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Re: [ARSCLIST] Decca/London phase 4 stereo series

On 22/06/2009, Goran Finnberg wrote:
> Terence:
>> Interestingly I have read that the
>> Decca phase 4 records are preferred
>> to the London pressings for sound quality.
> When I have spoken to DECCA about this, John Dunkerly is one source,
> they were adamant that London and DECCA pressings were all done in
> England thus exactly the same.
> In rare cases a master tape copy was used for a foreign release but in
> most cases pressing stampers were sent if there was a need for a swift
> release.
> I have compared the matrix numbers on many London releases with their
> DECCA releases and they are the same so far after more than a few
> hundred comparisons so far during some 35 years of listening and
> looking and I cannot hear any difference.
> The reason given for doing it this way was for keeping the quality up.
> DECCA always used the original edited master tape as the source for
> the Neumann cutter as they felt that the quality loss from using a
> copy tape was not acceptable at all to them.
And presumably the "Original Masters" CDs are also digitised from the
original edited master tapes.

Don Cox

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