I was working on an unrelated project at Columbia's engineering building and 
recall seeing Paul Simon sitting with an engineer in an editing booth, 
working on tapes.  This was during the "Bridge Over Troubled Waters" period. 
I was told thy had been working on that tape for about a year so far.  Given 
the amount of tape shuttling, it is possible that the final result was "born 

Steve Smolian

-----Original Message----- 
From: Tom Fine
Sent: Wednesday, April 08, 2015 9:04 AM
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According to what was posted on the Ampex List, a former Columbia engineer 
had made personal dubs of
some of the S&G tapes, and Sony was very happy to borrow or buy those tapes 
to make recent
remasters, because the original 2-tracks were indeed worn out.

-- Tom Fine

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From: "Doug Pomeroy" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Wednesday, April 08, 2015 8:53 AM
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] More tales of woe from the tape vaults

>I remember seeing some of the Simon & Garfunkel master cutting
> tapes at Columbia which were literally worn out from over use. The
> tape seemed to have become very thin and the audio level diminished.
> Doug Pomeroy
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>> Regarding Robin's posting, I don't think there's any blanket "wisdom" 
>> about old tapes getting
>> "dulled out," but I have heard stories about older tapes that were used 
>> to cut a lot of LP masters
>> get so they don't Dolby-track well and other things related to certain 
>> frequencies falling off more
>> than others over time. I think it could be that the tapes passed over 
>> slightly magnetized transport
>> parts or heads here and there, or were exposed to weak magnetic fields 
>> for long periods of time, or
>> even lost enough oxide for it to be audible just because they were played 
>> so many times. After all,
>> playback is not a frictionless exercise.
>> -- Tom Fine