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Tom Fine wrote:
> 
> To my ears, disk-to-disk cuts were done at both times for the 
> pre-tape-master material; I say this because I cannot hear the tell-tale 
> signs of a tape-dub master (a little bit of hiss, a little bit of fuzzy 
> dynamics).  

That probably explains the needle-drop sound on the Shostakovich Piano Pieces 
LP! I forget what track it's on, possibly the Polka from the Age of Gold. (Too 
bad centering wasn't a priority on those transfers.) It might also explain the 
duplicated notes on some 78 transfers..midway in the 1812 Overture and in one 
movement of the Khachaturian Violin Concerto (which Mitch Miller told me was 
dubbed from gold metal parts, and reverb was added via a speaker and mike in 
the washroom).

dl