From: Jon Samuels <recorded
From: Jon Samuels <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Wednesday, March 26, 2014 7:43 AM
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Fwd: [ARSCLIST] "Why Vinyl Is the Only Worthwhile Way to Own Music"
Almost all the first Living Stereo releases from three-tracks were remastered using an Ampex 351 tube machine (in not great condition), while the later ones were done from transistor machines (Ampex 440 for three-tracks and Ampex ATR-102 for two-tracks).
Over lunch with John Newton (Soundmirror) we discussed his work on the Living Stereo reissues. He mentioned that the machines used for his transfers featured heads better than had been used in the past and that the sound they got from the tapes was likely better than what the original engineers could have heard. Does this make any sense to you? Would, in your opinion, the transistor machines have had better sound than the original machines used, yet, that would suggest that the record capabilities of the original machines were better than quality of their playback. Or, perhaps, I misunderstood John?