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On 3/1/2015 3:52 PM, Tom Fine wrote:
> You are asking all good questions! Unfortunately, back in the era of the
> mono "1812" master tapes, Audio Devices put batch numbers only on crates
> containing the individual tape reels. In fact, in that era, they often
> didn't have any Audiotape branding on the brown-cardboard packaging for
> bulk sales to studios and other professional/industrial buyers. The
> pretty boxes were mainly for 7" reels for sale to consumers.

Here'a a suggestion from left field. The 1812 was an enormously popular 
record, the Capriccio less so. Is it possible that the box for the 1812 
was opened and handled more often as new masters were cut? And could 
that conceivably have had something to do with the 1812's greater 
deterioration?

Peace,
Paul