What I am working with - or was for the past six months - were dubbing masters for high speed copies that were sold. So as masters, they were as good as could be expected. Being radio interviews with short music breaks, they sounded like, well, radio programs! The worst aspects were some shoddy engineering on a few of them…
> On Dec 15, 2020, at 7:53 AM, Dave Radlauer <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> On cassettes. I always thought they were execrable as a commercial mass
> music distribution medium.
> But the technology did have some robustness in retrospect. I have been
> gifted/inherited a large number of live performance amatuer Jazz recordings.
> Even halfway decent FIRST GENERATION tapes, stereo pickups on mediocre gear
> and, not even from a board mix, can contain remarkable dynamics, bandwidth
> and color.
> Dave R