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  1. John, thanks for your posts. One other option is a copy of the master tape, either a safety master or a dub of a safety master. 15ips 2 track is pretty standard, although I have access to some 30ips 2 track 1/2" tapes, including some master tapes and copies of masters that were done by a former Ampex engineer. At least one prominent member of AS has heard some of my tapes. Not the cheapest way to go, but for me very satisfying musically. Larry
  2. I'm not a big rock/pop fan, so I never heard CS&N when it first came out - I think Marrakesh Express was on the radio in those days.   Later I got the Crosby album "If I Could Only Remember my Name" when it made the TAS Super Disc List (HP's list of top vinyl recordings).   However, when I started trading tapes a couple of years ago, I acquired a copy of "Crosby, Stills and Nash" on a 15ips 2 track tape on 1/4".  Not sure of the provenance, but typically the people I trade with (no money changes hands and all involved have pro level machines for dubbing), have safety masters or maybe one generation down from that.  Sounds quite good.   



    1. JoshM


      Very cool. Thank you for the post!

  3. Having not participated in this thread, when it hit 16000 posts, I thought it would be a good time. I turned around, and the post count was 17000. First, a disclaimer. I have never heard an MQA file, nor do I think I have anything that will play one (although I do use Roon but don't subscribe to anything with it). It appears that there is a goal to this thread for the great majority posting on it. That is to end MQA. However, it appears to me that this thread is an extremely ineffective way to accomplish it. First, there appears to be no one from any of the customers of MQA (I mean the companies that pay MQA for licensing their processes) that participate in the thread or pay any obvious attention to it. Second, it doesn't appear that MQA itself participates or pays attention to it. Third, that for these parties hi-fi is a business and they want to make money in that business, and see MQA as a way to do that. So, to end MQA one should be thinking about ways to directly affect the business decisions that these companies are making. The easiest way is to wait for the market to make the decision. It requires no work, not even a thread (so you can go about with more useful activity). However, it very well could be very slow and may not be successful. Take Bose, for example (as our fearless leader did a couple of weeks ago) or Dolby (if we follow Mr. Dyson's comments about Dolby A whose lack of quality did not lead to the demise of Dolby). Another way is to put economic pressure on the companies, such as a massive boycott of their products. Takes much more effort, but has been effective in some cases. For the many customers of MQA it would take a large number of such boycotts, not so easy to do. There may be a critical customer whose loss would so affect the business of MQA that they would go bankrupt. If so, going after that company might make sense. Another is to initiate a class action lawsuit (most effective if targeted directly at MQA, since class action suits against the many different companies which license MQA would take much more effort.) You would need to either have an attorney (perhaps a member of this thread) who would be willing to take on the suit pro bono, or have wealthy members of the thread finance the law suit. There may not be reasonable grounds to file the suit, but that has not stopped entities from pursuing such actions, especially if they are tenacious and have the financial backing to wear the company down. A third way is the way that was successful in the last US Presidential Election. Do a version of 'Catch and Kill'. This would be best directed at MQA, not at its customers. Make an offer to buy them out. If successful, then shut down the company. Happens all the time with a competitor buying out a rival. Quick and efficient example of capitalism at work. I am sure MQA has a price. If as reported by some posters on this thread that MQA is losing money, then the offer would be lower than if they were profitable. Given their reported annual sales (taken from earlier posts on this thread) that they have annual sales in the 7 digit range (updates and corrections are appreciated, but the exact number is not important for the argument), then an offer which I would guess might be in the $1M (USD or GBP) to $100M range could get you the company (I am guessing that the real number is in the lower part of the range). There may be members of the thread or people who have friends who may be willing to put up the necessary funds. If there is not an individual willing to do it, then perhaps a go fund me campaign would be an easy test to see whether there is sufficient interest. Larry (who is not interested in having the last word on this or any other thread)
  4. Good points. An experienced collector can spend 5 minutes going through a collection and ask the key question - "has anyone looked through this collection before?" If the answer is "a very nice man looked through them, he only took a few records" then all the value of the collection is gone. Larry
  5. I'm not an expert in rock/pop collectibles (I know a lot about classical, however). There are a few things that I do know that may give some insight into your collection. First of all, condition (as you mention) is extremely important, often including the condition of the album covers. Second, the pressing (including typically the location of the pressing) is very important. For example, the Beatles original UK pressings (gold on black Parlophone label) from the early to mid-60's, are much more valuable than US pressings or later UK pressings (white on black Parlophone labels). Other peculiarities, like having a top loader "White album" where the records go into the album from the top, not the side - early UK Parlophone, are much more valuable. So are mono pressings over the early stereo. Finally, ultimately rare items like the Butcher cover for the "Yesterday and Today" album, including peeled covers (where the original Butcher cover was covered over by the later album cover and then peeled off, can be tremendously valuable. This applies only to original covers, not reissues. As an example, I just looked on Discogs.com at the Beatles for Sale album from 1964, original mono release in the UK. The range in price is from a few dollars to several hundred dollars (highest is around $500US.) Conditions range from poor to near mint. Some have covers, some don't. I'm sure there are arcane issues with some of the other artists you have. Larry
  6. I have 50TB of digital files, 15K records and 1K R2R tapes. Larry
  7. I would try Encore Records in Ann Arbor. They buy records, particularly ones in pristine condition. They know what are collectable and should offer you decent prices. I was there 15 years ago and picked up some wonderful pretty rare RCA Living Stereo classical records (like LSC-1806 for the cognoscenti!). You can get a sense of the prices of rare records on Discogs, but unless you have a long standing reputation for grading conservatively, people will tend to assume your records are at least one level worse than you state, which means the prices offered are not going to be good. If you have a real rarity (worth say a few hundred dollars) then there should be a demand, even if the record is not pristine. Good luck. Larry
  8. Those are for the most expensive cable stock. The regular cable stock price is $520 and $785 for the same cable configuration. Here is the explanation of the three types of cable stock. Design and construction is all the same. Conductor Options: There are three options available for the signal conductor composition (shielding is TPC on all varieties). The difference between these is purely one of material, and not of design; regardless of whether your cable is made with TPC, OFE or OCC, the internal structure is the same, and the termination methods and hardware are the same. The conductor choices for XLR cable are TPC, OFE and OCC. TPC is Electrolytic Tough-Pitch Copper, widely used in communications cable of all sorts. OFE is Oxygen-Free Electrolytic Copper (99.99% pure); OCC is Ohno Continuous Cast copper (99.99998% pure). The outer jacket color is red for TPC, violet for OFE, and green for OCC.
  9. A simple test that a friend told me about, pick up your phone and listen for the dial tone. Switch back and forth between your two ears. Does the tone quality, volume, etc. change? Larry
  10. Outstanding set of contributors and very high level of writing from sampling a few articles. Not peer reviewed, so mostly reviews and commentary. Thanks for making the link. Larry
  11. I posted this earlier on another forum. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andr%C3%A9_Previn Previn lived at least four, maybe five musicians lives. As a fine jazz pianist, a movie score composer, a classical composer, a classical pianist and a conductor, (and a fine narrator and explainer of classical music for television). We only heard him during the last ten years. He was quite stooped over but still actively conducting the London Symphony and we often heard him in our annual sojourns to London. We also have a wonderful set of DVD's he narrated on the major Mozart Piano Concertos which also told the story of Mozart's life - he also performed with other great pianists in the series called "Mozart on Tour." I have the separate DVDs but you can buy the entire 13 hours on one bluray for $40 (not in bluray definition however). Previn has many recordings he did while the music director of the London Symphony on EMI that are on the TAS Superdisc list, I think all produced and engineered by the two Christophers (Bishop and Parker). Besides all of his EMI and RCA (engineered by Decca) classical recordings on vinyl, I have master tape copies of three of them, his Carmina Burana and Holst Planets and Rachmaninoff Second Symphony. He may be the only artist who has two different recordings of the same piece on the TAS list, the Rachmaninoff Symphony 2 which he recorded with Decca for RCA in the mid '60's and with EMI which he recorded a decade later. Decca engineer Mike Mailes told me that at one recording session with Previn, someone told him that it was Mike's birthday, and Previn immediately sat down at the piano and improvised a seven minute piece on variations on the Happy Birthday song. Decca engineer John Dunkerley was engineer for the Previn Vaughan Williams symphony series for RCA and worked as engineer with Wilkie for the great Radu Lupu Grieg and Schumann Piano Concerto album with Previn conducting the LSO for Decca. Ashkenazy did a two piano recording for Decca with Previn playing the Rachmaninoff Symphonic Dances. During the recording session Ashkenazy asked Previn how long it took him to learn his part. Previn said 'About two weeks". Previn then asked Ashkenazy how long he took to learn his part. Ashkenazy replied "About two years!." Two of his five marriages were quite notable. His third marriage was to then young movie star Mia Farrow, who had recently been divorced from Frank Sinatra. John Dunkerley told me that Farrow would come the recording sessions he did for Decca (for RCA) with the LSO and sit in the recording booth with the producer and engineer. John said it was unusual and distracting. Their adopted daughter Soon-Yi Previn later became Woody Allen's wife in a major scandal. After his fourth marriage, Previn married famed violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter in 2002 when he was 72 and she was 39. Previn had written a violin concerto dedicated to her. They continued to collaborate musically after their divorce four years later. NPR's obit today called him a "Musical Polymath" - an apt description. Larry
  12. Do you have a headphone jack on your laptop? You can get an adapter from the headphone jack to the inputs (assume they are RCA) of your powered speakers. Monoprice has them for a few dollars. I don't know of any way to connect USB to speakers. Maybe someone more knowledgeable does. Larry
  13. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RT_(TV_network) I hope everyone knows that RT (formerly Russia Today) is the Russian government propaganda 24 hour cable news network in multiple languages, sent around the world. Larry
  14. I looked up decrapifier. According to wiki this is a software that removes the packaged software that comes preinstalled in your new computer that you didn't order, otherwise known as crapware. How does using this improve your USB connection? Or is there some other meaning? Sounds like some posters are talking about something else? Thanks. Larry
  15. Neat story. Would have been interesting if very long time Bard president Leon Botstein (he started as president in 1975 when he was 28 and is still president) had been at Bard when Fagen and Becker were there. How much influence he might have had with Steely Dan. I'm guessing, knowing Botstein's track record, he probably has leaned on them for big donations to Bard over the years. We visited Bard back in the early 2000's to meet with Botstein about the Gates Early College High School Initiative and Simon's Rock College. He showed us around a little, including the fabulous performing arts center that Frank Gehry designed. I've got several of Botstein's orchestral recordings. He is probably the most well known musician who is also a college president!, although Brian May served as Chancellor of Liverpool John Moores University about the time he got his PhD in astrophysics in the late 2000's. Larry
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