I now am the proud owner of a ct-f1000. It cost me a lot on ebay but it seems to work well and it looks very clean.
But, would a ct-f1250 be better as I notice that the 1000's treble is a lottle curtailed.
Does the 1250 have better heads or electronics than the 1000 or is it merely dressed up a bit ?
Definately use a head demagnatizer. That has always worked well for me on my CT-F1000. But the best advice I can give anyone recording tapes is to get a DBX Simultaneous Encode/Decode Type II Tape Noise Reduction System, (yes, that's the actual name). This marvelous unit compresses the dynamic range of the music so that it can be recorded onto the tape at a higher level and not overdrive the heads or saturate the tape. This is almost mandatory when recording CD or other digital music. When the tape is played back the music is expanded back to the normal dynamic ranges and the tape hiss noise level plunges to an extremely low level and can not be heard even when playing a blank section of tape. FYI: The dynamic range is the difference between loudest and softest areas of the music. CDs usually have over 100 db of dynamic range so the recording level has to be set low enough so that the loud parts don't clip and distort and therefore the softest parts are so low that you can't hardly hear it or it gets covered up by hiss. Check your local pawn shops for the DBX equipment.
I'm interested in people opinions of the CT-F1000 also as I got ahold of one not long ago. Only problem is mine needs all new belts at a bare minimum and I am wondering if it's a worthwhile project. That's the bad news, the good news is it looks great for a 26YO deck and it only cost me $5. So if anybody knows where to get rubber parts for not much money, let me know. Also, I'd like to know how this deck performs.
I have also obtained both machines on E bay and in comparison to the Teac models, they are a lot harder for me to fix-probably because I used to work for Teac and I am used to their designs. I think the heads were pretty much the same but the model was upgraded with respect to looks as the meters were changed. If you have Hi frequency loss you need to determine the condition of the heads by measuring the response with an alignment tape. If it is a little off, then it may be able to compensate with adjustment. Then again if it is really noticable, then the guy sold it becuase it needed new heads- something not easily obtained these days.
Thanks for the reply.
The HF loss is not too great, but it is noticeable. It depends on the source material. Cymbals on some jazz CDs when recorded sound less bright.
How good should these decks (CTF1000) be; and would a CT-f1250 be better ?
The heads look ok and are clean.
I believe there's a head alignment screw within reach. someone on reeltoreel (yahoo) works on these machines and has parts.
i found a CT-F950 at a salvation army for $5 and it seems to work fine.
Heads may be good and clean but magnetized. Did you demagnetize 'em?
Also the bias may be a little off for the tape formulation you tried (assuming you recorded and played back on the same machine). Well worth tuning any deck to the tape you intend to use, IMO. If the complaint was HF rolloff on a prerecorded tape, head alignment may need adjusting.
all the best,
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