But, sonically speaking, were those magnetofon machines from Germany any
better than direct to 16" discs. According to some sources these were not as
good, with frequency range limited to 9 kHz or so? At the other hand, 16"
master lacquer disc cutting was really something, and there are so much
examples of real HiFi even from first examples in 1939.
Was Ampex really capable of solving problems with tape within only a year to
put it for master recording unit?
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From: "Steven Smolian" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Thursday, July 31, 2014 8:18 PM
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Magnetofonband, was Columbia tape adoption
> The time has come to do a survey of the machines brought out from Germany
> and what tendrills extended from them.
> We know Jack Mullen had one.
> Another showed up the hands of Ralph Ranger, according to a son of John
> Jacob Niles, who was present at a recording session at his house as a
> boy. He told me he recalls Ranger's machine had a swastika on it. Did
> of Mullen have one also?
> Others must have been brought out by the Russians and by others on or near
> the continent. Perhaps Canada also. Not to mention any surviving in
> Germany and the conquered countries.
> Was there a cache of tape found? Were old recordings erased and reused?
> Each macine that survived the war has a story to tell. The pre-history of
> postwar recording is encapsulated in their histories.
> I hope someone (not me, alas) can consider this as a project.
> Steve Smolian