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    Christian and Mike, the main issue is the total lack of tech back up in the UK.
    I run a planetarium-grade Barco Cine 9 crt projector, in my opinion the high water mark of analog technology in the video field (overkill on a par w/Mike's bleeding edge Studer), and we're down to one remaining tech in the UK. Fingers crossed he doesn't suffer a cardiac arrest ! Or die of old age.
    I've invested £55k/$130k in this baby since 1998. This is stressful enough w.out 1/having to buy a SOTA R2R from the US or on Ebay, 2/being all at sea re availability of titles, 3/having no techhead to share headaches with.
    R2R is just not for me, despite being all too aware how it takes analog superiority to unprecedented levels.
    Trans Fi Salvation tt & Terminator arm/Soundsmith Straingauge SG200 cart w.Red Wine batt psu/Eera Tentation cdp/Nat Audio Utopia line stage & SE2SE SET monos w.NOS '48 GE tubes/Zu Definitions 4 spkrs w.Duelund caps & Lundahl transformers/Symposium Isis & Rollerblocks isolation/Sablon Reservas ic's, sc's & pc's/Westwick 8kVA balanced pwr, Oyaides dedicated lines w.Furutech US sockets/Entreq Silver Tellus & Olympus Minimus ground boxes, Silver Cleanus passive filter, Apollo ground leads

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    Quote Originally Posted by spiritofmusic View Post
    Christian and Mike, the main issue is the total lack of tech back up in the UK.
    I run a planetarium-grade Barco Cine 9 crt projector, in my opinion the high water mark of analog technology in the video field (overkill on a par w/Mike's bleeding edge Studer), and we're down to one remaining tech in the UK. Fingers crossed he doesn't suffer a cardiac arrest ! Or die of old age.
    I've invested £55k/$130k in this baby since 1998. This is stressful enough w.out 1/having to buy a SOTA R2R from the US or on Ebay, 2/being all at sea re availability of titles, 3/having no techhead to share headaches with.
    R2R is just not for me, despite being all too aware how it takes analog superiority to unprecedented levels.
    Don't torture yourself....you really need to be motivated to surpass those obstacles you mention. My vinyl rig sounds very close to tape on the titles I do have in both tape and vinyl. Tape is quieter....no occasional pops or ticks, the apparent density and extension of the music is better and the bass is more resounding in authority. It is closer to the performance than vinyl, but not by a whole lot when compared to very well sorted vinyl playback system..imho.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Lavigne View Post
    Spirit,

    the first rule of the tape 'grey market' culture is discretion. even though i likely own multiple legit commercial copies of almost every tape i own and so the artist has been paid multiple times already, i don't normally post about specific titles. i know I've let my guard down a couple of times in 7 years, but i try not to do it. your tape source has legal and possibly ethical exposure. you have legal exposure. best not to press your luck.

    i have access to 80% of the titles you listed. i own 25% of the titles you listed, and i don't have that many classical titles compared to pop rock and jazz.

    a good source for the most top, top, titles is to find a tape head you trust and that trusts you and ask him/her where to get top titles. my wife calls those guys my 'drug dealers'.

    they don't have web sites or advertise.
    Basically the music underworld.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rockitman View Post
    You will never be able to quench your thirst for all the titles you love on vinyl and get them on tape. I have a decent tape collection and invested a lot in both the software and the playback hardware...that said....I'm lucky to have what I have, but only look at it as a supplement to my vinyl experience. Vinyl still rules 80% of my listening time as I have so much more to listen too. I say knock your vinyl playback system out of the park and if you still have money to burn and a lot of time, patience and luck...get a tape machine.
    ...And a Ferrari machine.
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    Nothstar, don't get onto cars, otherwise I'll have to reveal my third obsession after audio and home cinema, my 1968 Citroen DS21.
    If you guys think audio esp R2R is a vortex of OCD, I suggest you try classic car ownership. The joy of driving/pride of ownership/sheer fear of breaking down at any moment takes "living in the moment" to new levels!
    I should be able to take R2R in my stride.
    Christian, thanx for your input, I remain content my decision to pass on tape is fully justified.
    Now, can I really justify that uber tt buy?
    Trans Fi Salvation tt & Terminator arm/Soundsmith Straingauge SG200 cart w.Red Wine batt psu/Eera Tentation cdp/Nat Audio Utopia line stage & SE2SE SET monos w.NOS '48 GE tubes/Zu Definitions 4 spkrs w.Duelund caps & Lundahl transformers/Symposium Isis & Rollerblocks isolation/Sablon Reservas ic's, sc's & pc's/Westwick 8kVA balanced pwr, Oyaides dedicated lines w.Furutech US sockets/Entreq Silver Tellus & Olympus Minimus ground boxes, Silver Cleanus passive filter, Apollo ground leads

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