Al Schmitt, Ken Kessler, a mystery solved & a classical musical masterclass: latest news from the reel-to-reel rambler

Catch up with the latest news and reviews over at The Reel-to-Reel Rambler, where David Denyer and fellow hi-fi journalists Ken Kessler and Neville Roberts delve into the world of open reel tape.

Tape operating level aka ‘reference fluxivity’: what’s it all about (and why should you care)?

“It’s a veritable curate’s egg, a can of worms… a seemingly simple concept and yet the more you research it, the more variables, differing terms, different units of measurement and contrasting yet strongly held beliefs you find.” David Denyer sets out to solve the mysteries of reference fluxivity.

Review: a classical musical masterclass from UltraAnalogue Recordings

“I can’t recall ever hearing a more realistic recording of violin and piano anywhere.” David Denyer reviews the latest master tape from Toronto-based audiophile label UltraAnalogue.

Al Schmitt interview podcast on AudioStream

Fancy a chat with a recording genius whose CV would make any audiophile go weak at the knees? Check out a pair of podcasts over at in which host Brian Hunter interviews legendary engineer and producer Al Schmitt.

Kicking off the Kessler collection: in which tape junkie Ken Kessler recounts his early forays into the world of pre-recorded reel-to-reels

Intrepid R2R junkie Ken Kessler casts his mind back to the early days of his open-reel tape habit and recounts how he got started building up a collection of pre-recorded reel-to-reels.

And if you’re wondering what it’s all about… you’ll also find on The Reel-to-Reel Rambler: a beginner’s guide to tape.

If you have any R2R questions, comments or ideas burning a hole in your brain, do feel free to drop the rambler a line.