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I think you'll find the cost of blank tape quite off-putting!...

Even the initial cost of a reel-to-reel tape recorder is quite high these days. I'm sure you're looking at over two grand for a decent reel-to-reel and anywhere from $50 to $100-each for blank 10.5" reels of tape. If you can afford to copy vinyl to open reel tape at those prices, you're a whole lot richer than I.

The more economical option would be a thousand dollar TASCAM DA-3000 DSD recorder. It will actually provide better performance than open reel tape and it costs much less to operate. It records to inexpensive SD flash drives and you can store all your recordings onto inexpensive USB hard drives. Furthermore, TASCAM provides free editing software for mastering your recordings. On top of everything else, the TASCAM is an autonomous digital player accepting USB flash drives directly into its front-panel USB port. It will play WAV files up to 24/192 PCM and DSD files up to 5.6-MHz directly from an inexpensive USB flash drive.

Good luck,
John Elison


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