UHQR Aja

MRubey

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I had hoped for years that this would happen someday.
I got #377.
We just completed our first listen.
The only thing I can think to say are superlatives……Oh My God…..WOW!…..Holy S#*t

Its really like that.

Thanks to Chad and Bernie for this gift and thank you D.F. for letting them do it.
 
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Mike Lavigne

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MRuby,

nice number.:)

thanks for the feedback. exciting to hear that. mine is due to arrive on Thursday.

do you mind saying what your Aja reference vinyl pressing had been previously?

thanks.
 

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Hi Mike,
The best one I had was the original one from 1977. I was 19 at the time. At some point I switched to CD and lost all of my old records. Many of which are now unavailable. I of course still have a first gen CD which sounds terrible, bright and smeared. I have the Geffen/ABC 180g pressing AS sells. it is dull and lifeless. I"ve looked into better pressings on Discogs but never pulled the trigger.
Today my wife and I played a few tunes from the CD, then the 33rpm version which may be dull and lifeless but is still a lot better than the CD. With the first two notes of Black Cow on the UHQR I let out an involuntary expletive. Aja brought tears.
I'm looking forward to Gaucho but I'm *really* looking forward to The Royal Scam.
I kind of wish they'd stayed in order.
If your a Steely Dan fan this record will have deep significance to you.
Cheers,
another Mike
 
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Mike Lavigne

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Hi Mike,
The best one I had was the original one from 1977. I was 19 at the time. At some point I switched to CD and lost all of my old records. Many of which are now unavailable. I of course still have a first gen CD which sounds terrible, bright and smeared. I have the Geffen/ABC 180g pressing AS sells. it is dull and lifeless. I"ve looked into better pressings on Discogs but never pulled the trigger.
Today my wife and I played a few tunes from the CD, then the 33rpm version which may be dull and lifeless but is still a lot better than the CD. With the first two notes of Black Cow on the UHQR I let out an involuntary expletive. Aja brought tears.
I'm looking forward to Gaucho but I'm *really* looking forward to The Royal Scam.
I kind of wish they'd stayed in order.
If your a Steely Dan fan this record will have deep significance to you.
Cheers,
another Mike
hi Mike,

great feedback and i'm a big Steely Dan fan too. i was 26 in 1977 when this came out. this is wheelhouse music for me. my son was born in 1977.

my best Aja pressing is the early MoFi which is pretty good (not lifeless at all). back in the day (20 years ago) i did try to find a better pressing but the MoFi was the best i could find. not heard an actual Original Pressing. i also have a good 15 ips 1/4" RTR tape master dub of unknown provenance which is some better than my MoFi pressing.

so my expectations are high too, and glad it's rocking your boat. ;) that is a valuable data point.
 
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Are these suppose to be good. I Get lost with some threads saying some of these remasterses vinyl are not all that good overall.
 

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Are these suppose to be good. I Get lost with some threads saying some of these remasterses vinyl are not all that good overall.
so far they have been slightly underwhelming. good but not definitive. my earlier 33rpm pressings are a little better than the first three 45's, but i'm also hearing the next ones are better. i bought and paid for all 7 UHQR's when they were first offered.

the music (IMHO) is epic, so if you don't have good pressings already to me these would be essential.
 
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My favorite Aja pressing is the Cisco one from 2007. I have not heard the UHQR and probably won’t since I didn’t buy it.
 

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Thanks for startIng this thread and for your initial thoughts. I only have the Canadian first pressing, and while I’ve played it to death, I still reach for it if I’m having a crisis of audio confidence to assure me nothing is amiss, other than the crappy sound from the prior record. I love Aja - the sound and the music, but my UHQR KOB is only a bit better than my 2010 Music on Vinyl 2-LP reissue, but it was also 5X the price (for me.) My copy of Aja is one of the best-sounding records I own so I probably won’t search out a UHQR copy.
 

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Well, I have a 15 ips tape that's good. I wonder if the highs are rolled off. The tape is better than my vinyl or digital. Just not sure. I got the uhqr of the Nutcracker and have other versions I like more.

Its all so hard
 

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Well, I have a 15 ips tape that's good. I wonder if the highs are rolled off. The tape is better than my vinyl or digital. Just not sure. I got the uhqr of the Nutcracker and have other versions I like more.

Its all so hard
Not sure if your tape came from the same source as mine. Mine was copied from an original release production master. I think compared to LPs, esp. some reissues, the LPs have more highs because the HF was boosted during mastering. The artists usually authorised a final mix based on what they had heard on tape. I am not sure whether they were usually involved with the mastering, but with this group, I won't be surprised. Which one is more authentic to the artists' vision ? Hard to say. I have compared my tapes with some of the Classic Records and AP classical reissues, and the LPs usually have boosted top end and sometimes bottom end also (the smile curve ?).
 

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Not sure if your tape came from the same source as mine. Mine was copied from an original release production master. I think compared to LPs, esp. some reissues, the LPs have more highs because the HF was boosted during mastering. The artists usually authorised a final mix based on what they had heard on tape. I am not sure whether they were usually involved with the mastering, but with this group, I won't be surprised. Which one is more authentic to the artists' vision ? Hard to say. I have compared my tapes with some of the Classic Records and AP classical reissues, and the LPs usually have boosted top end and sometimes bottom end also (the smile curve ?).
You have the same tape as I do. My tape is way better than the vinyl version I have. I have been on a tape kick lately. My tape is far superior to any source I have by a magnitude. My led Zeppelin are also excellent. I actually have led 4 from 2 different sources. Both are excellent. I may want to let one of them go. Not sure which one.
 
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You have the same tape as I do. My tape is way better than the vinyl version I have. I have been on a tape kick lately. My tape is far superior to any source I have by a magnitude. My led Zeppelin are also excellent. I actually have led 4 from 2 different sources. Both are excellent. I may want to let one of them go. Not sure which one.
Yes, people who have not heard these tapes don't really know how good the original recordings can sound. None of the commercial versions I have come anywhere close to the tapes, unfortunately. In fact, my DSD transfers from the tapes sound better than any commercial versions I have, including LPs (original and some reissues, even though I do not have the ultra-expensive ones like the One Step or Tom Port's hot stampers). That is true for all the Led Zeppelin, Steely Dan, Fleetwood Mac, Pink Floyd, Beatles, and Alan Parsons Project tapes I have. I am starting to explore pre-recorded 4-track tapes to see if any of them will stand up to the masters.
 

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