This could be the start of an expensive time.
Having found and downloaded FestivaLink presents Hot Tuna at MerleFest 4/28/06 and Raising Sand by Robert Plant and Alison Krauss both in 24/96 from www.hdtracks.com I started to look around for more Hot Tuna live material. I found www.hottunatunes.com. While the downloads on hotunatunes are only available as mp3 or CD res Flacs there are hundreds to choose from. This could get very expensive.
The Hot Tuna hi-res download Hot Tuna at Merlefest is hi-res of sorts. Looking at its frequency content it looks suspiciously like an upsampled 44.1 or at best 48k DAT recording. Sounds rather good though. My first download from the HT site doesn’t sound as good but the music is just wonderful. Jefferson Airplane was (is) one of my favourite bands and HT may be currently running close behind. These guys may not be the springiest of chickens but they can sure play. My first paid for download also came with a free older gig recording in 128MP3. Sounds rather inadequate in comparison but totally worth a listen they are obviously on a roll that night.
The hi-res Raising Sand is quite different from the CD rip. It definitely sounds as if it has a higher bandwidth: it sounds smoother, more detailed and just more classy but it doesn’t have the punch or the impact of the lower res CD rip.