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"This photo is from the time of the very first Mercury recording session in Minneapolis, February 19-20, 1952, according to the Mercury session books. Antal Dorati and the Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra made recordings of Borodin's 2nd Symphony, Stravinsky's complete "Firebird", Berlioz's "Roman Carnival" and pieces by Ravel and Debussy. The tape machines shown are "portable" Ampex 300s (they still weighed about 100lbs each, whether or not in portable cases). David Hall is using a Collins portable mixer/mic preamp. The recordings were made with a single Neumann U-47 microphone (the Western Electric "8-Ball" mic on top of the Collins mixer was for communicating with the conductor's podium). The Collins mixer was used to provide a gain stage after the mic and to distribute the signal to both tape recorders. David Hall is likely working with Dorati and the assistant conductor to assemble approved takes he can edit together. The next time Mercury visited Minneapolis, fall 1952, the familiar Mercury recording truck made its debut."  Thomas Fine