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Hi Ken:

I assume you and Steve know that TP-007, Eiji Oue/Minnesota Orchestra: Exotic Dances from the Opera, 
is a digital recording originally. It's available as a 24/96 download at Chesky's HDTracks, and was 
originally issued as a HDCD Compact Disc. I think Johnson's original recording was 192/24 PCM, but 
this might date from before he used the super-high sampling rate.

I think TP-003, Arnold/London Philharmonic Orchestra: Arnold Overtures, is also an 
originally-digital recording. Arnold is also available as a 96/24 download from HDTracks.

-- Tom Fine


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Ken Fritz" <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Wednesday, May 27, 2009 9:05 PM
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] One Inch, two track master tapes- 15 or 30 IPS


   Hi Steve, "Ironbut,"

   I'm  working my way down on the replies to the 1 inch 2 track ATR
posting I sent a day or two ago.

   I met Mike , Bette and Bill two years ago when I signed up for a
class on ATR 101. It was a 5 hour trip from Richmond ,Va. so I drove
up the night before. Everything went wrong. My F350  had a low tire
when I left the hotel to drive to ATR Services. I went the wrong way
on the interstate and drove to ATR on an almost flat tire. I was over
dressed and ,due to the excitement, my Mitchum  broke down. ---:-)

   I picked up my ATR 102 about a year ago and soon after one came up
on ebay. Legacy Studios in Manhattan. Pick up only , no shipping. I
was the only bidder at $2400. An ATR 104 with multiple head blocks,
power supplies and audio cards. It was purchased from Mike Spitz a
few  years earlier and never used as the Legacy tech knew  Studer
machines and not ATR's .

   The last ATR machine came available a month ago. An ATR 1-2 with
Aria electronics and an extra 1/4 inch head  block with 20 hours of
use. The devil made me buy it--

   The Precision Motor Works machine that mates the MR 70 electronics
to an ATR  is a beauty, I hope to hear one some day.

   I spoke with Momma Doc today about  the possibility of asking
Paul Stubblebine if he'd be willing to supply a transfer of a tape
project  issue on 1 inch tape. I hope to hear from him soon .

   If I had a choice of a 1 inch transfer it would be TP 05, 07 or
any of the full scale classical titles they offer.  Personally, I
don't see the value of spending  $$ on a transfer with a limited
number of instruments. Spend the $$ and listen to a musical works
that tax a playback system with dynamics that can only be replicated
with a full symphony  orchestra, my thoughts- I may be wrong.

   Steve, thanks for the reply from a TTP member, you put your money
where your mouth is.

   Ken Fritz

On May 27, 2009, at 7:55 PM, carlstephen koto wrote:

> Hey Ken,
>
> I recall that you live near and have visited Mike Spitz at ATR  Services (I remember you took his 
> alignment class a few years  back). I would assume that you either purchased your 1" ATR from  him 
> or have had him service it. As a couple of folks have said, it  could very well be the ultimate 
> solid state mastering machine. I  know that some studios such as Fantasy did do 1/2" 2 tracks (I 
> have  a Dexter Gordon from them) but I don't know of any golden age  studios that used them. Aside 
> from Mike, MTR Precision Motor Works  also used to set up 1" 2 track mastering machines.  You may 
> want to  contact them both and contact the studios that purchased these  machines and perhaps you 
> can strike a deal to at least hear these  masters.
> http://www.precisionmotorworks.com/atr100.htm
>
> Regarding the Tape Project, I'm sure you know that Paul  (Stubblebine) has two 1" 2 track machines 
> that are used in the  production of our tapes. One is an ATR with Tim de Paravicini's  custom 
> electronics while the other is an MM1200 with MR70  electronics ( I believe that Mike Spitz set 
> this machine up when he  was still located in San Mateo). I'm sure you could commission a  couple 
> of custom tapes to be produced for you . I would hurry  though. They have purchased the rights to 
> produce a limited number  of releases and I would certainly try and get a 1" copy of "Waltz  for 
> Debby" and "Saxophone Colossus"  if I were you (they'd be as  close to exact duplicates of the 
> master as you'd ever get).
>
> Steve Koto
> On May 26, 2009, at 7:58 PM, Ken Fritz wrote:
>
>>   Hi Lou,
>>
>>   I'm a subscriber to TTP and appreciate the quality that tape  delivers.
>>
>>   I'm hoping to find a few listers that have studio tapes from  groups that never made the big 
>> time but cut great sounding tapes.  I've managed to purchase tapes from  now defunct studios in 
>> Memphis and LA but all are 1/4 or 1/2 inch two track at i5 or 30  ips. I'm hoping to find a few 1 
>> inch two track tapes if they're  out there.
>>
>>   thanks for the reply, Ken Fritz
>> On May 26, 2009, at 9:04 PM, Lou Judson wrote:
>>
>>> No Beatles on on inch 2 track as far as I know.
>>>
>>> But you can probably pay these guys to make you some tapes to  play on your new toy:
>>>
>>> <http://www.tapeproject.com/>
>>>
>>> Worth asking anyway!
>>>
>>> <L>
>>> Lou Judson  Intuitive Audio
>>> 415-883-2689
>>>
>>>
>>> On May 26, 2009, at 5:43 PM, Ken Fritz wrote:
>>>
>>>>   Hi Listers,
>>>>
>>>>     I'm probably one of the few on the list that is an "  Audiophile." That translates to 
>>>> "Music is fun and not a  business."  "Thank God" might be the next phrase  but since my 
>>>> business supplies tooling to those that manufacture solid  surface and cast marble to the 
>>>> construction industry I think  we're both in the same boat. To the point!
>>>>
>>>>  Analog tape is where the great recordings started and I'm  keeping it going by filling my home 
>>>> with around 20  or so analog  RTR machines. I belong to an audio group in Richmond Va. and 
>>>> they all marvel at the sound of tape. I just bought a one inch  two track ATR and have nothing 
>>>> to play on it. I feel like I just  bought a tuxedo and only have a pair of brown shoes--- no 
>>>> place  to go!
>>>>
>>>>   If anyone out there has a one inch two track tape  that would  show off what my machine can 
>>>> do and would CONSIDER sending it to  me I'd appreciate it. The Genre isn't as important as the 
>>>> musical content.  If a lister has a safety copy of the Beatles,  any recording, I can send an 
>>>> armed carrier along with my first  born for insurance-:),  Any and all costs and insurance 
>>>> would be  covered, of  course.
>>>>
>>>>    any reply will be appreciated,  Ken Fritz
>>>>
>>>>