1/4 Inch - 15 IPS Tape
2xHD is a brand known to audiophiles who love jazz. The team of producer André Perry and audiophile sound engineer René Laflamme have produced exceptional transfers from analog tape featuring great artists such as Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday, Bill Evans, Sarah Vaughn, and Chet Baker (among many others) in the mix.
Now 2xHD presents on reel-to-reel 1/4-inch 15-inch-per-second tape a collection of jazz and classical titles to meet and exceed the highest audiophile standards. All 2xHD tapes are from the original analog master and transfered in the analog domain using a Nagra-T tape recorder, modified with high-end tube playback electronics, wired with OCC silver cable from the playback head direct to a Nick Doshi tube head preamplifier. The Nagra T, with its four direct drive motors, two pinch rollers and a tape tension head, is one of the best transports ever made. A custom-built carbon fiber head block and a head damping electronic system permit 2xHD FUSION to obtain more transparency and better 3D imaging. This copy was recorded on a Nagra IV-S 1/4" at 15 ips.
The transfer is made to Recording The Masters SM468 magnetic tape which has all the features of a master tape, with the best print-through protection and longest storage life.
The Salt City Six Plays The Classics In Dixieland is an original Ewing Nunn recording. And so, it utilizes custom-made microphones and mic pre-amps, all keenly applied by one of the finest recording engineers of the last century, if not the best. Recorded live in 1963 at the Penn Sheraton's River Boat Room in Pittsburgh, Pa., and released on Audiophile Records AP-80. This extremely rare recording of the The Salt City Six Plays The Classics In Dixieland — long a favorite of Harry Pearson of The Absolute Sound — was remastered in 2xHD-Fusion.
Don't just expect Dixieland from this album. Nope. As this six-man ensemble is going to deliver the William Tell overture, Granada, El Capitan (which is great), ah, so pure and New Orleans-like, you've never heard before. We mean...cooking! This way-fun album is unquestionably a classic, and this, I dare say, is its finest incarnation, ready for your listening room.
When you put this on, close the doors and windows, and post a sign outside: "Do not disturb until the music stops. Thank you, the management."
Master Quality Reel To Reel Tape
Pure analog copy at 15 ips, IEC / CCIR EQ, from the analog master tape
Transferred to Recording The Masters SM468 magnetic tape
2xHD mastering by René Laflamme
Made in Canada
|1. William Tell Overture|
|1. New Orleans|
|1. El Capitan|
|Von Flotow (1812-1883)|
|1. Ah, So Pure!|