Category Archives: Open reel tape reviews & ramblings

David Denyer launches new R2R blog: ‘the reel-to-reel rambler’

I’m delighted to ‘go live’ with a new blog-type website today.

www.thereeltoreelrambler.com is the place where I’ll be sharing my love of all things tape/open reel/R2R.

There’s two parts to the site: first, a beginner’s guide to tape, and second, a series of regular blog posts where I’ll add reviews of music on tape, news, interviews with relevant experts and interesting parties, opinion pieces, practical advice and tips, etc.

I’m not pitching myself as some kind of expert here, more an enthusiastic fan of the form keen to create a ‘hub’ for other folks in a similar boat. The intended audience is those who are relatively new to the world of tape – typically music lovers and audiophiles who are eager to listen to superb quality recordings, rather than those in the pro field (that said, professionals are of course very welcome indeed!).

If tape’s your thing, please do dive in…

I’d very much welcome thoughts and suggestions along the way. There’s a contact form on the blog and also links to my Facebook and Twitter pages where you can pop over for a chat or post a comment or two.

And if you’re in the tape business, or are a serious enthusiast, or even a keen beginner and would like to contribute some thoughts, drop me a line and we can talk about a guest blog/article/opinion piece/interview/snippet – I’m open to ideas!

Here’s that URL again: www.thereeltoreelrambler.com

Look forward to seeing you there!

PS. I’ll be moving over the archive of R2R-related news and musings from here on the DDPR website over to the reel-to-reel rambler, so if you’re looking for something open reel-related that was previously here, you’ll now find it over there!

Review: ‘The World of Heavy Percussion and Large Japanese Drums’ from STS Analog

“The complex rhythms are intoxicating but it’s the timbre and the individual tonal character of the drums and the percussive elements that totally seduce me. Everything sounds so organic… the drums really do sound like they’re carved from trees with animal skins stretched over. Shakers sound like beans in the husk of a gourd and contrast wonderfully with the wooden ‘thock’ of what I guess is a balafon. Overlaying all these woody textures are bells that are sweet, shimmering and crystal clear, while faint vocal chanting adds the perfect seasoning to the mix.”

Hop over to www.thereeltoreelrambler.com to read Dave Denyer’s recent review of ‘The World of Heavy Percussion and Large Japanese Drums’, a new release on open reel tape from STS Digital / Analog.

High End highlights: some hot happenings to check out at the Munich Show this weekend

It’s that time of year again folks… when hi-fi’s greatest hitters from around the globe flock to the world’s largest audio exhibition. Yes music lovers, High End Munich 2018 is almost upon us. So, just before I get packing, here are some of the highlights I’ll be heading for.

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Got an audio ailment? Need some hi-fi healing or reel-to-reel rehab? Allow me to introduce you to The Audiophile’s Clinic

Do you live, breathe, eat, sleep and dream music and sound? Then, dear reader, I’m delighted to report that I’ve discovered something that can help: The Audiophile’s Clinic. Don’t worry, this isn’t a rehab clinic. Nobody’s going to try to cure you of your addiction. On the contrary, the aim of The Audiophile’s Clinic is to help ensure that you can indulge freely in your obsession (sorry, hobby), delve yet further into your passion for music and feed your need for audio nirvana unimpeded. To put it another way, The Audiophile’s Clinic is here to ensure your musical wellbeing.
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