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BAS Dubbing Service .

Low-noise tape for use by the Dubbing

Committee was purchased with the bulk tape purchase for members.

H e n c e f o r t h i f y o u r e q u e s t a r e c o r d e d t a p e t h r o u g h t h e D u b b i n g C o m m i t t e e t h e p r i c e , i n c l u d i n g t h e $ 2 . 0 0 s e r v i c e f e e , w i l l b e $ 5 . 8 0 f o r o p e n - r e e l

( Maxell UD-35) or $4.60 for cassette (Advent CrO

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C-90).

Non-

musical tapes such as "Shop Talk" can be made on standard-oxide

tape for about $1.00 less.

Burglary .

The recent experience of two members prompts this

reminder that burglary and theft remain serious menaces to our stereo installations. You may find one or all of the following suggestions useful. (1) Check your home insurance policy to be sure that your e q u i p m e n t , r e c o r d s , a n d t a p e s a r e f u l l y c o v e r e d . F o r a p a r t m e n t d w e l l e r s t h e f t i n s u r a n c e c o s t s a b o u t $ 5 0 / y e a r . ( 2 ) A f t e r a l o s s t h e insurance company may become reluctant to believe that you had as m u c h v a l u a b l e s t u f f a s y o u c l a i m . S o m a k e a n i n v e n t o r y o f y o u r b e - l o n g i n g s . T a k e p i c t u r e s o f t h e i n s i d e o f y o u r h o m e i n s u f f i c i e n t d e t a i l to identify everything of value. Collect all of your sales slips. Tape record a spoken description of everything (make, model, serial number, cost), including the numbers of the more expensive tapes, records, and boxed sets in your collection. (You could write all this down but talking it into a mike is quicker and easier.) Then store the pictures, sales s l i p s , a n d / o r t a p e i n a s a f e p l a c e o u t s i d e o f y o u r h o m e , i n a s a f e d e p o s i t b o x o r i n a l o c k e d f i l e d r a w e r a t y o u r o f f i c e . ( 3 ) B u y $ 1 5 o r b o r r o w

from your friendly police department a carbide electric engraver, and engrave your name and address or driver's license number into the metal chassis of each piece of gear; then place stickers on doors and windows warning potential thieves that your valuables all have engraved identifi- cation. (4) When you are not at home set a 24-hr clock timer to switch on the FM receiver and a couple of lights in the evening, off at midnight. (5) As a last resort consider a burglar alarm, but note that low-cost alarms are easily defeated and a waste of money, usually.

Audio engineering .

We have received a communication from

Paul Moverman, 225 Merrymount Drive, Warwick, R.I. 02888. He is planning a book, "A Students' Guide to Audio Engineering," including surveys of studio recording activities, educational opportunities, publi- cations and careers in the field, both in North America and Europe. He desires information and photographs on these subjects. If and when

the book is published we would hope to review it.

As the erratically poor quality of disc P r e - r e c o r d e d t a p e s . p r e s s i n g s b e c o m e s i n c r e a s i n g l y a n n o y i n g , o p e n - r e e l p r e - r e c o r d e d t a p e s

become more attractive. In the past recorded tapes have tended to be too hissy, too high-priced, and too hard to get. This situation is impro-

ving.

In addition to Ampex's recently-instituted mail-order system, we

would like to call your attention to Barclay-Crocker, an attractive but

little-known mail-order outfit which is placing major emphasis on supplying

a large variety of open-reel tapes, including esoteric as well as popular repertoire. Three-fourths of their sales are classical, notably from DGG, London, and RCA, mostly at 71/2 ips, and quite a few of the tapes

are Dolby-B (especially the Londons). Barclay-Crocker's price is

usually about 23% below list.

They have a large and very detailed catalog

costing a dollar.

The address is Barclay Crocker, 11 Stone St., NYC 10004.

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