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 masters.
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).
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