Well, I compared the sound of the two "Film Spectacular Vol. 3" from London 
and from Decca both appear to have the same matrix numbers and the Decca 
definitely has a more detailed sound to my ears, ancient as they might be.
I would add, however, that both are eminently listenable and far in advance, 
sound wise, of many other brands.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Don Cox" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Monday, June 22, 2009 1:41 PM
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Decca/London phase 4 stereo series

> On 22/06/2009, Goran Finnberg wrote:
>> Terence:
>>> Interestingly I have read that the
>>> Decca phase 4 records are preferred
>>> to the London pressings for sound quality.
>> When I have spoken to DECCA about this, John Dunkerly is one source,
>> they were adamant that London and DECCA pressings were all done in
>> England thus exactly the same.
>> In rare cases a master tape copy was used for a foreign release but in
>> most cases pressing stampers were sent if there was a need for a swift
>> release.
>> I have compared the matrix numbers on many London releases with their
>> DECCA releases and they are the same so far after more than a few
>> hundred comparisons so far during some 35 years of listening and
>> looking and I cannot hear any difference.
>> The reason given for doing it this way was for keeping the quality up.
>> DECCA always used the original edited master tape as the source for
>> the Neumann cutter as they felt that the quality loss from using a
>> copy tape was not acceptable at all to them.
> And presumably the "Original Masters" CDs are also digitised from the
> original edited master tapes.
> Regards
> -- 
> Don Cox
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