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Purveyors of Electronic, Musical and Vintage goods from then, now and in between. 
Since 1982.

FULLY SERVICED & CALIBRATED
STEREO CASSETTE 
TAPE DECKS / RECORDERS / PLAYERS
VINTAGE AND RESTORED

 

 

Cassette Tape Decks: Restored / Refurbished / repaired with a warranty!
These decks 'ACTUALLY' function correctly!
Used / vintage Stereo Cassette Tape Decks, Recorders / cassette Players by Pioneer CT F1250 Sansui, Technics RS-M270X 240X with DBX noise reduction.
Also occasionally have Nakamichi BX / RX, Yamaha, Teac X / TC, Akai GX, Sony TC, Kenwood, Marantz SD and possibly other cassette decks & recorders. Great for playing, recording or transferring your tapes to CD, Hard Drive, MP3 player, iPhone / iPod / iPad or other 'iGadget.

 


 

 


OUR CASSETTE TAPE DECKS:
 


FINALLY, A FEW OF OUR CASSETTE DECKS ARE HITTING THE PAGE!


 

 

    

NEW LISTING 5/25/18
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VINTAGE AND FULLY SERVICED
TEAC CASSETTE TAPE DECK
'PRO-SUMER'
TEAC C-3X
THREE-HEAD, 2-SPEED
RACK MOUNTABLE

#...9003
With DOLBY HX NR
MADE IN JAPAN!
Circa 1980-83

SOLD 6/12/18
SHIPPING TO IN OREGON


ü Our technician has completely and EXTENSIVELY gone through and 'Certified' this unit which involves complete removal and disassembly of the entire transport, cleaning inside and out, DISASSEMBLING, cleaning and re-lubricating all internal mechanisms and the balance of efforts listed below.

ü Heads inspected for excessive wear (obviously we do this 'early on' as 'excessive' wear will usually negate any further restoration work). These have virtually NO visible wear to them.

ü Capstan motor spindle bushing re-lubed

ü Capstan burnished

ü Internal DC power supply tested

ü 2X NEW, Custom crafted / modified, 'reel drive' installed for years of trouble-free service. (These are actually much more important to replace on this deck (and most) than the belts. Without these, the deck won't fast wind very well, and will likely 'eat tapes' as the 'take-up' reel won't turn properly)

ü All new internal Drive and Counter belts installed for trouble-free service.

ü Rubber pinch rollers have been reconditioned

ü Both Flywheel 'belt surfaces' solvent cleaned

ü Bronze Flywheel bushings solvent cleaned

ü Both Flywheel thrust pads cleaned

ü Entire flywheel assemblies re-lubed upon re-assembly

ü Heads have been cleaned and de-magnetized as well as the entire transport.

ü New Tape well lamp installed.

ü Head alignments and azimuth at 125Hz, 1kHz and 10kHz adjusted for 'peak performance' with O-Scope and original TEAC alignment tape

ü All internal pots, switches and controls cleaned and tested for noise-free function.

ü Both spindles in perfect alignment.

ü FF, REW, & Play transport functions all test perfectly and controls tested for 'positive / accurate' responsive.

ü 'Silicone Damped' Eject door operates smoothly.

ü Tape Counter Function tested

ü Dolby NR circuits / function tested

ü 'Memory / Zero Return' function tested

ü Heads are in great condition

ü Internal playback levels adjusted for even playback w/ alignment tape, Oscilloscope, and mVAC meter

ü Playback meters adjusted for 'playback' zero'd with factory test tone tape.

ü Internal Record amplifier channels adjusted for 'even output'

ü Pinch roller and heads all in GREAT condition!!!

ü Overall floor noise measured at >-60dB.

üSpeed adjusted internally to 100% accuracy BOTH directions, with 1kHz factory calibration tape and frequency counter (meaning 1kHz calibration tape plays back at 1000Hz +/- 2Hz)

ü Plays great and after adjustment, records AMAZINGLY well w/ following results;
With Pink Noise recorded at 0dB w/o Dolby engaged; -0dB on Maxell UDXL-II / High Bias tapes


Bottom line is this deck sounds amazing for playback or recording (always make sure you're playing back 'good quality' tape recordings)
Total technician time to restore 15+ HOURS!

____________________________

The Teac C-3X, 2-SPEED & 3-HEAD, Stereo Cassette Tape Deck. Great deck for a 'project recording studio' as a 'mastering deck' (utilizing the 'High Speed'). Of course also makes an incredible 'home system' deck and of also a great deck for doing your tape transfers if your tapes were recorded with no NR or with "Dolby B". Think of making some awesome 'new' recordings or 'mix tapes' (hey, it's 'the thing' again). This deck is a pleasure to use, and has a great 'feel' due to it's size and transport function. As far as cosmetics, it's BEAUTIFUL. Was taken very good care of before it came to us, and is even more astounding now.

Teac C-3X Features include:
  

- Three Heads to allow monitoring of 'Actual Signal to Tape'
- Two Speeds; 1 7/8 ips (normal) and 3.75 ips (HIGH Speed for best recording quality)
- USER Adjustable BIAS and RECORD LEVEL (internal level, NOT just the 'front panel pots')
- Dolby HX and Dolby B
- Rear I/O RCA jacks for connecting external dbx (or other NR) unit

- Heavy duty transport featuring 'oversized' capstan motor, and VERY large, 'asymmetrical' flywheels
- "Soft touch-control" tape transport
- Selector for Normal (EX / I), CrO2 (SX / II) & Metal (ZX / IV) Tape Type
- 3-Position Selector for Tape Equalization for Normal (EX / I), CrO2 (SX / II) & Metal (ZX / IV) Tape Type on playback
- Dual Analog VU Level Meters
- Analog counter 
- Variable Output Level control (one of the most important features on a deck in our opinion)
- Record Muting
- Real 'Potentiometer' Record level controls that are 'gear coupled' (meaning when you turn one, the other one responds as well. They can be turned independently for 'fine adjustment' as they're 'clutch coupled' as well)
- Memory Stop / Repeat Play for counter
- Dual, Front mounted, 1/4", Microphone Jacks
- Front mounted, 1/4", Stereo Headphone jack
- Timer Play / Record function.
- Multi-pin port on rear panel for any optional dbx NR unit (not included)
- Multi-pin port on rear panel for optional wired remote, (remote not included)

Teac C-3X Specifications:
 
Track format: 
4 track / 2 channel
Motors:
 2x 1x DC 'Reel', & 1x FG Servo Controlled DC 'Capstan'
Freq Response;
31.5Hz to 20kHz w/ 'High Bias' tape & @ 'High Speed'
(There are a multitude of frequency response curves in the service manual and were not practical to illustrate here)

Wow & Flutter (WRMS):
0.065% WRMS @ 'High Speed' & 0.08% WRMS @ Normal Speed
Tape Speeds:
1-7/8 ips & 3.75 ips
Harmonic Distortion / THD: <2.0% @ 1kHz & 0dB (High Bias Tapes)
Preset Bias frequency (if you select from 'user' adjustability): 100kHz +/- 5kHz
S/N ratio:
>55db w/ Dolby dis-engaged (and High Bias Tapes @ High speed)
>53db w/ Dolby dis-engaged (and Normal Bias Tapes @ High speed)
(S/N is improved by 5dB @ 1kHz and 10dB above 5kHz when Dolby NR is engaged)
Channel Separation: >35dB @ 1kHz
Adjacent Track Crosstalk: >40dB @ 125Hz

  
Again, we have completely cleaned, refurbished / serviced and thoroughly tested this Teac C-3X cassette tape deck.
Makes fabulous recordings. Also great for transferring your no NR or Dolby B NR encoded tape collection to CD, Hard-drive or MP3 especially with the 'Tape EQ' selector for 'fine tuning' older tapes. Built very well! Looks like new, works perfectly and sounds fabulous. Due to it's size, overall feel, the 'input controls' and the 'transport control' this deck really is a blast to use. Measures 19.5" wide x 15" deep x 5.75" tall and weighs a heavy 20 lbs unpacked.
Includes our standard 90 day limited warranty. 
TEAC C-3X
Cond. 8.5
w/ Rack Mount Ears
SOLD 6/12/18
SHIPPING TO IN OREGON

(tape shown in photos not included. We do ship our decks with a  a 'pre-recorded' tape for playback, made on this 'specific' deck, and a tape to 'practice record' on.) 

(Above text, in it's entirety, property of www.oaktreevintage.com / Oak Tree Enterprises, LLC. See 'Copyright Information' page for details)


 

 





Did you know?
3-Heads vs 2-Heads;
'Normal / 2-head' decks have an erase head and a 'combination' playback / record head that serves 'double duty' depending on whether it was being sent a 'record signal' or receiving a 'playback signal', thus the "2-heads". Most 'higher end' cassette tape decks / recorders offered '3-Heads' for superior 'recording' performance. The 'Third-head' was a separate playback head, positioned immediately after the record head to allow 'almost instantaneous' (about a third second behind, as a cassette shell only has 'so many openings') monitoring of the actual recorded signal on the tape, as opposed to simply monitoring the 'input' signal to the deck. However, the '3rd-head' 'generally' does nothing for playback of already recorded tapes. There's some credence to the argument that playback heads can have a closer 'gap' designed into them than record heads, so if you get a '3-head' deck that has a playback head with a closer gap, then it would (could) offer better playback performance. Possibly, if you check the specs (if available) and find that is the case, the heads aren't worn and the balance of the deck is of substantial quality. Many better 2-head decks offered playback heads in the 18-20kHz.
I get a lot of folks that are shopping for cassette decks, with only the purpose of 'playing back' their old tapes, but thinking they want a 'Three-Head Cassette Tape Deck' because they've been 'told' that it would be better quality. Since the third head does 'little to potentially nothing' for playback, there's minimal reason to hold out for that feature, nor to pay extra for it…unless you just want it, or you ARE going to be 'recording' or it's coming along on a deck that has other features you wish. Now if you are going to be 'recording' then I 'HIGHLY' recommend a deck with 'Tape Monitoring' via the third head, thus "3-Heads"!

 

 

        



NEW LISTING
12/4/17
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VINTAGE AND FULLY SERVICED
TASCAM STUDIO CASSETTE TAPE DECK
TASCAM 112R
"It's got a few minor 'battle scars', but following it's full service, makes
up for that in 'Studio Mix-Down' performance
"

 3 HEADS / 3 MOTORS
AUTO-REVERSE W/ 'BI-DIRECTIONAL RECORDING'

#...0236
With DOLBY B &C NR
MADE IN JAPAN!
Circa 1986-93

for sale

ü Our technician has completely and EXTENSIVELY gone through and 'Certified' this unit which involves complete removal and disassembly of the entire transport (not an easy task on this deck), cleaning inside and out, DISASSEMBLING, cleaning and re-lubricating all internal mechanisms and the balance of efforts listed below.


ü Heads inspected for excessive wear (obviously we do this 'early on' as 'excessive' wear will usually negate any further restoration work).

ü Head rotating gear inspected with a jewelers loop prior to starting any restoration work, and found to be 'hairline' crack free.

ü 'reel drive' tire reconditioned for years of trouble-free service.

ü All new internal Drive and Counter belts replaced for years of trouble-free service.

ü Rubber pinch roller has been reconditioned

ü Capstan burnished

ü Heads have been cleaned and de-magnetized as well as the entire transport.

ü Head alignments and azimuth at 125Hz, 1kHz and 10kHz adjusted for BOTH directions for 'peak performance' with O-Scope. Both channels now even w/ 'max' output.

ü All internal pots, switches and controls cleaned and tested for noise-free function.

ü Both spindles in perfect alignment.

ü
FF, REW, & Play transport functions all test perfectly and controls tested for 'positive / accurate' responsive.

ü Eject door operates smoothly.

ü Tape Counter Function tested

ü Dolby B & C NR circuits / function tested

ü 'Memory / Zero Return' function tested

ü Heads are in great condition

ü Meters adjusted to even zero with symmetric input.

ü Pinch roller and heads all in GREAT condition!!!

ü Both Internal playback amplifier channels adjusted for 'even output'

ü Meters adjusted to even zero with symmetric input.

ü Both Internal Record amplifier channels adjusted for 'even output'

ü Pinch roller and heads all in GREAT condition!!!

ü Playback meters zero with factory test tone tape.

ü Speed adjusted to 100% accuracy BOTH directions, with 1kHz factory calibration tape (meaning 1kHz calibration tape plays back at 1000Hz +/- 1Hz) (VERY difficult to do on this deck by the way)


ü
Cosmetics are not great, with numerous 'battle scars', but makes up for that in performance.

ü Plays perfectly and after adjustment, records AMAZINGLY well at 0dB! on Maxell UDXL-II tapes and +1dB on Maxell UR / Normal Bias tapes. (Following the extensive restoration, we did 'test recordings' of a 'ddd' CD on 6 tapes; Sony Normal Bias, Fuji Normal Bias, TDK Normal Bias, Maxell Normal Bias, TDK 'SA' High Bias, and Maxell 'XL-II' High Bias. We found that for Normal and High Bias, of those tapes tested, both the TDK and "Maxells" performed VERY well on this particular deck. The Maxell's did however much 'outshine' the TDK's for being able to 'over saturate' on the levels. While doing the test recording's, it became apparent that the recorded sound was fairly remarkable.
Total technician time to restore 14+ HOURS

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The TASCAM 112R, 3-Head / 3-Motor, Auto-Reverse with 'Bi-Directional Recording', Rack-Mount, Studio Stereo Cassette Tape Deck. Great deck for doing your tape transfers if your tapes were recorded with no NR or with "Dolby B" or "Dolby C". Again, as stated above, records AMAZINGLY well!

TASCAM 112R Features include:
  

- 3 Heads (allows instantaneous monitoring of recordings for the best audio results)
- Auto-Reverse, with 'Bi-Directional' Recording (not just 'A' side recording!)

- Dual, Asymmetrical Flywheel drive
- IC logic "touch-control" tape transport with motor driven 'cam control mechanism'
- Auto Selector for Normal (EX / I), CrO2 (SX / II) & Metal (ZX / IV)Tape Type
- Dual 13-Segment, LED Level Meters
- Digital, 'Multi-Function' tape counter
- Dolby B &C NR
- Record Muting
- Record level control with L & R balance
- Memory Stop / Repeat for counter
- Dual, Front mounted, 1/4", Microphone Jacks
- Front mounted, 1/4", Stereo Headphone jack
- Timer Play / Record function.
- DIN on rear panel for optional wired remote, TEAC RC-205 (remote not included)
-
Rack Mountable, with originally 'optional' rack ears, INCLUDED

TASCAM 112R Specifications:
 
Track format: 
4 track / 2 channel
Motors:
 3
Freq Response;
25-20,000Hz +/- 3db w/ Metal Tape @ -20dB
25-18,000
Hz +/- 3db w/ CrO2 Tape @ -20dB
25-17,000
Hz +/- 3db w/ 'Normal' Tape @ -20dB
Wow & Flutter (WRMS):
0.03% wtd
Tape Speed:
1-7/8 ips +/-0.5% (but as stated above, we have adjusted to 100% accuracy w/ 'Pitch Control' ''centered''!)
Harmonic Distortion / THD: <1.0% @ 1kHz & 0dB (High Bias Tapes)
S/N ratio w/ CrO2 tape:
>60db w/ Dolby dis-engaged (and High Bias Tapes)
>70
db w/ Dolby-B engaged (over 5kHz and High Bias Tapes)
>80
db w/ Dolby-B engaged (over 1kHz and High Bias Tapes)
Bias Frequency:
100kHz
Pitch Control: +/- 15%
Erasure:
>65dB below saturation level @ 1kHz / +10dB
Separation: >45dB @ 1kHz, 0dB
Recording Level
: 200 nWb/m & 0dB
Line Input 'Nominal': -10dBV / 300mV & <40K Ohms
Line Input 'Maximum': -22dBV / 794mV & <40K Ohms
Line Output 'Nominal':
-10dBV / 300mV & <3.5K Ohms
Line Output 'Maximum': -5 dBV / 560mV & <3.5K Ohms
Headphones Output: 2.5mW @ 8 Ohms
Fast Wind Time:
~70 Seconds for C-60 tape
  
Again, we have completely cleaned, refurbished / serviced and thoroughly tested this TASCAM 112R cassette tape deck.
It does have a few 'battle scars', so isn't going to 'win' any beauty contests (see above photos), but will make up for it in performance, again check the 0-+1dB recording results, and the 1kHz = 1kHz speed!
Great for transferring your no NR or Dolby B / C NR encoded tape collection to CD, Hard-drive or MP3. Built very well! Looks like new, works and sounds great.
Measures 19.25" wide (w/ rack ears installed) x 11.5" deep x 4.6" tall and weighs 13 lbs unpacked. Includes our standard 90 day limited warranty. 
TASCAM 112R
Cond. 8
$639.

(tape shown in photos not included. We do ship our decks with a  a 'pre-recorded' tape for playback, made on this 'specific' deck, and a tape to 'practice record' on.) 

(Above text, in it's entirety, property of www.oaktreevintage.com / Oak Tree Enterprises, LLC. See 'Copyright Information' page for details)


 

 

 

 

 

 

 




 

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- NOTES ON PURCHASING A VINTAGE CASSETTE DECK -

I own and have owned ‘hundreds’ of cassette decks. I started selling them ‘new’ in the early 1980’s.
Very few of the decks that we have on our ‘incoming’ shelves will function to any degree of ‘practical usability’, if at all, in their ‘as found’ condition. So it amazes me at all the articles out there on “How to Buy a Used / Vintage Cassette Deck”, and no one seems to mention how the ‘clock needs to be rolled back’ 30-40 years on one to get to a level of ‘practical usefulness’. They all want to mention to make sure it’s got the right ‘features’ for what you need,  that it’s in “good condition” (typically referring to its often purported, “minty” looks),  that the shipping is “reasonable”,  the methods of payment work for you,  and that the ‘sellers feedback rating’ is adequate….
WHAT ABOUT IT’S INTERNAL CONDITION????? IT’S GOT 20-40 YEARS UNDER THE HOOD!!!
      There’s lots of ‘rubber’ and ‘lubricated parts’ inside a cassette deck. ‘Time’ is NOT a friend to either. Rubber can do a few things. It can crack, stretch, break, glaze over (think about how a ‘pencil eraser’ gets after about a year in a drawer), or turn back to its original form, which is a ‘gooey / tar’ substance. Oil and grease ‘gel up’ and stop being lubes, and start becoming ‘glues’ (think the grease caked under an old / vintage car / tractor. It has to be ‘chipped’ away with a putty knife).  Both of those aspects and others affect a tape deck’s (or turntable, or VCR or camcorder, or CD / DVD player, or film projector, or just about anything that is powered by electricity and has moving parts (AND THERE’S A LOT OF MOVING PARTS IN A CASSETTE DECK) performance. Thus following is a list of questions to ask about any tape deck…

          How is its overall ‘Speed’? Inaccurate speed is one of the first ‘tell-tale’ sign of a decks overall heath. You won’t likely be able to tell without an accurate ‘speed / test tone / calibration’ tape and a frequency counter. If you’re not a musician, not ‘musically inclined’, or are ‘tone deaf’ maybe you won’t notice, but most folks will notice ‘something is not quite right’ when listening to a slow (or occasionally fast) running tape. Just throwing on a new belt, doesn’t address speed accuracy. Most mechanisms will need to be disassembled, cleaned and re-lubed before any speed adjustments can be attempted.

          How ‘Steady’ is the speed? This refers to ‘WOW & Flutter’. This generally won’t be noticed until you put on a tape with a ‘steady tone’ or a musical piece with sustained piano notes. Then ‘Flutter’ issues will drive you nuts. Also can be noticed with sustained string instruments. Just wait till there’s violin with vibrato, then added on top is ‘out of time’ vibrato caused from excessive ‘Flutter’ of the tape transport. If someone just throws any selection of music in, or a 'spoken word' tape, they'll likely not notice the 'Flutter' issue.  WOW’ is less of an issue in cassette decks, but can occasionally be caused by ill-fitting / wrong belts being installed.

          Does the deck ‘fast wind’ at ANY AND ALL positions on the tape, and will fast wind, BOTH WAYS throughout an entire tape,...repeatedly...Every time? While playing does the ‘take up’ pulley / reel run correctly, or is it ‘jerky’. Is ‘fast wind’ (in either or both directions) smooth, or jerky. It will typically be jerky and intermittent if it functions at all. This is caused by a ‘glazed’ / cracked ‘idler tire’, and about 99.999999% of decks are going to have a glazed or cracked or otherwise deteriorated idler tire’. It's 'decades' old rubber.  It almost HAS to be compromised.  You usually can't 'dodge physics'.  AND those things are not easy to address. The idler tire will almost always be ‘buried’ a few layer inside the transport. Then once you get there you go on the hunt for a replacement, only to find that there were dozens or hundreds of rubber, idler tires made, only a few of which are still available, and none of which will fit correctly. So now you have to make the choice (at least of you want to move forward with a decks restoration) as to whether you substitute an ‘O-ring’ (often works as a sub) or you take a tire that is close to fitting, and modify it to function correctly.

     How is the condition of the heads, regarding 'head wear'? It takes and 'experienced eye' to 'visually' estimate the condition of tape heads. Excessively worn heads, will never sound the way they should, with any amount of adjustment, and you can't just go into your local 7-11 and pick up a new set. Replacement heads for a specific deck, will likely need to come from another of the same (or darn close) specific deck. Having the heads 'lapped' was once a sometimes viable possibility, but that is, for the most part, a 'long, lost art'.  Even if you manage to acquire replacement heads, they have to be installed correctly. That will require alignment tapes and test gear (O-scope and / or milli-Volt meters) and a lot of patience.

     If the deck is ‘auto-reverse’, how’s the condition of the gear in the mechanism that ‘spins the head’? They are commonly, slightly ‘cracked’. There is note a practical fix for that. The head will go part way and ‘lock up’. If you can get it to go ‘back’ to its original position, just leave it, and accept that the deck is not ‘auto-reverse’.

     When the tape gets to the end of it's travel in play and fast wind modes, does the decks 'auto-stop' mechanism work? Every time?

     Does the tape counter work, and spin smoothly throughout the entire length of the tape? Every time?

        How’s the ‘azimuth’. Yes, I know it’s not a word that you use every day, but it’s vitally important on a tape deck. When the azimuth is out of alignment, a tape will sound ‘muffled’ (loss of treble) and / or ‘out of phase’ (not much bass). While you can use a ‘pre-recorded’ tape and get it close, it’s really only adjusted correctly and COMPLETELY by utilizing a ‘calibrated alignment’ tape and an O’Scope or at least a ‘milli-Volt’ meter.

          How many ‘dB’ down does the deck playback from its recording level? If you record a signal at “0dB”, how far does playback deviate from that? You should usually expect 3-6dB if the deck is in ‘reasonable’ condition. If it’s down 10 or 12dB (or more) you’re not likely going to be very happy with its recording quality. Unless it’s simply due to dirty heads, addressing this is fairly complicated for all but the technically qualified.

           Is playback even out of both channels and via both meters? You can’t just put on your favorite tape of ‘Death-Polka Favorites’ (or some other 'recorded program material' and listen to it to make an accurate determination. You would need a calibrated test tape (with 'constant' test tones), and an O’scope, or at least a millivolt meter to first make sure the playback head is in alignment, then the internal playback amplifiers are producing an ‘even amplitude’ and then that the meters are both ‘mechanically’ adjusted correctly and that their ‘voltage feed’ is evenly adjusted. Don’t know what any of that means? Then I wouldn’t be ‘messing with it’.

          Is there a loud, obnoxious ‘motor boating’ sound that and or your meter(s) are cyclically ‘pegging’? No. How about after the third time of putting the deck into record mode? Or the 6th time or the 20th time? Then the there’s a problem with the internal record switch (or it needs to be flooded / cleaned). (this issue is usually only a potential problem on a deck with a ‘mechanical internal record switch’, and not more ‘modern decks’ that use ‘electronics’ to switch the deck in and out of record)
  
    Does the deck make any extraneous noises when in play / record, such as squeaks, growls, scrapes, grinds etc? if not immediately, how about after 15 minutes, a half hour, an hour or a day? In all modes?

    Are the ‘Recording Level’ control pots ‘quiet’ or do they need to be cleaned?

    Do the “Source / Monitor” or “Tape EQ” switches quiet or do they make noise and need to be cleaned?

    If the deck has ‘Auto-Tape-Type’ sensing, is it triggering correctly? If not, that could mean an issue with the mechanism trigger tab, or a dirty / compromised micro switch.

    If the deck is equipped with any type of noise reduction ie; Dolby B, C, dbx etc, is if functioning properly? We don’t see issues with that often, but it does happen.

       Is the deck quiet when playing back a ‘blank tape’ or better yet, a cassette ‘shell’ with no tape in it? (some decks will not allow this test easily, as it’s ‘auto-stop’ mechanism is triggered by the tape counter, which is typically tied to the ‘supply’ reel and if that reel is not moving then the deck will go into ‘auto-stop’ mode.) This is ‘floor noise’ and is not to be confused simply with ‘tape hiss’, which is why we want to hear the transport moving without tape passing the playback head.

     How is the 'quality' of the recording and playback? Bad, distorted recordings can also be due to Bias issues (besides the above mentioned "worn heads", azimuth alignment errors and dirty controls and switches.

    Are all of the indicators and lights working? These aren’t typically ‘functional deal breakers’, but can definitely increase or decrease ‘curb appeal’.

    Does the ‘well door’ close and latch, EVERY TIME and correctly, REPEATEDLY?

Those would be most of the ‘high points’ regarding the functionality of a tape deck.   Once you, or someone technically qualified has addressed AT LEAST ALL of the above, then we can talk about how ‘minty-fresh’ it’s cosmetics are.

      I get the question of, “what’s the best brand / model” of tape deck out there. Well, 25-50 years ago, when you could go to a few ‘real audio shops’ and take your pick of a dozen or two NEW tape decks, that question held much validity. Now my opinion of the which is the best deck, is the “one that has been properly refurbished / restored / fully service to a level of ‘proper utility’, recently, by someone qualified to do so”.

A QUESTION:
    Most folks know the difference, without too much thought, between a Chevrolet ‘Corvette’ and a Chevrolet ‘Chevette’. If I ask most folks which is a better car, a ‘Corvette’ or a ‘Chevette’, most folks will answer the “Corvette” (barring all the arguments based on other personal opinions)…Now, I’ll give you the rest of the story. The ‘Corvette’ has been sitting in a barn for the past 25 years, and hasn’t been started since it was parked there originally. Or it was in a flood. Or it’s had a dog living it, or a rat has built a home in the dashboard, or the engine was blown by the 'now deceased owner’s son', or, or, or…
     Now the “Chevette” has just been thru a qualified auto repair shop, and had the engine compression checked (and was within spec), new plugs / wires / dist cap, timing adjusted, new starter, alternator checked for charging, new battery, the coolant flushed, the clutch replaced, the brake system flushed, new calipers, drums and shoes, new belts, carb rebuilt and properly jetted, vacuum lines checked for leaks and replaced, air conditioner serviced, new seat covers, new tires, new wiper blades, windshield cleaner system replaced, cracked windshield replaced, all lights tested / replaced, horn checked, wiper motor / mechanism checked / lubed, and thoroughly test driven around town, starting and stopping, on the highway at all speeds. It was started in the cold weather, and once warm, started again. Repeatedly. It is pretty much doing what it did when new.  And you need to take a trip across the country tomorrow.  Now I ask again,  which is the better car?


 
 

Click here to see what we do to our cassette decks to make sure you get a
"usable" deck that should be good for years of trouble free service.


 

 

Mini-R2R Studio-Series Cassette-Tape small jpg      Mini-R2R Studio-Series Cassette Tape collage small jpg

FINALLY, MORE BACK IN STOCK
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MINIATURE / MINI REEL TO REEL
CASSETTE TAPES TAPE

for sale
We just bought a very limited quantity of these "mini-reel to reel" cassette tapes. They are primarily being sold for display / photo purposes. They are "pre-recorded" with gospel tunes. If you wish to showcase your cassette decks or are selling decks, they are great for photos. Unfortunately they are only a few minutes in length thus, not much good for recording.
Very Limited quantity available
$20. ea
or
$30. ea recorded with white noise for activating your level meters for photos

 

 


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NEW LISTING 12/29/17
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VINTAGE AND FULLY SERVICED
TEAC CASSETTE TAPE DECK
HUGE
TEAC CX-650R
AUTO-REVERSE W/ 'BI-DIRECTIONAL RECORDING'

#...7598
With DOLBY NR
MADE IN JAPAN!
Circa 1980-82

SOLD 1/17/18
SHIPPING TO CALIFORNIA


ü Our technician has completely and EXTENSIVELY gone through and 'Certified' this unit which involves complete removal and disassembly of the entire transport (not an easy task on this deck), cleaning inside and out, DISASSEMBLING, cleaning and re-lubricating all internal mechanisms and the balance of efforts listed below.

ü Heads inspected for excessive wear (obviously we do this 'early on' as 'excessive' wear will usually negate any further restoration work).

ü Head rotating gear inspected with a jewelers loop prior to starting any restoration work, and found to be 'hairline' crack free.

ü Capstan motor spindle bushing re-lubed

ü Capstan burnished

ü Internal 23VDC power supply tested to 23.2Volts

ü 2X NEW, Custom made, 'reel drive' installed for years of trouble-free service. (These are actually much more important to replace on this deck (and most) than the belts. Without these, the deck won't fast wind very well, and will likely 'eat tapes' as the 'take-up' reel won't turn properly)

ü All new internal Drive and Counter belts installed for trouble-free service.

ü Rubber pinch rollers have been reconditioned

ü Both Flywheel 'belt surfaces' solvent cleaned

ü Bronze Flywheel bushings solvent cleaned

ü Both Flywheel thrust pads cleaned

ü Entire flywheel assemblies re-lubed upon re-assembly

ü Heads have been cleaned and de-magnetized as well as the entire transport.

ü Head alignments and azimuth at both 1kHz and 10kHz adjusted for BOTH directions for 'peak performance' with O-Scope

ü All internal pots, switches and controls cleaned and tested for noise-free function.

ü Both spindles in perfect alignment.

ü FF, REW, & Play transport functions all test perfectly and controls tested for 'positive / accurate' responsive.

ü 'Silicone Damped' Eject door operates smoothly.

ü Tape Counter Function tested

ü Dolby NR circuits / function tested

ü 'Memory / Zero Return' function tested

ü Heads are in great condition

ü Internal playback levels adjusted for even playback w/ alignment tape, Oscilloscope, and mVAC meter

ü Playback meters adjusted for 'playback' zero'd with factory test tone tape.

ü Internal Record amplifier channels adjusted for 'even output'

ü Pinch roller and heads all in GREAT condition!!!

ü Overall floor noise measured at >-60dB.

üSpeed adjusted internally to 100% accuracy BOTH directions, with 1kHz factory calibration tape and frequency counter (meaning 1kHz calibration tape plays back at 1000Hz +/- 1Hz)

ü Cosmetically, the deck and the 'wood grain wrapped' case / cabinet looks NEAR NEW!

ü Plays great and after adjustment, records AMAZINGLY well w/ following results;
With Pink Noise recorded at 0dB w/o Dolby engaged; -2dB on Maxell UDXL-II / High Bias tapes
With 1kHz recorded at 0dB with Dolby engaged; -0.3dB on Maxell UR (normal bias) tapes
With 'ddd' CD recorded at 0dB with Dolby engaged; -2dB on Maxell UDXL-II / High Bias tapes
With 'ddd' CD recorded at 0dB with Dolby engaged; -1.5dB on Maxell UR (normal bias) tapes
With 'ddd' CD recorded at 0dB w/oDolby engaged; -3dB on Maxell UR (normal bias) tapes

Bottom line is this deck sounds amazing for playback or recording (always make sure you're playing back 'good quality' tape recordings)
Total technician time to restore 10+ HOURS!
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The Teac CX-650R, Auto-Reverse with 'Bi-Directional Recording', Stereo Cassette Tape Deck. Great deck for doing your tape transfers if your tapes were recorded with no NR or with "Dolby B" or for making some awesome 'new' recordings or 'mix tapes' (hey, it's 'the thing' again). This deck is a pleasure to use, and has a great 'feel' due to it's size and transport function. As far as cosmetics, it's BEAUTIFUL. Was taken very good care of before it came to us, and is even more astounding now. The deck and the wood grain case could convince you that time had rolled back almost 40 years, and you were seeing it at the original store's retail display.

Teac CX-650R Features include:
  

- Heavy duty transport featuring 'oversized' capstan motor, and VERY large, 'asymmetrical' flywheels
- Triple-Mode Auto-Reverse, with 'Bi-Directional' Recording (not just 'A' side recording!)

-  "Soft touch-control" tape transport
- Selector for Normal (EX / I), CrO2 (SX / II) & Metal (ZX / IV) Tape Type
- 3-Position Selector for Tape Equalization for Normal (EX / I), CrO2 (SX / II) & Metal (ZX / IV) Tape Type on playback
- Dual Analog VU Level Meters
- Analog counter 
- Built-in MPX filter for killing the 19kHz pilot tone in FM transmissions
- Variable Output Level control (one of the most important features on a deck in our opinion)
- Dolby B NR
- Record Muting
- 'Auto-Space' records a 4-second space prior to 'stop' when engaged.
- Real 'Potentiometer' Record level controls that are 'gear coupled' (meaning when you turn one, the other one responds as well. They can be turned independently for 'fine adjustment' as they're 'clutch coupled' as well)
- Memory Stop / Repeat for counter
- Dual, Front mounted, 1/4", Microphone Jacks
- Front mounted, 1/4", Stereo Headphone jack
- Timer Play / Record function.
- Multi-pin port on rear panel for optional wired remote, TEAC RC-100 (remote not included)


Teac CX-650R Specifications:
 
Track format: 
4 track / 2 channel
Motors:
 2x 1x DC Coreless 'Reel', & 1x FG Servo Controlled DC 'Capstan'
Freq Response;
30-18,000Hz +/- 3db w/ Metal Tape
@ -20dB
30-18,000
Hz +/- 3db w/ CrO2 Tape @ -20dB
30-15,000
Hz +/- 3db w/ 'Normal' Tape @ -20dB
Wow & Flutter (WRMS):
0.06% wtd

Tape Speed:
1-7/8 ips
Harmonic Distortion / THD: <3.0% @ 1kHz & 0dB (High Bias Tapes)
S/N ratio w/ CrO2 tape:
>56db w/ Dolby dis-engaged (and Normal Bias Tapes)

>66
db w/ Dolby-B engaged (over 10kHz and High Bias Tapes)
Line Input 'Nominal': 60mV @ 50K Ohms
Line Output 'Nominal':
300mV for a load impedance of 50k Ohms
Headphones Output: 1.0mW @ 8 Ohms
Fast Wind Time:
~80 Seconds for C-60 tape
  
Again, we have completely cleaned, refurbished / serviced and thoroughly tested this Teac CX-650R cassette tape deck.
Great for transferring your no NR or Dolby B NR encoded tape collection to CD, Hard-drive or MP3 especially with the 'Tape EQ' selector for 'fine tuning' older tapes. Built very well! Looks like new, works perfectly and sounds fabulous.
Due to it's size, overall feel, the 'input controls' and the 'transport control' this deck really is a blast to use. Comes with an 'e-copy / pdf download' of the TEAC CX-650R cassette tape deck owners / users / instruction manual. Measures 18.5" wide x 13.5" deep x 7" tall and weighs a VERY HEAVY 26 lbs unpacked. Just incase you 'too casually' read past that last little bit,
IT'S A TWENTY-SIX POUND CASSETTE DECK!

Includes our standard 90 day limited warranty. 
TEAC CX-650R
Cond. 8.5+++++ (ok, just call it a "9")

SOLD 1/17/18
SHIPPING TO CALIFORNIA

(tape shown in photos not included. We do ship our decks with a  a 'pre-recorded' tape for playback, made on this 'specific' deck, and a tape to 'practice record' on.) 

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NEW LISTING
4/4/18
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VINTAGE AND FULLY SERVICED
MARANTZ CASSETTE TAPE DECK
MARANTZ 5220
WITH 4-CHANNEL 'MIXING' CAPABILITY
AND DOLBY NR
FROM THE CLASSIC AND SOUGHT AFTER
'BLUE FACE' MARANTZ
SERIES
USA'S "BICENTENNIAL" YEAR

#...08J4
Circa early 1976-77
Made in Japan
SOLD 4/23/18
SHIPPING TO CALIFORNIA


ü Our technician has completely and EXTENSIVELY gone through and 'Certified' this unit which involves complete disassembly of the transport, cleaning inside and out, COMPLETELY DISASSEMBLING, cleaning and re-lubricating all internal mechanisms and the balance of efforts listed below.

ü Heads inspected for excessive wear (obviously we do this 'early on' as 'excessive' wear will usually negate any further restoration work).

ü All drive tires reconditioned for trouble-free service.

ü All new internal rubber belts replaced for trouble-free service. (a note about the 'belt kits' out there. We were out of a couple of the belts we needed, so to make it easy / quick, we thought we'd order a 'belt kit' from an ebay seller (yes, we should know better). We installed them, and went on with the restoration. At the first opportunity to do some testing during it's 'bench time', we noticed 'fast' WOW / 'slow' Flutter when recording test tones (especially prevalent with recording, then playing back 'Piano' music). After spending 'hours' trying to track down the issues, and in the interim we had 're-stocked' our normal belts, changed out the ebay purchased ones for our 'stock' units, and the problem was solved. That seller was selling 'round' belts ("round belts" typically shouldn't be an issue), but the Marantz 5220 deck MUST have 'Square' belts. Just FYI (at our expense).)

ü Rubber pinch roller reconditioned

ü Capstan burnished

ü Missing Capstan thrust screw replaced

ü Heads have been cleaned and de-magnetized as well as the entire transport.

ü Head alignments and azimuth checked and adjusted as necessary for 'peak performance' with O-Scope

ü All internal pots, switches and controls cleaned and tested for noise-free function.

ü All internal light bulbs changed

ü All internal displays and LED's working fine.

ü Both hub spindles in perfect alignment.

ü FF, REW, & Play transport functions all test perfectly and controls tested for 'positive / accurate' responsive.

ü Heads in great shape as well, with many years of performance left in them and head alignment / azimuth has been checked for peak performance.

ü Both Internal playback amplifier channels adjusted for 'even output'

ü Meters adjusted to even zero with symmetric input.

ü Both Internal Record amplifier channels adjusted for 'even output'

ü Pinch roller and heads all in GREAT condition!!!

ü Playback meters zero with factory test tone tape.

ü Tape Counter and 'Memory' Function tested

ü Plays perfectly and records well @ ~0dB (with Maxell UDXL-II tapes @ 1kHz) and @ ~-2.5dB (with TDK D tapes with Pink Noise)( we really put them through the paces, testing both with well mixed, recently recorded CD material and CD recorded / factory test tones looking for correct head Azimuth and speed accuracy).

ü Pinch roller and heads all in GREAT condition!!! -Both level meters playback even.

ü Speed adjusted internally to 100% accuracy with 1kHz factory test tape (meaning 1kHz calibration tape plays back at 1000Hz +/- 1Hz)

Face is made of beautiful brushed aluminum, and overall the deck is in fabulous cosmetic condition. Following the extensive restoration, we did 'test recordings' of a 'ddd' CD on 6 tapes; Sony Normal Bias, Fuji Normal Bias, TDK Normal Bias, Maxell Normal Bias, TDK 'SA' High Bias, and Maxell 'XL-II' High Bias. We found that TDK 'D' / Normal Bias tape performed the best on this particular deck.
 Total technician time to restore ~16 HOURS! (12 Hours Tech time, then another 3-4 hours testing / evaluating)
  ____________________________
  
From Marantz's Classic and always sought after, 'Blue Face' years. This is the first of Marantz cassette deck from this series that we've had make it through our process in over 21 years, and it was a 'long journey'. Marantz only made 3 'vertical' models of cassette decks, with the 'Smoked Plexi' look. The 5020 (lesser model), the 5200 (same as this deck, but without Dolby), and this 'Top of the Line' 2-Track, 5220! Mid-70's cassette deck with classic, Piano-Key transport operation, Dolby, stereo cassette tape deck. Great deck to add to your classic, brushed silver and 'Blue Face' Marantz 'stack or rack'.


Marantz 5220 Features include:
  

- Super Hard, 'Ferrite' heads
- Classic 'Piano Key' transport operation
- 4-Input Channel 'Mixing' capability (Allows both Microphone inputs and both 'Line Level' inputs to be mixed ALL AT ONCE to tape, or simply out to your speakers)
- DC Servo Motor
- Dolby-B noise reduction built-in for recording and playback
- 3-Position Tape Bias Type / EQ selector for Normal, Fe-CO2, CrO2 & Metal tape
- Selectable, Automatic record level 'Limiter' built-in
- Peak LED indicator

- Dual, Blue back-lit, Analog VU signal level meters
- Manual Record Level with independent L&R control + 'Master' Level control
- Separate, L&R, Variable Output Level controls (located on rear panel)
- MPX Filter, for eliminating the 19kHz 'pilot' signal from FM broadcasts. You can use this while recording, or as a ' Listening filter all the time' by putting the deck into 'Record Pause'. (located on rear panel)
- FM Deemphasis for either 'Flat' or 25μSec

- Separate, L&R, Variable
Play / FM Calibration (for utilizing this deck as an external 'Dolby' processor for another deck that is lacking Dolby)
- Dual front mounted 1/4" mic input jacks
- Front mounted Stereo Headphone jack
- Analog Tape Counter
- Selectable 'Memory' point


Marantz 5220 Specifications:

Track format: 
4 track / 2 channel
Motors: High Torque, DC Servo motor

Freq Response: w/ Ferri-Chrome; 35-17,000 Hz +/- 3dB @ -20dB
w/ Chrome / CrO2; 35-15,000 Hz +/- 3dB @ -20dB
Wow & Flutter (WRMS): 0.08% WRMS
S/N ratio w/ Dolby 'OFF': 50dB w/ 'non-normal bias' tape
                            48dB w/ 'normal bias' tape
Dolby engaged improves S/N by 3%

Harmonic Distortion (THD) <3% @ 0dB
Line Input Impedance: 100k Ohms
Microphone Input Impedance: 10k Ohms
Output Level: 900mV @ 6k Ohms


There's just something about the feel of 'original piano key' tape transports.
Again, we have completely refurbished and thoroughly tested this deck, with multiple recording tests (as stated previously). Cosmetically, it's in essentially NEW condition! Great deck for just about any system, but especially 'great' for cosmetically matching to an existing, Marantz 'Blue Face' stereo system. Also great for transferring your tape collection to CD, Hard-drive or MP3. Includes original box and packing. Comes with an 'e-copy' / pdf of the Marantz 5220 owners manual.
Measures 17.25" wide x 13" deep x 6" tall and weighs 20 lbs unpacked. Comes with our 90 day limited warranty.
RESTORED / REFURBISHED / SERVICED MARANTZ 5220
Cond. 8.5+++

SOLD 4/23/18
SHIPPING TO CALIFORNIA


(tape shown in photos not included. We do ship our decks with a  a 'pre-recorded' tape for playback, made on this 'specific' deck, and a tape to 'practice record' on.) 

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NEW LISTING 4/13/18

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PRE-OWNED AND FULLY SERVICED
SONY CASSETTE TAPE DECK
SONY TC-K850ES
"It's got a few minor 'battle scars', but following it's full service, makes
up for that in Super-Sonic performance
"

3 HEADS / 3 MOTORS
USER BIAS ADJ, AUTO-TAPE CALIBRATION, AND RECORD LEVEL*

and Quartz Locked Speed
#...0168
With HX-PRO & DOLBY B&C NR
MADE IN JAPAN!
Circa early 1990's

for sale
SOLD TO RYAN IN VIRGINIA


ü Our technician has completely and EXTENSIVELY gone through and 'Certified' this unit which involves complete removal and disassembly of the entire tape transport, cleaning inside and out, DISASSEMBLING, cleaning and re-lubricating all internal mechanisms and the balance of efforts listed below (unit actually worked very well prior to disassembly as well).

ü Heads inspected for excessive wear (obviously we do this 'early on' as 'excessive' wear will usually negate any further restoration work).

ü All new internal Capstan Drive belts replaced for trouble-free service.

ü New 'Shift Roller' acquired (from Slovikia) and installed.

ü Left Rubber pinch roller has been reconditioned

ü Capstan 'Thrust Bearings' cleaned and re-lubed w/ silicone based lube

ü Heads have been cleaned and de-magnetized as well as the entire transport.

ü Head alignments and azimuth at 125Hz, 1kHz and 10kHz adjusted for 'peak performance' with O-Scope. Both channels now even w/ 'max' output.

ü All internal pots, switches and controls cleaned and tested for noise-free function.

ü Both spindles in perfect alignment.

ü
FF, REW, & Play transport functions all test perfectly and controls tested for 'positive / accurate' responsive.

ü Eject door 'Auto mechanism' operates smoothly.

ü Tape Counter Function tested

ü Dolby B & C NR circuits / function tested

ü HX-Pro tested

ü 'Memory / Zero Return' function tested

ü Heads are in great condition

ü Meters adjusted to even zero with symmetric input.

ü Pinch roller and heads all in GREAT condition!!!

ü Both Internal playback amplifier channels adjusted for 'even output'

ü Meters adjusted to even zero with symmetric input.

ü Both Internal Record amplifier channels adjusted for 'even output'

ü Playback meters zero with factory test tone tape.

ü Speed tests at 100% accuracy (this deck has a 'FG-Servo / Synchronous' motor with a circuit board mounted, 'Comparator' system to maintain perfect speed so is 'always' 'on speed'), with 1kHz factory calibration tape (meaning 1kHz calibration tape plays back at 1000Hz +/- 1Hz)

ü
Cosmetics are not great. The sheet metal case has some creases / dents (don't know how they got there), and the originally, optional Rose wood side panels have a few dents (don't know if they were there before someone acquired them, or happened after installation). The wood panels could be removed, and we thought about it, but even with their cosmetic issues, they add to it's overall look being left intact.
ü Plays perfectly and after adjustment, records AMAZINGLY well. Normally we would give a "dB Down or UP" rating / results, but this deck has so many ways to have it's record levels and quality 'tweaked' that there's no 'one number' that can be assigned to it. Yes it can record at 'positive dB's' but with different attributes depending on the tape type and how 'hot' you wish to record. We found the best results with at Maxell UDXL-II tapes. We tried recordings using the 'Calibration' system, but usually found that we liked adjusting the 'Bias' control to suit our ears. Then we discovered the +/-3dB 'Record Level' control (No not the typical "Input Level" control, that is always labeled "Record Level", but a control on the outside that gives you access to the actual 'internal "record level"' normally located on the circuit board and adjustable by a technician via 'pc mounted' pots. This opened up a whole new layer of recording that we normally only get to experiment with while a unit is on the bench.
While doing the test recording's, it became apparent that this decks recording capabilities were AMAZING.

Total technician time to restore 8+ hours.

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The Sony TC-K850ES, 3-Head / 3-Motor Cassette Tape Deck. Great deck for doing your tape transfers if your tapes were recorded with no NR or with "Dolby B" or "Dolby C", but REALLY SHINES if you want to make new tapes as it's got HX-PRO and 'TONS' of serious recording features. Again, as stated above, records AMAZINGLY well! Also has 'gear driven' reel tables, which means there not 'pesky' idler tire or drive belts to worry about (which takes 'eating tapes' off the table).

SONY TC-K850ES Features include:
  

- 3 Heads (allows instantaneous monitoring of recordings for the best audio results)
- "Laseramorphous Magnetic Alloy" head (wow, that's a mouthful, but means that it's got a super accurately cut gap, and is of a 'really hard, non-magnetic material, which thus means, "it sounds good now and will for a long time")
-
*User adjustable RECORD LEVEL control (+/- 3dB, and NO, NOT the same as the typical 'Input (record) Level Control'
- User adjustable BIAS control
- Tape 'Calibration' system
- HX-PRO (HX-PRO is used to 'encode' your tapes as you record. Once a tape is encoded in HX Pro, it will playback on any deck, then exhibiting the benefits of HX-Pro)
- FG Capstan motor with 'Quartz Locked' speed (never needs adjusting and will always be 'speed accurate')
- 'Closed Loop / Dual Capstan' tape transport system

- 3 Motors
- IC logic "touch-control" tape transport
- Motor driven Tape Load and Eject
- Auto Selector for Normal (EX / I), CrO2 (SX / II) & Metal (ZX / IV)Tape Type
- Multi-Functional Fluorescent display window

- Digital, tape counter
- Dolby B&C NR
- Record Muting
- "CD DIRECT" input (bypasses MPX filter, Balance and likely other circuits)
- Built-in MPX filter for killing the 19kHz pilot tone in FM transmissions
- Input level control with L & R balance (balance control sometimes has best meter balance at somewhere between "11:00 and 1:00" depending on tape type and / or Biasing position and  / or 'Record Level' position)
- Memory Stop / Repeat for counter

- AMS (Automatic Music Sensor) system for finding next or previous tracks (must have a min of 4 seconds between tracks / songs)
- Front mounted, 1/4", Stereo Headphone jack
- Timer Play / Record function.


SONY TC-K850ES Specifications:
 
Track format: 
4 track / 2 channel
Heads:
 3 (Ferrite Erase head, Permalloy PB head and LA Record head)
Motors: 3
Freq Response;
15-21,000Hz +/- 3db w/ Metal Tape @ 0VU (not the typical "-20dB" of every other deck I've come across)
15-19,000
Hz +/- 3db w/ CrO2 Tape
15-17,000
Hz +/- 3db w/ 'Normal' Tape @ -20dB

(a note on the 'spec'd' "Frequency Response" of this deck. I don't ever recall seeing a deck going below 20Hz. This one specs "15Hz!!!")

Wow & Flutter (WRMS):
0.024% NAB
Tape Speed:
1-7/8 ips
Harmonic Distortion / THD: 1.0% (Metal Bias Tapes)
S/N ratio w/ CrO2 tape: 61db w/ Dolby dis-engaged
70
db w/ Dolby-B engaged
76
db w/ Dolby-C engaged
Bias Frequency:
Adjustable AC Bias

  
Again, we have completely cleaned, refurbished / serviced and thoroughly tested this SONY TC-K850ES cassette tape deck.
It does have a few 'battle scars' (see above photos), but will make up for it in performance, again check the recording results, and the 1kHz = 1kHz speed!
If I didn't already have 'a sufficient number' of cassette decks in my collection, this one wouldn't be leaving, especially after experimenting with the 'Bias and Record Level' controls.
Great for transferring your no NR or Dolby B / C NR / HX-PRO encoded tape collection to CD, Hard-drive or MP3, or BETTER YET, 'making your own tapes' with HX-PRO. Built very well! Looks like new, works and sounds great.
Comes with an 'e-copy' / pdf of the Sony TC-K850ES owners manual and the service manual if purchaser desires. Measures 18.25" wide (w/ wood panels installed) x 13.5" deep x 5.2" tall and weighs 16 lbs unpacked. Includes our standard 90 day limited warranty.
SONY TC-K850ES
Cond. 8
(due only to creases on top panel and dings in installed 'originally optional' wood panels. The deck looks much better and way more 'striking' in 'real life' than in the 'washed out photos'. It's hard to accurately depict 'true black'.)

 (C) R.R.
SOLD TO RYAN IN VIRGINIA

(tape shown in photos not included. We do ship our decks with a  a 'pre-recorded' tape for playback, made on this 'specific' deck, and a tape to 'practice record' on.) 

(Above text, in it's entirety, property of www.oaktreevintage.com / Oak Tree Enterprises, LLC. See 'Copyright Information' page for details)

 
 
 

     

NEW LISTING 12/20/17
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VINTAGE &
FULLY SERVICED
YAMAHA 'Natural Sound' CASSETTE DECK
YAMAHA KR-720
THIS THING IS 'LOADED'!!!

AUTO-REVERSE
STEREO CASSETTE TAPE DECK
With DOLBY B, C AND dbx NR
HX PRO and MUCH MORE!
#...6806

Circa 19
92-97
Made in Japan

SOLD 1/12/18
SHIPPING TO OTTAWA, CANADA


ü Our technician has completely and EXTENSIVELY gone through and 'Certified' this unit which involves complete removal and partial disassembly of the entire transport, cleaning inside and out, DISASSEMBLING, cleaning and re-lubricating all internal mechanisms and the balance of efforts listed below.

ü Heads inspected for excessive wear (obviously we do this 'early on' as 'excessive' wear will usually negate any further restoration work).

ü Head rotating gear inspected with a jewelers loop prior to starting any restoration work, and found to be 'hairline' crack free.

ü 'Gear driven' hubs, so NO reel tires for trouble-free service.

ü Main drive / capstan belt replaced for years of trouble-free service.

ü Rubber pinch roller has been reconditioned

ü Capstan burnished

ü Heads have been cleaned and de-magnetized as well as the entire transport. (Tech noted, "VERY minimal wear" to the heads on the work sheet)

ü Head alignments and azimuth at both 1kHz and 10kHz adjusted for BOTH directions for 'peak performance' with O-Scope

ü All 'user' potentiometers / controls removed, then cleaned and tested for noise-free function.

ü All internal pots, switches and controls cleaned and tested for noise-free function.

ü Both spindles in perfect alignment.

ü Heads are in great condition

ü Internal playback levels adjusted for even playback w/ alignment tape, Oscilloscope, and mVAC meter

ü Playback meters adjusted for 'playback' zero'd with factory test tone tape.

ü Internal Record amplifier channels adjusted for 'even output'

ü Pinch roller and heads all in GREAT condition!!!

ü Speed adjusted to 100% accuracy BOTH directions, with 1kHz factory calibration tape (meaning 1kHz calibration tape plays back at 1000Hz +/- 1 Hz)

ü FF, REW, & Play transport functions all test perfectly and controls tested for 'positive / accurate' responsive.

ü Eject door operates smoothly.

ü ALL Tape Counter Functions tested

ü Dolby B, C & dbx NR circuits / function tested

ü 'Memory / Zero Return' function tested

ü Cosmetics are decently clean, with typical, minor wear

ü Floor noise measured at -60dBm

ü Plays perfectly and after adjustment, records very well at -0.5 to -1dB! on most formulations of tape however, two did 'shine' over the rest of our test tapes. We did 'test recordings' of Pink Noise and 'ddd' CD's on 6 tapes; Sony Normal Bias, Fuji Normal Bias, TDK Normal Bias, Maxell Normal Bias, TDK 'SA' High Bias, and Maxell 'XL-II' High Bias. We found that they all performed VERY well on this particular deck (although the Fuji DR-1 definitely came up 'last'). The Sony HF 'Normal Bias' did very well with both PN and ddd CD at -.5dB w/ no NR. It exhibited good saturation capabilities with minimal 'high end' loss. It recorded at -6dB w/ dbx engaged, but that was from a starting point of more than +10dB on the meters. Dolby B was -2 and C was -2. Maxell UDXL-II was at -1.5dB with PN, but with ddd CD and no NR it exhibited great recording at -1.0dB with GREAT high end retention. dbx was at -6dB down, but again, that was from a ++10dB starting point. Bottom line is it makes GREAT recordings.
Total technician time to restore 8+ HOURS!
  
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Great performing and LOADED deck. The Yamaha K-720. There's not much this deck doesn't do for a '2-head' machine. Following the above mentioned service / refurb, it's now reliable for playing, recording or if you need to burn some tapes to CD. Looks and runs great! 

Yamaha KR-720 Features:
 
- IC Logic Touch Tape Transport controls
- 3 Motor Transport
- Dolby B & C and dbx Noise Reduction
- HX Pro Dynamic Bias Servo System
 - "Sendust" Head for super long life
- Tri-mode Auto-Reverse
- Auto tape type selector for Normal / Chrome & Metal tapes
- Auto Bias and Tape Equalization

- Optical Tape End detector
- Record Mute
- Intro Scan (quick preview of songs on tape)
- Blank Skip
- Repeat (repeats current selection or of 'programmed selections')
- 'Beginning of Recording' Return function
- Auto-Fade at tape end and Side-B beginning (defeat-able 8-sec in and 4-sec out)
- Digital, Multi-Function, Fluorescent tape counter (Linear and Remaining Time displays)
- Dual, fluorescent level meters
- Memory tied to the counter
- Front-mounted 1/4" stereo headphone jack
- Timer option for Play or Record start
- Originally Optional 'wired' remote control (not included)


Yamaha KR-720 Specifications:
 
Track format: 
4 track / 2 channel
Heads:
 Sendust Rec / Playback. Double Gap, Ferrite Erase
Motors:
 3, DC Servo Capstan Motor, Flat Torque DC Reel Motor, and DC mechanism motor
Freq Response;
30-20,000Hz +/- 3db w/ Metal Tape @ -20dB
30-19,000
Hz +/- 3db w/ CrO2 Tape @ -20dB
30-17,000
Hz +/- 3db w/ 'Normal' Tape @ -20dB
Wow & Flutter (WRMS):
0.04% wtd
Tape Speed:
1-7/8 ips
Harmonic Distortion / THD: <1.0% @ 1kHz & 0dB (High Bias Tapes)
Line Input 'Nominal': 45mV & <47K Ohms
Microphone Input 'Nominal': 0.4mV & 5K Ohms
Line Output 'Nominal':
360mV & <47K Ohms
S/N ratio w/ CrO2 tape:
>90db
w/ dbx engaged (and High Bias Tapes)
>75db
w/ Dolby C engaged (and High Bias Tapes)
>67db w/ Dolby B engaged (and High Bias Tapes)
>59db w/ Dolby B engaged (and High Bias Tapes)
Headphones Output: 70mV @ 8 Ohms
Fast Wind Time:
~70 Seconds for C-60 tape

Again, as mentioned above, our tech has gone through it completely cleaning all parts, controls and tape mechanism. We also checked, cleaned, reconditioned and / or replaced rubber components. We completely de-magnetized the heads and transport. Capstan motor speed adjusted to exact spec! Tape speed re-adjusted to 100% accuracy, ie; 1 kHz = 1 kHz! And with it's service work completed the deck records incredibly well and plays back at -1 dB down!  Looks NEW and sounds great! Great for transferring your tape collection to CD, Hard-drive or MP3. Plays and Records extremely well. Very clean deck and usable deck! Includes a pdf / e-copy download of the Yamaha KR-720 owners / users / instruction manual (which you're gonna need to appreciate of of the function of this deck). Measures 17.25" w X 12" d X 4.25" h and unpacked weight is 13lbs. Comes with our 90 day limited warranty.
Yamaha KR-720
 Cond. 9

SOLD 1/12/18
SHIPPING TO OTTAWA, CANADA

(tape shown in photos not included. We do ship our decks with a  a 'pre-recorded' tape for playback, made on this 'specific' deck, and a tape to 'practice record' on.) 

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NEW LISTING
12/4/17
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VINTAGE AND FULLY SERVICED
TASCAM STUDIO CASSETTE TAPE DECK
TASCAM 112R
"Not going to win any 'Beauty Contests', but makes
up for that in 'Studio Mix-Down' performance
"

 3 HEADS / 3 MOTORS
AUTO-REVERSE W/ 'BI-DIRECTIONAL RECORDING'

#...0195
With DOLBY B &C NR
MADE IN JAPAN!
Circa 1986-93

SOLD 1/6/18
SHIPPED TO VIRGINIA


ü Our technician has completely and EXTENSIVELY gone through and 'Certified' this unit which involves complete removal and disassembly of the transport (not an easy task on this deck), cleaning inside and out, DISASSEMBLING, cleaning and re-lubricating all internal mechanisms and the balance of efforts listed below.



ü Heads inspected for excessive wear (obviously we do this 'early on' as 'excessive' wear will usually negate any further restoration work).

ü Head rotating gear inspected with a jewelers loop prior to starting any restoration work, and found to be 'hairline' crack free.

ü 'reel drive' tire reconditioned for years of trouble-free service.

ü All new internal Drive and Counter belts replaced for years of trouble-free service. (this was especially important to eliminate any audible WOW and Flutter)

ü Rubber pinch roller has been reconditioned

ü Capstan burnished

ü Heads have been cleaned and de-magnetized as well as the entire transport.

ü Head alignments and azimuth at both 1kHz and 10kHz adjusted for BOTH directions for 'peak performance' with O-Scope

ü All internal pots, switches and controls cleaned and tested for noise-free function.

ü Both spindles in perfect alignment.

ü FF, REW, & Play transport functions all test perfectly and controls tested for 'positive / accurate' responsive.

ü Eject door operates smoothly.

ü Tape Counter Function tested

ü Dolby B & C NR circuits / function tested

ü 'Memory / Zero Return' function tested

ü Heads are in great condition

ü Internal playback levels adjusted for even playback w/ alignment tape, Oscilloscope, and mVAC meter

ü Internal Record amplifier channels adjusted for 'even output'

ü Meters adjusted to within 1.5dB with symmetric input.

ü Pinch roller and heads all in GREAT condition!!!

ü Both level meters playback even.

ü Speed adjusted to 100% accuracy BOTH directions, with 1kHz factory calibration tape (meaning 1kHz calibration tape plays back at 1000Hz +/- 1Hz) (VERY difficult to do on this deck by the way)

ü Cosmetically, it's definitely not going to "win any beauty contests" (see above 'horizontal' photo collage), but it makes up for it in performance.

ü Plays perfectly and after adjustment, records AMAZINGLY well at -1dB! on Maxell UDXL-II tapes and -.5dB on Maxell UR / Normal Bias tapes (but 'top end' will not be as good as on CrO2). (Following the extensive restoration, we did 'test recordings' of a 'ddd' CD on 6 tapes; Sony HF Normal Bias -3dB, Fuji Normal Bias -2.5dB, TDK Normal Bias -1.5dB, Maxell Normal Bias, TDK 'SA' High Bias -2dB (didn't saturate as well as the Maxell UDXL-II), and Maxell 'XL-II' High Bias. We found that for Normal and High Bias, of those tapes tested, both "Maxells" performed well on this particular deck. The Maxell's did however much 'outshine' the TDK's for being able to 'over saturate' on the levels. While doing the test recording's, it became apparent that the recorded sound was fairly remarkable.
Total technician time to restore 16.5 HOURS!
  
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The TASCAM 112R, 3-Head / 3-Motor, Auto-Reverse with 'Bi-Directional Recording', Rack-Mount, Studio Stereo Cassette Tape Deck. Again, cosmetically it's only 'fair', but works GREAT!!!
Perfect
deck for doing your tape transfers if your tapes were recorded with no NR or with "Dolby B" or "Dolby C".
Again, as stated above, records AMAZINGLY well!

TASCAM 112R Features include:
  

- 3 Heads (allows instantaneous monitoring of recordings for the best audio results)
- Auto-Reverse, with 'Bi-Directional' Recording (not just 'A' side recording!)

- Dual, Asymmetrical Flywheel drive
- IC logic "touch-control" tape transport with motor driven 'cam control mechanism'
- Auto Selector for Normal (EX / I), CrO2 (SX / II) & Metal (ZX / IV)Tape Type
- Dual 13-Segment, LED Level Meters
- Digital, 'Multi-Function' tape counter
- Dolby B &C NR
- Record Muting
- Record level control with L & R balance
- Memory Stop / Repeat for counter
- Dual, Front mounted, 1/4", Microphone Jacks
- Front mounted, 1/4", Stereo Headphone jack
- Timer Play / Record function.
- DIN on rear panel for optional wired remote, TEAC RC-205 (remote not included)
-
Rack Mountable, with originally 'optional' rack ears, INCLUDED

TASCAM 112R Specifications:
 
Track format: 
4 track / 2 channel
Motors:
 3
Freq Response;
25-20,000Hz +/- 3db w/ Metal Tape @ -20dB
25-18,000
Hz +/- 3db w/ CrO2 Tape @ -20dB
25-17,000
Hz +/- 3db w/ 'Normal' Tape @ -20dB
Wow & Flutter (WRMS):
0.03% wtd
Tape Speed:
1-7/8 ips +/-0.5% (but as stated above, we have adjusted to 100% accuracy w/ 'Pitch Control' ''centered''!)
Harmonic Distortion / THD: <1.0% @ 1kHz & 0dB (High Bias Tapes)
S/N ratio w/ CrO2 tape:
>60db w/ Dolby dis-engaged (and High Bias Tapes)
>70
db w/ Dolby-B engaged (over 5kHz and High Bias Tapes)
>80
db w/ Dolby-B engaged (over 1kHz and High Bias Tapes)
Bias Frequency:
100kHz
Pitch Control: +/- 15%
Erasure:
>65dB below saturation level @ 1kHz / +10dB
Separation: >45dB @ 1kHz, 0dB
Recording Level
: 200 nWb/m & 0dB
Line Input 'Nominal': -10dBV / 300mV & <40K Ohms
Line Input 'Maximum': -22dBV / 794mV & <40K Ohms
Line Output 'Nominal':
-10dBV / 300mV & <3.5K Ohms
Line Output 'Maximum': -5 dBV / 560mV & <3.5K Ohms
Headphones Output: 2.5mW @ 8 Ohms
Fast Wind Time:
~70 Seconds for C-60 tape
  
Again, we have completely cleaned, refurbished / serviced and thoroughly tested this TASCAM 112R cassette tape deck.
It does have a few 'battle scars', so isn't going to 'win' any beauty contests (
see above 'horizontal' photo collage), but will make up for it in performance, again check the -1dB recording results, and the 1kHz = 1kHz speed!
Great for transferring your no NR or Dolby B / C NR encoded tape collection to CD, Hard-drive or MP3. Built very well! Looks like new, works and sounds great.
Measures 19.25" wide (w/ rack ears installed) x 11.5" deep x 4.6" tall and weighs 13 lbs unpacked. Includes our standard 90 day limited warranty. 
TASCAM 112R
Cond. 7.5

SOLD 1/6/18
SHIPPED TO VIRGINIA

(tape shown in photos not included. We do ship our decks with a  a 'pre-recorded' tape for playback, made on this 'specific' deck, and a tape to 'practice record' on.) 

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NEW LISTING
12/19/17
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PRE-APPRECIATED
FULLY SERVICED
DENON CASSETTE DECK
DENON DRR-730
AUTO-REVERSE
STEREO CASSETTE TAPE DECK
With DOLBY B & C
& HX PRO

Circa 19
92-97
Made in Japan

SOLD 2/5/18
SHIPPING TO NEW MEXICO


ü Our technician has completely and EXTENSIVELY gone through and 'Certified' this unit which involves complete removal and partial disassembly of the entire transport, cleaning inside and out, DISASSEMBLING, cleaning and re-lubricating all internal mechanisms and the balance of efforts listed below.

ü Heads inspected for excessive wear (obviously we do this 'early on' as 'excessive' wear will usually negate any further restoration work).

ü Head rotating gear inspected with a jewelers loop prior to starting any restoration work, and found to be 'hairline' crack free.

ü All 'reel drive' tires reconditioned for years of trouble-free service.

ü All new internal Drive and Counter belts replaced for years of trouble-free service.

ü Rubber pinch roller has been reconditioned

ü Capstan burnished

ü Heads have been cleaned and de-magnetized as well as the entire transport.

ü Head alignments and azimuth at both 1kHz and 10kHz adjusted for BOTH directions for 'peak performance' with O-Scope

ü All internal pots, switches and controls cleaned and tested for noise-free function.

ü Both spindles in perfect alignment.

ü Heads are in great condition

ü Internal playback levels adjusted for even playback w/ alignment tape, Oscilloscope, and mVAC meter

ü Playback meters adjusted for 'playback' zero'd with factory test tone tape.

ü Internal Record amplifier channels adjusted for 'even output'

ü Pinch roller and heads all in GREAT condition!!!

ü Speed adjusted to 100% accuracy BOTH directions, with 1kHz factory calibration tape (meaning 1kHz calibration tape plays back at 1000Hz +/- 1Hz)

ü FF, REW, & Play transport functions all test perfectly and controls tested for 'positive / accurate' responsive.

ü Eject door operates smoothly.

ü ALL Tape Counter Functions tested

ü Dolby B & C NR circuits / function tested

ü 'Memory / Zero Return' function tested

ü Cosmetics are LIKE NEW!

ü Plays perfectly and after adjustment, records very well at -1dB! on about any formulation of tape. We did 'test recordings' of Pink Noise and 'ddd' CD's on 6 tapes; Sony Normal Bias, Fuji Normal Bias, TDK Normal Bias, Maxell Normal Bias, TDK 'SA' High Bias, and Maxell 'XL-II' High Bias. We found that they all performed VERY well on this particular deck. We did however find that the deck likes to record at about -10dB on the meters, for 'smoother saturation' of tape. Again, we really didn't have a favorite, plus the deck has adjustable Bias (although we left it 'centered' for our tests).
Total technician time to restore 8+ HOURS!
  
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Great performing deck. The Denon DRR-730. Following the above mentioned service / refurb, it's now reliable for playing, recording or if you need to burn some tapes to CD. Looks and runs great! 

Denon DRR-730 Features:
 
- IC Logic Touch Tape Transport controls
- 2 Motor Transport (1 Cap motor and 1x 'Reel' motor)
 - Dual power supplies (one for transport and one for audio circuits) makes for more stable operation
- HX Pro circuitry
 - "Amorphous" Head for super long life
- Tri-mode Auto-Reverse
- Auto tape type selector for Normal / Chrome & Metal tapes
- Dolby B & C Noise Reduction
 - Built-in MPX filter for killing the 19kHz pilot tone in FM transmissions
- Fine Bias adjustment
- Variable Output Level control (one of the most important features on a deck in our opinion)
- Front-mounted 1/4" stereo headphone jack
- Record Mute
- Next song search
- 'Record Return' function
- Digital Fluorescent tape counter
- Dual, fluorescent level meters
- Memory tied to the counter
- Optional infrared remote control (not included)


Denon DRR-730 Specifications:
 
Track format: 
4 track / 2 channel
Motors:
 2
Freq Response;
25-19,000Hz +/- 3db w/ Metal Tape
@ -20dB
Wow & Flutter (WRMS):
0.055% wtd
Tape Speed:
1-7/8 ips
Harmonic Distortion / THD: <3.0% @ 1kHz & 0dB (High Bias Tapes)
S/N ratio w/ CrO2 tape:
>74db
w/ Dolby C engaged (and High Bias Tapes)
Bias Frequency:
105kHz w/ control centered

Separation: >40dB @ 1kHz, 0dB
Crosstalk
: >65dB @ 1kHz, 0dB
Recording Level
: 200 nWb/m & 0dB
Headphones Output: 1.2mW @ 8 Ohms
Fast Wind Time:
~110 Seconds for C-60 tape
 
Again, as mentioned above, our tech has gone through it completely cleaning all parts, controls and tape mechanism. We also checked, cleaned, reconditioned and / or replaced rubber components. We completely de-magnetized the heads and transport. Capstan motor speed adjusted to exact spec! Tape speed re-adjusted to 100% accuracy, ie; 1 kHz = 1 kHz! Test records incredibly well and plays back at -1 dB down!  Looks NEW and sounds great! Great for transferring your tape collection to CD, Hard-drive or MP3. Test plays and Records extremely well. Very clean deck and usable deck! Measures 17.25" w X 11" d X 5" h and unpacked weight is 10 lbs. Comes with our 90 day limited warranty.
DENON DRR-730
 Cond. 9

SOLD 2/5/18
SHIPPING TO NEW MEXICO

(tape shown in photos not included. We do ship our decks with a  a 'pre-recorded' tape for playback, made on this 'specific' deck, and a tape to 'practice record' on.) 

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NEW LISTING 12/3/17
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PRE-OWNED / REFURBISHED
TEAC CASSETTE TAPE DECK
TEAC V-900X
3-HEADS / 3-MOTORS

#...0296
With DOLBY B, C AND dbx NR
MADE IN JAPAN!
Circa 1984-85
"WORLD AC POWER"


SOLD 12/9/17
SHIPPED TO OREGON


ü Our technician has completely and EXTENSIVELY gone through and 'Certified' this unit which involves complete disassembly of the transport (not an easy task on this table), cleaning inside and out, partially disassembling, cleaning and re-lubricating all internal mechanisms and the balance of efforts listed below.

ü Heads inspected for excessive wear (obviously we do this 'early on' as 'excessive' wear will usually negate any further restoration work).

ü Entire Tape transport completely removed from chassis



ü Cam Drive belt replaced for trouble-free service.

ü Entire front face panel removed during refurb / servicing

ü All 'Transport' 'momentary micro-switches' replaced with new (very time consuming operation)

ü Rubber pinch roller reconditioned

ü Capstan burnished

ü Heads have been cleaned and de-magnetized as well as the entire transport.

ü Head alignments and azimuth checked and adjusted as necessary for 'peak performance' with O-Scope

ü All internal pots, switches and controls cleaned and tested for noise-free function.

ü FF, REW, & Play transport functions all test perfectly and controls tested for 'positive / accurate' responsive.

ü Eject door operates smoothly (Eject switch requires 'pressure' on 'lower edge' to engage).

ü 'Tape Motion / Counter Sensor' lamp' replaced (otherwise transport will stop after a few seconds if this is not functioning)

ü Meters adjusted to even zero with symmetric input.

ü Speed adjusted to 100% accuracy with 1kHz factory calibration tape (meaning 1kHz calibration tape plays back at 1000Hz +/- 1Hz)

ü Tape Counter Function tested

ü Dolby B, C and dbx NR circuits tested

ü 'Memory / Zero Return' function tested

ü Heads are in 'AS-NEW' condition, with NO visible wear!

ü Pinch roller and heads all in GREAT condition!!!

ü Floor noise measured at -60dB

ü Cosmetics are in essentially NEW condition. Deck works, sounds and looks great! 

ü Plays perfectly and after adjustment, records AMAZINGLY well at overall ~ -2.5-3 dB! on High bias type tapes using Pink Noise and DDD CD material (Following the extensive restoration, we did 'test recordings' of a 'DDD' CD on 6 tapes; Sony Normal Bias, Fuji Normal Bias, TDK Normal Bias, Maxell Normal Bias, TDK 'SA' High Bias, and Maxell 'XL-II' High Bias. We found that for Normal and High Bias, of those tapes tested, both the TDK and "Maxells" performed VERY well on this particular deck. Both the Maxell's and the TDK's able to 'over saturate' on the levels. This deck sounded very good, regardless of the NR type selected (ie; No NR, Dolby B, Dolby C or dbx (my personal favorite for over 30 years). In fact, we were able to push the record levels to more than +10dB, not only with dbx (as you should be able to), but on Dolby C and Dolby B!
 Total technician time to restore ~16.5 HOURS!
  
____________________________

The TEAC V-900X, 3-Head / 3-Motor, Stereo Cassette Tape Deck. Great deck for doing your tape transfers if your tapes were recorded with any NR (features Dolby B, C and dbx!). Again, as stated above, records AMAZINGLY well!

TEAC V-900X Features include:
  
- 3 Heads (
allows instantaneous monitoring of recordings for the best audio results)
- Direct Drive
- Dolby B, Dolby C and dbx NR options

- Super Hard, High-Performance, '
Cobalt Amorphous ' R/P heads
- Threemotor / Direct Drive for long transport life (fewer rubber parts to age)
- Full IC logic "touch-control" tape transport with motor driven 'cam control mechanism'
- 'Auto' Selector for Normal (EX / I), CrO2 (SX / II) & Metal (ZX / IV)Tape Type
- Tape Type EQ selector for 120 or 70 μ
sec tape
- Recording Reference tone
- Auto-Calibration for tape biasing
-
16-Segment Fluorescent level meters
- Digital Fluorescent, multi-mode tape counter
- Auto Fader for Recording with adjustable fade rate
- DBX "Disc" function for reducing noise in DBX encoded records (if you own any of these rare discs)
- Variable Output level
- 'CPS' (song search)
- 'Intro Check' for selections on tape

- MPX filter (for filtering the 19kHz pilot tone out of FM transmissions)
- Record Muting
- Separate L&R Record level with 'ACTUAL POTENTIOMETERS'
- Memory Stop / Repeat for counter
- Dual front mounted 1/4" mic input jacks
- Front mounted 1/4", Stereo Headphone jack

- 4-pin Remote control port for optional wired remote control (not included)
- "WORLD AC POWER" allows unit to be operated on 50 or 60 Hz AC (would require a transformer to operated on European / Asian AC volts). Currently set up for US / North American AC power.

TEAC V-900X Specifications:
 
Track format: 
4 track / 2 channel
Motors:
 3
Freq Response;
20-20,000Hz +/- 3db w/ Metal Tape @ -20dB
Wow & Flutter (WRMS):
0.06% wtd
Tape Speed:
1-7/8 ips +/-0.5% (but as stated above, we have adjusted to 0.001% accuracy!)
Harmonic Distortion <2.5% @ 400Hz & 0dB (High Bias Tapes)
  
Again, following the above listed 16+ HOURS OF TECH TIME, this deck performs exceptionally well. Test records and plays very strong! Speed adjusted to .0001% speed accuracy (no easy task on this machine). Wow & Flutter not audibly detectable in our audio tests! Piano recordings have no detectable flutter. Deck looks great! Built very well! If you need a good "workhorse" cassette tape deck then here you go. You won't be disappointed in it's performance. This deck is 'feature packed' and 'packed' inside. This is a 'LOADED' cassette tape deck. There's not much in the way of 'practical recording' features it doesn't have. Weighs as much as some receivers.
Great for transferring your no NR, Dolby B or C, or 'dbx' encoded tape collection to CD, Hard-drive or MP3. Built very well! Looks like new, works and sounds great. Comes with an 'e-copy' / pdf of the TEAC V-900X owners manual.
Also includes it ORIGINAL box and packing!
Measures 17" wide x 13.5" deep x 5" tall and weighs 22 lbs unpacked. Includes our standard 90 day limited warranty. 
TEAC V-900X
Cond. 8.5+++
$799.

SOLD 12/9/17
SHIPPED TO OREGON

(tape shown in photos not included. We do ship our decks with a  a 'pre-recorded' tape for playback, made on this 'specific' deck, and a tape to 'practice record' on.) 

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NEW LISTING
12/29/17
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VINTAGE & FULLY SERVICED
NAKAMICHI CASSETTE DECK
NAKAMICHI CR-3A
STEREO CASSETTE TAPE DECK
3-HEAD
DOUBLE CAPSTAN
With DOLBY B & C NR
#...5673
Circa 1988-90

SOLD 1/2/18
SHIPPED TO ARIZONA

ü Our technician has completely and EXTENSIVELY gone through and 'Certified' this unit which involves complete removal and partial disassembly of the entire transport, cleaning inside and out, DISASSEMBLING, cleaning and re-lubricating all internal mechanisms and the balance of efforts listed below.

ü Heads inspected for excessive wear (obviously we do this 'early on' as 'excessive' wear will usually negate any further restoration work).

ü Removed 'drive' assembly, solvent cleaned all pulley and bearing surfaces, then re-lubed where necessary during re-assembly

ü 'Gear driven' hubs, so NO reel tires for trouble-free service.

ü Main drive / capstan belt replaced for trouble-free service.

ü Rubber pinch roller has been reconditioned

ü Capstan burnished

ü Heads have been cleaned and de-magnetized as well as the entire transport.

ü Head alignments and azimuth at both 1kHz and 10kHz adjusted for 'peak performance' with O-Scope

ü All 'user' potentiometers / controls removed, then cleaned and tested for noise-free function.

ü All internal pots, switches and controls cleaned and tested for noise-free function.

ü Both spindles in perfect alignment.

ü Heads are in great condition

ü Internal playback levels adjusted for even playback w/ alignment tape, Oscilloscope, and mVAC meter

ü Playback meters adjusted for 'playback' zero'd with factory test tone tape.

ü Internal Record amplifier channels adjusted for 'even output'

ü Pinch roller and heads all in GREAT condition!!!

ü Speed adjusted to 100% accuracy BOTH directions, with 1kHz factory calibration tape (meaning 1kHz calibration tape plays back at 1000Hz +/- 1 Hz)

ü FF, REW, & Play transport functions all test perfectly and controls tested for 'positive / accurate' responsive.

ü Eject door operates smoothly.

ü Digital Tape Counter

ü 'Memory Stop / Zero Return' and 'Auto Repeat' function

ü Dolby B & C circuits / function tested

ü Cosmetics are decently clean, with typical, minor wear and one small 'ding' to a rear corner of the face bezel (see above photos)

ü Floor noise measured at -60dBm

ü Plays great and after adjustment, records well w/ following results;
With Pink Noise recorded at 0dB w/o Dolby engaged; -3dB (and exhibited good 'top end performance in playback' with Maxell UDXL-II / High Bias tapes
With Pink Noise recorded at 0dB w/o Dolby engaged; -0dB (and exhibited good 'top end performance in playback' with TDK 'SA' / High Bias tapes
Total technician time to restore 6.5+ HOURS!
  
____________________________

NAKAMICHI
is known for 'Cassette Decks', but they were expensive when new, so we don't see a lot floating around on the secondary market, so when we do, it's always a treat. Here's a NAK CR-3A, "3-Head" deck 'made for recording'! And following all of the above listed service work, it's READY TO GO!

Nakamichi CR-3A Features:
 
- 3-Heads for better record capability
- Dual Capstan 'Closed Loop' transport
- 'Pressure Pad Lifter' (Most Nakamichi tape decks 'lift' the tape away from the 'pressure pad' that's 'built-in' to cassette tape shells, so that the deck can 'manage' the entire tape path.

- IC Logic, 'Silent Mechanism' Tape Transport controls
- 2 Motor Transport
- Dolby B & C Noise Reduction

- Tape type selector for Normal / Chrome & Metal tapes
- Fine Bias Tuning (really becomes useful coupled with the "3-head" design for 'fine tuning' recordings around different tape types)
- 2-Position Tape Equalization to optimize playback of different tape types

- Auto-Slack mechanism (takes up slack in tape upon closing the cassette well door)
- 'One Touch' Rec/Pause

- Record Mute
- Built-in MPX filter for killing the 19kHz pilot tone in FM transmissions
- Variable Output Level control (one of the most important features on a deck in our opinion)

- Dual, LED level meters
- Memory tied to the counter
- Front-mounted 1/4" stereo headphone jack
- Timer option for Play or Record start
- System' remote port for tying in with other, compatible Nakamichi components


Nakamichi CR-3A Specifications:
 
Track format: 
4 track / 2 channel
Heads:
 3x
Motors:
 2, DC Servo Capstan Motor, Flat Torque DC Reel Motor
Freq Response;
20-20,000Hz +/- 3db w/ All Tape types @ -20dB
Wow & Flutter (WRMS):
0.035% wtd
Tape Speed:
1-7/8 ips +/- 0.5%
Harmonic Distortion / THD: <0.9% @ 1kHz & 0dB (High Bias Tapes)
Bias Frequency: 105kHz
Erasure:
>60dB below saturation level @ 100Hz / +10dB
Separation: >37dB @ 1kHz, 0dB
Line Input 'Nominal': 50mV & <30K Ohms
Line Output 'Nominal':
500mV & 2.2K Ohms (w/ output pot maxed)
S/N ratio w/ CrO2 tape:
>72db
@ 400Hz, w/ Dolby C engaged (and High Bias Tapes)
>66db w/ Dolby B engaged (and High Bias Tapes)
Headphones Output: 5mW @ 8 Ohms
Fast Wind Time:
~80 Seconds for C-60 tape

Again, as mentioned above, our tech has gone through it completely cleaning all parts, controls and tape mechanism. We also checked, cleaned, reconditioned and / or replaced rubber components. We completely de-magnetized the heads and transport. Capstan motor speed adjusted to exact spec! Tape speed re-adjusted to 100% accuracy, ie; 1 kHz = 1 kHz! And with it's service work completed the deck records incredibly well and plays back utilizing TDK SA tapes at 0dB down! Other than the minor 'ding' mentioned earlier, the deck looks near NEW and sounds great! Great for transferring your tape collection to CD, Hard-drive or MP3. Plays and Records extremely well. Very clean deck and usable deck! Includes a pdf / e-copy download of the Nakamichi CR-3A owners / users / instruction manual. Measures 17" w X 10.5" d X 4" h and unpacked weight is 13lbs. Comes with our 90 day limited warranty.
Nakamichi CR-3A
 Cond. 8.5+

(C) R.R.

SOLD 1/2/18
SHIPPED TO ARIZONA

(tape shown in photos not included. We do ship our decks with a  a 'pre-recorded' tape for playback, made on this 'specific' deck, and a tape to 'practice record' on.) 

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NEW LISTING 10/24/17
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PRE-OWNED / REFURBISHED
NAKAMICHI CASSETTE TAPE DECK
NAKAMICHI 480

#...
9933
With DOLBY B NR
MADE IN JAPAN!
Circa 1979-82
"*WORLD AC POWER"

SOLD 11/27/17
SHIPPED TO WISCONSIN


ü Our technician has completely and EXTENSIVELY gone through and 'Certified' this unit which involves complete disassembly of the transport (not an easy task on this table), cleaning inside and out, DISASSEMBLING, cleaning and re-lubricating all internal mechanisms and the balance of efforts listed below.

ü Heads inspected for excessive wear (obviously we do this 'early on' as 'excessive' wear will usually negate any further restoration work).

ü All 'reel drive' tires replaced for years of trouble-free service.

ü All new internal Drive and Counter belts replaced for years of trouble-free service.

ü Both Rubber pinch rollers have been reconditioned

ü Capstan burnished

ü Heads have been cleaned and de-magnetized as well as the entire transport.

ü Head alignments and azimuth checked and adjusted as necessary for 'peak performance' with O-Scope

ü All internal pots, switches and controls cleaned and tested for noise-free function.

ü Both spindles in perfect alignment.

ü FF, REW, & Play transport functions all test perfectly and controls tested for 'positive / accurate' responsive.

ü Eject door operates smoothly.

ü Tape Counter Function tested

ü Dolby NR circuit tested

ü 'Memory / Zero Return' function tested

ü Heads are in 'AS-NEW' condition, with NO visible wear!

ü Meters adjusted to even zero with symmetric input.

ü Pinch roller and heads all in GREAT condition!!!

ü Both level meters playback even.

ü Speed adjusted to 100% accuracy with 1kHz factory calibration tape (meaning 1kHz calibration tape plays back at 1000Hz +/- 1Hz)

ü Cosmetics are in essentially NEW condition. Deck works, sounds and looks great! 

ü Plays perfectly and after adjustment, records AMAZINGLY well at -0 dB! on High bias type tapes. (Following the extensive restoration, we did 'test recordings' of a 'ddd' CD on 6 tapes; Sony Normal Bias, Fuji Normal Bias, TDK Normal Bias, Maxell Normal Bias, TDK 'SA' High Bias, and Maxell 'XL-II' High Bias. We found that for Normal and High Bias, of those tapes tested, both the TDK and "Maxells" performed VERY well on this particular deck. The Maxell's did somewhat 'outshine' the TDK's for being able to 'over saturate' on the levels. While doing the test recording's, it became apparent that the recorded sound was fairly remarkable. Here's the deal. We sync'd up the recording we had just made, and the CD player and AB'd on our pre-amp between the CD and the Tape. Not only was there no 'level loss' (it's a cassette, there should have been!!!), but the tape actually had a bit more brilliance and 'natural' top end to it by a couple to 3 dB's!!!)
 Total technician time to restore ~9 HOURS!
(this deck is actually from the 'personal stock' of our Senior Technician)

  
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The Nakamichi 480, Closed-Loop / Dual Capstan, Stereo Cassette Tape Deck. Great deck for doing your tape transfers if your tapes were recorded with no NR or with Dolby B. Again, as stated above, records AMAZINGLY well!

Nakamichi 480 Features include:
  

-
Asymmetrical Dual Flywheel capstan drive
Double-Capstan / Closed Loop tape transport for more consistent head contact
- 2 Heads
- Super Hard, High-Performance, 'SENDUST' R/P head w/ EXTREMELY NARROW gap, allowing for 20-20,000Hz performance
- IC logic "touch-control" tape transport with motor driven 'cam control mechanism'
- Selector for Normal (EX / I), CrO2 (SX / II) & Metal (ZX / IV)Tape Type
- Tape Type EQ selector for 120 or 70
μsec tape
- Analog "VU" signal level meters w/ 47dB of range
- Analog tape counter
- Auto 'Slack Take-up' when tape is loaded
- MPX filter (for filtering the 19kHz pilot tone out of FM transmissions)
- Dolby B NR
- Record Muting
- Record level control with L & R balance
- Memory Stop / Repeat for counter
- Front mounted 1/4", Stereo Headphone jack
- DIN on rear panel for optional wired remote (remote not included)

- *Semi
"WORLD AC POWER" allows unit to be operated on 50 or 60 Hz AC (would require a transformer to operated on European / Asian AC volts). Currently set up for US / North American AC power.

Nakamichi 480 Specifications:
 
Track format: 
4 track / 2 channel
Motors:
 2
Freq Response;
20-20,000Hz +/- 3db w/ Metal Tape @ -20dB
Wow & Flutter (WRMS):
0.06% wtd
Tape Speed:
1-7/8 ips +/-0.5% (but as stated above, we have adjusted to 0.1% accuracy!)
Harmonic Distortion <1.0% @ 400Hz & 0dB (High Bias Tapes)
S/N ratio w/ CrO2 tape:
>62db @400Hz (w/ Dolby engaged and High Bias Tapes)
Bias Frequency:
105KHz
Erasure: >60dB below saturation level @ 1kHz
Separation: >36dB @ 1kHz, 0dB
Crosstalk: >60dB @ 1kHz, 0dB
Line Input: 50mV & 30K Ohms
Line Output: 600mV & 2.2K Ohms
Headphones Output: 10mW @ 8 Ohms

  
Again, we have completely cleaned, prepped and tested this Nakamichi 480 cassette tape deck.
I would like to think that I have had plenty, but would be hard pressed to recall a cassette deck that records as well as this one does. Maybe I have gotten better at testing them, but regardless, this records about as 'perfectly' as possible (and I've had, owned and sold the best cassette decks ever made including Tascams 122mk III's, Nak Dragons, Nak CR-7's, Yamaha's, Denons, Onkyo's, Pioneer CT-F1250's and CT-F1000, and a few hundred more.)
Great for transferring your no NR or Dolby NR encoded tape collection to CD, Hard-drive or MP3. Built very well! Looks like new, works and sounds great.
 Comes with an 'e-copy' / pdf of the Nakamichi 480 owners manual and original Nakamichi 480 Brochure. Measures 17.75" wide x 11.5" deep x 5.5" tall and weighs 16 lbs unpacked.
Includes our standard 90 day limited warranty. 
NAKAMICHI 480
Cond. 8.5+++

(C) B.F.

SOLD 11/27/17
SHIPPED TO WISCONSIN

(tape shown in photos not included. We do ship our decks with a  a 'pre-recorded' tape for playback, made on this 'specific' deck, and a tape to 'practice record' on.) 

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NEW LISTING
10/24/17
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RESTORED / REFURBISHED / FULLY SERVICED
VINTAGE
TECHNICS CASSETTE TAPE DECK
TECHNICS  RS-M234X

 #...5467
With DOLBY B, C & dbx NR
Circa 1983
Made in Japan


SOLD 10/30/17
SHIPPED TO OREGON


ü Our technician has completely and EXTENSIVELY gone through and 'Certified' this unit which involves complete disassembly of the transport (not an easy task on this deck), cleaning inside and out, COMPLETELY DISASSEMBLING, cleaning and re-lubricating all internal mechanisms and the balance of efforts listed below.

ü Heads inspected for excessive wear (obviously we do this 'early on' as 'excessive' wear will usually negate any further restoration work).

ü ALL GEAR DRIVE (meaning NO reel belts / tires) for trouble-free service.



ü Rubber pinch roller reconditioned

ü Capstan burnished

ü Heads have been cleaned and de-magnetized as well as the entire transport.

ü Head alignments and azimuth checked and adjusted as necessary for 'peak performance' with O-Scope

ü All internal pots, switches and controls cleaned and tested for noise-free function.

ü All internal fluorescent displays and LED's working fine.

ü Both hub spindles in perfect alignment.

ü FF, REW, & Play transport functions all test perfectly and controls tested for 'positive / accurate' responsive.

ü Heads in great shape as well, with many years of performance left in them and head alignment / azimuth has been checked for peak performance.

ü Playback meters zero with factory test tone tape.

ü Tape Counter Function tested

ü Pinch roller and heads all in GREAT condition!!! -

ü Both level meters playback even.

ü Speed adjusted to 100% accuracy with 1kHz factory test tape (meaning 1kHz calibration tape plays back at 1000Hz +/- 1Hz)

ü Deck has had just over 6 hours of restoration work done, mostly to the transport.


ü Plays perfectly and records well @ ~0dB (between TDK and Maxell tapes) ( we really put them through the paces, testing both with well mixed, recently recorded CD material and CD recorded / factory test tones looking for correct head Azimuth and speed accuracy).

Face is made of beautiful brushed aluminum, and overall the deck is in NEW cosmetic condition. Following the extensive restoration, we did 'test recordings' of a 'ddd' CD on 6 tapes; Sony Normal Bias, Fuji Normal Bias, TDK Normal Bias, Maxell Normal Bias, TDK 'SA' High Bias, and Maxell 'XL-II' High Bias. We found that for Normal and High Bias, of those tapes tested, both the "Maxells" performed VERY well on this particular deck.
 Total technician time to restore and do final testing ~7+ hrs.
 
The Technics RS-M234X. Great deck for "all around use" home or project studio. And since it utilizes dbx NR, it can squeeze up to 110 dB of dynamic range onto a cassette tape (normally the best recorders might do up to 72 dB). 

Technics RS-M234X Features include:

- Motor assist transport controls for "touch-control" feel
- DBX noise reduction built-in for recording and playback for playing back all those dbx encoded tapes you have 
- dbx "Disc" function for reducing noise in dbx encoded LP's
- Dolby B & C NR in addition to the dbx
- Auto tape type selector for Normal, Fe-CO2, CrO2 & Metal tapes
- Full "Auto-Stop"
- "OTR" One Touch Record
- "Cue & Review" function for fast winding tape while temporarily listening (very handy)
- Dual Fluorescent VU signal level meters with Peak Hold
- Manual Record Level and Balance controls
- Record Mute function
- Dual front mounted 1/4" mic input jacks
- Front mounted Stereo Headphone jack
- Timer Play / Record function.
-Semi "WORLD AC POWER" ™  allows unit to be operated on 50 or 60 Hz AC. (Simply use a good quality transformer for European voltage use. Ready for use already here in the USA)


Technics RS-M234X Specifications:

Track format: 
4 track / 2 channel
Motors:
 1
Heads
: 1x 'MX' R/P and 1x 'double-gap' 'Ferrite' erase head
Dynamic Range: 110dB with DBX engaged
Freq Response;
20-19,000Hz w/ Metal Tape @ -20dB
20-18,000
Hz w/ CrO2 Tape @ -20dB
20-17,000
Hz w/ Std Tape @ -20dB
Wow & Flutter (WRMS):
0.045% wtd
Tape Speed:
1-7/8 ips +/-0.5% (but as stated above, we have adjusted to 0.1% accuracy!)

S/N ratio w/ CrO2 tape: >92db (w/ dbx engaged)
>75db (w/ Dolby C engaged)
>67
db (w/ Dolby B engaged)
>57
db (w/ no NR)
Bias Frequency:
80KHz
Line Input: 60mV & 47K Ohms
Line Output: 400mV & 1.5K Ohms
Headphones Output: 80mV @ 8-600 Ohms
Fast Wind time:
90 Sec w/ C60 tapes

Very clean deck. All functions work well. Again, deck has been completely gone through. I sold this deck when new with never any disappointments. Great for project studio or home use especially since it has Dolby B, C and professional dbx NR! Also great for transferring your tape collection to CD, Hard-drive or MP3. Deck looks NEW! Measures 17" wide x 9.5" deep x 4.25" tall and weighs 10 lbs unpacked. Will include
an 'e-copy' / pdf of the Pioneer CT-F650 owners manual. Comes with our 90 day limited warranty.
TECHNICS RS-M234X CASSETTE DECK W/ dbx
Cond. 8.5

SOLD 10/30/17
SHIPPED TO OREGON

(tape shown in photos not included. We do ship our decks with a  a 'pre-recorded' tape for playback, made on this 'specific' deck, and a tape to 'practice record' on.) 

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Did you know?
Technics; The name Technics was introduced as a brand name for premium loudspeakers marketed domestically by Matsushita in 1965. In 1969, they introduced the SP-10, the first direct-drive turntable model for the professional market, and in 1971 the SL-1100 for the consumer market. The SL-1200 has since it's inception been the 'standard' of the industry for DJ's around the world. Most of there turntables are of 'industry standard' quality, even on the 'low-end' of the price scale, for most of their model years.
Technics was the first to introduce 'auto-reverse' (1972) into cassette decks (some would say to the detriment of audio quality, but certainly 'handy' in many applications) and 3-heads in a cassette deck (1973).
      In the late 1970's, Technics introduced what are some of the currently most sought after reel to reel decks out there. The Technics 1500 and 1700 series. They are overall 'amazing'!
I am a HUGE fan of Technics gear, especially their cassette decks. I worked for a Technics dealer in the early 1980's and loved to sell Technics gear because, not only did I know it would perform splendidly for most applications, it rarely came back with an issue. In fact, I extend that opinion to today, now 30 years on, as if I have to place a 'blind bet' on an 'as-found' item either still functioning, or being not far from it, I will go with Technics almost every time. Yamaha would typically be my second choice followed by the other 'famous' manufacturers a ways down the list. That's not to say 'Technics can do no wrong', because like everyone, they built a few 'lemons', but overall they do MOSTLY right.



 

 

      

    

NEW LISTING 10/24/17
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RESTORED / REFURBISHED / FULLY SERVICED
VINTAGE
PIONEER CASSETTE TAPE DECK
PIONEER CT-F650 / CTF650
With 'CUEING' AND DOLBY NR
FROM THE 'BLUE METER' SERIES

#...7616
Circa 1979-81
Made in Japan

SOLD 11/13/17
SHIPPED TO CALIFORNIA


ü Our technician has completely and EXTENSIVELY gone through and 'Certified' this unit which involves complete disassembly of the transport (not an easy task on this deck), cleaning inside and out, COMPLETELY DISASSEMBLING, cleaning and re-lubricating all internal mechanisms and the balance of efforts listed below.

ü Heads inspected for excessive wear (obviously we do this 'early on' as 'excessive' wear will usually negate any further restoration work).

ü All drive tires reconditioned for trouble-free service.

ü All new internal rubber belts replaced for trouble-free service.

ü Rubber pinch roller reconditioned

ü Capstan burnished

ü Heads have been cleaned and de-magnetized as well as the entire transport.

ü Head alignments and azimuth checked and adjusted as necessary for 'peak performance' with O-Scope

ü All internal pots, switches and controls cleaned and tested for noise-free function.

ü All internal fluorescent displays and LED's working fine.

ü Both hub spindles in perfect alignment.

ü FF, REW, & Play transport functions all test perfectly and controls tested for 'positive / accurate' responsive.

ü Heads in great shape as well, with many years of performance left in them and head alignment / azimuth has been checked for peak performance.

ü Playback meters zero with factory test tone tape.

ü Tape Counter Function tested

ü Plays perfectly and records well @ ~0dB (between TDK and Maxell tapes) ( we really put them through the paces, testing both with well mixed, recently recorded CD material and CD recorded / factory test tones looking for correct head Azimuth and speed accuracy).

ü Pinch roller and heads all in GREAT condition!!! -Both level meters playback even.

ü Speed adjusted to 100% accuracy with 1kHz factory test tape (meaning 1kHz calibration tape plays back at 1000Hz +/- 1Hz)

ü Deck has had just over 9 hours of restoration work done, mostly to the transport.

Face is made of beautiful brushed aluminum, and overall the deck is in NEW cosmetic condition. Following the extensive restoration, we did 'test recordings' of a 'ddd' CD on 6 tapes; Sony Normal Bias, Fuji Normal Bias, TDK Normal Bias, Maxell Normal Bias, TDK 'SA' High Bias, and Maxell 'XL-II' High Bias. We found that for Normal and High Bias, of those tapes tested, both the "Maxells" performed VERY well on this particular deck.
 Total technician time to restore ~9 HOURS!
(this deck is actually from the 'personal stock' of our Senior Technician)

  ____________________________
  
The Classic Pioneer CT-F650, Piano-Key, Manual Cueing, Dolby B, stereo cassette tape deck. Great deck to add to your classic, brushed silver Pioneer Rack. Would look great with a Pioneer Spec system, RT-909, SA-9800, SA-9500 or other "period" Pioneer gear.

Pioneer CT-F650 Features include:
  

- 2-Motors
- Classic 'Piano Key' transport operation
- Dolby noise reduction built-in for recording and playback
- Manual Tape Cueing to monitor signal in 'Fast Wind' modes
- Tape Type selector for Normal, Fe-CO2, CrO2 & Metal tape
- Manual Record Mute
- Pioneer's, Dual, Blue Fluorescent signal level meters
- Manual Record Level with independent L&R control
- Variable Output Level control
- Dual front mounted 1/4" mic input jacks
- Front mounted Stereo Headphone jack
- Analog Tape Counter
- Timer Start for Play or Record
- 'Remaining Tape Marker' light in tape well


Pioneer CT-F650 Specifications
:

Track format:
4 track / 2 channel
Motors: High Torque, DC servo motor
Freq Response: w/ Metal tape 20-18,000 Hz +/- 3dB @ -20dB
Wow & Flutter (WRMS) - 0.050% WRMS
 S/N ratio:  69dB Dolby B NR
                            59dB No NR (A weighted)
Harmonic Distortion <1.2% @ 0dB
 Output Level: 640mV @ 50Kohms


There's just something about the feel of 'original piano key' tape transports.
Again, we have completely refurbished and thoroughly tested this deck, with multiple recording tests (as stated previously). Cosmetically, it's in essentially NEW condition! Great addition to a classic Pioneer "Spec" rack! Also great for transferring your tape collection to CD, Hard-drive or MP3. Includes original box and packing. Comes with an 'e-copy' / pdf of the Pioneer CT-F650 owners manual.
Measures 16.5" wide x 13.25" deep x 6" tall and weighs 18 lbs unpacked. Comes with our 90 day limited warranty.

PIONEER CT-F650
Cond. 9.5+++ (really could be classed a 'TEN')

(C) B.F.

SOLD 11/13/17
SHIPPED TO CALIFORNIA

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