Frequently Asked Questions
In an attempt to combat answering the same questions to people, this section is designed to provide information.
updated:
01/24/2009


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Is there a disclaimer for this site?
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Yes, click here.

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How much do you want for this? I'd like to pay you for... I have nothing to trade so I'd like to buy?
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No, do not ask me to sell you something; I will not respond. I do not sell anything. Nothing is for sale as that is illegal, messes with the band and only makes it harder for tapers when people sell live recordings.

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Is every show listed?
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Is every show listed? That's a tough one: no. What happens is, someone tapes a recording or has a recording given to him/her from someone else, that person asks that person to keep it to their own collection, that person ends up sharing it with someone else who is not going to do anything negative with it *but* if the person's friend (where the source came from) found out about even limited sharing it could strain the friendship. No one wants that. However, in 2009, cu.org will be making an effort to list every single recording in the cu.org vaults on this site. There will, however, be exceptions, such as the rationale above.

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How fast are you in trading? How does it work?
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At this stage in my life - having graduated undergrad with two BA's, became married to my high school sweetheart, completed my Masters program, attained employment & now am 30 - I am no longer interested in trading. Unless you are a taper from the Lateralus-era or beyond  and/or have an item of rarity or particular interests, chances are I will not want a copy of one of your 2006, 2007 master recordings on a hard disc; sorry, no I just do not care. There are plenty of people that are collectors who will trade with you. Eventually, I will get it from someone else that downloaded it off a torrent or a drive or something like that. 

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Why do you collect & record concerts of groups such as Tool when some bands  do not want live music of them going around even for trading or private, non-commercial uses?
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I think that a good group is a group that is better -live- than in a controlled environment such as a studio. Tool has, many times,  said they are a live group. In many cases, they are  best to be seen/felt/immersed in a live setting to  understand their music fully. I think that is how all bands should be - live. As for me, I listen to live music almost exclusively.  If a band -seriously- has a problem with live recordings of their music they A) suck B) are too concerned with money and/or commercial bootlegs or C) are 'sucking up to the man'. Most recorders/tapers I've come into contact with would never, ever sell their recordings to make a profit as most take a certain amount of pride in their stuff & selling them would be a travesty. Getting back to the point, bands should encourage taping for the simple fact that overwhelming majority of people who collect/tape Tool & other bands will already have bought all official releases. People who trade & tape bands only end up promoting the band. Tool is a band that wrestles with complete creative control & live recordings; the band really seems to not like fans that audio record. I really, fundamentally, do not understand why.

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Why are your dates listed as month, day, year instead of the logical way?
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I live in America. We expect people to adapt to out interpretations of reality & symbols. Terrible, I know. But what can you say about a country that is ran by a puppet with visible strings, dines on fatty foods as a source of Mc Nutrition, gets it's sense of reality from government-influenced media sources + mind-numbing TV sitcoms & allows the power-elite room to wage a full-on assault on the consumption of marijuana + tie it into terrorism? If you smoke a joint then you support terrorism? Bah.. Not to even touch on the shit on the radio here in the States...

 
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Can you tell me how 'X' show sounds? Any more information?
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Click on the date, all the information I have is there.

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Why do you not provide rating examples; such as '8' or A- audio quality?
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I do provide a verbal representation of the audio, something I feel is closer to the truth than an abstract. But, like using an  abstract symbol, they are only subjective opinions. For example, a DAT recording from 1994 is excellent for the time period but may not be great by DAT or even MD sources in 2002. Make sense? I try to take the era in comparison when discussing the shows.

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Why should I trust you? Will you rip me off?
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No, I'm not ripping off you nor anyone else. I always honor trades & keep my word. This site took a long, long time & I would not have my reputation tarnished by screwing  you over for a silly CD.  As long as we respect each other, will get along just fine.

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I see that you have some shows you cannot trade: "not for trade". What makes them so special? Are you
Mr. Cool for having them or something?
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New Answer to Question / 2009:  At this point, other than a handful or so of AUD recordings from the 2006, 2007 era (not including recordings that tapers are simply 'sitting on'/not releasing -- there is no way to figure that out; tapers that do not have lists of any kind) cu.org represents the largest reference for the band Tool. As it is, there is not much else, cu.org hit the glass ceiling. There comes a point where there really is not much else to get. I've worked on this hobby, obsession, for a bit over a decade now. As such, I'm no longer trading.
Original Answer to Question:
Usually, no-trades are recordings that are the only known source for a show from a taper(s) and sometimes collectors. One of the reason why the 'no-trade' started during 2001, 2002 was the fact that when a taper would trade a recording, "bulk" or "day-tripper" collectors were complicating matters by turning them into MP3, DAO and other various issues. Also, when a taper would want to trade a master recording, it was a bit more challenging than it should be to get anything cool for it. So, I started doing that as quite a few other traders did as well. My Tool masters, I ask that if I trade it to you, you not trade it & direct requests to me - I would do that for you. .And, no, I am not Mr. Cool for having them. You would be surprised that some people actually call me names & whatnot if I won't sell them, give them, trade them "X" show. It's funny.

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Well, you have a few Tool shows...so what? How long have you been listening to Tool ?
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I bought Opiate when I was 14 years old back in 1992 on CD (back when they came in long-boxes). And, yes, I still have that same disc although it unplayable after years of misuse.

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What do you think of Tool's repetitive tendency towards set list repetition?
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Actually, I do not consider this to be my concern. I am not going to a Tool show to project my thoughts about what they should or should not do. However, yes, repetition of various & sundry audience recordings of the same gig, different date certainly gets old & will lead to burn out. The flame burns out & it may take a while to come back, but it does.

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Do you do B & P's?
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No. Give me some good reasons why I should -other than- you were at the show, for a friend, etc. I may do you something  if you pick  some interesting shows, with rationale included. Use your mind. So far, only one person has given me an interesting reason why I should go against my pessimistic nature and hook a total stranger up. If any of this info is not clear, click here to view my B&P policy: click here.

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I do not have any Tool or APC stuff that you already do would like some of 'X'?
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See my B&P page for your probably 'no' answer. But if you recorded a show I am looking for then we could have a trade.

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Why are you so reluctant to trade out your master recordings?
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Although I openly trade some of my Tool & APC masters to other tapers, other bands are not in the same mindset. I do not take the time to master every show onto CD. If I do, I would probably trade it. Most are not mastered. If I had the time, maybe I'd do more but I only CD the really good stuff. I don't trade out my masters for the above reason plus the fact that I do not have a good enough reason to trade out all of my
recordings. Simple as that. Please do not bother me on this subject. People get angry at me for not trading them out to them. Oh well.

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How long did writing all the source info, reviews & whatever take you?
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I have listened to everything I have at least one time, in it's entirety. Add that to the general design, construction, planning, production, maintenance and other variables of this website & you have "X" amount of time. Since this website started, some time in 1999 or so as a geocities free-site... hmm.... 5,000 hours? More? At least? I could not tell you. It's quite relaxing to do, just have to be in a certain mood & for me it tends to happen in the winter when all I want to do is chill by a fire or in my den listening to Tool while working on my hobby.

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How long have you been actively collecting Tool recordings?
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Since 1997. I used to be a tape trader, then moved to CDs when the prices went down for burners. Who out there remembers the Goldmine back in the day? I got into it kind of young; started with Oasis, Beatles, Pink Floyd & Tool (all at about the same time). Now, that was trading none of this file-sharing nonsense that is void of connections, relationships & the fostering of an immediate gratification community of music fans. People who tend to wait & ask for something rather than contribute to the cause. Or, to a lesser extent, either taping or trading or finding new sources of live Tool. Hope that did not sound too bitter.

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When did your site go online?
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The site went online with the name / website address of: collectiveunconscious.org on Jan 12, 2002 as that is when I purchased the domain name. Before that, the site was a modified trading site on a free geocities account, this was started some time in 1999. How about that?

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What are you & Sarah doing with your lives?
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We are doing well & love each other very much.
 We have been together since 1997 when we were in high school. We were married above the bay in Petoskey, MI, USA on July 19th, 2003.