Master tape collection for sale: ‘The Margate Masters’ – deadline 30 September!

If you want to cut to the chase on this one, feel free to go ahead and scroll down. But if you have a couple of minutes for a short ramble, walk this way… This is a story that began a few years ago. For those of us who like things specific, it was October … More Master tape collection for sale: ‘The Margate Masters’ – deadline 30 September!

Audio distributor Absolute Sounds embraces the R2R revival & brings Metaxas & Sins’ duo of decks to the UK hi-fi market

Could R2R be about to enter the mainstream of high-end hi-fi? Wishful thinking perhaps, but a press release just landed on my desk that’s making me smile the smile of a reel-to-reel guy who’s enjoying seeing tape continuing to defy the modernist odds, as vinyl has already done big time. Absolute Sounds, the UK’s leading … More Audio distributor Absolute Sounds embraces the R2R revival & brings Metaxas & Sins’ duo of decks to the UK hi-fi market

The Denon DH-710F: Ken Kessler on Tim de Paravicini’s favourite tape deck

Following the sad passing of ‘the god of open reel tape’ Tim de Paravicini (pictured right) in late 2020, Ken Kessler penned a couple of guest blogs on Tim’s life and work: “I’m sorting that for Paul McCartney” and “He worked on machines for three Beatles”, which proved hugely popular. There probably wasn’t an open-reel … More The Denon DH-710F: Ken Kessler on Tim de Paravicini’s favourite tape deck

Oscar Peterson ‘We Get Requests’ – an Analogue Productions Ultra Tape

Here we have an absolute jazz classic. It’s probably the most famous of Oscar Peterson’s recorded works and, as the album’s title suggests, it’s a real crowd pleaser – a kind of ‘best of’ featuring ten hugely popular songs of the era. I’ve been listening to this album in various formats for several decades, since … More Oscar Peterson ‘We Get Requests’ – an Analogue Productions Ultra Tape

Analogue format ‘wars’: Muddy Waters on MOFI One-Step Ultradisc versus Analogue Productions Ultra Tape

This one’s a real treat folks – an incredible album, on two sublime vinyl and tape formats. The album in question is Muddy Waters’ 1964 masterpiece, Folk Singer, which was originally released on Chess Records. This is another video review, so if you want to jump straight to it, just scroll down. Or, for a … More Analogue format ‘wars’: Muddy Waters on MOFI One-Step Ultradisc versus Analogue Productions Ultra Tape

Talking tape: Elgar’s Cello Concerto from Horch House, featuring Jacqueline du Pré

I’m a sucker for a cello concerto. There’s something about them that gets me right in the heart and soul. The first one that really spoke to me was Dvorak’s, and I’ve had a soft spot for them ever since. Somehow, the prolonged sound of a cello seems to unravel the knots of everyday life … More Talking tape: Elgar’s Cello Concerto from Horch House, featuring Jacqueline du Pré

Talking tape: comparing John Coltrane’s A Love Supreme on ‘Ultra Tape’ from Analogue Productions with the mono vinyl version

A while back I did a review of Norah Jones’ Come Away With Me on tape and, instead of penning the usual rambling blog, I rambled away ‘live’ on video instead. It was fun to do and people seemed to like it, so I thought I’d have another go for one of my latest purchases … More Talking tape: comparing John Coltrane’s A Love Supreme on ‘Ultra Tape’ from Analogue Productions with the mono vinyl version

Something old, new & borrowed: tape decks in The Absolute Sound Editors’ Choice Awards

It’s great to see tape decks featuring in The Absolute Sound Editors’ Choice Awards again this year. Five decks have been singled out in 2022: one a vintage refurb, one a brand new design, and three hybrid designs – modern updates built using parts from vintage decks. Here’s a quick run-down of the five awarded … More Something old, new & borrowed: tape decks in The Absolute Sound Editors’ Choice Awards

TAS interviews Yarlung Records

California-based, Grammy Award-winning, Yarlung Records is an audiophile label with a difference. Well, a few differences actually – one being that it’s a charitable institution that reinvests its profits in supporting emerging young musicians, and another being ‘Sonorus Holographic Imaging’, a process developed with Sonorus Audio that’s designed to create a three-dimensional sound field with … More TAS interviews Yarlung Records

Discovering Alena Baeva with UltraAnalogue Recordings: part 4 – two Schuberts

What we have here are ‘two Schuberts’, two recordings on tape from Toronto-based UltraAnalogue Recordings: Rondo Brillant in B Minor and Grand Fantasy in C Major. Both were recorded at the same live performance, which took place in UltraAnalogue’s own premises. The artists are violinist Alena Baeva and Vadym Kholodenko, both winners of two of … More Discovering Alena Baeva with UltraAnalogue Recordings: part 4 – two Schuberts