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RE: Mofi settlement

I certainly do. I may well be in a minority here, but apart from having a clean pressing and recreated artwork, I feel the jazz "audiophile" reissues on vinyl to be rather poor value in the sense that no effort is made to address the limitations of the original tape machines. It's all very well hearing the quality of Kevin Gray's latest tube based transfer system and his cutting equipment, but many of the recordings have audible distortion and audible wow (as I usually buy the CD reissues as a reference so the warble is not arm resonance related). I thought the Plangent process would have been a game changer for at least giving us the best that the recording could offer and I am surprised that it is not being universally adopted.

IMO, this obsession with "all-analogue" means that true restoration of the recordings is now a lost opportunity.

Back when tapes were a thing, I explored the Dual Capstan 3 head options which weren't bad, but playback on the go remained problematic and tape alignment and calibration was never up to the level that I felt I needed in the machine I could afford (Denon DR-M24HX). I have all the test tapes and alignment tools; I had a Walkman DC-2 which at the time (apart from the D6C) was supposed to have been about the best for W/F given the Quartz Lock Capstan servo, but it was still audibly warbling on piano. I improved things a bit when I took it apart (having got the service manual) and reset the motor and thrust wheel alignment, but from that day on I yearned for a better recording solution. I went the MiniDisc route for convenience and the fact that DAT machines weren't easily available. Plus, like DCC, DAT doesn't give quite the same ease of random track access.
Regards Anthony

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