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There is a CD set of recordings of PNB from Germany, recorded by the WDR (Westdeutscher Rundfunk)
in Cologne in 1984.

If you have this set you will notice that CDs 3, 4 and 5 sound very strange, kind of distant and muffled.
The reason is very simple, German broadcasting studios in those days often used the Telefunken M15 reel-to-reel machine which has a head arrangement where the heads face away from the operator, unlike the Studer and Ampex and most other machines where the heads face the operator.
If you play a tape recorded on a Telefunken M 15 on a Studer or Revox or Ampex machine without respooling the tape reversed the playback head will read the tape through the substrate instead of directly from the magnetic layer resulting in a weak and muffled sound. This is obviously what has happened here.

Does anybody know where the original tapes are ? They should be found and properly transferred to digital media. Every recording of PNB is precious , most of all the studio recordings.

Any members of this forum in Germany who can help ?

Thanks !


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Hi Max.

Maybe the reason for the variation in the sound quality in your files is different - in the comments Tawfiq, the original poster, says "The Radio recordings I post here were recorded from the actual broadcast and not copied directly from any mastertapes existing in the archives of the radio stations to which I have no access."

The links on that page fail now, BTW.

I have these items but I don't think I got them from this page, (with the exception of the interview described as CD5), as I don't have the zip files and no scans of "CDs". These are listed in my archives as Unpublished recordings. The only one I know on actual CD is the Chhanda Dhara. I am not aware the others were formally issued and calling them CDs may be misleading.

I have no quarrel with the sound quality of my files, if you want to check out and download from my archives see

The relevant file numbers are 8007, 8008, 8009, 8010, 8011, (duplicated number by error, oops), 8012 and the Desh interview is 8011b.

Don't ask me where I got these, my only vague recollection is the recordings came originally from the master tapes.


The direct file link on mediafire is

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