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  • RCA Living Stereo on Reel-to-Reel Tape!

    analogue productions rca living stereos 15ips reel-to-reel-tape
    Myles B. Astor, PhD, Administrator
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  • #2
    Nice work, Myles.

    Thanks for the write-up. As you mentioned, the tapes are very good.

    Dre
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    • #3
      Myles, thanks for the great write-up. You have included some great detail about the recordings that was new to me. (One small point that you can edit - in the description of the Fountains of Rome - you mention the Trevi Fountain in the second piece about the Triton fountain.) I have originals of both 2436 Pines and 2445 Scheherazade (1S and 3S respectively). I agree that the tapes are a great step up from both of them. The price of an original Pines 1S goes these days for well over the cost of the tape version. Of course you will still need to get the machine to play them.

      We were in Rome last summer for the wedding of my wife's niece. The wedding was held in a villa on the old Appian Way, just south of Rome (remember "All roads lead to Rome"). I looked for the pines, but there weren't all that many on the road.

      Larry
      Analog- VPIClassic3-3DArm,SoundsmithZephyrII+MiyajimaZeroMono, 2xAmpex ATR-102,Doshi3.0 BottleheadPhonoPre
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      • MylesBAstor
        MylesBAstor commented
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        Thanks will correct. Had triple checked everything to prevent just that sort of thing from happening.

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      I can't wait for these two...
      Christian
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      • #5
        Originally posted by rockitman View Post
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        I can't wait for these two...
        Yes ordered the Power of the Orchestra! Should be a blockbuster!

        Going to hold off on the other tape until money permits.
        Myles B. Astor, PhD, Administrator
        Senior Editor, Positive-Feedback.com
        ________________________________________

        Magico S5 Mk.2 speakers, cj ART monoblock Amplifiers; cj GAT preamplifier Series 2; Doshi V3.0 phonostage; VPI Vanquish turntable/12-inch 3D tonearm/Lyra Atlas SL, Ortofon A95, Charisma Reference 2, vdh Colibri Signature, MOFI Master Tracker, Fuuga cartridges; Technics RS1506 with Flux Magnetic heads/Doshi V3.0 tape stage run balanced; Assorted cables including Transparent XL Gen. 5, Skogrand, Viero, Kubala-Sosna, MG Audio, Audience Au24SX, Genesis Advanced Technologies Power Cords. Stillpoint Aperture panels, MPod Magico feet, Cathedral Sound panels, Furutech NCF Nano AC receptacles; Silver Circle Tchaik 6 PLC. Symposium ISIS and SRA Craz racks; Audiodharma Cable Cooker; Symposium Ultra and assorted SRA platforms.

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        • rockitman
          rockitman commented
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          I have both of these coming. I ordered all of the RCA's...lol

        • RoadDawgWest
          RoadDawgWest commented
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          Can't wait as well. Tape has definitely put a dent into my vinyl purchasing budget.

      • #6
        Anybody get their copies yet? I should get mine soon. So this leaves four more tapes in the first series to follow:

        Leopold Stokowski - Rhapsodies (RRAP 0009)

        Fritz Reiner - Prokofiev: Lieutenant Kije/ Stravinsky: Song of the Nightingale (RRAP 0010)

        David Abel/Julie Steinberg - Beethoven: Violin Sonata Op.96 & Enescu: Op. 25 (RRAP 0011)

        Lowell Graham - Winds Of War and Peace (RRAP 0012)

        I assume Rhapsodies and Lieutenant Kije would be next. I can also imagine Chad is working on the next series after this. Someone (Myles) needs to create a thread asking for requests for this second series. I would like to see a mechanism where we "users" could send feedback/comments to Chad before-the-fact (but I know this will never happen).
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        • #7
          Originally posted by Joe Pittman View Post
          Anybody get their copies yet? I should get mine soon. So this leaves four more tapes in the first series to follow:

          Leopold Stokowski - Rhapsodies (RRAP 0009)

          Fritz Reiner - Prokofiev: Lieutenant Kije/ Stravinsky: Song of the Nightingale (RRAP 0010)

          David Abel/Julie Steinberg - Beethoven: Violin Sonata Op.96 & Enescu: Op. 25 (RRAP 0011)

          Lowell Graham - Winds Of War and Peace (RRAP 0012)

          I assume Rhapsodies and Lieutenant Kije would be next. I can also imagine Chad is working on the next series after this. Someone (Myles) needs to create a thread asking for requests for this second series. I would like to see a mechanism where we "users" could send feedback/comments to Chad before-the-fact (but I know this will never happen).
          The Stokowski Rhapsodies is a must get for me. I didn't order the next two -at least not yet.
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          • #8
            My Power of the Orchestra shipped today and is scheduled to arrive on Wednesday.

            I am looking forward to The Winds of War and Peace based on the new LP.
            Myles B. Astor, PhD, Administrator
            Senior Editor, Positive-Feedback.com
            ________________________________________

            Magico S5 Mk.2 speakers, cj ART monoblock Amplifiers; cj GAT preamplifier Series 2; Doshi V3.0 phonostage; VPI Vanquish turntable/12-inch 3D tonearm/Lyra Atlas SL, Ortofon A95, Charisma Reference 2, vdh Colibri Signature, MOFI Master Tracker, Fuuga cartridges; Technics RS1506 with Flux Magnetic heads/Doshi V3.0 tape stage run balanced; Assorted cables including Transparent XL Gen. 5, Skogrand, Viero, Kubala-Sosna, MG Audio, Audience Au24SX, Genesis Advanced Technologies Power Cords. Stillpoint Aperture panels, MPod Magico feet, Cathedral Sound panels, Furutech NCF Nano AC receptacles; Silver Circle Tchaik 6 PLC. Symposium ISIS and SRA Craz racks; Audiodharma Cable Cooker; Symposium Ultra and assorted SRA platforms.

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            • #9
              My copies are being shipping on Monday! Looking forward to both tapes. Larry
              Analog- VPIClassic3-3DArm,SoundsmithZephyrII+MiyajimaZeroMono, 2xAmpex ATR-102,Doshi3.0 BottleheadPhonoPre
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              Dig Play-mch NADAC, Emotion, HQPlayer, Oppo95
              Electronics-Herron VTSP3APre,CJ MET1mchPre, Cary2A3monoamps
              Speakers-AvantgardeDuosLR,3SolosC,LR,RR
              Other-ArtKelmGroundOne IsoTrans,AudioDiskeSystemVinylClea ner,AirTightRecordFlat, Scott Rust Interconnects, Power Supply
              Music-15KRecs(90%classical),1KR2Rtapes,50TBrips

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              • #10
                Received both tapes today. Played Power of the Orchestra first. Wow!
                Reference Room 1, Reference Room 2, Office System

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                  Myles B. Astor, PhD, Administrator
                  Senior Editor, Positive-Feedback.com
                  ________________________________________

                  Magico S5 Mk.2 speakers, cj ART monoblock Amplifiers; cj GAT preamplifier Series 2; Doshi V3.0 phonostage; VPI Vanquish turntable/12-inch 3D tonearm/Lyra Atlas SL, Ortofon A95, Charisma Reference 2, vdh Colibri Signature, MOFI Master Tracker, Fuuga cartridges; Technics RS1506 with Flux Magnetic heads/Doshi V3.0 tape stage run balanced; Assorted cables including Transparent XL Gen. 5, Skogrand, Viero, Kubala-Sosna, MG Audio, Audience Au24SX, Genesis Advanced Technologies Power Cords. Stillpoint Aperture panels, MPod Magico feet, Cathedral Sound panels, Furutech NCF Nano AC receptacles; Silver Circle Tchaik 6 PLC. Symposium ISIS and SRA Craz racks; Audiodharma Cable Cooker; Symposium Ultra and assorted SRA platforms.

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                  • #12
                    Originally posted by Joe Pittman View Post
                    Received both tapes today. Played Power of the Orchestra first. Wow!
                    Meters are flying .
                    Myles B. Astor, PhD, Administrator
                    Senior Editor, Positive-Feedback.com
                    ________________________________________

                    Magico S5 Mk.2 speakers, cj ART monoblock Amplifiers; cj GAT preamplifier Series 2; Doshi V3.0 phonostage; VPI Vanquish turntable/12-inch 3D tonearm/Lyra Atlas SL, Ortofon A95, Charisma Reference 2, vdh Colibri Signature, MOFI Master Tracker, Fuuga cartridges; Technics RS1506 with Flux Magnetic heads/Doshi V3.0 tape stage run balanced; Assorted cables including Transparent XL Gen. 5, Skogrand, Viero, Kubala-Sosna, MG Audio, Audience Au24SX, Genesis Advanced Technologies Power Cords. Stillpoint Aperture panels, MPod Magico feet, Cathedral Sound panels, Furutech NCF Nano AC receptacles; Silver Circle Tchaik 6 PLC. Symposium ISIS and SRA Craz racks; Audiodharma Cable Cooker; Symposium Ultra and assorted SRA platforms.

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                    • #13
                      Original LPs always weird. Found two copies on my shelves. (Think a 3rd one lurks somewhere.)

                      copy 1: 7S A2/5S B1
                      copy 2: 5S A2/5S A1 (side one goes in closer to label)

                      Tape wins but the original LPs are darn good. Especially when comparing Pictures.
                      Myles B. Astor, PhD, Administrator
                      Senior Editor, Positive-Feedback.com
                      ________________________________________

                      Magico S5 Mk.2 speakers, cj ART monoblock Amplifiers; cj GAT preamplifier Series 2; Doshi V3.0 phonostage; VPI Vanquish turntable/12-inch 3D tonearm/Lyra Atlas SL, Ortofon A95, Charisma Reference 2, vdh Colibri Signature, MOFI Master Tracker, Fuuga cartridges; Technics RS1506 with Flux Magnetic heads/Doshi V3.0 tape stage run balanced; Assorted cables including Transparent XL Gen. 5, Skogrand, Viero, Kubala-Sosna, MG Audio, Audience Au24SX, Genesis Advanced Technologies Power Cords. Stillpoint Aperture panels, MPod Magico feet, Cathedral Sound panels, Furutech NCF Nano AC receptacles; Silver Circle Tchaik 6 PLC. Symposium ISIS and SRA Craz racks; Audiodharma Cable Cooker; Symposium Ultra and assorted SRA platforms.

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                      • #14
                        Got my copies yesterday. I played Power of the Orchestra last night. Great tape. A couple of comments.

                        First, the Night on Bare Mountain is not the standard version which was orchestrated by Rimsky-Korsakoff from Mussorgsky's original. It is one created by the conductor, Rene Leibowitz, so it has lots of extra percussive effects, including wind machines and other sounds which make the piece more sonic spectacular.

                        Second, like the record, Acoustic Sounds divides Pictures at an Exhibition into two parts. The first 40% is on the first tape and the last 60% is on the second tape. This balances the length of music on both tapes, but it means one has to reel to the end of tape one (with lots of extra tape at the end of reel one), take off reel one, and then reel to the head of tape two (2500 feet or so) to continue the rest of Pictures. It interrupts the music by several minutes, not good. This division is not necessary on the tape, since the entire Pictures is less than 32 minutes long and fits comfortably on one tape. It is necessary for the vinyl, since there would be an overly long side, but vinyl can just be flipped over in a few seconds, not a few minutes to change reels. There is a simple solution, with a razor blade and splicing tape!

                        PS. Anyone know what kind of recordng tape Acoustic Sounds is using?

                        Larry
                        Analog- VPIClassic3-3DArm,SoundsmithZephyrII+MiyajimaZeroMono, 2xAmpex ATR-102,Doshi3.0 BottleheadPhonoPre
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                        Dig Play-mch NADAC, Emotion, HQPlayer, Oppo95
                        Electronics-Herron VTSP3APre,CJ MET1mchPre, Cary2A3monoamps
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                        • Joe Pittman
                          Joe Pittman commented
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                          This a massive error by Acoustic Sounds!

                        • astrotoy
                          astrotoy commented
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                          I checked the tape, looks like SM468. Larry

                        • rockitman
                          rockitman commented
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                          I'm not bothered too much by it and there will be no knives near any of these tapes in my possession...thank you very much...lol

                          Edit: I'm just happy and thankful we have access to dubs from these great recordings/performances.
                          Last edited by rockitman; 09-15-2017, 05:47 PM.

                      • #15
                        Listened to the Rach Symphonic Dances tape today. Even more dynamic than the Power of the Orchestra. The bass drums shake the room. This is a great piece, one of my favorites. Interestingly, Chad chose the first cover of the record (mostly black) rather than the second cover (green) which he used in his 45rpm reissue of the vinyl. Athena, which did the first (very fine) reissue of the album, used the cover art from the second cover. I have four copies of the album, the original black cover, the second green cover, the Athena and Chad's 45RPM reissue. The original and Athena were both HP's TAS Super discs.

                        The Rach Symphonic Dances take almost 34 minutes, which means it doesn't fit on one tape. There are three dances, so two fit on the first tape and the third is on the second tape. The filler (which is also on the album) is the beautiful Vocalise also by Rachmaninoff, just a few minutes long. It was originally written for a soprano (I think with piano) and is wordless. The orchestral version is normally without singer, just the violins playing the vocal line. It is pretty quiet, no great dynamics, but gorgeous.

                        There is also a fine digital version done of the Dances by Reference Recordings in hirez and remastered on vinyl by Paul Stubblebine. Paul cut a lacquer for me to use back in 2010 when we were testing different hardware and software combos for my ripping project.

                        Chad has two winners (making it 100% IMHO for the eight issues so far released).

                        Larry
                        Analog- VPIClassic3-3DArm,SoundsmithZephyrII+MiyajimaZeroMono, 2xAmpex ATR-102,Doshi3.0 BottleheadPhonoPre
                        Dig Rip-Pyramix,IzotopeRX3Adv,MykerinosCard,PacMicroModel2
                        Dig Play-mch NADAC, Emotion, HQPlayer, Oppo95
                        Electronics-Herron VTSP3APre,CJ MET1mchPre, Cary2A3monoamps
                        Speakers-AvantgardeDuosLR,3SolosC,LR,RR
                        Other-ArtKelmGroundOne IsoTrans,AudioDiskeSystemVinylClea ner,AirTightRecordFlat, Scott Rust Interconnects, Power Supply
                        Music-15KRecs(90%classical),1KR2Rtapes,50TBrips

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