That's the question I realized I'd forgotten after sending 1-3.
Tom Fine wrote:
> dumb question #4 -- are you sure none of tapes are sticky-shed and thus
> gumming up the works?
> ----- Original Message ----- From: "David Lennick" <[log in to unmask]>
> To: <[log in to unmask]>
> 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