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    Default Rising prices for studio quality R2R machines

    Looks like the bargains have almost disappeared now. Prices for studio machines i.e. Studer, Sony APR, Telefunken, Otari etc have firmed considerably in the last 2 years. Whereas you could have bought a decent Sony APR 5000 machine for £500-800 then, you would be looking at £2k plus now. Same for Studer A807s which have almost doubled in asking price in this time.

    I suspect that interest has been revived enough to increase demand. With only a limited supply of machines (most were put in skips in the 80s and 90s as studios went digital), it is just the old fashioned law of supply and demand.
    R2R: Studer A820 1/2 inch 2 track; Otari MTR-12 1/4 inch 2 track; Sony APR 5003; Sony APR 5002; Studer A807/II. Vinyl: Platine Verdier Allaerts MC1B/Schroeder Model 2 Decca C4E/Hadcock 228 TRON Seven Reference phono. Other analogue source: Nakamichi Dragon with ANT4066 mods. Amplification: TRON Meteor preamp TRON Voyager 20B SET power. Speakers: Avantgarde Duo. Digital: does not compute

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    Also very few decent machines now on eBay
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    Al,

    Personally if I were looking for a turnkey machine, I would probably buy a refurbished Telefunken M20/21 from Hilpert in Germany, who were the German service agents for Telefunken. German Radio stations and broadcasters used these instead of Studer. Great machines with excellent tape handling (precision controlled like the A80 and A820 rather than forced guide tape path used in almost every other machine)

    http://www.hilpert-audio.de/audio/in...te_aeg_m20.htm
    http://www.hilpert-audio.de/audio/ge...3SStereoSI.htm

    Charlie
    R2R: Studer A820 1/2 inch 2 track; Otari MTR-12 1/4 inch 2 track; Sony APR 5003; Sony APR 5002; Studer A807/II. Vinyl: Platine Verdier Allaerts MC1B/Schroeder Model 2 Decca C4E/Hadcock 228 TRON Seven Reference phono. Other analogue source: Nakamichi Dragon with ANT4066 mods. Amplification: TRON Meteor preamp TRON Voyager 20B SET power. Speakers: Avantgarde Duo. Digital: does not compute

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    They are really nice looking machines Charlie, thanks for sharing

    I agree the prices have gone really high now but you do still get the odd one go by unnoticed for not too bad a price
    There are some really nice studer A810s on Craiglist london but I don't trust that site.



    Alan
    Turntable - Garrard 401/Jelco 750L/Ortofon Kontrapunkt B, Pioneer PLC 590, SME 3009/2 , Denon DL103R - DIY Paradise Phono stage - Reel 2 Reel Studer A810, Otari MX55,Tascam BR20 - Digital HTPC / Young Dac - Preamp - DIY B4, 821, Power Amp's DIY Voyager Mono Block, Speakers Tannoy precision 6.4 / Wilmslow Kit Volt BM220.8 / Scanspeak D2905/9500

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    Quote Originally Posted by 337alant View Post
    They are really nice looking machines Charlie, thanks for sharing

    Alan
    I chatted to Stewart (Lodgesound) about the Telefunkens before he sadly passed away. He said that they were excellent machines, good transports and excellent sounding. Some were made specifically for the German radio market, where the tape heads point in the opposite direction to a normal machine - with the tape wound with oxide emulsion facing outwards. Many were made in standard format though.

    Charlie
    R2R: Studer A820 1/2 inch 2 track; Otari MTR-12 1/4 inch 2 track; Sony APR 5003; Sony APR 5002; Studer A807/II. Vinyl: Platine Verdier Allaerts MC1B/Schroeder Model 2 Decca C4E/Hadcock 228 TRON Seven Reference phono. Other analogue source: Nakamichi Dragon with ANT4066 mods. Amplification: TRON Meteor preamp TRON Voyager 20B SET power. Speakers: Avantgarde Duo. Digital: does not compute

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