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    Dan announced he'll be leaving the Tape Project to concentrate on Bottlehead and other projects. I'll certainly miss his help on both the software and hardware end. As well as Eileen's assistance! Dan was a great resource to all tape enthusiasts and wish Dan the best of luck in all his future endeavors!

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    Eileen and I will be retiring from the Tape Project in the new year. It's been an absolute gas pursuing this crazy ass idea with my brothers Paul and Romo. Before anyone starts ridiculous speculations I'll say right here that all is very well amongst the three of us, TP is in great shape with lots of albums in stock and a couple of very interesting new projects coming out very soon (one to be introduced at CES), and we wish the guys the very best as TP rolls forward.

    Our decision came about from a couple of things -

    One is that I felt my main job at Bottlehead was suffering a bit from my divided attention. I've had a few interesting product ideas that I have been wanting to pursue for several years now. The time never seemed to be there to get them done, and I really want to get some of them out next year. We'll be putting out our first speaker kit in 15 years in early 2017 and I am working on some studio oriented kit products as well. We have also experienced a rather startling discovery of Bottlehead by lots and lots of local audiophiles in the past 6 months (after 25 years in the business we became an overnight sensation) and we have been enjoying dedicating time to that local audience with regular audiophile meetings at Bottleheadquarters and frequent, pleasant client visits for auditions and tech support. We've also had great success with our yearly concerts with Jacqui Naylor and Art Khu and I have decided to try that type of intimate concert here with local artists on a regular basis in the new year. So there will be plenty to keep us busy in the future.

    The other thing that has happened is Eileen and I actually took a real honest to god adventurous vacation last summer in the form of a trip to Bonneville land speed trials and some camping in some of Oregon's most remote areas. We realized we want to do a lot more of that and it means adjusting our life style from working every week of the year to a stop and smell the roses once in a while approach. And so I need to lighten the load a bit to be able to pursue a little more travel and some other passions.

    Obviously I remain a staunch supporter of TP and the entire master quality reel to reel album industry that Paul, Romo and I created eleven years ago. And I will keep my hand in the equipment end of the business. There will be no shortage of tape decks in our listening room system. Thanks so much to everyone who has supported TP over the years. I know many of you have heard my stories of the incredulous looks we would get from people when we first proposed the idea back in 2006. I truly appreciate those of you who got past "you're crazy as f***" and gave us a chance to help people experience just how incredibly good music reproduction can be.
    Myles B. Astor, PhD, Administrator
    Senior Editor, Positive-Feedback.com
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    -Zellaton Plural Evo speakers
    -Goldmund Telos 300 stereo amp
    -Goldmund Mimesis 37S Nextgen preamplifier
    -Doshi EVO and Goldmund PH3.8 phonostage
    -VPI Vanquish direct-drive turntable
    -VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy dual pivot tonearm, VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy gimballed and SAT LM-12 arm
    -Lyra Atlas SL Lambda, Fuuga Mk. 2, vdh Colibri Master Signature, MutechHayabusa, MOFI Master Tracker, Sumiko Songbird cartridges
    -Technics RS1506 with Flux Magnetic heads, Doshi V3.0 tape stage (balanced)
    -Assorted cables including Transparent XL Gen. 6, Skogrand, Viero, Kubala-Sosna, Audience Au24SX, Genesis Advanced Technologies and Ensemble Power Cords
    -Accessories including Stillpoint Aperture panels, Cathedral Sound panels, Furutech NCF Nano AC receptacles; Silver Circle Tchaik 6 PLC, Symposium ISIS and SRA Craz 3 racks, Audiodharma Cable Cooker, Symposium Ultra and assorted SRA OHIO Class 2.1+ platforms.

  • #2
    Thank you for sharing, Myles.
    Vbr,

    Sam

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    • #3
      Does this mean the tapes are phasing out....ie: Selling off existing inventory and that will be it ?
      Christian
      System Gear

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      • #4
        Originally posted by rockitman View Post
        Does this mean the tapes are phasing out....ie: Selling off existing inventory and that will be it ?
        Not according to Dan's announcement. The Tape Project is exploring new avenues including some altogether new recordings such as TP-30. (How cool would it be for them to get Keith Johnson to pull out his old tape machine and to do some all new analog recordings for them!) One change they did announce earlier will be releasing new tapes quarterly after the current subscription series is fullfilled. Trying to do ten tapes a year with limited capacity combined with more demand for new and old titles and limited staff was pushing things. Hell, I ran into the same thing when publishing Ultimate Audio e.g. your eyes are bigger than your stomach. I wanted to do ten issues a year but it quickly became clear with me being the chief cook and bottle washer aided by my ex- in her spare time, a graphic artist and copy editor that producing a quarterly magazine was a more realistic proposition.
        Myles B. Astor, PhD, Administrator
        Senior Editor, Positive-Feedback.com
        ________________________________________

        -Zellaton Plural Evo speakers
        -Goldmund Telos 300 stereo amp
        -Goldmund Mimesis 37S Nextgen preamplifier
        -Doshi EVO and Goldmund PH3.8 phonostage
        -VPI Vanquish direct-drive turntable
        -VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy dual pivot tonearm, VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy gimballed and SAT LM-12 arm
        -Lyra Atlas SL Lambda, Fuuga Mk. 2, vdh Colibri Master Signature, MutechHayabusa, MOFI Master Tracker, Sumiko Songbird cartridges
        -Technics RS1506 with Flux Magnetic heads, Doshi V3.0 tape stage (balanced)
        -Assorted cables including Transparent XL Gen. 6, Skogrand, Viero, Kubala-Sosna, Audience Au24SX, Genesis Advanced Technologies and Ensemble Power Cords
        -Accessories including Stillpoint Aperture panels, Cathedral Sound panels, Furutech NCF Nano AC receptacles; Silver Circle Tchaik 6 PLC, Symposium ISIS and SRA Craz 3 racks, Audiodharma Cable Cooker, Symposium Ultra and assorted SRA OHIO Class 2.1+ platforms.

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        • Marcus
          Marcus commented
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          Ultimate Audio was a great magazine Myles. I still have a few copies somewhere.

        • MylesBAstor
          MylesBAstor commented
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          Thanks so much. Lots of pleasant memories. 😄

      • #5
        Originally posted by MylesBAstor View Post

        Trying to do ten tapes a year with limited capacity combined with more demand for new and old titles and limited staff was pushing things.
        Myles, have they ever done 10 tapes in a year? I thought the Adderely reel was the only new release this year.

        Speakers: Vandersteen Model 7s, 4 M&K ST-150Ts, 1 VCC-5; Amplification: 2 Vandersteen M7-HPAs, CI Audio D200 MKII, Ayre V-6xe; Preamp: Doshi Audio Line Stage v3.0; Phono Pre: Doshi Audio V3 Phono Pre; Analog: Wave Kinetics NVS; Durand Telos and SME 3012R Tonearms, Clearaudio Goldfinger Statement v2; Miyajima Zero; Reel to Reel: Technics RS-1500; Doshi Tape Pre-Amp; Studer A810; Studer A812; Tascam BR-20; Multi-channel: Bryston SP-3; Digital: Custom PC> Lampizator Pacific

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        • MylesBAstor
          MylesBAstor commented
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          No. 29 over 10? 😀 But I thought there were a couple this year.

      • #6
        Hi guys, just to clarify a couple of things about The Tape Project. Dan was a large part of the company, but the remaining partners, Michael Romanowski and myself, are keeping it going full speed ahead. We have moved everything from the Bainbridge Island office back to the Bay Area, and we'll be doing everything from here.

        We are currently shipping #29, Eugene Istomin performing two Mozart piano concertos with the Seattle Symphony conducted by Gerard Schwarz, recorded by Keith Johnson originally for Reference Recordings. It is being sent to subscribers already, and will be on the website for purchase shortly. Then we will announce #30, and after that we are retiring the Series model. It worked in the beginning, but now that we have so many titles it makes more sense to let everyone just order what they want from the whole catalog.

        I'm happy to answer any of your questions about The Tape Project, but I don't get around to the forums very often, so you'd have to be patient.

        Paul Stubblebine
        Paul Stubblebine
        Mastering Engineer
        Label Honcho, The Tape Project

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        • #7
          Hi Paul! So glad you made it over this way!,,



          Everyone is looking forward to the next pair of releases and what you have up your sleeve after #30 is in the can! It's been a fun ride so far.
          Myles B. Astor, PhD, Administrator
          Senior Editor, Positive-Feedback.com
          ________________________________________

          -Zellaton Plural Evo speakers
          -Goldmund Telos 300 stereo amp
          -Goldmund Mimesis 37S Nextgen preamplifier
          -Doshi EVO and Goldmund PH3.8 phonostage
          -VPI Vanquish direct-drive turntable
          -VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy dual pivot tonearm, VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy gimballed and SAT LM-12 arm
          -Lyra Atlas SL Lambda, Fuuga Mk. 2, vdh Colibri Master Signature, MutechHayabusa, MOFI Master Tracker, Sumiko Songbird cartridges
          -Technics RS1506 with Flux Magnetic heads, Doshi V3.0 tape stage (balanced)
          -Assorted cables including Transparent XL Gen. 6, Skogrand, Viero, Kubala-Sosna, Audience Au24SX, Genesis Advanced Technologies and Ensemble Power Cords
          -Accessories including Stillpoint Aperture panels, Cathedral Sound panels, Furutech NCF Nano AC receptacles; Silver Circle Tchaik 6 PLC, Symposium ISIS and SRA Craz 3 racks, Audiodharma Cable Cooker, Symposium Ultra and assorted SRA OHIO Class 2.1+ platforms.

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          • defdum&blind
            defdum&blind commented
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            Hi Paul!
            Will the future releases be numbered? I'm asking as a full subscriber.
            Leslie

        • #8
          Originally posted by dminches View Post

          Myles, have they ever done 10 tapes in a year? I thought the Adderly reel was the only new release this year.
          Never did 10 a year. I am a charter subscriber (#45) and I got two in 2016, the Nat Adderley and the Mozart Concerti tapes. Since my subscription was for 10 tapes each series, and not per year, I wasn't too concerned, as long as they continued with the program. Reminds me a bit of TAS and Stereophile in the good old days. What I am most appreciative is that TP has maintained the high quality and interesting music. Second is that they did the proof of concept for 15ips 2 track tapes as a commercially viable format, and so paved the way for so many folks, including, most recently, Chad Kassem, who openly says he designed his releases on the TP model.

          Larry
          Analog- VPIClassic3-3DArm,SoundsmithZephyrII+MiyajimaZeroMono, 2xAmpex ATR-102,Doshi3.0,Merrill Trident Master Tape Pre,Herron VTPH-2A
          Dig Rip-Pyramix,IzotopeRX3Adv,Mykerinos,PacMicroModel2
          Dig Play-mchNADAC, LampiPac, Roon, HQP, Oppo105
          Electronics-Doshi Pre,CJ MET1mchPre, Cary2A3monoamps
          Speakers-AvantgardeDuosLR,3SolosC,LR,RR
          Other-2x512Engineer/Marutani Symmetrical Power, AudioDiskVinylCleaner,AirTightRecordFlat, Scott Rust Interconnects,
          Music-15KRecs(90%classical),1.3KR2Rtapes,50TBrips

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          • #9
            Thanks for the update Paul.
            Good to hear TP is continuing to release more titles.
            Chris

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            • #10
              Just an update. Everything has been relocated down to Paul's place in the Bay area.

              The new customer service phone is now set up: 415-522-0108.

              Paul suggests that email is still better in some ways, so use that if it fits your question. For now, use [email protected]

              Paul's been running off some back tapes so check the site www.tapeproject.com if there are any releases you are missing or in need of.
              Myles B. Astor, PhD, Administrator
              Senior Editor, Positive-Feedback.com
              ________________________________________

              -Zellaton Plural Evo speakers
              -Goldmund Telos 300 stereo amp
              -Goldmund Mimesis 37S Nextgen preamplifier
              -Doshi EVO and Goldmund PH3.8 phonostage
              -VPI Vanquish direct-drive turntable
              -VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy dual pivot tonearm, VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy gimballed and SAT LM-12 arm
              -Lyra Atlas SL Lambda, Fuuga Mk. 2, vdh Colibri Master Signature, MutechHayabusa, MOFI Master Tracker, Sumiko Songbird cartridges
              -Technics RS1506 with Flux Magnetic heads, Doshi V3.0 tape stage (balanced)
              -Assorted cables including Transparent XL Gen. 6, Skogrand, Viero, Kubala-Sosna, Audience Au24SX, Genesis Advanced Technologies and Ensemble Power Cords
              -Accessories including Stillpoint Aperture panels, Cathedral Sound panels, Furutech NCF Nano AC receptacles; Silver Circle Tchaik 6 PLC, Symposium ISIS and SRA Craz 3 racks, Audiodharma Cable Cooker, Symposium Ultra and assorted SRA OHIO Class 2.1+ platforms.

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              • #11
                That Mozart tape is new and sadly already sold out....
                Christian
                System Gear

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