Hi Mike:

If I remember correctly, Rippe was transferring the films for Madacy. So what then happened? I never 
saw any reissues from them except for that Beethoven cycle, which was from an old digital master 
made from tape.

I'm not sure how Rippe lined up a 4-track head since the Everest films were 3-track, but there is a 
good bit of latitude in that format due to the large guard bands between tracks.

As I understand it, Bernie Grundman did have a restored Westrex machine to do the Classic Records 
reissues. He seems to have made digital transfers of 3-track and also a 3-2 mixdown. The LPs were 
from a 3-2 mixdown, said by Classic to have been done in the analog domain. Classic sold DVD-Audio 
discs that had 3-track and 2-channel stereo versions of the material, plus an accompanying 2-channel 
audio CD.

From what I've been told by former archive folks at Polygram and then Universal, any of those 35mm 
masters from that era (Everest, Mercury, Command) suffer from varying degrees of vinegar and 
shrinkage. All of the still-existing Mercury film masters were reissued on CD in the 1990's, and 
some of that playback was difficult even with the forgiving Westrex transport (the Westrex drive has 
small sprocket wheels and thin sprocket pegs, so it can play through a moderate amount of shrinkage 
as long as it's uniform and the film can rest flat against the head). Another 15 years of aging, and 
the only solution nowadays is probably playback on those sprocket-less transports that also hold the 
film firmly against the play head. I doubt there's any will to invest in that kind of effort.

Anyway, if Rippe did transfer film masters, are there plans to reissue those titles on CD?

BTW, I've been surprised to pick up Everest records pressed in California long after the original 
company went out of business. This was from that iteration of the brand based in Los Angeles. Some 
of those records appear to be re-presses from original masters or metal parts since they have the 
same deadwax inscriptions in the same handwriting. Also same cover art, but not the fancy 
silver-foil covers with the cardboard pull-out sleeve.

-- Tom Fine

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Sent: Tuesday, September 13, 2011 11:42 AM
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Everest UK reissues

> According to Lutz Rippe, the classical engineer at Countdown Media in Hamburg, Bernie Grundman 
> used a vintage Western Electric 35mm
> transport, which had problems reproducing some of the Everest films, while Rippe himself had a 
> 4-tr transport that played them just fine.
> Mike Gray