dumb question #4 -- are you sure none of tapes are sticky-shed and thus gumming up the works?
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From: "David Lennick" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Saturday, April 07, 2007 12:31 PM
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Need help with a Revox A77 [?] in Chicago
> Dumb question #1: Have you cleaned the heads?
> Dumb question #2: Did Herr Gefixmann replace the heads? May be just an alignmnent problem.
> Dumb question #3: Any chance that the tapes (or some of them) are being threaded with the oxide
> out instead of in?
> Paul Tyler wrote:
>> I'm hoping someone can help an electronic ignoramus. Here's the story. I have a hundred and
>> fifty open reel tapes I recorded twenty five years ago that I've been trying to digitize. Most
>> are field recordings I made on a Nagra on loan from the American Folklife Center or on a Revox
>> B77 (I'm unsure of the exact model number) owned by a then brand new public radio station in Fort
>> Wayne. The restof the tapes are the 26 one-hour radio shows I produced using my field
>> recordings. After that gig ran it's course, I was left with the tapes and no machine. The
>> original field recordings are in the Archives of Traditional Music at Indiana University, and
>> what I have are earliest copies dubbed on the ATM's Ampex decks.
>> Fast forward twenty years and I bought a Revox A77 on eBay and started dubbing my field tapes in
>> my spare time. Somewhere along the way my preschool daughter filched a light bulb out the
>> Revox--I don't know what you call it but it was for a light activated shutoff. I took the Revox
>> to 20th Century Stereo on the north side. The elderly European-accented proprietor ended doing
>> $300 worth of repairs and adjustments. This was two years ago, and I'm just now getting back to
>> dubbing my tapes. But they don't sound the same. I don't have the technical vocabulary to
>> describe the sound difference. The clarity is gone. It sounds like my recordings have gone
>> through some sort of filter that distances the sound. Another description: the loss of clarity
>> sounds like what happens when you dub cassettes on cheap portable decks from 1980.
>> Can anybody offer any help? Like what kind of words I should use if I take it back to the old
>> German guy. Or do you know any other good repairman (or woman) in the Chicago area I could
>> consult. Thank you
>> Paul Tyler