www.positive-feedback.com, you will see that I covered a lot of the current tapes from The Tape Project, Yarlung, Opus 3 and most recently in the current issue, Premonition Records, International Phonogram and Opus 3.
In fact about 2 or three years ago, did a big piece on The Tape Project and getting started in reel-to-reel.
Here is an idea I have been thinking about for a while...
The Reel to Reel Consortium would be a membership group of like minded tape enthusiasts that would work toward a common purpose, the proliferation of music on Master Tape copies.
There would be a membership list with names and contact info that could be of benefit to a recording company thinking about putting out Master Tape copies.
For example, let's say that a recording company was thinking of issuing a Master Tape copy of ________ recording (fill in the blank), if they could go to the Consortium and ask how many would buy this title? Or maybe they say we need this many to prepay for said title and we will make it for you. That eases the mind of the recording studio about the viability of issuing that title, they get it sold before they do anything at all. Maybe they list 10 titles and see what would sell before hand, whatever.
I just believe that when we are trying to get some gravity for R2R as a viable source in high end audio speaking with a unified voice has merit.
To accomplish this I believe the following would be needed.
1.) A web site that can be promoted to recording companies as evidence of the need for more music on tape.
2.) A Constant Contact subscription to allow easy email newsletter communication to the members.
3.) Advertising budget, if we took out a few 1/4 page ads in The Absolute Sound or Stereophile or ezines we can garner the attention of the magazines or ezines to say that we are here and we are a force for the proliferation of R2R.
4.) Reviews and press in general.
Yes to accomplish these 4 aggressive points there would need to be a membership fee, I guess that is the down side.
Remember to start with we already have some influential folks on the bandwagon.
Positive Feedback Online - Myles has done more reviews on tape and tape related stuff than anyone, plus David Robinson is a tape guy.
AVShowrooms.com - Peter Breuninger is a tape guy for sure.
The Absolute Sound - Jonathan Valin is a convert and has done two tape articles so far.
There are more of course, but you get the idea.
I talk to guys every day and at shows that are on the fence about expanding their audio systems to encompas R2R tape but want to see further movement before making the jump. If we had a Consortium that will establish a more active presence in high end audio for R2R and who knows we may start a snowball effect???
we've talked about that very consortium here a few years ago
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Very cool I did not know that, what is old is new again.
Maybe there has been enough new development in R2R that this time it will move beyond talk??
Or even a Blogspot (free) blog about tape releases and news would be cool. There are some blogs like this for vinyl reviews, high res digital news, etc.
I would support any efforts to get more superb R2R tapes, especially recordings from London/Decca and a number of the old Solti/CSO recordings done in Medina and down at The Krannert Center with Decca's god of gods recording engineer, Kenneth Wilkinson.....Berlioz's Symphonie Fantastique and Stravinsky's Le Sacre du Printemps....sign me up please!!!
I would support any effort as well...sign me up, emails, calls, petitions, we need more source material.
I agree it would be wonderful to have tape copies of all the famous Decca, & EMI recordings, but I'm sure the logistics & costs of licensing with these major historic labels puts this wish into the realm of fantasy.