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Re: [ARSCLIST] Early stereo mass market tapes
In a message dated 10/17/2006 9:34:18 AM Eastern Daylight Time,
I'm trying to find out some history of the early stereo hifi era,
specifically the handful of
companies that sprang up to make and market stereo tapes. This would be
circa 1955-56, when the
first commercial mass-duped 2-tracks were out. What was the business model
for a company like
Livingston or Bel Canto? Were they basically run like boutique record labels
or differently? Aside
from those two and Stereotapes, who else was making original recordings as
opposed to licensing and
releasing stuff from major labels or European sources?
It should be noted that the first commercial stereo tapes were either
stacked or staggered, depending upon the heads utilized.