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I remember 2" commercial video, which was on a reel. Never seen 2" Beta,
but they describe it in the article I provided the link to.
I don't think it was a format that was in the market apart from high end
commercial use, and maybe not in the US at all.

UD

On Tue, Aug 7, 2012 at 5:14 PM, [log in to unmask] <
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> I am unfamiliar with 2" Betamax. I've only seen 1/2". Did I miss something?
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> joe salerno
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> On 8/7/2012 4:03 PM, David Lewis wrote:
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>> Found a remaindered copy of a later Epic CD incarntaion of "Cheap Trick at
>> Budokan" which I have been listening to in the car. Apart from the fact
>> that I feel that
>> it is one of the best albums ever to go triple-platinum, there are some
>> questions about its recording that I'm hoping the combined wisdom here
>> might help illuminate.
>>
>> When the import release arrived in the little store that was my haunt in
>> late 1978 there were several things about it that were waaaaay unusual.
>> The
>> quality of the
>> photography -- even though shot in the dark, and somewhat enhanced because
>> of that -- and of the album jacket printing was a king's mile above the
>> average, and
>> the later US version kind of darkened and blurred both by comparison.
>> However, the sound of the disc was realistic in a way I had never before
>> experienced; it was
>> so good that it still took me additional years to notice that the music
>> was
>> good also.
>>
>> The earlier LP versions stated that "Cheap Trick at Budokan" was in SONY
>> STEREO. I remember a record store clerk excitedly telling me that Sony
>> stereo was
>> better than regular stereo and my bullcrap detector going off as a result.
>> Now, though, I wonder if he was in some way -- correct?
>>
>> Is it possible that digital was somewhere in the chain of "Cheap Trick at
>> Budokan." Historically it is possible:
>>
>> http://www.sony.net/SonyInfo/**CorporateInfo/History/**
>> SonyHistory/2-07.html<http://www.sony.net/SonyInfo/CorporateInfo/History/SonyHistory/2-07.html>
>>
>> The PCM-1 was in use and already being marketed by April of 1978 when
>> the Budokan concerts were recorded. At that time, Sony was using 2"
>> Betamax
>> tapes;
>> the disc was being developed, but was not putting out acceptable results
>> yet as either a recording or playback format. However, April 1978 is a bit
>> before the
>> fateful meeting with Karajan mentioned in this corporate history.
>>
>> In my car, the recording sounds digital, but it is after all being played
>> back from a CD. Elsewhere I've read that the first digital recording in
>> the
>> US was the Zubin
>> Mehta/NYP recording of Stravinsky's "Petrushka" from June 1979. But I also
>> recall that Fleetwood Mac's album "Tusk" was at least partly digital and
>> it
>> was on the
>> market by the fall of '79. That was on the WB, not CBS.
>>
>> Uncle Dave Lewis
>> Lebanon, OH
>>
>>
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> Joe Salerno
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