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Yes, it's back in stock.
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Tape Tech / Re: How to Align Otari MX 5050 BII
« Last post by docb on August 20, 2018, 01:42:19 pm »
A scope with an X-Y display is the best way to align a head, using a Lissajous figure. It's much easier and more precise than using the VU meters.
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Tape Tech / How to Align Otari MX 5050 BII
« Last post by jcmusic on July 18, 2018, 06:38:39 am »
My question is how do I go about aligning my deck while having the direct head wiring out to my tape pre? Since I have the deck setup this way I have lost the meter functions, so I need advice on how to align???
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Tape Project Albums - general / Re: TP-014 Church Windows back in stock
« Last post by High and Outside on July 08, 2018, 10:12:09 pm »
This was out of stock momentarily but it's back on the shelves.
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Tape Project Albums - general / Re: TP-030 now in stock
« Last post by High and Outside on July 08, 2018, 10:00:18 pm »
It was out of stock for about a day, but it's back in stock now.
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Willy and the Poor Boys / Re: New music video for "Fortunate Son"
« Last post by c1ferrari on July 01, 2018, 10:37:08 pm »
Rousing anthem...thanks for the post!
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Willy and the Poor Boys / New music video for "Fortunate Son"
« Last post by High and Outside on June 28, 2018, 12:53:01 pm »
Concord, the label that owns the Creedence Clearwater Revival albums, is doing some promotions to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the release of the first CCR album. This includes a music video of the song "Fortunate Son." Even though that particular song didn't appear on the first CCR album, it's a worthy song and someone made an excellent video, which you can see here:

https://tinyurl.com/y9gl6oy6

Of course if you want to hear the song at its absolute best, we refer you to TP-027, Willy and the Poor Boys, on 15 IPS reel to reel tape.
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Prerecorded Tapes / Announcing Audionirvana.org Tape Circle!
« Last post by MylesAstor on June 27, 2018, 10:13:15 pm »
Audionirvana.org is proud to announce the launch of the “Audionirvana Tape Circle!”

Audionirvana board members will have access to sampler tapes from several leading labels currently releasing music on 15 ips, 2 track tape.

The first sampler tape was kindly provided by Ed Pong, head honcho at classical label UltraAnalogue and features six selections taken from their most releases.

https://www.audionirvana.org/forum/the-audionirvana-tape-circle/ultraanalogue/90801-hands-up-for-everyone-interested-in-the-ultraanalogue-sampler-tape

Coming soon! Releases from Opus 3, Yarlung Records, International Phonograph, Leslie Brooks, BC-Musicale, Entertape and others.

Offer limited to Audionirvana.org board members and  US audiophiles (at the moment).
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Service Resources / NAGRA - well how about that!
« Last post by docb on June 21, 2018, 04:03:29 pm »
Last winter I was approached by Rene Laflamme, sales and marketing manager for Nagra in the US and Canada, about offering service for Nagra high end audio products to US and Canadian customers. After some serious consideration I am proud to announce that we have agreed to take referrals and have begun both service and also restoration work on several decks. We can also help with service on Nagra amps, preamps, etc. From what I can gather some other shops that were known for Nagra service in the past no longer take on work on the tape related gear as their experts retire or otherwise move on. At least that is what our customers have been telling me.

Nagra have been most helpful in providing us with service data and are offering access to what parts they have available for repair. I want to be clear that we're not a free consulting service, and we do not share Nagra intellectual property. Regarding parts for sale, at this time we will stick with providing parts only for repairs that come to us. If, in the future, parts become more readily available we may be able to make some available for sale with Nagra's permission.

If you are anywhere in the world besides the US and Canada please contact Nagra Switzerland for direction to a service resource.

www.nagraaudio.com

Our rate is $125 per hour plus parts. Bench fee is also $125, and includes a diagnosis and baseline measurements for tape machines. Rates are subject to change. You can email me at docb@bottlehead.com for more info.
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General Discussion / Re: Full track playback with two track heads
« Last post by High and Outside on May 26, 2018, 12:32:28 pm »
Another question about this general subject: is there a reasonable way to determine if a tape labeled "mono" was recorded as full track or two track mono? The tapes I have so far are labeled so it's clear but it seems likely I'll face this issue in the future.

The only way I can think of is to use one of those magnetic viewers--

I should have mentioned the more obvious way: play the tape on a 2-track head and see what comes out of the right channel. If the original recording is full track mono you'll hear the same program on the right channel as the left.  If it's half track mono with nothing recorded on the other half, that's what you'll hear on the right channel: nothing. Or practically nothing. If it's half track mono with another program recorded after flipping the tape over then you'll hear that program backwards on the right channel.
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