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Audio Al
25-03-2017, 08:43
Hi People

Opinions please for people considering a entry into Reel to Reel

Any advice on what machine to buy and why :)

struth
25-03-2017, 08:57
Guessing you wont get a lot of choice at that price that works so i,d say an Akai. Good starter deck, and where i am.

Audio Al
25-03-2017, 09:00
Guessing you wont get a lot of choice at that price that works so i,d say an Akai. Good starter deck, and where i am.

OK
A good start but what model ?

struth
25-03-2017, 09:04
OK
A good start but what model ?

I,m guessing a 4000 series. Think the bigger one would be more expensive. I.ve a 4000d i think. Decent player for money, although needs a little attention now it still works ok. They will also stand on end happily. Twin speed 4 track. A decent starter. You might get a Sony too.

paulf-2007
25-03-2017, 09:10
I thought you were already into r2r Al

mikeyb
25-03-2017, 11:08
Hi-fiHangar are selling a Sony 377 pretty cheap just now. Rewind isn't 100% but plays and records fine.

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/201865381978

If interested it's worth phoning the shop direct 😉

mikeyb
25-03-2017, 11:12
I had to edit my thread as the A77 had sold, nearly bought it myself at 275 plus postage.

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/192138874419

struth
25-03-2017, 11:17
Maybe in need of belts... decent machines the sonys.

walpurgis
25-03-2017, 11:17
Any advice on what machine to buy and why :)

None?

I don't want to put you off All, but I just don't get the R2R thing. What you record will only (hopefully) be as good as the source, so unless you own a library of original recordings transcribed straight from a master tape, I can't see the benefit. Unless of course, one just enjoys R2R as an entertaining plaything and something to tinker with.

topoxforddoc
25-03-2017, 12:07
Al,

I'm not sure that you can get anything really worthwhile for 250, unless you're a technical whizz and have a workshop at home. 3-4 years ago, you could have got a Revox A77 for that sort of money, but not now. Sure you might get an Akai 4000DB, which would be a bit of fun. You might also be able to play some 7.5 IPS 4 track commercial tapes. A serviced domestic R2R running at 7.5 IPS will sound better than decent cassette, but few vintage domestic machines are running at their best. But as Geoff says, the R2R thing is all about the highest quality, which can outshine even the most expensive and exotic turntable system for relatively small amounts of money for the hardware (but not the software).

Charlie

MikeMusic
25-03-2017, 15:46
Would have thought you can pick up an A77 for that sort of dough.
Not tested against an Akai but I imagine far better SQ

Audio Al
25-03-2017, 16:52
I thought you were already into r2r Al

I am , just asking opinions from other users ;)

337alant
25-03-2017, 17:05
I sold an Akai GX625 for 100 a year back and its still going strong as far as I know they are a great sounding deck for the money
Here is a better model for 299
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/AKAI-GX-630D-Reel-to-Reel-Tape-Deck-3-Motor-3-Head-Working-/172581841930?hash=item282eadec0a:g:q94AAOSwsW9YzWF 2
If I ever get round to finishing my A77 250 would be all I would ask for it, its 90% recapped at the min

Alan

337alant
25-03-2017, 17:57
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Vintage-Tandberg-TDA-20-Reel-to-Reel/192133601496?_trksid=p2047675.c100009.m1982&_trkparms=aid%3D888007%26algo%3DDISC.MBE%26ao%3D1% 26asc%3D42825%26meid%3D7b3918708e8f48e6b487f9b63da b54cb%26pid%3D100009%26rk%3D1%26rkt%3D1%26sd%3D172 581841930
Ive heard one of these TD20A sounding excellent
More bargains
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Philips-N7150-reel-to-reel-tape-recorder/391735571496?_trksid=p2047675.c100005.m1851&_trkparms=aid%3D222007%26algo%3DSIM.MBE%26ao%3D2%2 6asc%3D42825%26meid%3Dfc590652aacc40f1a7edbb30a2df 7013%26pid%3D100005%26rk%3D1%26rkt%3D6%26sd%3D2629 06125572

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Teac-x10-vintage-reel-to-reel/262906125572?_trksid=p2047675.c100009.m1982&_trkparms=aid%3D888007%26algo%3DDISC.MBE%26ao%3D1% 26asc%3D42825%26meid%3D65832a41945e47da8ba5f043568 a9ed5%26pid%3D100009%26rk%3D1%26rkt%3D1%26sd%3D391 735571496

Alan

Ali Tait
25-03-2017, 18:20
Yes I was lucky enough to get my TD20A for only 175. Great machine.

337alant
25-03-2017, 18:35
Yes Ali It was your TD20a I was referring too :eyebrows:

Here is another very nice machine with no bids only 4 hrs to go
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/VINTAGE-REEL-TO-REEL-SONY-TC-399-TAPECORDER-TC399-BEAUTIFUL-CONDITION-WITH-TAPES/132135226372?_trksid=p2047675.c100005.m1851&_trkparms=aid%3D222007%26algo%3DSIM.MBE%26ao%3D2%2 6asc%3D42825%26meid%3Dc594e71df5e744378f1df082350c a770%26pid%3D100005%26rk%3D2%26rkt%3D6%26sd%3D1921 33601496

Alan

Barry
25-03-2017, 20:24
I would choose a Tandberg over most Akai machines, but it depends on whether you want full 10.5" spool cabability.

I paid 500 for my Nagra IV-S, however that was 10 years ago.

Dalek Supreme D L
25-03-2017, 21:01
I had to edit my thread as the A77 had sold, nearly bought it myself at 275 plus postage.

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/192138874419

Another 'hbchjhgv gfvgg bh' :steam: that won't post to Northern Ireland, and what is this 'Doesn't post to United Kingdom' they are based in the United Kingdom.

Anyway a Revox A77 would be my suggestion, doable for about your budget.

mikeyb
25-03-2017, 21:15
Another 'hbchjhgv gfvgg bh' :steam: that won't post to Northern Ireland, and what is this 'Doesn't post to United Kingdom' they are based in the United Kingdom.

Anyway a Revox A77 would be my suggestion, doable for about your budget.

not sure what you mean but that seller states:

"Mainland UK - 15

Northern Ireland, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal & Spain - 26

Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Malaysia - 95"

:eyebrows:

Audio Al
26-03-2017, 05:10
:eek: Wowza , Have a look at this one :eek:
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Stunning-Mint-Akai-GX-210D-Three-Motor-Auto-Reverse-Reel-To-Reel-Stereo-Deck-/132128538859?hash=item1ec37980eb:g:t30AAOSw4CFYwAR 6

Why is it not in London , Collection only :(

Audio Al
26-03-2017, 05:13
Yes Ali It was your TD20a I was referring too :eyebrows:

Here is another very nice machine with no bids only 4 hrs to go
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/VINTAGE-REEL-TO-REEL-SONY-TC-399-TAPECORDER-TC399-BEAUTIFUL-CONDITION-WITH-TAPES/132135226372?_trksid=p2047675.c100005.m1851&_trkparms=aid%3D222007%26algo%3DSIM.MBE%26ao%3D2%2 6asc%3D42825%26meid%3Dc594e71df5e744378f1df082350c a770%26pid%3D100005%26rk%3D2%26rkt%3D6%26sd%3D1921 33601496

Alan


That is lovely looking and not 1 bid :doh: