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    Letīs not forget Jonathan Horwich of International Phonograph

    Just thought Iīd mention a couple of sensationally good tapes from the above gentleman:
    The Brandeis String Quartet recorded in a church in Belgium 1980 on a ML5. B&K mikes and ML 8 mic preamps........fab sound and performance
    top 20 of my 170 SMs
    also from same man
    The Fat Babies in Chicago 2017

    in all a catalogue with quite a few gems

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    Quote Originally Posted by christensenleif@msn.com View Post
    Just thought Iīd mention a couple of sensationally good tapes from the above gentleman:
    The Brandeis String Quartet recorded in a church in Belgium 1980 on a ML5. B&K mikes and ML 8 mic preamps........fab sound and performance
    top 20 of my 170 SMs
    also from same man
    The Fat Babies in Chicago 2017

    in all a catalogue with quite a few gems

    best
    Leif
    I have both tapes and I totally agree they are gems. I have 7 more tapes of his jazz. For me they sound clearly better than other jazz tapes I own. If you do tape you cannot not have his tapes.

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    I have several of Jonathan's tapes. They are all marvelously recorded, and the music is sublime. I prefer his jazz and solo piano recordings to the Brandies quartet (I prefer closer miking for string quartets), but everything he offers goes from excellent to off-the-charts.

    John C.

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    Jonathan specializes in jazz, so it is always great when he releases the occasional classical music tape. This one of the Brandeis Quartet (recorded almost 40 years ago) really captures the sense of being in the hall with the performers. A more distant perspective than the typical close miked studio recordings. Excellent performances also. The Schubert SQ 14 "Death and the Maiden" is one of the high points of the chamber music repertoire.

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    Quote Originally Posted by astrotoy View Post
    Jonathan specializes in jazz, so it is always great when he releases the occasional classical music tape. This one of the Brandeis Quartet (recorded almost 40 years ago) really captures the sense of being in the hall with the performers. A more distant perspective than the typical close miked studio recordings. Excellent performances also. The Schubert SQ 14 "Death and the Maiden" is one of the high points of the chamber music repertoire.

    Larry
    Yes, I don't mean to denigrate the quality of the Brandeis Quartet recording. A wonderful performance and wonderful sound. It's just that I personally like a closer mic perspective for string quartet - this mirrors my preference for sitting close to the quartet (in the first four seating rows) when I'm listening to an actual live performance. It's just my own personal quirk, not a criticism of Jonathan's recording in any way, shape or form.

    John C.

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    we know that donīt worry
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    due to other activities, I didnīt have time to listen to reel 2 of Brandeis until just now
    I hereby elevate my judgement from "gem" to "stroke of genious"......
    itīs fan %#Ī"!(& -tastic....
    btw in my system I couldnt imagine a closer presentation than I already have
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    I haven’t been listening to tapes much. I mostly turned on my Studer when Jonathan Horwich sent me his tapes. Many of his jazz tapes are the best sources I have. Last week he sent email showing some of how he recorded his tapes. I thought this might be interesting to some people so I put it here:

    See below picture: I now record most of my multi track sessions in a big high end hifi store here in Chicago = Pro Musica. The owner is a recording engineer for Naim audio. He is quite good and so his assisting me is quite helpful.
    Below is what we monitor over which are ProAC Response D30/RS and very neutral and fast and clean and musical. Some of the best speakers I have ever heard. Ever heard most studio speakers? Horrible.

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    See below picture: This is my custom, hand built, Studer/Revox C278 8-track recorder. I’ve never heard a better sounding multi track machine. it records 8 tracks at once which I later mix down directly two two tracks for direct copies of the master 8-track.

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    See below picture: This Manley mixer serves two purposes. It has 8 mic preamps that allow one to record into it and then out to my tape deck (above) directly on 8 channels. It is thus for this specific function just 8 mic preamps in the top section. But after recording onto the tape recorder from it, it then can use the bottom portion to mx the 8 tracks together down to left and right stereo for the direct copies I make for my customers right off the 8 track tape, a process almost unheard of in the industry. I know of no one else who is making a direct copy right off the multi track tape, not to mention through such a high quality mixer as this Manley tube unit. The little gold disc you see dampens the vibrations of the chassis of the Manley. the white tape you see is temporary and just notes which channels are which instrument so when recording I know what knob increases or decreases the volume of what instrument.

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    See below picture: Alto saxophone player Greg Ward. Brilliant young player. The microphone is the legendary Neumann U-67. Don’t even ask what they cost today as no longer made. I think it is the best all around microphone ever made.

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    See picture below: Cornet player with Neuman Gefel UM 70 microphone.

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    See picture below: Drummer for the session. Fine player.

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    See picture below: This is the stereo microphone, custom, tube that I use on drums (in this case) and piano. It is my favorite drum and piano mic of all time. Made by hand in San Diego by KMF Audio. Stunning.

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