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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
>>>
>>>