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I am dipping my toes into RTR waters. I bought a Revox A77, which is in the shop getting spruced up. In the short time I had it in my home, I found that I simply didn't have interconnects that fit the RCA output of the deck. The RCA's were so close together that my "semi-fancy' interconnects plugs would not fit side by side in the space allotted. Do you experienced folks have good(enough) RCA cables you would recommend? Thin walled without all that "big grip" metal and plastic around the plugs themselves?
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Got two miself and they look fine
I have an A77 Mk IV which I bought new in about 1978, so I know what you're talking about. Frankly, if your cables don't have to be very long (say, 6 feet or less, any reasonably well-made cable will do just fine. I got my current ones at Guitar Center. They're "Live Wire" brand, which I think is the Hosa brand under another name.
With all due respect to geezerrocket, you don't need to spend $130 for a pair of 6 foot RCA cables.
I hope your shop knows what they're doing on a Revox! Even something as "simple" as replacing the brake bands can be a challenge.
Here's a little tip for threading tape: Press the "Reel motors off" button, and then the FF or FR button. This lets the reels spin freely, making threading easier. Once you've threaded the tape, press the "Stop" button, and then turn the reel motors back on. I've also removed the tape sensor bulb to facilitate easier tape editing.
Thank you for your suggestions! I actually have those Mapleshade cables for another part of my system (I also use their speaker cables), and like them. I was hoping, while experimenting with the RTR, to not spend quite so much, or use existing cables. Perhaps the right angle adapters will allow me to use my other cables.
I do fear that my very good shop, which likes to work on vintage gear, will do okay by the Revox. They say they work on a lot of RTR tape decks, and I took it on faith that they have enough in common that they would be able to figure out mine. But now you are making me slightly nervous. I don't want them to ruin it, or even do a substandard job. It is the high speed version of the mk.lll, with the built in speakers (that seems almost silly, having the speakers). If you have any suggestions in the Boston, MA area, I'd love to hear about them.
Why don't you ask for advice on service on tapeheads?
They have very qualified techs there, and they specialize in RTR's.
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You actually have the model which has the speakers?!!
My first encounter with an A77, back in 1973, had speakers. The idea was to give the recordist an ability to hear what was recorded, without having to carry an amp and a pair of speakers along, and to enable editing "in the field".
Regarding repair, Nashville, TN is THE place for Studer/Revox repair. That's where they had/have their national headquarters. There are several top quality techs still in the city who know the A77 inside and out.
I don't know what your budget is but these Mapleshade rca's (about $130) have very thin barrels and sound great.
They are obviously unshielded, but that shouldn't be a problem as analog gear is less prone to RFI than digital gear.
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You're right. It's a challenge. These (link) are what I used. Even with them it's a tight fit.
This is a very common issue with vintage gear. I had to do some surgery on a Magnavox tube amp for the same reason. I suspect you would have a lot more luck posting this on either the vintage or cable pages, given the relative inactivity here. Just a thought.
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