I’ve very aware of the work that Paul Stubblebine and his partners are doing at The Tape Project but I hadn’t actually seen or held any of their products. Well, I did on Saturday in the same room where Bottlehead and Burwell & Sons were exhibiting. They are gorgeous! The custom reels, the elegant boxes, the additional information is very well done. I was impressed. Of course, these are premium products for the elite few that want and can afford to support a reel-to-reel habit. A gentleman came by the AIX table on Saturday afternoon with one of the tapes, so I asked him whether he might be interested in the Christian Jacob “Beautiful Jazz” tapes that I will be duping at the end of the month. He expressed interest and I heard from him today via email about that purchase and his interest in the LA4 “Just Friends” tapes as well.
Honestly, I’m very surprised at how many reel-to-reel fans have contacted me about getting copies of these two products. I’m going to have a very long weekend of copying and proofing the tapes I’m producing. I have sold 11 albums on reel-to-reel tape. I’m sorry that I can’t provide custom aluminum reels or beautifully printed custom boxes. I do have an AIX Analog logo that I might tape to the front of the RMG International tape boxes. I actually spent a couple of days working on a new look and feel for the “analog” part of me. Here’s what I came up with.
Figure 2 – The AIX Analog Logo
This project has taken on a life of its own. I’ve been in touch with each of the customers and confirmed their interest and payment. The shipping is going to be a new experience, which my wife will figure out. I reached out to Rodney at the rental company. He’s leaving for Europe the first of September so I have to pick up the deck, transport it here to the studio, do an IEC EQ alignment, and do the transfers on the last weekend of the month. It reminds of the weekends when I rent an HD-CAM player for ingesting video. There are simply numbing hours of duplicating or digitizing media from one format to another. Trust me, it’s not a lot of fun. In fact, it may put me off of the “Beautiful Jazz” performances if I have to listen to them dozens of times in a short period of time. I’m sure I’ll be toast by the end of the process…and then I have to truck the deck back to the west valley. Digital is WAY easier!
My wife and I are headed to Mexico City today to visit our youngest son. He finished his Fulbright research on the urban sprawl of the city in June and has been enjoying the country for the past month or more before starting his first postgraduate school, full time job…in Zurich, Switzerland. He’s a very bright young man and I’m thrilled that he has the chance to explore other parts of the world. I mention this because I’m not sure how great my access to the Internet is going to be over the next week.
If anyone wants to comment on articles this week, it may be some time before I can approve them. I’ll do my best…but this supposed to be a vacation, so be patient.