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In Reply to: RE: An 88 was my first deck... posted by Jim Treanor on June 05, 2016 at 22:33:17
Funny coincidence. I also went from my Viking to a 1020. Unlike your experience, my Magnecord was pretty much flawless and I still kinda regret selling it.
EDIT: What was your next deck? Mine was a Teac 3000SX. No complaints about that one.
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There was a long hiatus between my disposal of the 1020 in the early 1970's and my acquisition of a deck last November...a Chuck Ziska-refurb'd Crown SX-824 (7.5 and 3.75 ips). Good to be back in the game.
Many older high-output tapes suffer from "sticky shed syndrome". I've actually built an "oven" to deal with that... Two 100 watt light bulbs on a dimmer, and two thermometers. 1/4" tapes need about four hours at 133 degrees F, then they're good for about 3 weeks.
My first deck was a Roberts (Akai) 1719. Great machine. Then, a Concord with auto-reverse. Not so good. Then, a Tandberg something-or-other, (black faceplate, 7" reel capacity, black meters, green square buttons, full logic), nice deck - shouldn't have sold it. Then a Revox A77 quarter track, then (and now) a Revox A77 Mk IV two track. I'll probably keep it forever.
I've worked with both a Stellavox Sp7 and a Studer A80, and still lust after them, but they've always been out of my budget! The A80 has a scary fast and gentle transport - holy crap!
I currently also own a Tascam 44, which has transport problems. Even so, those TEAC/Tascam decks are very fine machines! Shoulda bought one instead of that stupid Concord!
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