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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul VanAudenhove View Post
    Steve - that's a serious looking piece of kit!
    It's a 1950s Vortexion. A British manufacturer who use Ferrograph (Wearite) decks with their own record amplifiers. Each side has its own power supply and amplifier with six valves (tubes). It is two channel (stereo or independantly switched) across the full width of the 1/4" tape (so one direction only).

    I am repairing it for Toe Rag studios in London who are going to use it as a tape echo machine.

    Lots of vintage analogueness here: http://www.toeragstudios.com/


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    Quote Originally Posted by tomalophicon View Post
    Film has never disappeared the way records did.
    Records have never disappeared. I've been buying them steadily since about 1967... New pressings mostly, but also new recordings. They may have disappeared from the view of the casual listener but dedicated vinyl fans have always been able to get a fix.

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    I have recently acquired some new vinyl.

    A 1970s rock group I was a big fan of reformed recently and I was heavily involved in helping that to happen...

    They were approached by several companies, tiny independent record producers, who wanted to make special collectible release albums of the reunion concerts.

    All on vinyl. Vinyl albums are much better than CDs for this kind of collectible artefact. The disks are limited edition colour image disks, the packaging is full of inserts, bonus single, booklet, photos, original art work. There are two albums from two different companies, one American and one German. Both companies are very successful and have large catalogues of this stuff - it is very popular.

    I do have a turntable still, somewhere, but I have never played either disk.
    The value to me of these disks has nothing to do with the fact I could play them if I wanted to.
    I don't need to - I have all the music in digital form on the computer and can burn myself a CD any time I need one for the car or wherever...
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    Quote Originally Posted by steven_e007 View Post
    A 1970s rock group I was a big fan of reformed recently and I was heavily involved in helping that to happen...
    Are you going to let us know who they are? I'm sure they don't want their reforming to remain a secret.


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    These posts about the imminent resurgence of film always sound to me like desperately whistling in the dark, there's no more dedicated film user than I, I've been shooting it all my adult life, and I refuse to buy a digital camera until I can no longer use my film cameras, but sometimes you just have to face the facts.
    Last edited by benjiboy; 01-06-2012 at 04:48 AM. Click to view previous post history.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve Smith View Post
    Are you going to let us know who they are? I'm sure they don't want their reforming to remain a secret.


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    (Maybe it was Strange Fruit!)

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    Watching the video here: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/c...yl-record.html shows that the vinyl analogy [sorry] is more apposite than I ever imagined; they use a negative. That's proper.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve Smith View Post
    Are you going to let us know who they are? I'm sure they don't want their reforming to remain a secret.


    Steve.

    I didn't bother to mention the name as I doubt anyone on this forum other than myself will have heard of them and it's a bit off topic... But since you've asked:

    They were called 'Jameson Raid' and were a minor legend in their own lunch time... doing the circuit in Birmingham in the late 1970s and early 80s. They were contemporaries of Def Leppard (although a far better band, in my humble and biased opinion) and supported them on a couple of gigs in 1980. This didn't last long as the crowd were shouting 'We Want The Raid!" all through Def Leppard's set. Happy days.
    They had a massive local following - all us fans thought Jameson Raid would be huge one day, they should have been, but somehow never got the break and made the big time. Hardly an original story.
    Alas... the music business is a fickle place and there's a lot of luck and need for being in 'the right place at the right time'.

    In the unlikely event anyone wants to check them out, try the single from 1979:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1zqAJ...SJHxxgpovjpyHu

    Oh... and in case anyone doesn't know, 'Strange Fruit' was the fictional band in the brilliantly funny spoof about old rock bands reforming called 'Still Crazy'. This is so true to life it's a bit too close to the bone to be comfortable in places!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve Smith View Post
    They should start selling music on 1/4" tape again. This is what I am currently repairing:

    Attachment 43913

    Steve.
    As a coincidence I was listening to some metal (not Heavy Metal ) cassettes on my restored BIC yesterday. I had fixed it up a few years ago. http://www.audiokarma.org/forums/sho...d.php?t=146577

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    The New York Times says the vinyl revolution continues--

    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/10/ar...meback.html?hp
    flickr--http://www.flickr.com/photos/davidagoldfarb/
    Photography (not as up to date as the flickr site)--http://www.davidagoldfarb.com/photo
    Academic (Slavic and Comparative Literature)--http://www.davidagoldfarb.com

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