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On 20/04/2012 08:51, Yasuhiro Fujioka wrote:
> Roger,
> I also have a couple of WRC 12" LPs but no tape.
> Fuji
>
> -----Original Message----- From: Roger Kulp
> Sent: Friday, April 20, 2012 12:08 PM
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] reel-to-reel tape mono
>
> I have seen my fair share of World Record Club 
> records.7",12",British,Australian,New Zealand,but I have never seen 
> one of their reel tapes.
>
> Roger
>
>
>
>
> ________________________________
> From: Roderic G Stephens <[log in to unmask]>
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Sent: Wednesday, April 18, 2012 11:01 AM
> Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] reel-to-reel tape mono
>
> Hello Fuji,
> I have two tape recordings by the World Record Club LTD., Surrey, U.K. 
> which are the types you mention, half track mono at 3 3/4" IPS.  TT 
> 545 "Close to You" - Frank Sinatra and TT 745 "Peggy Lee".  So, these 
> are examples of the British recordings that Randy described.  Then, I 
> also have a series of "easy listening" tapes from Bel Canto and one 
> "monophonic"  half track demo tape from Command at 7 1/2 IPS  labeled 
> "Channel Master Demonstration Tape" with two excerpts from Command 
> albums by "Enoch Light and His Orchestra".
> I would guess that the two World Record Club recordings are the 
> closest to being Jazz, but I would call them "Pop".
> Rod Stephens
>
> --- On Wed, 4/18/12, Randy Riddle <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>
> From: Randy Riddle <[log in to unmask]>
> Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] reel-to-reel tape mono
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Date: Wednesday, April 18, 2012, 7:02 AM
>
> Are your jazz half-track mono tapes from England?
>
> Pre-recorded mono half-track tapes seem to be more common from
> England, particularly through the early 60s.  I've got examples that
> are on 5" reels recorded at 3.75 ips - one is classical and one is
> pop.  Releases of the Beatles albums in mono in this format aren't
> uncommon.
>
> I'm not sure, but I think it may be because small portable mono reel
> to reel tape recorders using 5" reels were fashionable there with
> young people at the time.  They pop up in some British films of the
> period, like "Peeping Tom", as accessories for 20-somethings "on the
> go".  Reel to reels here in the states were more entrenched with the
> home-based hi-fi crowd.
>
> Randy
>
> On Wed, Apr 18, 2012 at 9:50 AM, Tom Fine 
> <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>> Hello Fuji:
>>
>> As far as a commercially-duplicated format, half-track mono was very
>> short-lived. I don't know if full-track mono was ever a
>> commercially-duplicated format.
>>
>> Here are two articles from Radio & Television News ...
>>
>> 1. from March 1952 is an editorial by Oliver Read describing two 
>> duplicating
>> operations known to exist at that time. My assumption is that both were
>> duplicating half-track mono reels, probably 7.5IPS. Both would have 
>> used DIY
>> duplicating systems because Ampex did not release the first 3200 
>> duplicator
>> system until 1954.
>> https://rcpt.yousendit.com/1469297401/50703fa972a9cb9c8cd70c5996259528?cid=tx-02002207350200000000&s=19104 
>>
>> (paste full link into your browser, someone else feel free to give 
>> this a
>> permanent home)
>>
>> 2. from April 1952 is an article by Leon Wortman (later an Ampex 
>> executive)
>> describes on of the two operations mentioned by Read.
>> https://rcpt.yousendit.com/1469293697/b9e851fae34bf0bc6a1583ee14f63b8b?cid=tx-02002207350200000000&s=19104 
>>
>> (again, make sure to copy the full link into your browser)
>>
>> From these two sources, you might gather some facts as to what 
>> material was
>> being duplicated in those days.
>>
>> There were definitely plenty of jazz albums issued in the 1956-58 
>> timeframe
>> on 2-track STEREO tapes. I know for a fact that Mercury issued a 
>> bunch of
>> jazz albums, as did Atlantic and others. I presume RCA and Columbia 
>> did too,
>> although I haven't seen any of those 2-track tapes. Grand Award also 
>> issued
>> their "20's" and "30's" series on 2-track reels in that timeframe.
>>
>> As soon as the quarter-track format came along, mass-duped 2-tracks 
>> died out
>> quickly.
>>
>> It's also worth noting that in the very early days of 2-track stereo 
>> tapes,
>> a few titles were issued in staggered-head (Magnecorder) format. 
>> ConcerTapes
>> and Livingston and perhaps others issued in this format. Ampex put a 
>> heavy
>> foot down in favor of the in-line head standard we know and use 
>> today, and
>> that was a good thing.
>>
>> Please let us know if you find out about any jazz half-track duped 
>> tapes. I
>> have quite a few examples of early duped tapes, but few half-tracks 
>> and no
>> jazz half-tracks.
>>
>> -- Tom Fine
>>
>> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Yasuhiro Fujioka"
>> <[log in to unmask]>
>> To: <[log in to unmask]>
>> Sent: Wednesday, April 18, 2012 9:21 AM
>> Subject: [ARSCLIST] reel-to-reel tape mono
>>
>>
>>> May I have one question?
>>> My friend Miyamoto looks for commercial reel-to-reel tape of Jazz 
>>> either
>>> single track/mono or 2 tracks/mono (but not 4 tracks/stereo.)
>>> We only know jazz reel-to-reel tape 4 tracks/stereo but never seen
>>> single/mono or 2 tracks/mono.
>>> Have you ever seen that?
>>>
>>>
>>> Fuji
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>
The Stereo 21 issues from WRC numbered about twenty and were sold both 
through dealers and on a no-commitment basis by WRC direct.  I have 
never seen a published list, but have about half a dozen issues. As far 
as I can tell, they were an attempt to get some return on the EMI 
Stereosonic duplicating plant after their abandonment of 71/2 ips tape 
issues. Certainly, quality is on a par with the Stereosonics. The 
adverts petered out around 1964, if memory serves. The 33/4 ips monos 
are pretty ubiquitous, as Nick says - they were heavily promoted and 
could play on the BSR-decked machines which dominated the UK market at 
the time, in volume terms at least.