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    Received this email from Kevin Berg who works with several of the European R2R companies. I don't have any tapes from FONE. I'd be interested in hearing of anyone's experience with them I'm interested in the Beethoven Violin Concerto and the Piazzolla. Both are with the great Italian violinist Salvatore Accardo. Tapes are pretty pricey - $400 a reel, close to double the price of most everyone else. The company says "Original analog master tapes", but also clearly states that these are copies of the masters (Ampex 102 1/2" 30ips master to Nagra 4S 1/4" 15ips). There were a bunch of attachments to the email with details of the albums. Kevin said you can email him for more info. berg_kevin at hotmail.com

    Larry


    Dear Analog Tape Enthusiast:

    The Italy based Audiophile Label FONE has released a nice handful of additional Analog Tapes that are now available for sale. These tapes are all 1 reel and created by Giulio Cesare Ricci, founder and president of the Audiophile Productions / Fonè.
    Please review below and attached information and let me know if you would like to order any of these New FONE Tapes? All tapes orders should be fulfilled the week of February 10th.

    Fone # 19 ASTOR PIAZZOLLA – OBLIVION
    Original Analog Master tapes / Signor Ricci master / Unique piece / Pure Analog Recording / 30 cm / sec 1/4 inch / Ampex ATR 102 > Nagre 4s

    Fone # 73 SUZANNE HUSSON - PIANO
    Original Analog Master tapes / Signor Ricci master / Unique piece / Pure Analog Recording / 30 cm / sec 1/4 inch / Ampex ATR 102 > Nagre 4s

    Fone # 130 30TH ANNIVERSARY FONÈ - NATURAL JAZZ RECORDINGS ( 2 TAPES )
    Original Analog Master tapes / Signor Ricci master / Unique piece / Pure Analog Recording / 30 cm / sec 1/4 inch / Ampex ATR 102 > Nagre 4s
    Master Tape # 1 or # 2 are available. Please specify which tape you wish during purchase

    Fone # 136 FAUSTO MESOLELLA - LIVE AD ALCATRAZ
    Original Analog Master tapes / Signor Ricci master / Unique piece / Pure Analog Recording / 30 cm / sec 1/4 inch / Ampex ATR 102 > Nagre 4s

    FONE # 143 LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN - CONCERTO PER VIOLINO E ORCHESTRA IN RE MAGG. OP.61
    Salvatore Accardo: violin and conductor
    Orchestra da Camera Italiana
    Original Analog Master tapes / Signor Ricci master / Unique piece / Pure Analog Recording / 30 cm / sec 1/4 inch / Ampex ATR 102 > Nagre 4s
    Master Tape # 1 or # 2 are available. Please specify which tape you wish during purchase

    Song List:

    # 1 MASTER TAPE:

    Ludwig van Beethoven
    CONCERTO PER VIOLINO E ORCHESTRA IN RE MAGG. OP.61
    ALLEGRO MA NON TROPPO 25’24”
    CADENZA: FRITZ KREISLER

    # 2 MASTER TAPE:

    Ludwig van Beethoven
    CONCERTO PER VIOLINO E ORCHESTRA IN RE MAGG. OP.61
    LARGHETTO 10’05”
    RONDÒ, ALLEGRO 10’24”
    CADENZA: FRITZ KREISLER
    Ludwig van Beethoven
    ROMANZA PER VIOLINO E ORCHESTRA N°2 IN FA MAGG. OP.50 8.46

    FONE # 148 NIKOLAJ RIMSKY-KORSAKOV, SHÈHÈRAZADE
    GIANANDREA NOSEDA: DIRETTORE
    FILARMONICA TEATRO REGIO TORINO
    Original Analog Master tapes / Signor Ricci master / Unique piece / Pure Analog Recording / 30 cm / sec 1/4 inch / Ampex ATR 102 > Nagre 4s
    Master Tape # 1 or # 2 are available. Please specify which tape you wish during purchase

    Song List:

    #1 MASTER TAPE:

    LARGO E MAESTOSO - LENTO
    ALLEGRO NON TROPPO - TRANQUILLO
    IL MARE E LA NAVE DI SINDBAD
    LENTO - ANDANTINO - ALLEGRO MOLTO - MOLTO MODERATO
    VIVACE SCHERZANDO - MODERATO ASSAI
    ALLEGRO MOLTO ED ANIMATO - CON MOTO
    IL RACCONTO DEL PRINCIPE KALENDER

    # 2 MASTER TAPE:

    ANDANTINO QUASI ALLEGRETTO
    IL GIOVANE PRINCIPE E LA GIOVANE PRINCIPESSA
    ALLEGRO MOLTO - ALLEGRO MOLTO E FRENETICO VIVO
    ALLEGRO NON TROPPO E MAESTOSO
    FESTA A BAGDAD - IL MARE - NAUFRAGIO - CONCLUSIONE

    Fone # 154 THE PINK PANTHER - HENRY MANCINI
    Original Analog Master tapes / Signor Ricci master / Unique piece / Pure Analog Recording / 30 cm / sec 1/4 inch / Ampex ATR 102 > Nagre 4s

    Song List:

    1) The Pink Panther (HENRY MANCINI) 2.42
    S. HAMILTON SAX / P. BIRRO PIANO / A. KRAMER DRUMS
    2) The Pink Panther (HENRY MANCINI) 3.53
    P. ALFONSI CHITARRA / S. MAIORE CONTRABBASSO
    3) The Pink Panther (HENRY MANCINI) 2.49
    R. ZEGNA PIANOFORTE / G. CASATI TROMBA
    4) The Pink Panther (HENRY MANCINI) 2.09
    E. BIANCHINI VOCE
    5) The Pink Panther (HENRY MANCINI) 5.20
    F. MESOLELLA CHITARRA
    6) The Pink Panther (HENRY MANCINI) 2.30
    E. PIETROPAOLI CONTRABBASSO
    7) Stumpy (HAWKINS) 5.01
    S. HAMILTON SAX / P. BIRRO PIANO / A. KRAMER DRUMS
    8) Canyon (PEO ALFONSI) 5.16
    P. ALFONSI CHITARRA / S. MAIORE CONTRABBASSO

    If you need any other information on each title please let me know? Older FONE tapes are also still available. If you need to see a list of those titles please let me know also?

    Price: $400.00 for each release (1 Reel) & $25.00 for Fed-ex Shipping & Handling per entire order.

    FONE:

    Giulio Cesare Ricci, founder and president of the Audiophile Productions / Fonè began professionally recording his albums recorded with analog systems in 1983 and continues to do so today.
    Its analog recorders are:

    - Nagra 4s
    - Studer c37
    - Ampex ATR 102

    So far Giulio has produced more than 600 productions in analog that have been spread around the world on Vinyl, SACD and HD files .

    "ANALOG MASTER TAPES - Fonè by Signoricci "

    - Each tape is recorded in real time
    - Duration 30 minutes
    - Tape: SM900 - RMG - 1 /4 inch
    - Eq : IEC
    - Speed: 15 ips (38.1 cm / s)
    - Reel Size : 26.5 cm coil metal flange
    - Tape Source: Ampex ATR 102-1 / 2 inch - 30 ips (76 cm / s)
    - Tape Recorder : Nagra 4s - 1 /4 inch - 15 ips (38.1 cm / s)
    - Mastering Personnel : Giulio Cesare Ricci in person realizes all the phases.

    The original Master read by an Ampex ATR 102-1 / 2 inch - 30 ips (76 cm / s ) is transferred in real time on a Nagra 4s - 1 /4 inch - 15 ips (38.1 cm / s).
    The tape used is an SM900 - RMG - 1 /4 inch reel with metal flange 26.5 cm .
    The recorded tape is contained in a cardboard box which has a graphic personalization front / back with the indication of the music, performers and technical notes.
    The box containing the "ANALOG MASTER TAPES - Fonè by Signoricci " is packaged in a protective clear plastic bag with releasable adhesive closure .
    For the moment each project is one tape only, 30 complete minutes.

    Thanks,

    Kevin,
    AIS
    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

  • #2
    What a coincidence. I just contacted Fone Records to order the Beethoven's.

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    • #3
      Thanks Larry! Didn't have a chance to post the email yet!!! I was looking at the Pink Panther tape myself.

      They also have/had a sampler tape out that I bought a while back of classical music. IIRC there might have been some other sampler tapes too.
      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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        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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          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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          • #6
            I just got a reply from Mr Ricci.

            The two Beethoven tapes are priced at respectively 300€ and 250€. I just confirmed my order.

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            • astrotoy
              astrotoy commented
              Editing a comment
              Thanks. With the euro close to parity with the USD, those prices look much better. Looking forward to what you think about the tapes. Larry

          • #7
            I have these titles on LP and SACD. Some pretty good music and well recorded...if I was a tape nut, would be hard to pass up. Some of these are available as dsd downloads from nativedsd.com if you want to listen to a sample of the music...
            Speakers: Rockport Lyra
            Amps: Nagra HD Pre Amp & HD Amps
            Cables: Transparent Magnum Opus speaker and interconnects
            Power Transparent Opus Power Cords & Opus Isolators
            Digital dCS Vivaldi full stack w/ Transparent Reference XL Digital cables
            Phono: Grand Prix Monaco 2.0 TT, Spiral Groove Centroid, Clearaudio Goldfinger Statement, Nagra Classic Phono & PSU
            Racks: Grand Prix Audio Silverstone F1 (x4)

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            • #8
              in the OP, some of the tapes are described as 30 cm/sec in error.
              Magnepan 1.6 QR Loudspeakers, Amherst A-2000 MOSFET 150 WPC Amp, Conrad Johnson PV-10A Modded Tube Line & Phono Stage, Electrocompaniet MC II Class A Head Amp, Audio Technica AT-OC9XML Cart (Stereo) , Graham Engineering 2.2 Tonearm (Stereo) , VPI Aries-1 Turntable (Stereo) , VPI Clamp, Denon DL-102 Cart, (Mono) , Luxman Tonearm (Mono) , Kenwood KD-500 Turntable (Mpmp) , Michell Clamp, Marantz 20B Analog FM Tuner, Pioneer SACD, Onkyo DX-6800 CD Transport, DIY 24B/192K DAC, Sennheiser HD-650 Headphones, Headroom Max Balanced Headphone Amp, DIY Silver Interconnects

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              • astrotoy
                astrotoy commented
                Editing a comment
                Which ones? Interesting to know. I can see the boxes in the illustrations say 38cm (15ips), but that is the for the tapes for sale, not the masters from which they were recorded. Larry

            • #9
              Fone # 19 ASTOR PIAZZOLLA – OBLIVION
              Original Analog Master tapes / Signor Ricci master / Unique piece / Pure Analog Recording / 30 cm / sec 1/4 inch / Ampex ATR 102 > Nagre 4s

              Fone # 73 SUZANNE HUSSON - PIANO
              Original Analog Master tapes / Signor Ricci master / Unique piece / Pure Analog Recording / 30 cm / sec 1/4 inch / Ampex ATR 102 > Nagre 4s

              Fone # 130 30TH ANNIVERSARY FONÈ - NATURAL JAZZ RECORDINGS ( 2 TAPES )
              Original Analog Master tapes / Signor Ricci master / Unique piece / Pure Analog Recording / 30 cm / sec 1/4 inch / Ampex ATR 102 > Nagre 4s
              Master Tape # 1 or # 2 are available. Please specify which tape you wish during purchase

              Fone # 136 FAUSTO MESOLELLA - LIVE AD ALCATRAZ
              Original Analog Master tapes / Signor Ricci master / Unique piece / Pure Analog Recording / 30 cm / sec 1/4 inch / Ampex ATR 102 > Nagre 4s

              FONE # 143 LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN - CONCERTO PER VIOLINO E ORCHESTRA IN RE MAGG. OP.61
              Salvatore Accardo: violin and conductor
              Orchestra da Camera Italiana
              Original Analog Master tapes / Signor Ricci master / Unique piece / Pure Analog Recording / 30 cm / sec 1/4 inch / Ampex ATR 102 > Nagre 4s
              Master Tape # 1 or # 2 are available. Please specify which tape you wish during purchase

              Song List:

              # 1 MASTER TAPE:

              Ludwig van Beethoven
              CONCERTO PER VIOLINO E ORCHESTRA IN RE MAGG. OP.61
              ALLEGRO MA NON TROPPO 25’24”
              CADENZA: FRITZ KREISLER

              # 2 MASTER TAPE:

              Ludwig van Beethoven
              CONCERTO PER VIOLINO E ORCHESTRA IN RE MAGG. OP.61
              LARGHETTO 10’05”
              RONDÒ, ALLEGRO 10’24”
              CADENZA: FRITZ KREISLER
              Ludwig van Beethoven
              ROMANZA PER VIOLINO E ORCHESTRA N°2 IN FA MAGG. OP.50 8.46

              FONE # 148 NIKOLAJ RIMSKY-KORSAKOV, SHÈHÈRAZADE
              GIANANDREA NOSEDA: DIRETTORE
              FILARMONICA TEATRO REGIO TORINO
              Original Analog Master tapes / Signor Ricci master / Unique piece / Pure Analog Recording / 30 cm / sec 1/4 inch / Ampex ATR 102 > Nagre 4s
              Master Tape # 1 or # 2 are available. Please specify which tape you wish during purchase

              Song List:

              #1 MASTER TAPE:

              LARGO E MAESTOSO - LENTO
              ALLEGRO NON TROPPO - TRANQUILLO
              IL MARE E LA NAVE DI SINDBAD
              LENTO - ANDANTINO - ALLEGRO MOLTO - MOLTO MODERATO
              VIVACE SCHERZANDO - MODERATO ASSAI
              ALLEGRO MOLTO ED ANIMATO - CON MOTO
              IL RACCONTO DEL PRINCIPE KALENDER

              # 2 MASTER TAPE:

              ANDANTINO QUASI ALLEGRETTO
              IL GIOVANE PRINCIPE E LA GIOVANE PRINCIPESSA
              ALLEGRO MOLTO - ALLEGRO MOLTO E FRENETICO VIVO
              ALLEGRO NON TROPPO E MAESTOSO
              FESTA A BAGDAD - IL MARE - NAUFRAGIO - CONCLUSIONE

              Fone # 154 THE PINK PANTHER - HENRY MANCINI
              Original Analog Master tapes / Signor Ricci master / Unique piece / Pure Analog Recording / 30 cm / sec 1/4 inch / Ampex ATR 102 > Nagre 4s

              Song List:

              1) The Pink Panther (HENRY MANCINI) 2.42
              S. HAMILTON SAX / P. BIRRO PIANO / A. KRAMER DRUMS
              2) The Pink Panther (HENRY MANCINI) 3.53
              P. ALFONSI CHITARRA / S. MAIORE CONTRABBASSO
              3) The Pink Panther (HENRY MANCINI) 2.49
              R. ZEGNA PIANOFORTE / G. CASATI TROMBA
              4) The Pink Panther (HENRY MANCINI) 2.09
              E. BIANCHINI VOCE
              5) The Pink Panther (HENRY MANCINI) 5.20
              F. MESOLELLA CHITARRA
              6) The Pink Panther (HENRY MANCINI) 2.30
              E. PIETROPAOLI CONTRABBASSO
              7) Stumpy (HAWKINS) 5.01
              S. HAMILTON SAX / P. BIRRO PIANO / A. KRAMER DRUMS
              8) Canyon (PEO ALFONSI) 5.16
              P. ALFONSI CHITARRA / S. MAIORE CONTRABBASSO
              Magnepan 1.6 QR Loudspeakers, Amherst A-2000 MOSFET 150 WPC Amp, Conrad Johnson PV-10A Modded Tube Line & Phono Stage, Electrocompaniet MC II Class A Head Amp, Audio Technica AT-OC9XML Cart (Stereo) , Graham Engineering 2.2 Tonearm (Stereo) , VPI Aries-1 Turntable (Stereo) , VPI Clamp, Denon DL-102 Cart, (Mono) , Luxman Tonearm (Mono) , Kenwood KD-500 Turntable (Mpmp) , Michell Clamp, Marantz 20B Analog FM Tuner, Pioneer SACD, Onkyo DX-6800 CD Transport, DIY 24B/192K DAC, Sennheiser HD-650 Headphones, Headroom Max Balanced Headphone Amp, DIY Silver Interconnects

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              • #10
                its the description of the mastertapes, they mean 30 ips, but list as 30 cm/sec
                Magnepan 1.6 QR Loudspeakers, Amherst A-2000 MOSFET 150 WPC Amp, Conrad Johnson PV-10A Modded Tube Line & Phono Stage, Electrocompaniet MC II Class A Head Amp, Audio Technica AT-OC9XML Cart (Stereo) , Graham Engineering 2.2 Tonearm (Stereo) , VPI Aries-1 Turntable (Stereo) , VPI Clamp, Denon DL-102 Cart, (Mono) , Luxman Tonearm (Mono) , Kenwood KD-500 Turntable (Mpmp) , Michell Clamp, Marantz 20B Analog FM Tuner, Pioneer SACD, Onkyo DX-6800 CD Transport, DIY 24B/192K DAC, Sennheiser HD-650 Headphones, Headroom Max Balanced Headphone Amp, DIY Silver Interconnects

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                • astrotoy
                  astrotoy commented
                  Editing a comment
                  Thanks, a typo then.

              • #11
                Mr Ricci just contacted me to announce that his tape supplier had the nasty idea to increase its price by 25% and he will need to reflect this in the pricing of his master tapes. All orders submitted by 28 February will still be under the old price scheme.

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