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Thread: Getting an Ampex ATR-102, looking for 10 reel titles to start me up!

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    Hi Larry,

    There was a title which exhibited a couple/few very coarse, well...crude, fades and I detected some clicks...recorder being paused/started/stopped, perhaps.
    I'll report in with the titles by this weekend after I've finished listening to all of them. I did not select the titles. I furnished a budget to Todor and requested
    that he select titles which best reflected the analogue tape medium from Kostas.
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    Sam
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    great!

    Thank you everyone for the recommendations.

    The Arnold Overtures from Tape project I guess, the reference recordings one is actually a digital recording. I would like to get his recording of Respighi, I guess tape project had it too.

    I believe I will get;

    Astor Piazzolla (Kazantsev)

    Tatsuki Narita, Mendelssohn Cello sonata no2, Beethoven Violin sonata no.7 (Ultraanaloguerecordings)

    Prokofiev: Lieutenant Kije/ Stravinsky: Song of the Nightingale and Hope by Hugh Masekela (these ones are to hear/experience the difference from two of my favourite 45rpm releases) (Analogue Productions)

    Opus 3 "One" open reel selection (opus 3)

    John Wojciechowski Quartet - direct master, Jazz Sampler 1 (international phonograph inc)

    Respighi - Church Windows (tape project)
    I though I saw some very good blues tapes from Tape Project but I can not see some of them on their site now (Otis Rush - Right Place, Wrong Time).

    I would also like to know if anyone has any favourites from open reel records?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kodomo View Post
    The Arnold Overtures from Tape project I guess, the reference recordings one is actually a digital recording. I would like to get his recording of Respighi, I guess tape project had it too.
    true, the Arnold Overtures is a digital recording, but it's also an analog recording.

    the Arnold Overtures has both an analog tape and 176/24 digital source as it used twin mic feeds as was typical for Reference Recordings for years. so the Tape Project tape of the Arnold Overtures is pure analog. it's one of the few cases where you can truly compare a CD and 176/24 both from the 176/24 master file, directly to the vinyl and tape both from the analog tape master. done it a few times.
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    All 3 Dindo tapes from Open Reel Records are very good, both sound and performance.

    I will also strongly recommend the Janaki Trio, Dialoghi and Lysy Broad music... from Yarlung Records. They are very very close to the best tapes out there.

    Lt.Kije is a very good choice, prepare to find out more about your system.

    Good luck in your search for great tapes, you will be hooked.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Lavigne View Post
    true, the Arnold Overtures is a digital recording, but it's also an analog recording.

    the Arnold Overtures has both an analog tape and 176/24 digital source as it used twin mic feeds as was typical for Reference Recordings for years. so the Tape Project tape of the Arnold Overtures is pure analog. it's one of the few cases where you can truly compare a CD and 176/24 both from the 176/24 master file, directly to the vinyl and tape both from the analog tape master. done it a few times.
    Also true for the Tape Project Exotic Dances, and the Mozart Piano Concerti with Eugene Istomin. Arnold Dances was originally issued on vinyl from the analogue tape. The Exotic Dances and Mozart were never issued on vinyl in the original releases, only their digital versions.

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    Thanks Mike and Astro Toy! Good to know, so they recorded both to tape and digital, like bluecoast does sometimes.

    I add Dialoghi from Yarlung to my list. (thanks jim.i.)

    I have to choose one from Open Reel Records now to finish my initial list

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    The John Wojciekowski tape from IPI is terrific. So are the Mark Colby and Matt Ulery trio recordings (in fact, ALL of Jonathan's jazz recordings are excellent, both musically and sound-wise).

    On the classical side, the Analogue Productions release of Reiner/CSO's classic RCA recording of Respighi's Pines and Fountains is simply . . . unbelievable. I have this recording in several versions on CD, and it's really hard to believe the tape is so much better - but it is. I suspect part of it is the care taken by Sterling Sound in doing the remastering, but whatever - you really have to hear this to believe it. I have probably 20 different versions of Pines/Fountains in my music collection, and none of them come close to the Reiner/CSO recording. Still the gold standard 60 years later. The Scheherazade recording is also exceptional, but not quite the stunner of the Respighi, IMHO. For chamber music, basically everything done by Ed Pong (Ultra Analogue) is stunning. These are as close to "being there" live as I've ever encountered with recorded music.

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    I've listened to the following, thus far, and very pleased with the sonics:

    MTSL 65-66: Il Giardino Armonico (this title doesn't appear on the Master Tape Sound Lab pdf)
    MTSL 23-24: J. Oehlers, S. Keevers, M. Breeze - jazz
    MTSL 2-3: Andrea Keller Jazz Ensemble - jazz
    MTSL 27: Fritz Hauser (Coarse fades.) - jazz

    As of yet, haven't listened to:

    MTSL 28: Fritz Hauser - jazz
    MTSL 40-41: Alison Wedding/Sam Keevers - the vocalists
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    Quote Originally Posted by c1ferrari View Post
    I've listened to the following, thus far, and very pleased with the sonics:

    MTSL 65-66: Il Giardino Armonico (this title doesn't appear on the Master Tape Sound Lab pdf)
    MTSL 23-24: J. Oehlers, S. Keevers, M. Breeze - jazz
    MTSL 2-3: Andrea Keller Jazz Ensemble - jazz
    MTSL 27: Fritz Hauser (Coarse fades.) - jazz

    As of yet, haven't listened to:

    MTSL 28: Fritz Hauser - jazz
    MTSL 40-41: Alison Wedding/Sam Keevers - the vocalists
    Sam, thanks for the update. Glad they are working out for you. I didn't get any of the jazz or pop albums, just classical. Larry
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    Just ordered Muddy Waters - Folk Singer from Analogue Productions as it is a favourite album of mine! So Masekela and Prokofiev tapes will be waiting till I get my preffered tapes from each company.

    Next, when I turn back from my trip in a week, I will be ordering Nikolai Kazantsev's Astor Piazzolla tape.

    I am waiting for Ed Pong now, he will let me know when his tapes are ready, and those will be the next ones after Nikolai's tape.

    After that, I will give a shot for international phonographic tapes.

    This master tape stuff will ruin me for sure...

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