel recorder/player in the Base Exchange in
> Sidi-Slimane, Morocco in 1952. I still have a couple of them in fact. Jack
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>> Ampex developed their own, was developed by Leon Wortman in NY and detailed in a 1951 Radio & TV
>> News article. Wortman's line made full-track or half-track tapes. Commercial half-track tapes
>> were available as early as 1951 or 1952, but there was only a very small consumer market for reel
>> to reel machines at that point. > Because this was a new format sold at a premium price, a lot of
>> QC attention was paid by the reputable companies in this era, so the net quality is very high.
>> Akin to what happened when stereo LPs came along.