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Re: [ARSCLIST] One Inch, two track master tapes- 15 or 30 IPS

Hey Ken,

I recall that you live near and have visited Mike Spitz at ATR Services (I remember you took his alignment class a few years back). I would assume that you either purchased your 1" ATR from him or have had him service it. As a couple of folks have said, it could very well be the ultimate solid state mastering machine. I know that some studios such as Fantasy did do 1/2" 2 tracks (I have a Dexter Gordon from them) but I don't know of any golden age studios that used them. Aside from Mike, MTR Precision Motor Works also used to set up 1" 2 track mastering machines. You may want to contact them both and contact the studios that purchased these machines and perhaps you can strike a deal to at least hear these masters.

Regarding the Tape Project, I'm sure you know that Paul (Stubblebine) has two 1" 2 track machines that are used in the production of our tapes. One is an ATR with Tim de Paravicini's custom electronics while the other is an MM1200 with MR70 electronics ( I believe that Mike Spitz set this machine up when he was still located in San Mateo). I'm sure you could commission a couple of custom tapes to be produced for you . I would hurry though. They have purchased the rights to produce a limited number of releases and I would certainly try and get a 1" copy of "Waltz for Debby" and "Saxophone Colossus" if I were you (they'd be as close to exact duplicates of the master as you'd ever get).

Steve Koto
On May 26, 2009, at 7:58 PM, Ken Fritz wrote:

Hi Lou,

I'm a subscriber to TTP and appreciate the quality that tape delivers.

I'm hoping to find a few listers that have studio tapes from groups that never made the big time but cut great sounding tapes. I've managed to purchase tapes from now defunct studios in Memphis and LA but all are 1/4 or 1/2 inch two track at i5 or 30 ips. I'm hoping to find a few 1 inch two track tapes if they're out there.

  thanks for the reply, Ken Fritz
On May 26, 2009, at 9:04 PM, Lou Judson wrote:

No Beatles on on inch 2 track as far as I know.

But you can probably pay these guys to make you some tapes to play on your new toy:


Worth asking anyway!

Lou Judson • Intuitive Audio

On May 26, 2009, at 5:43 PM, Ken Fritz wrote:

Hi Listers,

I'm probably one of the few on the list that is an " Audiophile." That translates to "Music is fun and not a business." "Thank God" might be the next phrase but since my business supplies tooling to those that manufacture solid surface and cast marble to the construction industry I think we're both in the same boat. To the point!

Analog tape is where the great recordings started and I'm keeping it going by filling my home with around 20 or so analog RTR machines. I belong to an audio group in Richmond Va. and they all marvel at the sound of tape. I just bought a one inch two track ATR and have nothing to play on it. I feel like I just bought a tuxedo and only have a pair of brown shoes--- no place to go!

If anyone out there has a one inch two track tape that would show off what my machine can do and would CONSIDER sending it to me I'd appreciate it. The Genre isn't as important as the musical content. If a lister has a safety copy of the Beatles, any recording, I can send an armed carrier along with my first born for insurance-:), Any and all costs and insurance would be covered, of course.

any reply will be appreciated, Ken Fritz

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