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     Primary Transfers and the Public Service Tape: 1981-82
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The Mapleson Cylinders - Program Notes

- History
- The Mapleson Transfers
- The Mapleson Cylinder Disc Edition: 1984-85

The Mapleson Cylinder Disc Edition: 1984-85

When David Hall retired as Curator of Rodgers and Hammerstein in June of 1983, he passed to me the responsibility of publishing the disc edition. (My background, prior to working at Rodgers and Hammerstein, had been in the record business.) Funds to cover the costs were on hand at the Archives from the Rhode Island Corporation. David Hamilton and I have worked together over the past several years collaborating on the Metropolitan Opera Historic Broadcast Recordings, so I asked him to be co-producer.

The processing for the disc edition of the master tapes from the original transfers done with David Hall in 1981 took approximately four weeks. In most cases the "flat transfer" from the original tape was used, with some additional filtering through the Owl 1. Pitch was constantly checked with a Casio VL-10 synthesizer, tuned to standard A = 440 Hz (based on a study of the literature on pitch around the turn of the century). The album master tapes were recorded on a half-track tape recorder at 15 ips, using Ampex 406 tape. The lacquers were cut at Tru-Tone, Inc. on a Neuman lathe under my supervision, with plating and pressing by Europadisk in New York City.


     Primary Transfers and the Public Service Tape: 1981-82
				     Table of Contents      Future Restorations