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Marc
Reel-to-reel machine
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on Jan 17, 2008 at 4:01:40 pm

Good day All,

Does anybody know of a manufacturer still producing reel-to-reel tape recorders? The institution I work with has a considerable number of archival recordings to transfer and all our reel to reel machines are slowly dying. I've already picked the second-hand stores clean in my area and although I know there are some on e-bay, if I could get a new one, it would probably serve us longer.

Thanks,

Marc


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Thax Clave
Re: Reel-to-reel machine
on Jan 17, 2008 at 5:46:52 pm

[Marc] " if I could get a new one..."

Maybe from some warehouse's old stock somewhere.

And there are lots of choices, so you need to be specific

1/4" half-track stereo?
1/4" quarter-track stereo?
1/4" Full-track mono?
1/2" multi-track ?
1" multi-track ?
2" multi-track ?

Sounds like you just need to contact some recording studios which may have some of these fine old machines sitting around.





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Ty Ford
Re: Reel-to-reel machine
on Jan 18, 2008 at 9:42:48 pm

Hello Marc and welcome to the Cow Audio Forum,

I have several 1/4" reel to reel decks here that stay in service for just this reason. If you get no results from your search, let me know. If the speed and tracks match, I can help you.

Two years ago I transferred about 20 CASES (10-12 reels per case), some one sided, some two sided) and did substantial noise reduction on them for a University in the mid-west. These were tapes used as teaching modules. The project took me from February to December of 2006. I did 4-6 hours per week. A little like eating an elephant.

I also have non-timecode DAT machines.

Regards,

Ty (audio museum) Ford

Want better production audio?: http://home.comcast.net/~tyreeford/AudioBootcamp.html
Watch Ty play guitar:





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Marc Morel
Re: Reel-to-reel machine
on Jan 19, 2008 at 10:37:24 pm

Thank you both. I found a stereo repair shop that can still source belt kits for both my Sony TC-377 which I need for its 1 7/8 speed and my Dokorders so if I get these machines back in working order I should be OK for a while.

Ah, the fun of "archival material".

Marc



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Ty Ford
Re: Reel-to-reel machine
on Jan 19, 2008 at 11:08:22 pm

FYI,

My speeds don't go that low.

Regards,

Ty Ford

Want better production audio?: http://home.comcast.net/~tyreeford/AudioBootcamp.html
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Thax Clave
Re: Reel-to-reel machine
on Jan 23, 2008 at 6:14:52 pm

[Ty Ford] "My speeds don't go that low.
"


Yeah, but you're still young.

You'll slow down eventually.

;-)






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