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RE: Want a RTR;Recommendations

I have a 5050 BIII and it has a much better set of reel holders than the older models. I looked at a BII, and the reel holders were very difficult to use. I was lucky to get my BIII a few years back from a fellow who had bought out the inventory of an old radio station, including a bunch of different decks. I would definitely look for one that can play 1/2 track, 15ips, in addition to 1/4 track 7.5ips and both NAB and CCIR EQ, so you can play both older 1/4 track 7.5ips commercial prerecorded tapes that use NAB EQ and the new 15ips 1/2 track tapes that almost all feature CCIR EQ. The Otari 5050 BIII does that. If you bypass the electronics for a new pre pro (which I have for my other machine a Technics 1506 with Bottlehead prepro) then you don't have to worry about EQ, since the new prepros all (?) have both EQ's. A $2K budget for a near mint machine is possible, but not one with a new prepro.


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