On 6/4/2014 12:43 PM, Tom Fine wrote:
> I think that one of the hardest playbacks to get right in the analog
> domain is an old full-track music master. Odds are that the tape will
> have problems moving uniformly past the head. I do not think one is more
> likely to get a good reproduction using a 2-track head, so I don't
> understand why it's done so often. Could mastering places be that cheap,
> that they won't shell out a few hundred dollars for a tape head that
> will be used on every full-track project? Or is it just the usual
> ignorance and incompetence?
I think it's a combination of both. "Hry, why should we spend money on
another head assembly (or playback machine) to reproduce an inferior
format (mono) that nobody wants to listen to. Especially when a stereo
head does just as good a job -- after all, it reads half-tracks, and two
halves are the same as a whole, right?"
Wrong, but tell that to the bean-counters.