--- On Wed, 3/30/11, Tom Fine <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
From: Tom Fine <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Shrunk strobe?
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Date: Wednesday, March 30, 2011, 4:20 PM
Rod, one other thing. The flipside of a quarter-track duped tape should not have pitch differences from the front side. Those tracks were duped at the same time and the tape is from the same point in the duper reel, so you don't have front-to-back issues like you get with splicing together segments of different 15IPS tapes made on an Ampex 300 transport. So if there's a pitch problem, it's likely in the duper master made by the duplicator. Sloppy QC.
Yes, I thought about that after I reread my prior email. I went back and checked my .wav file dubs of the two sides. The tape is "Mendelssohn - Five Overtures MHS D 3630" , a Musical Heritage Society recorded by VEB DEUTSCHE SCHALLPLATTEN, BERLIN, DDR and licensed by TOKUMA MUSICAL INDUSTRIES CO. LTD., JAPAN, so it's got a lot hands that it must have passed through. The duplication mastering was by Harold Kovner, the gentleman credited on most of the B/C recordings. I "think " I do hear wow on the first side in the opening selection "The Fair Melusine, Op.32", but that has fewer sustained note passages than the last selection on the "B" side, "Overture in C Major ('Trumpet Overture') Op.101". I would add that it was probably a variance of a semi-tone wow that I heard, which my wife who also has a good ear, could verify. I've been a musician since a child, and I'm always aware that other people do not hear the offending sections of ensembles
that are either sharp or flat to the overall pitch. So, this awareness can be a curse at times as is with the people I've known that have perfect pitch (not so perfect in that one PP person's pitches don't always agree with another's in my experience). Anyway, it might be hard to point fingers at the overall result of my Barclay-Crocker tape, since I also have been aware that even professional audio engineers do not necessarily possess musical golden ears to the extent of detecting pitch differences. As I mentioned in a previous email, the Capitol two track tape, ZF-27 "Gliere: Ilya Mourometz" conducted by Stokowski has a bad edit right near the beginning where there is a change in a sustained pitch of a whole step. I've been able to correct it in my own .wav dub, but it's amazing to hear it on a recording that surely would have been checked by Stokowski himself knowing his history of involvement in audio and recordings. Curious......