Originally Posted by Jack D Ripper
If the original recording was on a tape reel, then whatever copies exist of that recording are copies from a tape reel. It does not matter whether your copy is an LP or CD or tape or anything else; it would be a copy of a tape reel. And your copy may not be a first generation copy of it, but it is still a copy of it, however many generations there are between it and your copy.
He or she may have meant that he or she directly copied the tapes himself or herself, but he or she did not state that.
Yes but the master is before anything is altered by the label, the copies for CD will be different than the copies for vinyl, or iTunes. Just the label (or mastering engineer) making changes for the formats limitations. I'll give you an example; I run the P.A. system for my church, we record all the music on cassette, when I get home I digitize the tape, in Audacity I make two masters; one redbook mastered master (peaks at-0.5, eq compensation for car speakers and some other small changes), one for mp3 (peaks at -3), and one 24/96 master that was eq'ed for a hi-fi system. The third one will be the best version because it was designed to sound like what it does in the church, where the redbook is more compressed.
When it comes to mainstream music the best master is the tape, before nothing gets altered for the format.