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In Reply to: RE: Newbie looking for a r2r tape machine. Any recommendations? posted by WOStantonCS100 on February 15, 2012 at 17:21:04
Thanks WOStanton for making the re-direction.
Getting back to the poster jeromelang's original post, it appears the basic questions were never answered, so one has to wonder what level of interest was there, vs. was there an interest in stirring up the pot to stage alternative opinions from other posters.
A few side notes,
1. many of the pro machines offer 7.5, 15 and 30. Some even offer four speeds and include 3 3/4. The user can then try both higher speeds to form his/her own opinions, which may agree with some and and disagree with others.
2. regardless of the machine purchased, would strongly suggest re-resistoring the power supply when doing a recap with metal films at a minimum. Almost all machines used carbon film from the factory. Power supply noise on the rails will go down as can be seen on a scope. Would also suggest replacing the ceramic or metalized PS bypass caps with film and foil (if metalized were even used from factory). In many cases, there are none.
3. Very, very few folks (audiophiles or non-auduophiles) outside the studio world have heard a 15 ips master let alone a 30. Most of the safety dubs offered for sale are 15 ips, so that would likely be the target of any new open reel enthusiast, unless they plan on doing their own recording.
And we have not even touched the world of mics, mic pres, and effects boxes. All have a dramatic effect on the sound, some, much bigger than 15 vs. 30 debate.
Happy listening....and/or happy recording.
This American recapping trend is most often a huge misunderstanding resulting in ruining a lot of gear.
When recapping you completely change the intracicuital interaction.
You risk that you in fact have to change ALL components with influence on the sound quality to get it all right again after recapping.
Anyway; what pro decks have 4 speeds?
I am aware that a lot of pro decks were offered with the choise between different combinations of two, or even three, speeds (with no jumps but half/double).
I just don't remember to have seen that many pro decks offering 4 speeds in the same unit.
The reason that so many different suggestions have come to mind is a very unprecise OP question.
If OP really needs advises, he better sharpen up.
not recapping results in compressed dynamics, extra noise, and reliability issues. have compared re-capped vs. no recap. not a huge sonic change....
4 speed decks include Studer A820, Otari MTR-15, Otari MTR-20, and maybe a few others I missed. I have never used my decks at those slow speeds, so can't comments on sonics, but if a person were looking for a deck with all speeds, they are available.
May I correct you:
Not recapping may sometimes result in.................... when quality of components from the start were not sorted out the best way or if the audio equipment has been stored for very long periods.
We are a lot of people that do NOT really consider Otari being among the Pro decks.
But hey, that's your decision in your post.
Yep, the A820 is a beauty with 4 speeds.
But are there anymore PRO decks offering this feature?
Maybe but I don't really remember them.
3-speeds sure. But 4-speeds?
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