are to trade and not for sale. Please don't ask to buy them; I won't
respond with civility. Thanks.
(If you're curious about this
stance, which is well-founded within the Grateful Dead concert tape
trading community, write me and
Please, let's do our trading by email or fax but not by phone. I
already have too many phone calls to return. Honest, it'll be faster to email me.
Denon DCM-460 >> Philips CDR-770
Yamaha KX-W602 >> Sony TC-WE825S
- I don't use dolby or high-speed dubbing.
- Head-cleaning and demag before every tape run.
I prefer Maxell XL-II or XL- IIS. I won't turn down metal tape,
- I like to send the cases w/ the tapes; if
you're not sending 'em, tell me so I don't either.
- CDR preferences in evolution; please tell me if you
have a favorite, or obligatory, type of blank. I send the jewel boxes
with the CDRs, of course.
- It's great to re-use the mailers in which the music
travels, rather than just ripping them open and throwing them away after
one use. Instead of peeling the protective cover off the
self-adhesive strip when you seal your mailer, leave it on there and,
instead, just use some external tape and/or staples.
- I'll get your shows done and mailed within a
week of agreeing to a trade, except in unusual circumstances. If I can't
get them done in a week, I'll tell you. Can you please do the
- Your packages will usually go out at priority
- Please be sure to include your email address
with music you send me, somewhere, somehow.
The ratings are based on my personal judgment, they may
in no way match your judgment. Tapes are rated on the recording quality,
not the performance. I'm probably not a strict grader because I can't
help listening to the Dead playing instead of the tape hiss unless it's
insistently annoying. (Hey! "Listening to the music behind the noise" -
not a bad approach to the world in general, ay?) If I haven't listened
to a tape in awhile, or carefully enough, and it turns out to be worse
than its rating when I dub it, I'll let you know. Again, your mileage
may vary; you might want to let me know!
- A+ - Crisp and bright sound! Perfect very low
- A - Great quality, fairly low gen, one or two
- A-/B+ - An average tape, a few flaws but
listenable and enjoyable
- B/B- - Noticeable defects, below average for
my collection, mild generational deterioration (fair amount of hiss or
muddy bass, faded signal, distortion, breakup, etc.). Listenable with a
- C - You'll say "
Aw ^%#$@!!" too often; insistent defects test your
patience. Usually not tradeable but, hey, who am I to say if you want
- D - Difficult to listen to with much
pleasure, you must have a burning desire.. Not tradeable!
Set numbers and song-name conventions are according to
Deadbase VIII, except I call it "Aiko Aiko" because I like that spelling
better :-). A 'p' denotes a partial set.
How I count the generations: I consider the
following to be analog/0:
Every analog dub from an analog/0 tape, of course, adds one analog
generation. In that way, the generation number is equivalent to the
number of analog dubs since the original analog source, and is
a good indicator of the amount of generational deterioration in the
ancestry of the recording. You may count your generations
differently...The generation listed for a show in my collection, where
known, is the generation of my copy. The analog copy I make
for you will be one generation higher.
- the original analog recording from the
- the original analog recording from an FM
- the original analog audience recording,
- or the original analog dub of a digital recording
from any of those sources.
The time entry for each show is usually the length of
the tape on which it is contained, not the length of the set.
Feel free to offer me
upgrades to shows in my collection rated B- and below!
If you discover any errors in this list, please notify me so I can update it.
If you need any additional info, please don't hesitate