Hi Steve, "Ironbut,"
I'm working my way down on the replies to the 1 inch 2 track ATR
posting I sent a day or two ago.
I met Mike , Bette and Bill two years ago when I signed up for a
class on ATR 101. It was a 5 hour trip from Richmond ,Va. so I drove
up the night before. Everything went wrong. My F350 had a low tire
when I left the hotel to drive to ATR Services. I went the wrong way
on the interstate and drove to ATR on an almost flat tire. I was over
dressed and ,due to the excitement, my Mitchum broke down. ---:-)
I picked up my ATR 102 about a year ago and soon after one came up
on ebay. Legacy Studios in Manhattan. Pick up only , no shipping. I
was the only bidder at $2400. An ATR 104 with multiple head blocks,
power supplies and audio cards. It was purchased from Mike Spitz a
few years earlier and never used as the Legacy tech knew Studer
machines and not ATR's .
The last ATR machine came available a month ago. An ATR 1-2 with
Aria electronics and an extra 1/4 inch head block with 20 hours of
use. The devil made me buy it--
The Precision Motor Works machine that mates the MR 70 electronics
to an ATR is a beauty, I hope to hear one some day.
I spoke with Momma Doc today about the possibility of asking
Paul Stubblebine if he'd be willing to supply a transfer of a tape
project issue on 1 inch tape. I hope to hear from him soon .
If I had a choice of a 1 inch transfer it would be TP 05, 07 or
any of the full scale classical titles they offer. Personally, I
don't see the value of spending $$ on a transfer with a limited
number of instruments. Spend the $$ and listen to a musical works
that tax a playback system with dynamics that can only be replicated
with a full symphony orchestra, my thoughts- I may be wrong.
Steve, thanks for the reply from a TTP member, you put your money
where your mouth is.
On May 27, 2009, at 7:55 PM, carlstephen koto wrote:
> Hey Ken,
> I recall that you live near and have visited Mike Spitz at ATR
> Services (I remember you took his alignment class a few years
> back). I would assume that you either purchased your 1" ATR from
> him or have had him service it. As a couple of folks have said, it
> could very well be the ultimate solid state mastering machine. I
> know that some studios such as Fantasy did do 1/2" 2 tracks (I have
> a Dexter Gordon from them) but I don't know of any golden age
> studios that used them. Aside from Mike, MTR Precision Motor Works
> also used to set up 1" 2 track mastering machines. You may want to
> contact them both and contact the studios that purchased these
> machines and perhaps you can strike a deal to at least hear these
> Regarding the Tape Project, I'm sure you know that Paul
> (Stubblebine) has two 1" 2 track machines that are used in the
> production of our tapes. One is an ATR with Tim de Paravicini's
> custom electronics while the other is an MM1200 with MR70
> electronics ( I believe that Mike Spitz set this machine up when he
> was still located in San Mateo). I'm sure you could commission a
> couple of custom tapes to be produced for you . I would hurry
> though. They have purchased the rights to produce a limited number
> of releases and I would certainly try and get a 1" copy of "Waltz
> for Debby" and "Saxophone Colossus" if I were you (they'd be as
> close to exact duplicates of the master as you'd ever get).
> Steve Koto
> On May 26, 2009, at 7:58 PM, Ken Fritz wrote:
>> Hi Lou,
>> I'm a subscriber to TTP and appreciate the quality that tape
>> I'm hoping to find a few listers that have studio tapes from
>> groups that never made the big time but cut great sounding tapes.
>> I've managed to purchase tapes from now defunct studios in
>> Memphis and LA but all are 1/4 or 1/2 inch two track at i5 or 30
>> ips. I'm hoping to find a few 1 inch two track tapes if they're
>> out there.
>> thanks for the reply, Ken Fritz
>> On May 26, 2009, at 9:04 PM, Lou Judson wrote:
>>> No Beatles on on inch 2 track as far as I know.
>>> But you can probably pay these guys to make you some tapes to
>>> play on your new toy:
>>> Worth asking anyway!
>>> Lou Judson • Intuitive Audio
>>> On May 26, 2009, at 5:43 PM, Ken Fritz wrote:
>>>> Hi Listers,
>>>> I'm probably one of the few on the list that is an "
>>>> Audiophile." That translates to "Music is fun and not a
>>>> business." "Thank God" might be the next phrase but since my
>>>> business supplies tooling to those that manufacture solid
>>>> surface and cast marble to the construction industry I think
>>>> we're both in the same boat. To the point!
>>>> Analog tape is where the great recordings started and I'm
>>>> keeping it going by filling my home with around 20 or so analog
>>>> RTR machines. I belong to an audio group in Richmond Va. and
>>>> they all marvel at the sound of tape. I just bought a one inch
>>>> two track ATR and have nothing to play on it. I feel like I just
>>>> bought a tuxedo and only have a pair of brown shoes--- no place
>>>> to go!
>>>> If anyone out there has a one inch two track tape that would
>>>> show off what my machine can do and would CONSIDER sending it to
>>>> me I'd appreciate it. The Genre isn't as important as the
>>>> musical content. If a lister has a safety copy of the Beatles,
>>>> any recording, I can send an armed carrier along with my first
>>>> born for insurance-:), Any and all costs and insurance would be
>>>> covered, of course.
>>>> any reply will be appreciated, Ken Fritz