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Who would have thought in 2015 a review of a reel to reel player/recorder. See link below from www.wired.com.
Having just returned a little over a month ago to the R2R fold (after a 40-year absence) with the acquisition of a tech-restored Crown at a remarkably reasonable cost, I had to shake my head at the assertion that the price of admission is stratospheric-steep. Maybe so if I wanted my unit dolled up in a hue that nods to Ferrari rosso corsa , but, like others here, I found the implication that R2R is an elitist's pursuit laughable.
Tells you all you need to know ....
"The big selling point is that not everyone can afford one. "It's a pride of ownership thing," says Myles Astor, R2Rs are expensive, need to be regularly maintained, and there's not that many of them around. It's like buying a Ferrari. Once you have one, you're part of an exclusive club."
What a bunch .... :)
1970-1972 or so vintage. That's the model I first used back in 73-74. Clear plastic outer knobs, dark "Revox" badge, red meter and power buttons...
Mine is the MK IV - the last version they made.
Built like a tank, and could hit high output tape.
Now that I think about it, didn't I post the Revox brochure for your model?
But hey, I sure hope that Otari isn't fast winding, 'cause I see signal on the meters, which will blow your tweeters, which would be, like, such as, a total bummer. Unless, of course, you had the amp turned down.
Did you remember to do that?
Should someone come to look in on you every day or so?
Now that I'm thinking about it, I knew a guy who died in his apartment. He played trumpet in the Maynard Ferguson band. People hadn't heard from him in a week. A week. Someone called the police, and they found him dead from a heart attack.
Let this be a lesson: Do NOT fast wind your tape deck unless you're sure that you'll survive and have the presence of mind to hit "stop".
Yes, what a mess that could be -- a rotting corpse AND 2/3 of a mile of Mylar tape all over the place.
Happy New Year!
all the best,
Old faithful. Great sounding.
Those of us who never gave up on the open reel format to begin with have a somewhat amused view of the current mini "renaissance." Speaking for what I guess is a small circle of what, Luddites?, I can only ask what you're doing here on Tape Trails :-)
It's a demanding medium that's not for the impatient, but the rewards are incredible if you have been committed to it for any length of time, long enough to know what it's about and become a player. Elitist? Maybe for rich newbies.
I was just surprised someone is even talking about a Reel to Reel player/recorder in this day and age of digital downloads.
Thanks for posting the review. I really enjoyed the writer's humor and whimsy on reporting on the deck. Fun review to read.
Would love one but will just have to slum it with my Teac X2000.
The key to good sound from your R2R is the tapes , if you can get good copies you will be 90% there, basic maintenance and the obvious re-cap will have your deck singing ...
Hey A. Wayne,
Yeah I am an old dog and had a Revox A77 for decades.
Could not pass up the Teac X2000 as I got it for free and it was in pristine looking condition. I did send it to Teac to be refurbished and it was not too expensive. I bought a blank sealed Ampex 10 in off the bay and tried to get it to record but it just is not happening. Looks like it has to go back to California again as I am positive the tape monitor is working correctly. I have a bunch of recordings but the reels just have not held up. My cassettes have held up amazingly well but the reel to reels have just gone to hell.
I appreciate the tips though and thank you for posting it. Happy Spinning
I have lost very few of my tapes over the years, key is cool and dry storage and away from anything magnetic...
Too bad it is such an expensive path to go down. Anyone got any suggestions for great R to R on a budget? I have a teac 4010 and a nak cassette deck I would like to get more use out of than i do.
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