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Re: [ARSCLIST] One Inch, two track master tapes- 15 or 30 IPS
Hi Steve, "Ironbut,"
I'm working my way down on the replies to the 1 inch 2 track ATR
posting I sent a day or two ago.
I met Mike , Bette and Bill two years ago when I signed up for a
class on ATR 101. It was a 5 hour trip from Richmond ,Va. so I drove
up the night before. Everything went wrong. My F350 had a low tire
when I left the hotel to drive to ATR Services. I went the wrong way
on the interstate and drove to ATR on an almost flat tire. I was over
dressed and ,due to the excitement, my Mitchum broke down. ---:-)
I picked up my ATR 102 about a year ago and soon after one came up
on ebay. Legacy Studios in Manhattan. Pick up only , no shipping. I
was the only bidder at $2400. An ATR 104 with multiple head blocks,
power supplies and audio cards. It was purchased from Mike Spitz a
few years earlier and never used as the Legacy tech knew Studer
machines and not ATR's .
The last ATR machine came available a month ago. An ATR 1-2 with
Aria electronics and an extra 1/4 inch head block with 20 hours of
use. The devil made me buy it--
The Precision Motor Works machine that mates the MR 70 electronics
to an ATR is a beauty, I hope to hear one some day.
I spoke with Momma Doc today about the possibility of asking
Paul Stubblebine if he'd be willing to supply a transfer of a tape
project issue on 1 inch tape. I hope to hear from him soon .
If I had a choice of a 1 inch transfer it would be TP 05, 07 or
any of the full scale classical titles they offer. Personally, I
don't see the value of spending $$ on a transfer with a limited
number of instruments. Spend the $$ and listen to a musical works
that tax a playback system with dynamics that can only be replicated
with a full symphony orchestra, my thoughts- I may be wrong.
Steve, thanks for the reply from a TTP member, you put your money
where your mouth is.
On May 27, 2009, at 7:55 PM, carlstephen koto wrote:
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
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).
On May 26, 2009, at 7:58 PM, Ken Fritz wrote:
I'm a subscriber to TTP and appreciate the quality that tape
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
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:
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
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