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In Search of (my) Holy Grails, and other stuff...
  • IainJohnstonIainJohnston February 21
    Well, the 40-year-old-and-more station-recorded tapes from my earliest era of jingle collecting are crumbling wrecks,
    and they really have to go out now, especially the 3&3/4 IPS ones...

    Over a number of years I've tried wherever possible to replace 'em with digital audio versions, e.g. from the KenR CD Collection,
    something I never managed to explore deeply enough while it was available (not enough "jingle collecting budget"...).

    Sometimes collectors in the strangest of places have given me dubs of their dubs ... of .... copies of my old tapes that propagated
    around the world back in the 1970s. Daft where some of "my" stuff has sometimes turned up!

    But now, I'm going to start "publishing" samples of some of the ones I've never managed to "get digitally", and if anyone
    "out there" perhaps has any of the packages I'm searching for in "proper" WAV format (mushy MP3 ONLY if really stuck!),
    I'd much appreciate it if they could get in touch, and we can maybe arrange a mutual "Holy Grail" swap or two if I might
    similarly have items that others are also searching for.

    Starting with....from a day in 1970 when TWO Jiffy Bags from stations in Toronto Canada "thudded on to the doormat"...

    CKEY 590 kHz Toronto, PAMS composite, likely Series 16, 17 and 22. Possibly on a KenR CD somewhere?

    Any help much appreciated!
  • bobgreenradiobobgreenradio February 21
    theres a little 'blackbox' that's pretty neat for cleanups. it is an aphex aural exciter. used these run around $25-$40 usd.
    for analog transfers its a wonder. simple operation too. pretty much trial and error.....try that.
  • IainJohnstonIainJohnston February 21
    Thanks for that Bob...

    I've done some analogue-tape-to-digital "recovery" on a number of occasions in the past, however what
    I'm looking at here is REPLACING my ancient analogue piles of oxide with digital files that might be already
    recovered by other people in other places - as Ken R did with so much of the PAMS reference reels. Many
    of the tapes I got directly from stations back then had equivalent backup dubs at PAMS, those of course
    ended up with Ken (...and now needless to say are in VERY safe hands!...)

    I've also been using "clean up" software of varying kinds for over 20 years, although I don't consider myself
    to be any kind of expert. Most of my ancient reels are VERY far gone, and my two knackered 1970s semi-pro
    tape machines went last September to a local radio museum's people for breaking for spares!)
  • IainJohnstonIainJohnston February 25
    Looks like nothing appearing on the CKEY item - unless anyone has a copy of KenR Collection M58,
    which I believe might have CKEY PAMS 20, but I'm not sure if its the same composite or not?

    Another one to try...

    This is unfortunately one "side" of what was a stereo 3&3/4 IPS tape from CKFM 99.9, which back then
    was the FM owned by CFRB 1010 Toronto. And very few of us had stereo reel-to-reel machines back then.

    I've no idea who/what the package/producer was, although the vocals sound like they "could" be "Dallas" ?