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Since 1982.

REEL TO REEL TAPE FOR SALE
TAPE AND ACCESSORIES -
VINTAGE / USED / NEW / NOS

 

Reel to Reel Tapes – RECENTLY UPDATED PAGE! R2R Tape FOR SALE. Audio Recording Tapes & Take-Up reels 7" and 10.5". Used, New and NOS Open Reel tape by Akai Metal Reels, Ampex 456 Grandmaster / 406 / 407, Ampex 631 / 641, BASF, Maxell XL-II XLII / UD / E35-7, 35-90, 35-180, 50-120B, Realistic Concertape, Realistic Supertape, Scotch 120-12, Scotch 150-1800, Scotch 200-24, Scotch 203, Scotch 207, Scotch 3M 226 / 966, Scotch 250, Sony SLH, TDK SA 35-180 / GX 50\120BM, S-1800M, S-3600M and More. EE / Extra Efficiency tape for EE machines. High Bias and Normal Bias, Back Coated recording tape. Also NAB Hubs, and blank "take-up" / pick-up metal NAB reels for Akai, Pioneer, Sansui, Sony, Revox, Teac / Tascam and others. Used packs of Chrome & Normal Bias Tape. Rubber Reel to Reel deck recorder / player spindle stoppers / reel locks / reel holders for sale.
 

 

Reel to Reel Tapes for sale!

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A note about our Reel-to-Reel tape. Most of our tapes have already been recorded on. Some may include boxes and leaders intact, and some may not. May or may not have usable labels. Boxes and / or reels may have extraneous labels and / or marking on them. We try and accurately note when they do, but neither are ever guaranteed as it's a tedious task inventorying those aspects on each tape.

 


Reel to Reel Tape Running Time Versus Tape Length
ie; "How long does a xxx foot tape play?"

 
TIME IN MINUTES
 SIDE A  SIDE B
Speed ips 1 7/8 3.75 7.5 15 1 7/8 3.75 7.5 15
Tape
Length
               
600' 64 32 16 8 128 64 32 16
900' 90 45 22.5 11.25 180 90 45 22.5
1200' 120 60 30 15 240 120 60 30
1800' 180 90 45 22.5 360 180 90 45
2400' 240 120 60 30 480 240 120 60
3600' 360 180 90 45 720 360 180 90

 


10.5" / NAB REELS OF TAPE

 
 


 
 

USED / PRE-OWNED
REVOX
Reel-
To-Reel TAPE
10.5"
1/4" X 10.5" Plastic reels
H
IGH BIAS POSITION
Reel-to-Reel 1/4" Tape
2,500 feet
for sale

Pre-owned, High Bias, Unknown Tape Brand or Type,
1/4" X 10.5" Reel-to-Reel tape on a REVOX, black plastic reel. At least 760 meters (2,500 ft.) in length and 1.0 mil thickness w/ Polyester base. This reel DOES NOT REQUIRE NAB hub adaptors!
Used and likely recorded on, but great shape.
Use a bulk eraser or will simply erase when new recordings are made.

Very limited supply w/ currently ONLY 1 remaining in stock. The REVOX Reel does not include an original box.

 $54.99 ea. shipped*

or

We can also do a "Bulk erase" on your tapes for an additional $5.00 ea.

Used and Erased Revox Tape

$59.99 ea. shipped (while supply lasts)*

Add $2 ea. for bulk erasing prior to shipment.

 * Packed and shipped via Ground shipment to any of the lower 48 states. Other destinations can be calculated. 2.5lbs

 

 

NEW LISTING
SCOTCH 3M / 207
Reel-
To-Reel TAPE
10.5"
SCOTCH / 3M 207
1/4" X 10.5" NAB, Plastic reels
NORMAL POSITION
Reel-to-Reel 1/4" Tape
3,600
feet
for sale

Pre-owned, Normal Bias, 3M 207,
1/4" X 10.5" Reel-to-Reel tape. 1097 meters (3,600 ft.) in length and 1.0 mil thickness w/ Polyester base with 'Back Treatment'. 180 minutes / 3 hours -both directions @ 19cmps (7.5 ips)  (Will require NAB HUB / REEL ADAPTORS). Most have been used and will have recordings on them (we can bulk erase them for additional charge below). May or may not have usable labels. Boxes and / or reels may have extraneous labels and / or marking on them.
Used and likely recorded on, but great shape;.

Very limited supply w/ currently ONLY 1 remaining in stock. The Scotch / 3M, 207's MAY include boxes.

 $39.99 ea. shipped*
or

We can also do a "Bulk erase" on your tapes for an additional $5.00 ea.

Used and Erased Scotch / 3M, 207

BULK ERASED $44.99 ea. shipped (while supply lasts)*
 

 * Packed and shipped via Ground shipment to any of the lower 48 states. Other destinations can be calculated. 2.5lbs

 

 

USED / PRE-OWNED
3M / SCOTCH
Reel-
To-Reel TAPE
10.5"  Plastic Non-NAB reels
NORMAL POSITION
Reel-to-Reel 1/4" Tape
2,500
feet
for sale
Pre-owned, Normal Bias, 3M / Scotch,
1/4" X 10.5" Reel-to-Reel tape. 1760 meters (2,500 ft.) and 1.0 mil thickness w/ Polyester base. (These tapes do NOT require NAB hub adaptors). Most have been used and will have recordings on them (we can bulk erase them for additional charge below). May or may not have usable labels. Boxes and / or reels may have extraneous labels and / or marking on them.
Used and likely recorded on, but great shape.
Use a bulk eraser or will simply erase when new recordings are made.

Very limited supply w/ currently ONLY 4 remaining in stock. The Plastic reel, 10.5 Scotch tapes include an original box.

 $29.99 ea. shipped*

or


3 pack is $69.00 shipped.

or

We can also do a "Bulk erase" on your tapes for an additional $5.00 ea.

Used and Erased Scotch / 3M, Normal bias, Non-NAB reel Tape

$34.99 ea. shipped (while supply lasts)*

Add $2 ea. for bulk erasing prior to shipment.

 * Packed and shipped via Ground shipment to any of the lower 48 states. Other destinations / methods can be calculated. 2.5lbs
   

    

NEW LISTING

1" SCOTCH 3M / 250
1 INCH TAPE
Reel-To-Reel TAPE
SCOTCH / 3M 250
1" X 10.5" NAB, METAL REELS
1.5 mil, Polyester
Reel-to-Reel Multi-Track Tape
2,500
feet
for sale

Pre-owned, Scotch 250,
1" X 10.5" Reel-to-Reel tape. 762 meters (2,500 ft.) in length and 1.5 mil thickness w/ Polyester base with 'Back Treatment'. These are generally utilized on 'multi-track', 1 inch reel to reel machines. (Will require NAB HUB / REEL ADAPTORS).
While we realize that most folks are looking for tape to make new recordings on, these have been recorded ONCE with some unique material.
These seem to be from original recording sessions that, we're pretty sure, a once reasonably famous album was made from these.

Of course
we can bulk erase them for additional charge below. This batch has their original boxes. Boxes have writing on them, but the 'Gold' anodized, Aluminum reels are un-marked.
Used and likely recorded on, but great shape;.

Very limited supply w/ currently approx 3-4 remaining in stock. The tapes in this batch of Scotch / 3M, 250's include boxes (boxes are white, with black graphics, and white and blue "Scotch 250" labels).

 $89.99 ea. shipped*
or

We can also do a "Bulk erase" on your tapes for an additional $5.00 ea.

Used and Erased Scotch / 3M 250, 1" x 10.5" tape

BULK ERASED $94.99 ea. shipped (while supply lasts)*
 

 * Packed and shipped via Ground shipment to any of the lower 48 states. Other destinations can be calculated. 2.5lbs

 


 

 


7" REELS OF TAPE

 

OUR MOST POPULAR PACKAGE
(photo of random reel to reel tape, and not necessarily representative of any brands / models included in 13 pack)

"BAKERS DOZEN"
13 + TAKE-UP

Reel-To-Reel Tape
Normal Bias
7" x 1/4" Tape
IN BOXES / STORAGE CASES
for sale
Pre-Recorded 1/4" X 7", Normal Bias / Regular Bias Reel-to-Reel tape. "Grab-bag" assortment of brands may, but not necessarily include Ampex, BASF, Irish, Kodak, Realistic, Scotch / 3M, Sony, Soundcraft, and others.
We have actually found that 'Normal' bias tape works best on the older decks such as the pre 1980 Akai's, Concertone's, Craigs, Crowns, Grundigs, Kenwoods, Pioneers, Realistics, Sansui's, Sony TC's, Tandbergs, Teacs, Telefunkens, etc. We have gotten some fine recordings using this tape (also, due to the extreme 'retention' of high bias tape some times it is difficult to erase). Normal Bias tapes always seem to erase well.
 
Most will be at least 1800 feet and some with leaders intact and will come in either a box or storage case. Most have been used and possibly have recordings on them.
Boxes and / or reels may have extraneous labels and / or marking on them. Reels may have blemishes / nicotine staining / dust etc. You will need to come up with your own labels as even if they are in the box, they likely aren't "sticky" anymore. Leaders may or may not be intact, and even if they are, their splices may give way and need to be re-spliced.
Due to unpredictability of stocks we cannot "cherry pick" brands so they are always assorted. Plastic reels may be clear or black.
Will work on any 'head format', meaning 'quarter track', 'half-track', 'full-track', '4-track / '8-track' / 'multi-track', stereo or mono tape recorders / decks. Use a bulk eraser or will simply erase when new recordings are made on your deck (assuming your 'erase' is functioning).
Used and likely recorded 13-pack $119.99 shipped*
NOW Includes A FREE Empty 'Take-Up' Reel

OR

We can also do a "Bulk erase" on your tapes for an additional $2.00 ea.
Used and Erased 13-Pack  $145.99 shipped*
NOW Includes A FREE Empty 'Take-Up' Reel

*Shipping within the United States is included in price.
For other shipping destinations, please call or email for shipping cost.

Tape Option:

800-806-4231 ext 2 for sales, 10:00AM to 5:30PM MTN (Colorado, USA) time.

 


 


 



       NEW LISTING 12/30/16
MAXELL E35-7 REEL TAPE
1/4" MAXELL REEL TO REELTAPE
7" REELS
USED / LIKELY RECORDED / PRE-OWNED
LOW NOISE

Hi-Output / Wide Dynamic Range
"Silicone Lubricated"
W/ Sensing Tape Leaders & Head Cleaner section on leader

 Reel-to-Reel 1/4" Tape
1,800 feet


Pre-Owned, likely 'once recorded (based on condition and labeling of boxes), Maxell E35-7 'Low Noise'  35-90, 1/4" X 7" Reel-to-Reel tape. BTW, it's spelled, "Maxell", it's NOT spelled, "Maxwell"!
Originally marketed "For Professional Use". 55
0 meters (1800 ft.) in length and 35 micron thickness w/ Polyester base. 90 minutes-both directions @ 19cmps (7.5 ips). Again, these have likely been recorded on previously, but are in fabulous cosmetic condition and in original boxes, which can vary either 'Black / Gold' or 'Gray / Silver'. While many will still contain their original adhesive labels, we cannot speak to the labels 'adhesive' condition. We have personally tested each of these tapes for visual issues, flaking, and sonic quality on our shop Pioneer RT-909 deck.
Very limited supply w/ 3 currently in stock.

SINGLE $24.50 ea. shipped*
2-PACK $42.50 shipped
*
3-PACK $58.50 shipped
*


(while supply lasts)*

*
Packed and shipped via Postal Priority to any of the lower 48 states. Other destinations can be calculated.

 

 

 


Notes about 'old' tape:
Breakage:
Occasionally we'll have tape simply 'break'. This actually doesn't happen as often as you would think it would and is usually associated with trying to thread it onto a reel with excessively 'sharp' edges in the tape 'end load' slot. This can usually be addressed by attaching a 'leader' to the tape, as the 'leader' will be more resistant to sharp edges / rough handling

Leaders:
Some of this tape is 'old'. Some of it could be said to be 'VERY OLD' (although that's a relative descriptor, we're often referring to tape that is 40+ years old as of this writing). If a tape has a 'leader', it will have been attached from the factory / manufacturer / user by adhesive tape. Adhesive tends to loose some of it's 'adhesion' qualities over time, so it's not un-common for a leader to become 'un-stuck' to it's associated recording tape. This usually happens the first or second time you try and play a tape. DOH!!! Well, that's how it goes. You'll now need to hone up on your splicing skills and re-splice / tape it back if you wish to use the tape with a leader (which is almost always preferable).  Leader detachment can even (and often does) happen with fresh, NOS, sealed, never used tape!

Leaders are a good idea as well from a recording conservancy standpoint. If the recording starts very near the ‘lead-in end’ of the tape, and every time you load the tape, you break off a bit, then soon you will be into the actual recorded material just to thread the tape onto the reel. You should always use  / install ‘leaders’ with your tapes for that reason alone. Leaders need to be on 'both' ends of the tape as well. Some manufacturers use two different colors to help you tell which is the beginning / end of each side A/B.


Splices: Occasionally a tape will be spliced (sometimes more than once). If we observe a splice upon our inspection, that looks like it's simply a splice 'midstream' and the tape 'type' was not changed (usually signified by a different 'edge color), we'll usually 'play' / wind the tape to that spot and inspect the quality of the splice. If it looks good, then we'll allow it for our 'grab bag / assortment' packs. If there are numerous splices visible, or color changes associated with the splices or in the case of a 'single splice' the person who spliced it did a substandard job, we won't 'pass' it. Occasionally we will miss an issue with a tape that you find that seems beyond what should have 'passed' our inspection. If that's the case, simply notify us and we'll see what we can do to rectify it.

Sticky Shed / Shedding: Occasionally a tape will have 'sticky shed' (means the magnetic material is flaking off of the tape base). We try and catch those for 'non-sale'. If you receive one, simply notify us and we'll see what we can do to rectify it.

 



Thinking of purchasing some Pre-Recorded tape.
Really want to get an 'original' copy of "Dark Side of the Moon", or "Sgt Peppers" or "1812 Overture". I don't blame you, so do I, however I've written a page of 'Tips and Hints and Pitfalls' to doing that.
Click Here...


 

           NEW ADDITION 10/17/12
NOS / STILL SEALED
HIGH Bias
Reel-To-Reel Tape
REALISTIC
'LABORATORY STANDARD'
'SUPERTAPE'
IN THE 'SILVER & BLUE' BOX
1800 ft / 548.6m
1.0 MIL
MYLAR TAPE

7" x 1/4" Tape
Cat # 44-1877A
'Low Noise'
for sale

NOS, still SEALED! 1/4" X 7" (18cm), Realistic / Radio Shack, 'Supertape', 1800 ft reel to reel tape.

Great tape for 'later model' Reel to Reel tape recorders as it's 'high bias' tape.

 These are 1800' / 548.6 meters and 1.0 MIL thick, and include individual, boxes with a plastic reel. Pretty much the perfect length for most LP's at 7.5ips (fast, consumer speed). According to an original catalog, "offers best possible performance from ANY recorder-no special biasing required! You get high output, virtually flat frequency response and reduced his and headwear. Mylar base offers double the strength of acetate, extra resiliency and high resistance ot humidity."   

REALISTIC 'SUPERTAPE' REEL TAPE SPECIFICATIONS**:
Noise; -1.4dB
S/N Ratio; -3.7dB
Response @ 15kHz; +0.4dB
Output @ 1% THD; +1.3dB
Coating Thickness; 0.42 mil
Coercivity (Hci); 305 oersteds
Retentivity (Br); 1516 gauss
Squareness (Br/Bm); 0.82
**Relative to 3M / Scotch '207'

Will work on any 'head format', meaning 'quarter track', 'half-track', 'full-track', '4-track / '8-track' / 'multi-track', stereo or mono tape recorders / decks. Reels are 'smoke' color, 3-spoke plastic. Leaderless tape.

 Very limited supply w/ currently 0 in stock.

SINGLE $49.50 ea.
shipped*
SOLD OUT


*
Packed and shipped via Ground shipment to any of the lower 48 states. Other destinations can be calculated.

  

 

 

NEW ADDITION
USED / PRE-OWNED
HIGH Bias
Reel-To-Reel Tape
SCOTCH 203-18W2
'DYNARANGE'
1800' / 549 m
7" x 1/4" Tape
POLYESTER BASE

'Long Play' / 'Low Noise'
2-Pack
for sale

Pre-Recorded 1/4" X 7" (18cm), High Bias Reel-to-Reel tape, 1800' Polyester base, Scotch / 3M, '203-18' model tape.

Great tape for 'later model' Reel to Reel tape recorders as it's 'high bias' tape. Scotch 203-18 'Dynarange', High-Bias magnetic tape. These always seem to erase fine as well.

Introduced in '62 with a black polyester base. Total thickness 1.43 mils, no back coating. Magnetic properties, Remanence 0.64, Coercivity 315, Retentivity 790.
 "
Choice of Professionals. Sensitive-lets you use slower speeds without fidelity loss. 15% longer life and low 'rub off'. Superior 'Signal to Noise' characteristics. Scotch 203 tape was one of the standard tapes of 'Motown' era recordings, and commonly used in the 'broadcast' industry". These are 1800' / 540 meters Scotch 203 reel tapes, and are the 'later' version 203 with leaders (green) and include individual, 'upgraded' plastic box instead of the cardboard boxes on the original generation. These also have silver / Mylar / Tinsel 'Auto-Reverse sensing' tape installed on the leaders (as the 'leader to tape' splices are with '30+ year old' adhesive tape, some of them may need to be replaced to be serviceable). Most have likely been used and will have recordings on them. Boxes and / or reels may have extraneous labels and / or marking on them. These are great for 'home recording' use, or for 'project studio' tracks. Will work on any 'head format', meaning 'quarter track', 'half-track', 'full-track', '4-track / '8-track' / 'multi-track', stereo or mono tape recorders / decks.  Reels are 'clear' plastic. Use a bulk eraser or will simply erase when new recordings are made. Boxes may vary cardboard or plastic or a mix.

Used and likely recorded 3-pack
$39.99 shipped
*

Add $4 for bulk erasing prior to shipment.

OF COURSE, AS WITH ALL VINTAGE REEL TAPE,
VERY LIMITED
SUPPLY CURRENTLY IN STOCK


*
Packed and shipped via Ground shipment to any of the lower 48 states. Other destinations can be calculated.
 


 

 

NEW IN BOX
AMPEX 631

Reel-To-Reel TAPE
7" x
1/4" Tape
1.5 mil
1,200 feet

for sale
NOS, Ampex 631, 1.5 mil, 1/4" X 7", 1200' Reel-to-Reel tape. While this tape was originally marketed for "Voice Quality Recording" we've made some AMAZING recordings with this tape. Recently on an older Hitachi Reel to Reel, at 7.5ips, we easily got recorded results from a 'ddd' CD that were brighter and more 'alive' than the original when comparing between 'source' and 'tape' as it was being recorded, and that was on 'un-sealed', PREVIOUSLY RECORDED / USED tape!!! 
This is actually a good tape to use with some of the older (read 'pre-1970') reel decks such as the Teac 4010, Ampex 800, 1000 & 2000, the early Roberts and Akai decks, Webcor decks an many others from the 1950's and 1960's.
1.5 mil non-backcoated "red oxide" voice-grade audio tape (185 nW/m). Tapes are 1/4 inch, 1200' of 1.5 mil polyester on 7" reels. Will work on any 'head format', meaning 'quarter track', 'half-track', 'full-track', '4-track / '8-track' / 'multi-track', stereo or mono tape recorders / decks. Again, These are new, sealed in original boxes. Boxes may vary between Black / Red or Gray / Blue.

 ONLY 1-2 'Sealed / NOS' tapes Remaining in stock.

  New, Sealed $22.50 ea. Shipped *

or

3-Pack of 'Used' $44.50 Shipped *

*
Packed and shipped via Ground shipment to any of the lower 48 states. Other destinations can be calculated.
 

 

 

 


PHOTO COMING, BUT LOOKS EXACTLY LIKE THE "631".


NEW IN BOX

AMPEX 631

Reel-To-Reel TAPE
7" x
1/4" Tape
1.0 mil
1,800 feet

for sale
NOS, Ampex 641, 1.0 mil, 1/4" X 7", 1800' Reel-to-Reel tape. While this tape was originally marketed for "Voice Quality Recording" we've made some AMAZING recordings with this tape. Recently on an older Hitachi Reel to Reel, at 7.5ips, we easily got recorded results from a 'ddd' CD that were brighter and more 'alive' than the original when comparing between 'source' and 'tape' as it was being recorded, and that was on 'un-sealed', PREVIOUSLY RECORDED / USED tape!!! 
This is actually a good tape to use with some of the older (read 'pre-1970') reel decks such as the Teac 4010, Ampex 800, 1000 & 2000, the early Roberts and Akai decks, Webcor decks an many others from the 1950's and 1960's.
1.0 mil non-backcoated "red oxide" voice-grade audio tape (185 nW/m). Tapes are 1/4 inch, 1800' of 1.0 mil polyester on 7" reels. Will work on any 'head format', meaning 'quarter track', 'half-track', 'full-track', '4-track / '8-track' / 'multi-track', stereo or mono tape recorders / decks. Again, These are new, sealed in original boxes. Boxes may vary between Black / Red or Gray / Blue.

 ONLY 4-5 'Sealed / NOS' tapes Remaining in stock.

  New, Sealed $22.50 ea. Shipped *

or

3-Pack of 'Used' $44.50 Shipped *

*
Packed and shipped via Ground shipment to any of the lower 48 states. Other destinations can be calculated.
 

 

 

 

 





       NEW LISTING 2/4/17
NOS
Reel-To-Reel Tape
REALISTIC
'CONCERTape'
IN THE 'WHITE' BOX
1800 ft / 548.6m
1.0 MIL
'POLYESTER' TAPE

7" x 1/4" Tape
Cat # 44-1018A
'Low Noise'
for sale

NOS, still in original cellophane! (we actually slit open each to inspect for any issues and for a photo) 1/4" X 7" (18cm), Realistic / Radio Shack, 'CONCERTape', 1800 ft reel to reel tape.
Great tape for general purpose recording.

These are 1800' / 548.6 meters and 1.0 MIL thick, and include individual, boxes with a plastic reel. More than enough length for most LP's at 7.5ips (fast, consumer speed) for 90 minutes combined sides (180 minutes at 3.75ips). According to an original catalog, "1-Mil base of heavy-duty Polyester resists breaking and stretching while giving you extra-wide response.""   Will work on any 'head format', meaning 'quarter track', 'half-track', 'full-track', '4-track / '8-track' / 'multi-track', stereo or mono tape recorders / decks. Reels are 'light gray' plastic. Leaderless tape.
We have actually found that 'Normal' bias tape works best on the older decks such as the pre 1980 Akai's, Concertone's, Craigs, Crowns, Grundigs, Kenwoods, Pioneers, Realistics, Sansui's, Sony TC's, Tandbergs, Teacs, Telefunkens, etc. We have gotten some fine recordings using this tape, and due to the extreme 'retention' of high bias tape some times it is difficult to erase. These always seem to erase fine.
Very limited supply w/ 4-5 remaining in stock.
REALISTIC 'CONCERTape' NOS (New Old Stock) 1800' REEL TO REEL TAPE
CAT # 44-1018A

NOS / SEALED
SINGLE $34.50 ea.
shipped*
2-PACK $55.50 ea. shipped
*
3-PACK $74.50 shipped
*


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      NEW LISTING 2/4/17
 ONCE OR TWICE RECORDED
 REEL TO REEL TAPE
 REALISTIC / RADIO SHACK 'CONCERTape'
 1800 ft / 548.6m
 1.0 MIL
 'POLYESTER' TAPE
 IN THE 'WHITE' BOX
 7" x 1/4" Tape
 Cat # 44-1018A
 'Low Noise' / Normal Bias

for sale

Pre-Recorded, likely once from appearances.
1/4" X 7" (18cm), Realistic / Radio Shack, 'CONCERTape', 1800 ft reel to reel tape.
Great tape for general purpose recording.

These are 1800' / 548.6 meters and 1.0 MIL thick, and include individual, boxes with a plastic reel. More than enough length for most LP's at 7.5ips (fast, consumer speed) for 90 minutes combined sides (180 minutes at 3.75ips). According to an original catalog, "1-Mil base of heavy-duty Polyester resists breaking and stretching while giving you extra-wide response.""   Will work on any 'head format', meaning 'quarter track', 'half-track', 'full-track', '4-track / '8-track' / 'multi-track', stereo or mono tape recorders / decks. Reels are 'light gray' plastic. Leaderless tape.
Limited supply.
REALISTIC 'CONCERTape' 1800' REEL TO REEL TAPE
CAT # 44-1018A

PRE-RECORDED
SINGLE $28.50 ea.
shipped*
2-PACK $44.50 ea. shipped
*
3-PACK $59.50 shipped
*


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Tape Materials Explained:
"Tensilized" - "Tensilized" is simply a process of pre-stretching tape to eliminate the potential problem of stretching on fast starts and stops. Naturally, this procedure adds somewhat to the cost of the tape infinitivally. All 'Polyester, Mylar and PVC tapes can be 'tensilized'.

"Polyester and Mylar" - Polyester and Mylar are essentially similar in composition. Mylar is the Dupont registered trade name. Polyester is considered the finest base material for recording tape because of it's extra strength and dimensionally stable characteristics. The extra strength of Polyester based tapes allows it's use in 0.5 mil (triple play) tapes. It is usually more expensive than acetate of PVC based tapes. The base material of a tape does not necessarily have any effect upon the quality of the surface coating or frequency response.

"Polyvinyl Chloride" (PVC) and Acetate - Acetate and PVC are dissimilar, but less costly tape base materials. Acetated and PVC are usually found in 1.5 and 1.0 mil tapes. Both materials are satisfactory for most recording purposes.

"MIL THICKNESS" - The thickness of a tape cross section in the most commonly used tapes is 1.5, 1.0 or 0.5 expressed in 'mils' (1.0 mil is 0.001" thick). The thicker the tape, the stronger it is, however, Polyester ("Mylar") is actually many times stronger than acetated; it's strength being required for 1.0 and especially the very fragile 0.5 mil thin tapes. Thickness has no relation to tape quality per se, except that the thinnest tapes are more susceptible to "print through".
                                                                                                                                                    - Above excerpts borrowed from the text on a Realistic Tape Box

Notes about 'old' tape:
Breakage:
See the above notes related to tape being "OLD". Occasionally we'll have tape simply 'break'. This actually doesn't happen as often as you would think it would and is usually associated with trying to thread it onto a reel with excessively 'sharp' edges in the tape 'end load' slot.

Leaders:
Some of this tape is 'old'. Some of it could be said to be 'VERY OLD' (although that's a relative descriptor). If a tape has a 'leader', it will have been attached from the factory / manufacturer / user by adhesive tape. Adhesive tape tends to loose some of it's 'adhesion' qualities over time, so it's not un-common for a leader to become 'un-stuck' to it's associated recording tape. This usually happens the first or second time you try and play a tape. DOH!!! Well, that's how it goes. You'll now need to hone up on your splicing skills and re-splice / tape it back if you wish to use the tape with a leader (which is almost always preferable. Leader detachment can even happen with fresh, NOS, sealed, never used tape!


Splices: Occasionally a tape will be spliced (sometimes more than once). If we observe a splice upon our inspection, that looks like it's simply a splice 'midstream' and the tape 'type' was not changed (usually signified by a different 'edge color), we'll usually 'play' / wind the tape to that spot and inspect the quality of the splice. If it looks good, then we'll 'pass' it for our 'grab back / assortment' packs. If there are numerous splices visible, or color changes associated with the splices or in the case of a 'single splice' the person who spliced it did a substandard job, we won't 'pass' it. Occasionally we will miss an issue with a tape that you find that seems beyond what should have 'passed' our inspection. If that's the case, simply notify us and we'll see what we can do to rectify it.

Sticky Shed / Shedding: Occasionally a tape will have 'sticky shed' (means the magnetic material is flaking off of the tape base). We try and catch those for 'non-sale'. If you receive one, simply notify us and we'll see what we can do to rectify it.


 


 



USED / PRE-OWNED
Reel-To-Reel Tape
SCOTCH / 3M
'200-24 DOUBLE-LENGTH'
TENSILIZED
2400 ft /
732m
.5 MIL TENSILIZED BASE
POLYESTER' TAPE
7" x 1/4" Tape
3-Pack
for sale
Used / Pre-Recorded 1/4" X 7" (18cm), Scotch / 3M 200-24, 2400 ft reel to reel tape.
Great tape for general purpose recording.

These are 2400' / 732 meters and .5 MIL 'Tensilized', and include individual, boxes with a plastic reel (while the model / formulation of tape may have remained consistent, the box graphics changed periodically and may differ from photos). More than enough length for about two LP's at 7.5ips (fast, consumer speed) for 120 minutes combined sides (240 minutes at 3.75ips). Pre-Recorded 1/4" X 7", Normal Bias Reel-to-Reel tape. Scotch / 3M 200-24, Tensilized Polyester base tapes.
We have actually found that 'Normal' bias tape works best on the older decks such as the pre 1980 Akai's, Craigs, Crowns, Grundigs, Kenwoods, Pioneers, Realistics, Sansui's, Sony TC's, Tandbergs, Teacs, Telefunkens, etc. We have gotten some fine recordings using this tape. These always seem to erase fine.

May not have leaders, but usually
include individual box. Most have been used and will have recordings on them.
Boxes and / or reels may have extraneous labels and / or marking on them. You will need to come up with your own labels. Typically, Clear, Plastic reels. Will work on any 'head format', meaning 'quarter track', 'half-track', 'full-track', '4-track / '8-track' / 'multi-track', stereo or mono.
SCOTCH / 3M 200-24 2400' REEL TO REEL TAPE

USED / PRE-RECORDED
3-PACK $38.50 shipped
*

Add $6 for bulk erasing prior to shipment.


OF COURSE, AS WITH ALL VINTAGE REEL TAPE,
VERY LIMITED
SUPPLY CURRENTLY IN STOCK


*
Packed and shipped via Ground shipment to any of the lower 48 states. Other destinations can be calculated.

 


USED / PRE-OWNED
Reel-To-Reel Tape
SCOTCH / 3M
'150-18 EXTRA-LENGTH'
1800 ft / 548.6m
1.0 MIL EXTRA-STRONG BASE
'POLYESTER' TAPE
7" x 1/4" Tape
3-Pack
for sale
Used / Pre-Recorded 1/4" X 7" (18cm), Scotch / 3M 150-18, 1800 ft reel to reel tape.
Great tape for general purpose recording.

These are 1800' / 548.6 meters and 1.0 MIL thick, and include individual, boxes with a plastic reel (while the model / formulation of tape may have remained consistent, the box graphics changed periodically and may differ from photos). More than enough length for most LP's at 7.5ips (fast, consumer speed) for 90 minutes combined sides (180 minutes at 3.75ips). Pre-Recorded 1/4" X 7", Normal Bias Reel-to-Reel tape. Scotch/3M 150-12, Polyester base tapes.
We have actually found that 'Normal' bias tape works best on the older decks such as the pre 1980 Akai's, Craigs, Crowns, Grundigs, Kenwoods, Pioneers, Realistics, Sansui's, Sony TC's, Tandbergs, Teacs, Telefunkens, etc. We have gotten some fine recordings using this tape. These always seem to erase fine.
 
May not have leaders, but usually
include individual box. Most have been used and will have recordings on them.
Boxes and / or reels may have extraneous labels and / or marking on them. You will need to come up with your own labels. Typically, Clear, Plastic reels. Will work on any 'head format', meaning 'quarter track', 'half-track', 'full-track', '4-track / '8-track' / 'multi-track', stereo or mono.
SCOTCH / 3M 150-18 1800' REEL TO REEL TAPE

USED / PRE-RECORDED
3-PACK $38.50 shipped
*

Add $6 for bulk erasing prior to shipment.


OF COURSE, AS WITH ALL VINTAGE REEL TAPE,
VERY LIMITED
SUPPLY CURRENTLY IN STOCK


*
Packed and shipped via Ground shipment to any of the lower 48 states. Other destinations can be calculated.
 
 

 


Reel to Reel Tape Running Time Versus Tape Length
ie; "How long does a xxx foot tape play?"

 
TIME IN MINUTES
 SIDE A  SIDE B
Speed ips 1 7/8 3.75 7.5 15 1 7/8 3.75 7.5 15
Tape
Length
               
600' 64 32 16 8 128 64 32 16
900' 90 45 22.5 11.25 180 90 45 22.5
1200' 120 60 30 15 240 120 60 30
1800' 180 90 45 22.5 360 180 90 45
2400' 240 120 60 30 480 240 120 60
3600' 360 180 90 45 720 360 180 90

 


5" REELS OF TAPE

 

NEW IN BOX / SEALED
AMPEX

Reel-to-Reel TAPE
5"
AMPEX 407
High Bias / POSITION
 Reel-to-Reel 1/4" Tape
900 feet

for sale
NOS, Ampex 407 1/4" X 5" Reel-to-Reel tape. Originally marketed "Quality Audio Recording".  Ampex 407 is 'bias compatible' with Ampex Grand Master, 456. 407 is a 1 mil, long-play tape for quality audio recording. It was designed to operate at 260 nW/m (+3dB). This is a back-coated tape for smooth winding performance. - Wide signal-to-noise ratio, high head room, low distortion. 5" reels with 900', Polyester base. Will work on any 'head format', meaning 'quarter track', 'half-track', 'full-track', '4-track / '8-track' / 'multi-track', stereo or mono tape recorders / decks. Again, These are new, sealed in original boxes.

 Very limited supply w/ currently ONLY 1 remaining in stock.

  $24.99 ea. shipped

(while supply lasts)*

*
Packed and shipped via Ground shipment to any of the lower 48 states. Other destinations can be calculated.

 


Notes / tips about purchasing / buying pre-recorded reel to reel tape
(much of the following can also be applied to 8-Track tapes, Video tapes and some cassettes)
:


There are many potential pitfalls to purchasing ‘old’ / ‘NOS’ / used / ‘still sealed’ / ‘NIB’ etc. pre-recorded tape that you actually hope to listen to and enjoy. I have a LOT of tape pass thru my hands. I have learned to exercise considerable trepidation when allowing myself to get too excited about playing a tape for the first time. I know the chance of at least one of the following issues may occur. Some can be rectified. A few can be accepted. Many render the tape un-playable, un-enjoyable, un-usable and can be deleterious to the tape deck / machine.
While you can generally 'look' at a record album, and have a pretty good, if not concrete idea of it's true quality, unfortunately, for many of the following 'tape ailments', there’s no ‘visual’ indication of an issue. A tape must not only be ‘played’ on a sufficiently functioning / calibrated tape machine to determine its actual condition, but must be continuously monitored it's entire length, by ‘ears’ capable of making a ‘value judgment’ as to the tapes ‘true condition’. Not too many people selling tapes have the equipment, expertise, nor the time for that kind of undertaking. Thus, purchasing tapes, for what may be assumed to be on them is a ‘crap shoot’ at best. While owing an original ‘Beatles’ “Abby Road” on reel tape, ‘Pink Floyds’ “Dark Side of the Moon” or any of the other myriad of recordings made throughout the decades on reel tape is a wonderful idea for many, but unfortunately unless the seller has investigated ALL of the following, there is a STRONG chance the tape will be somewhere between ‘needing attention’ to ‘completely useless’.  Most sellers will simply say something like, “I don’t have a machine to play this on, but it looks like it should sound fine”.  Right… What that means is, don’t pay much for it (unless you’re just the ‘gambler type’) if it hasn’t been played just prior to sale by someone with the means to convey it’s true and complete condition to you.
 
Breakage:
Occasionally I’ll have tape simply 'break'. This actually doesn't happen as often as you would think it would and is usually associated with trying to thread it onto a reel with excessively 'sharp' edges in the tape 'end load' slot. This can usually be addressed by attaching a 'leader' to the tape, as the 'leader' will be more resistant to sharp edges / rough handling
 
Leaders:
Some of this tape is 'old'. Some of it could be said to be 'VERY OLD' (although that's a relative descriptor, we're often referring to tape that is 40+ years old as of this writing). If a tape has a 'leader', it will have been attached from the factory / manufacturer / user by adhesive tape. Adhesive tends to loose some of it's 'adhesion' qualities over time, so it's not un-common for a leader to become 'un-stuck' to it's associated recording tape. This usually happens the first or second time you try and play a tape. DOH!!! Well, that's how it goes. You'll now need to hone up on your splicing skills and re-splice / tape it back if you wish to use the tape with a leader (which is almost always preferable).  Leader detachment can even (and often does) happen with fresh, NOS, sealed, never used tape!
Leaders are a good idea as well from a recording conservancy standpoint. If the recording starts very near the ‘lead end’ of the tape, and every time you load the tape, you break off a bit, then soon you will be into the actual recorded material just to thread the tape onto the reel. You should always use ‘leaders’ with your tapes for that reason alone.
 
Splices: Occasionally a tape will be spliced (sometimes more than once). If I observe a splice upon my inspection, that looks like it's simply a splice 'midstream' and the tape 'type' was not changed (usually signified by a different 'edge color), I’ll usually 'play' / wind the tape to that spot and inspect the quality of the splice. If it looks good, then I’ll continue to play it. If there are numerous splices visible, or color changes associated with the splices or in the case of a 'single splice' the person who spliced it did a substandard job, I know that either tape has been added to the end of the original recording (best outcome for that), or it’s been spiced somewhere ‘mid-stream’ which usually means the original recording is not intact either.
 
Sticky Shed / Shedding: Occasionally a tape will have a symptom commonly referred to as 'sticky shed' (means the magnetic material is flaking off of the tape base). This can be evidenced by the magnetic material simply flaking off of its base. Sometimes a tape will feel ‘tacky’ to the touch, and will leave residue on the guide pins of the tape deck. This can often be so serious, that after a few feet of tape, the path become so choked / clogged with residue / material, that the tape speed (especially in ‘Fast Wind’ mode) will slow down to a ‘crawl’ or stop altogether. You can clean the residue build-up from the guide pins, and the tape speed will be fine for a few moments, but then start to re-build and slow down again. I am not aware of a solution for tapes that exhibit this.

 
Wrinkling / wrinkles / wrinkled tape / warped tape: Occasionally a tape will appear fine while tightly wound on the reel, but as the layers come off (often for the first time in decades), the tape will develop a ‘wavy’, wrinkled appearance. If the wrinkles / waves are ONLY near the first couple of layers, then it might not be an issue, but depending on multiple factors, it quite likely will continue throughout the tape. This usually renders the tape ‘un-listenable’, at least from any kind of decent quality standpoint, as the ‘waves’ will cause the tape to cyclically come away from the tape playback head, causing a ‘drop-out’ effect in the sound. Sometimes only one half of the tape will be affected, and the other half may sound fine. Depending on track format, and your need for that tape / recording, you’ll have to decide if it’s a ‘terminal’ issue.  Personally have had this MANY times, most recently with a 'Sony Tape Deck Demo Tape' and
an 'Akai Quadraphonic Demonstration' tape.
I’m not aware of a solution for this ailment, but am open to suggestions….
I'll also try and see if there's a noticeable pattern regarding 'base type' (Mylar, Polyester etc), or if different thickness of tape, ie; 1.0mil, 1.5mil etc or if it tends to affect any particular brands, one over the other has and affect on it...


Re-Recorded over: ARRRGGG! This one happens all the time. It is especially frustrating when it’s an ALIGNMENT / TEXT tape we’ve purchased. Often it’s likely from someone needing a tape to record on, and decides to ‘sacrifice’ one of their existing tapes.  Occasionally it may have been an accident, and someone inadvertently presses ‘Record’, if only for a moment, and that section of tape all of the sudden has some other material recorded on it. I experience this recently with both an Ampex Alignment tape and an Akai 'Quadraphonic Demonstration' tape.

Wrong tape / Mixed up tape / reel / box: This one happens VERY often as well. Someone inadvertently winds the wrong tape on a reel, and never rectifies it. Then you end up with “Alvin and the Chipmunks Sings Christmas” in a Beatles “Sgt Peppers” box (hey, I suppose SERIOUS Alvin and the Chipmunks fans would consider that a windfall).

Correct recording, but Re-Recorded over: This could mean a number of things. Someone may have made the tape completely from ‘scratch’. This is usually evidenced by hearing ‘click and pop’ from records in the back ground. This could have been completely innocent. OR, someone could be recording (even and especially from a CD), reproducing the reel graphics and box graphics and essentially pirating recordings as ‘originals’. That is, of course, illegal (and something you could do yourself, assuming your machine is up for it, and you have tape that is up to the task).  I see eBay sellers offering reels of tapes VERY OFTEN as having recordings by artists on tape, but that are 'home brew' / have been ‘self recorded’. You can sell ‘home brew’ tapes with recordings on them, you just can’t advertise them with any specific or implied music recordings on them (at least not anything you don't have the copyrights to), unless they were recorded ‘from the factory’ that way.

Home-Brew Recording: See above.

Music plays backwards or is VERY muffled or BOTH backwards and VERY muffled: This one can usually be rectified with a couple of empty reels, and some ‘brain power’ to get it re-wound correctly or ‘flipped’ over.

Moldy tape: While this isn’t ‘good’, it might not be detrimental, and can often be rectified or overlooked.

Warped, cracked or broken reels: While this isn’t ‘good’, it might not be detrimental, and can often be rectified or overlooked.

Dropouts / 'cyclically muffled' sound: This effect / issue can be caused from a number of situations, but was likely due to the tape being exposed to a 'magnetic field'. Examples of this can be from a vacuum cleaner motor ran too close to them, a furnace motor (I had this happen to most of my cassette collection that was stored in racks, mounted on the wall, that happened to have the FAG furnace located just on the other side of the wall), someone storing or sitting their tapes on just the 'right' speaker, in just the 'right' way (this one happens often), tapes sat on top of a TV or near it's power supply (magnetic flux from it's power transformer). Another example of how this can happen is someone owns / utilizes a bulk tape eraser, and isn't cognizant of other tapes in close proximity.

Those are some of the 'high points' (or 'low' depending on your perspective) of the potential risks of purchasing reel to reel tape(s) with the intention of enjoying the recordings that might appear to be on them. Again, the only way to really know, is if the seller has actually, recently played them, is qualified to judge their quality, and did so on a system adequate for the task. Sorry to be a 'Debbie Downer', but I've loaded up many tapes I had 'high hopes' for, only to be sorely disappointed.

 


EMPTY TAKE-UP REELS
FOR Reel-to-Reel TAPE DECKS

 

FOSTEX
TAKE-UP REEL
10.5"

10.5"
NAB, Black Aluminum metal reel
 Reel-to-Reel 1/4"

for sale
Pre-owned, Fostex,
1/4" X 10.5" metal / aluminum take-up / pick-up / empty reel. Can be used with "pancakes". Will require NAB HUB / REEL ADAPTORS. Great cosmetic and mechanical condition. No original box included
Very limited supply w/ currently ONLY 1 remaining in stock.

 
$99.99 ea. shipped
*

 * Packed and shipped via Ground shipment to any of the lower 48 states. Other destinations / methods can be calculated.
 

 

REVOX
BLACK PLASTIC TAKE-UP REEL
NON-NAB
10.5"

 Reel-to-Reel 1/4"

for sale
Pre-owned, Fostex,
1/4" X 10.5" metal / aluminum take-up / pick-up / empty reel. Can be used with "pancakes". Will require NAB HUB / REEL ADAPTORS. Great cosmetic and mechanical condition. No original box included
Very limited supply w/ currently ONLY 1 remaining in stock.

 
$99.99 ea. shipped
*

 * Packed and shipped via Ground shipment to any of the lower 48 states. Other destinations / methods can be calculated.
 

 



 

 
 
 

 




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