Genre: Classical
Additional Artists: Jack Liebeck


The Locrian Ensemble Mendelssohn's Octet Master Quality Reel To Reel Tape

The Locrian Ensemble

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TAS Super Tape List: Classical

Master Quality Reel To Reel Tape!
Classical Recording with Separate Microphone Comparison Tracks!
Exceptional Audiophile Sound! This Is as Close to the Original Master as You Will Get!

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Chasing The Dragon have chosen Mendelssohn's wonderful octet performed by The Locrian Ensemble for their latest recording. The musicians are all soloists in their own right; however, they are led by the ubiquitous violinist, Jack Liebeck.

The recording has given Chasing The Dragon the opportunity to compare a variety of microphone techniques, which they do in the second half of the album. You can compare valve vs transistor mics and the sound of analogue 1/2" master tape running at 30 IPS vs digital at 24 / 192, all recorded at the same time. They have even used their binaural head - which sounds great on headphones!

"Our tapes are always recorded from the original copy master, to give you the closest approach to the original recording." - Mike & Francoise Valentine

** It is standard practice in all recording studios to keep the tape "tail out". This reduces "pre-echo" and it means that the tape should be placed on the right hand side of the recorder, re-wound and then played.


  • 1st Generation Reel to Reel Tape Made from the Original Master Tape
  • 1/4" 15IPS CCIR
  • 10" Reel
  • Original Master Tapes Recorded at 30ips Onto ½" Tape
  • Copy Masters Are Made Using 2 Studer A820 Master Recorders
  • Machines Are Connected with Zensati Seraphim Interconnect Cable for Highest Transfer Quality
  • All Tapes Use CCIR/IEC Equalization
  • Created Using ATR Magnetics Tape Stock
  • Housed in Heavy Duty Professional Box
  • Transferred and Monitored by Chasing The Dragon Producer Mike Valentine
  • Recorded at the Henry Wood Hall, London
  • Performed on Contemporary Instruments
  • Separate Microphone Comparison Tracks
  • Import


Jack Liebeck 1st violin
Simon Blendis 2nd violin
Sasha Raikhlina 3rd violin
Ariel Lang 4th violin
Matthew Jones 1st viola
Sarah-Jane Bradley 2nd viola
Justin Pearson 1st cello
Pedro Silva 2nd cello


Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)

Octet in E Flat Major, Op. 20
  1. Allegro
  2. Andante
  3. Scherzo
  4. Presto
Gypsy Folk Song 'Two Guitars' by Ivan Vasiliev - a comparison of 4 different microphone techniques simultaneously recorded
  1. AKG C12 Valve - Spaced Pair - Omni-Directional with Jecklin disc
  2. DPA 4006A Transistor - Spaced Pari - Omni-Directional with Jecklin disc
  3. AKG C12 Valve - Set to figure of eight - Blumlein Configuration
  4. NEUMANN KU100 TRANSISTOR - Binaural microphone