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

FULLY SERVICED & CALIBRATED
BACKED BY WARRANTY

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.
Also occasionally have Nakamichi BX / RX, Yamaha, Technics with DBX, 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.

 


 

 



A FEW OF OUR CASSETTE DECKS WAITING FOR A SPOT ON THE RESTORATION BENCHES...
(YES, WE HAVE OUR WORK 'CUT OUT FOR US')



 
 
OUR SERVICED / RESTORED
CASSETTE TAPE DECKS:
 
    

          NEW LISTING 12/14/18
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EXTENSIVELY SERVICED W/ WARRANTY
VINTAGE AKAI CASSETTE TAPE DECK
HUGE
AKAI GX-F60R
"GX/TWIN FIELD" HEAD
AUTO-REVERSE &
DOLBY NR
#...4233
MADE IN JAPAN!
Circa 1980-83

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 Internal AC voltage set for 'North American' use, and Internal DC power supply tested to correct Voltages before any work commenced

ü Capstan Motor (EG-510ED-2B), reel motor (1241006) and Solenoid function verified

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 VERY DIFFICULT TO ACCESS, 'Reel Drive Tire' removed and replaced with a new one. (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 New Main Drive and Counter belts installed throughout entire transport for trouble-free service.



ü 'Frozen', Pinch-Roller 'pivot' assembly disassembled, cleaned of 'old, stiff' grease and re-lubed

ü Rubber pinch rollers have been reconditioned (Pinch roller assembly service alone took about 4 hours)


ü Flywheel 'belt surfaces' solvent cleaned

ü Bronze Flywheel bushings solvent cleaned

ü Entire flywheel assemblies re-lubed upon re-assembly

ü Left reel hub replaced with another original, OEM unit for better 'seating' of cassette reels.

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

ü Head alignment and azimuth at 125Hz, 1kHz and 10kHz adjusted for BOTH directions for 'peak performance' with O-Scope and w/ STL and TEAC MTT-257H calibration / alignment tapes. Both channels now even output.

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

ü All LED's and incandescent lamps functioning well, with low current draw

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 Meters adjusted to even zero with symmetric with Volt meter, O-Scope and w/ STL and TEAC MTT-257H calibration / alignment tapes. Both channels now even output.

ü Both Internal playback amplifier channels adjusted with Volt meter, O-Scope and w/ STL and TEAC MTT-257H calibration / alignment tapes. Both channels now even output.

ü Meters adjusted to even zero with symmetric input with Volt meter, O-Scope and w/ STL and TEAC MTT-257H calibration / alignment tapes. Both channels now even output.

ü Both Internal Record amplifier channels adjusted with Volt meter, O-Scope and w/ STL and TEAC MTT-257H calibration / alignment tapes. Both channels now 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 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 Plays great and after adjustment, records AMAZINGLY well w/ following results;

ü  Pink Noise recorded @ 0dB with Dolby engaged on Maxell XL-II (High bias) tapes plays back @ avg of -1dB to -3dB between L & R

ü 1kHz recorded @ 0dB with Dolby engaged on Maxell XL-II (High bias) tapes plays back @ avg of -1dB to -3dB between L & R

ü 'DDD' CD recorded at 0dB with Dolby engaged; 1 to -2.5dB 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)

ü Cosmetically, the deck looks great. The 'wood grained, vinyl wrapped' case / cabinet looks great with only a couple minor cosmetic blems.
Total technician time to restore 18.5+ HOURS!
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The Akai GX-F60R, Auto-Reverse, Stereo Cassette Tape Deck. Akai has always been known as one of the top manufacturers of 'tape decks', especially Reel to Reel decks, and they bring that expertise to 'Cassette Decks' as well, especially when it comes to 'motor technology'. Their cassette and 8-track decks have some of the biggest motors.
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. Just a couple little minor scuffs / dings on the included, but originally optional wood grained case (see photos above). 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.

AKAI GX-F60R Features include:
  

- "Twin-Field / Super GX Head" (features separate 'gap sizes' for Playback and Recording in a single R/P head)
- 'Quick Infrared' Auto Reverse (Reverses at 'beginning' of 'leader / tape' splice, instead of playing all the way thru the leader to the point of 'Auto-Stop' resistance, the needing to play back through the leader just to get to the recorded material on side B)

- Triple-Mode Auto-Reverse

- "Soft touch / IC Logic control" tape transport
(allows you to switch between 'Fast Wind' or 'Play' modes without pressing 'Stop' w/ no fear of 'spilling / dumping tape')
- Selector for two positions of Normal (EX / I), CrO2 (SX / II) & Metal (ZX / IV) Tape Type
- Dual Fluorescent VU Level Meters
- Analog Tape 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 'friction-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.
- Standard RCA I/O jacks as well as DIN
- Multi-pin port on rear panel for optional wired remote, Akai RC-21 (remote not included)


AKAI GX-F60R Specifications:
 
Track format: 
4 track / 2 channel
Motors:
 2x 1x DC 'Reel', & 1x FG Servo Controlled DC 'Capstan'
Freq Response;
30-19,000Hz +/- 3db w/ Metal Tape
@ -20dB
30-16,500
Hz +/- 3db w/ CrO2 Tape @ -20dB
30-16,000
Hz +/- 3db w/ 'Normal' Tape @ -20dB
Wow & Flutter (WRMS):
0.04% wtd

Tape Speed:
1-7/8 ips
Harmonic Distortion / THD: <0.7% @ 1kHz & 0dB (High Bias Tapes)
S/N ratio w/ CrO2 tape:
>65dB w/ Dolby B engaged (
over 5kHz and and High Bias Tapes)
>60dB w/ Dolby-B out

Line Input 'Nominal': 70mV @ 47K Ohms
Bias Frequency:
100kHz
Line Output 'Nominal':
410mV @ 0VU for a load impedance of 20k Ohms
Headphones Output: 100mV @ 8 Ohms
Fast Wind Time:
~60 Seconds for C-60 tape
  
Again, we have completely cleaned, EXTENSIVELY serviced and thoroughly tested this Akai GX-F60R cassette tape deck.
Great for transferring your no NR or Dolby B NR encoded tape collection to CD, Hard-drive or MP3. Built very well! Looks like new, works perfectly and sounds fabulous.
Measures 18.75" wide x 12.75" deep x 7.75" tall and also weighs a VERY HEAVY 34 lbs unpacked. Just in-case you 'too casually' read past that last little bit,
IT'S A THIRTY-FOUR POUND CASSETTE DECK!

Includes our standard 90 day limited warranty. 
AKAI GX-F60R
Cond. 8.5+

$799.

(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 12/18/18
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VINTAGE AND FULLY SERVICED W/ WARRANTY
LUXMAN CASSETTE TAPE DECK
LUXMAN KX-101
WITH DOLBY B&C with IC LOGIC TRANSPORT

#...5944
Circa early 1982-84
Made in Japan

for sale


ü Our technician has completely and EXTENSIVELY gone through and 'Certified' this unit which involves total 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 VERY DIFFICULT TO ACCESS, 'Reel Drive Tire' removed and replaced with a new one (#R-209). (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 Reel drive belt replaced w/ #42-160.

ü Main Capstan / Flywheel belt reconditioned.

ü Rubber pinch roller mechanism bushing & axle cleaned of old, 'varnished lube', reconditioned and re-lubed.

ü Capstan burnished

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

ü 'Servo-Face' mechanism completely disassembled, overhauled and re-assembled. (actually worked fine prior to refurbishment, but we did 'proactive maintenance' so should be good for a long time to come)

ü Multiple solder joints re-flowed, primarily on the landing pads of the 'control pots / switches'.

ü All 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

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

ü Head alignment and azimuth at 125Hz, 1kHz and 10kHz adjusted for BOTH directions for 'peak performance' with O-Scope and w/ STL and TEAC MTT-257H calibration / alignment tapes. Both channels now even output.

ü Meters adjusted to even zero with symmetric with Volt meter, O-Scope and w/ STL and TEAC MTT-257H calibration / alignment tapes. Both channels now even output.

ü Both Internal playback amplifier channels adjusted with Volt meter, O-Scope and w/ STL and TEAC MTT-257H calibration / alignment tapes. Both channels now even output.

ü Meters adjusted to even zero with symmetric input with Volt meter, O-Scope and w/ STL and TEAC MTT-257H calibration / alignment tapes. Both channels now even output.

ü Both Internal Record amplifier channels adjusted with Volt meter, O-Scope and w/ STL and TEAC MTT-257H calibration / alignment tapes. Both channels now 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 Pinch roller re-surfaced, and in GREAT condition!!!

ü Playback meters zero with factory test tone tape.

ü Tape Counter and 'Memory' Function tested

ü White Noise recorded @ 0dB w/ Dolby-C engaged = PB @ -2dB on Maxell UDXL-II / High Bias tapes

ü 1kHz Sine-wave recorded @ 0dB w/ Dolby-C engaged = PB @ -1dB on Maxell UDXL-II / High Bias tapes

ü 'ddd' CD recorded recorded @ 0dB w/ Dolby-C engaged = PB @ ~ -2dB on Maxell UDXL-II / High Bias tapes

ü Speed adjusted internally to 100% accuracy with 1kHz factory test tape (meaning 1kHz calibration tape plays back at 1000Hz +/- 1Hz) (utilized TEAC MTT-257H)

ü Floor noise measured at -60dBm

 Total technician time to restore
~16 HOURS!
  ____________________________
  
This is a BEAUTIFUL, brushed Pewter face deck with complimenting brushed, Silver knobs and the very cool, 'Servo Face'. The Luxman KX-101, Stereo Cassette Tape Deck w/ Sendust heads, IC logic,
Fluorescent display, and Dolby B & C NR.

Luxman KX-101 Features include:
  

- Super Hard, 'Sendust' PB / REC heads
- Adjustable Bias Control for Recording

- IC logic "touch-control" tape transport with motor driven 'cam control mechanism'
(allows you to switch between 'Fast Wind' or 'Play' modes without pressing 'Stop' w/ no fear of 'spilling / dumping tape')
- Dolby-B & C noise reduction built-in for recording and playback
- 3-Position Tape Bias Type / EQ selector for Normal, CrO2 & Metal tape
- Very cool, Fluorescent display and VU signal level meters w/ Peak Level Indicators
- Manual Record Level with L&R balance control
- Variable Output Level control (one of the most important features on a deck in our opinion)
- Record 'Mute' function
- MPX Filter, for eliminating the 19kHz 'pilot' signal from FM broadcasts.
- Dual front mounted 1/4" mic input jacks
- Front mounted Stereo Headphone jack

- Digital Tape Counter
- Auto-Play or Auto-Rewind at the end of either 'Fast Wind' selection
- Selectable 'Memory' point
- Rear mounted, 8-pin port for optional Luxman 'wired' remote control (not available from us)


Luxman KX-101 Specifications:

Track format: 
4 track / 2 channel
Heads
Sendust Play / Record head, Ferrite Erase head
Freq Response w/ Dolby OFF: w/ Metal; 20-12,000 Hz +/- 3dB
w/ Chrome / CrO2; 20-18,000 Hz +/- 3dB @
w/ 'Normal'; 20-17,000 Hz +/- 3dB
Wow & Flutter (WRMS): 0.04% WRMS
S/N ratio w/ CrO2 tape: >73db w/ Dolby C and High Bias Tapes
>65dB w/ Dolby B and High-bias' tape
>56
dB w/ Dolby Off and High-bias' tape
Harmonic Distortion (THD) <0.7% @ 0dB
Line Input Sensitivity: 80mV
Microphone Input Sensitivity
: 0.3mV
Output Level for 'Normal': 580mV


Again, we have completely refurbished and thoroughly tested this deck, with multiple recording tests (as stated previously it took 16+ hours of tech time to do it proper justice). Cosmetically, it's in decent condition with light 'wear areas' to the corners of the face bezel, and scratches to the top sheet metal (see photos above).
Great deck for just about any system. Also great for transferring your tape collection to CD, Hard-drive or MP3.
Measures 18" wide x 14.5" deep x 5.75" tall
and weighs a HEAVY 23+ lbs unpacked.
Comes with our 90 day limited warranty.
RESTORED / REFURBISHED / SERVICED LUXMAN KX-101
Cond. 8.5
$579.

(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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FINALLY, A FEW 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 'short' in length and generally "pre-recorded". 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.

 

 



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 (except it does make doing final audio adjustments / fine biasing adjustments when servicing MUCH easier), 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"!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 




 

 


- 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. Most folks assume that if you simply 'change the belt(s), then the deck is 'good to go'. "Not even close". Most cassette decks also utilize an 'idler tire' to drive the tape reels, not only for 'Fast Wind' functions, but also for 'Take-up' reel function. This tire becomes 'glazed', cracked, deformed and / or disintegrated, and a deck WILL NOT function correctly with 'tire' issues. The 'kicker' is that the 'idler tire' is almost always 'buried' deep within the transport mechanism which typically requires a near complete disassembly of the entire tape transport to even asses if a replacement tire can be found, an available one modified, or if one can be fabricated.
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. If it doesn't turn correctly / sufficiently in 'Playback' mode, that will cause the deck to 'eat tapes'!
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’.

Do you hear any 'crinkling / scrunching' noises with your ear right up next to the transport, and / or when you pull out a tape that has been played on it, is there evidence of 'crinkling / wrinkles / creasing' on the tape section that just went past the pinch roller?

          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’.

If 'analog', do the meters settle at their left most index line? Do they both respond quickly? Do they 'stick' at any point in their travel? If 'really pegged' do the get stuck at the top?

    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?"


 
 

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"usable" deck that should be good for years of trouble free service.


 

 

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RECENTLY SOLD UNITS BELOW

 

    

          NEW LISTING 9/26/18

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VINTAGE AND FULLY SERVICED W/ WARRANTY
TEAC CASSETTE TAPE DECK
HUGE
TEAC A-510 / A510
(same as TEAC A-500)

#...7414
With DOLBY NR and IC LOGIC TRANSPORT
MADE IN JAPAN!
Circa 1978-80

SOLD 4/25/19
SHIPPING TO TIMOTHY IN ARIZONA


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 Capstan motor spindle bushing re-lubed

ü Capstan burnished

ü NEW, 'reel drive' tire installed for 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 three Main Drive and Counter belts replaced for trouble-free service.

ü Rubber pinch rollers have been reconditioned

ü Flywheel 'belt surfaces' solvent cleaned

ü Bronze Flywheel bushings solvent cleaned

ü Entire flywheel assemblies re-lubed upon re-assembly

ü Interconnects on 'transport circuit board' repaired

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

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

ü Head alignment and azimuth at 125Hz, 1kHz and 10kHz adjusted for BOTH directions for 'peak performance' with O-Scope and w/ STL and TEAC MTT-257H calibration / alignment tapes. Both channels now even output.

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

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 Meters adjusted to even zero with symmetric with Volt meter, O-Scope and w/ STL and TEAC MTT-257H calibration / alignment tapes. Both channels now even output.

ü Both Internal playback amplifier channels adjusted with Volt meter, O-Scope and w/ STL and TEAC MTT-257H calibration / alignment tapes. Both channels now even output.

ü Meters adjusted to even zero with symmetric input with Volt meter, O-Scope and w/ STL and TEAC MTT-257H calibration / alignment tapes. Both channels now even output.

ü Both Internal Record amplifier channels adjusted with Volt meter, O-Scope and w/ STL and TEAC MTT-257H calibration / alignment tapes. Both channels now 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 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 looks great. The deck looks NEAR NEW!

ü Plays great and after adjustment, records AMAZINGLY well w/ following results;

ü With White Noise recorded @ -0dB w/o Dolby engaged PB = 0dB & With White Noise recorded @ -10dB w/o Dolby engaged PB = -15dB

ü With White Noise recorded @ -10dB w/o Dolby engaged PB = -5dB & @ 10kHz w/o Dolby engaged PB = -15dB on Maxell UDXL-II / High Bias tape

ü With 1kHz recorded at 0dB with w/o Dolby engaged on Maxell XL-II (high bias) tapes PB = 0dB &  10kHz recorded at 0dB with w/o Dolby engaged on Maxell XL-II (High bias) tapes plays back = -10dB

ü With 'ddd' CD recorded at 0dB with Dolby engaged; -1dB on Maxell UDXL-II / High Bias tape

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 12.5+ HOURS!
____________________________

The Teac A-510 / A-500 with 'Dolby NR and IC Logic Transport', 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. Very impressive looking deck.

Teac A-510 Features include:
  

-  "Soft touch / IC LOGIC control" tape transport
(allows you to switch between 'Fast Wind' or 'Play' modes without pressing 'Stop' w/ no fear of 'spilling / dumping tape')
- 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 Fluorescent VU Level Meters
- Analog Tape counter 
- Variable Output Level control (one of the most important features on a deck in our opinion)
- Dolby B NR
- 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 for counter
- Dual, Front mounted, 1/4", Microphone Jacks
- Front mounted, 1/4", Stereo Headphone jack
- RCA and DIN I/O's on rear panel
- Timer Play / Record function. (IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT 'TIMER SWITCH' ON THIS DECK. If the 'Timer' switch is in any position other than "OFF", and the tape plays thru to 'Auto-Stop', then no other function on the deck will commence until the 'Timer' switch is turnted to "Off". That is what the 'sticker' on the top of the unit indicates (and we found to be the case))
- Multi-pin port on rear panel for optional wired remote, TEAC RC-90 (remote not included)

Teac A-510Specifications:
 
Track format: 
4 track / 2 channel
Motors:
 2x, 1x DC Coreless 'Reel',
& 1x FG Servo Controlled DC 'Capstan'
Wow & Flutter (WRMS):
0.07% WRMS
Tape Speed:
1-7/8 ips
Speed Deviation: 0.015% (we did not find ANY speed deviation when bench testing following restoration and / or auditioning
Harmonic Distortion / THD: <2.0% @ 1kHz & 0dB (High Bias Tapes)
S/N ratio w/ CrO2 tape:
>48db w/ Dolby dis-engaged (and Normal Bias Tapes)

>
53db w/ Dolby-B engaged (over 10kHz and High Bias Tapes)
Bias Frequency:
100K
Channel Separation:
min 30dB @ 1K
Adjacent Track Cross-talk: min 40dB @ 125Hz
Fast Wind Time:
~90 Seconds for C-60 tape
  
Again, we have completely cleaned, refurbished / serviced and thoroughly tested this Teac A-510 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 A-510 / A-500 cassette tape deck service manual if the purchaser desires. Measures 18.6" wide x 13.5" deep x 7.25" tall and weighs a VERY HEAVY 24 lbs unpacked. Just in-case you 'too casually' read past that last little bit,
IT'S A TWENTY-FOUR POUND CASSETTE DECK!

Includes our standard 90 day limited warranty. 
TEAC A-510
Cond. 8.5++

SOLD 4/25/19
SHIPPING TO TIMOTHY IN 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 3/9/19
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PRE-OWNED / REFURBISHED
PIONEER MULTI-PLAY CASSETTE TAPE DECK
PIONEER CT-M6R
MULTI-PLAY, 6 TAPE CHANGER!
HX PRO deck with DOLBY B & C
"QUICK" AUTO-REVERSE
"RELAY" PLAY / RECORD (means will continuously record thru BOTH sides of ALL 6 tapes!!!)
#...2200
Circa 1990-1991

MIJ

SOLD 4/8/19
SHIPPING TO BENJAMIN IN NEW MEXICO


ü Our technician has completely and EXTENSIVELY gone through and 'Certified' this unit cleaning inside and out, DISASSEMBLING, cleaning and re-lubricating internal mechanisms and the balance of efforts listed below. (this was already a VERY CLEAN & LIKE NEW deck inside before we started our service work)

ü AC voltage set for 'North American' use, and Internal DC power supply tested to correct Voltages before any work commenced

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 gears on both wells inspected with a jewelers loop prior to starting any restoration work, and found to be 'hairline' crack free.

ü Main Drive and Counter belts inspected and are in 'like new' cond.

ü Rubber pinch rollers have been reconditioned

ü One VERY important note about this deck. The spindles are 'gear driven' which means that it should WAY OUTLAST most other decks that utilize standard, rubber 'idler tires' for reel activation (everyone thinks that 'belts' are all you need to replace to make a cassette deck work.  While belts are important, it's almost always the 'idler tire' that is the "Achilles Heel"  of cassette decks and causes the VAST majority of cassette deck problems).

ü Both spindles in perfect alignment.

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

ü Head alignment and azimuth at 125Hz, 1kHz and 10kHz adjusted for BOTH directions on both decks for 'peak performance' with O-Scope and w/ STL and TEAC MTT-257H calibration / alignment tapes. Both channels now even output.

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

ü Front panel removed and disassembled to allow cleaning of the Record and Balance potentiometers.

ü All LED's and fluorescent displays functioning well, with low current draw

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

ü 'Mechanized' Eject door operates smoothly.

ü Tape Counter Function tested

ü Dolby NR circuits / function tested

ü 'Memory / Zero Return' function tested

ü Meters adjusted to even zero with symmetric with Volt meter, O-Scope and w/ STL and TEAC MTT-257H calibration / alignment tapes. Both channels now even output.

ü Both Internal playback amplifier channels adjusted with Volt meter, O-Scope and w/ STL and TEAC MTT-257H calibration / alignment tapes. Both channels now even output.

ü Meters adjusted to even zero with symmetric input with Volt meter, O-Scope and w/ STL and TEAC MTT-257H calibration / alignment tapes. Both channels now even output.

ü Both Internal Record amplifier channels adjusted with Volt meter, O-Scope and w/ STL and TEAC MTT-257H calibration / alignment tapes. Both channels now even output.

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

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

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

ü Overall floor noise measured at >-60dB.

ü Speed 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 Plays great and after full service and adjustment, records AMAZINGLY well w/ following results;

1kHz recorded @ +3dB with Dolby C engaged on Maxell XL-II (High bias) tapes plays back @ +3 dB L&R, which equals ZERO dB loss!! (same results with no NR)

Full Bandwidth 'Pink Noise' recorded @ 0dB with Dolby C engaged on Maxell XL-II (High bias) tapes plays back @ 0dB L&R, which equals ZERO dB loss!!

10k was down 5dB or less across the board.
White noise was down ~ 5dB recorded at -5dB and -10dB on Deck 1
White noise was down ~ 2dB recorded at -5dB and -0dB recorded at -10 on Deck 2

"Real World" test, 'DDD' CD recorded at +4dB with Dolby C engaged, on Maxell UDXL-II / High Bias tapes equals +4dB. Again, ZERO dB loss!!!

Bottom line is this deck sounds amazing for playback or recording (always make sure you're playing back 'good quality' tape recordings)

ü Cosmetically, the deck looks near new. Just a few very minor scuffs.
Total technician time to restore
5+ HOURS!
____________________________
 
This Pioneer CT-M6R is a well built and designed deck and is a BLAST TO USE! (I personally used it extensively following it's refurb / service). It's super quality in design and build, and it's loaded. It's a 'Double Auto-Reverse', with 'Bi-Directional' Recording, AND it's a 6 tape changer that can record up to 9 HOURS CONTINUOUSLY!
 This is an incredible deck for performance and IT'S LOADED! It would be at home in any audio system.
Pioneer CT-M6R Features include:
 
 

- HX-PRO (Extended Head-Room Recording)
- 6 Cassette Tape Changer
- Dolby B & C Noise Reduction built-in
- Relay Recording. This means that you can record all 6 tapes on both sides for 9 hours of continuous recording time w' standard 90 minute tapes
- IC Logic "touch-control" tape transport on both decks
- Super-quality tape heads- "MS" Music Search" cuing
- OTR (One Touch Recording and Pause)
- Auto-Selector for Normal, CrO2 & Metal Tape Type
- Full fluorescent readout screen
- Dual fluorescent signal level meters
- Multi-Mode, Digital tape counter for either tape well. Gives "Standard" count or "Real Time" and Time Remaining
- "All Rewind" (this ends up being a VERY handy feature. If you have a bunch of tapes that were stopped in random spots, just put them all in, and press "All Rewind". It will automatically go thru each and re-wind either Side A or B, depending on how you load the tapes)

- Record Level control
- Record Mute function
- Timer Play / Record / Off selector
- 1/4" Stereo Headphone jack
 - Wireless Remote Control (INCLUDED)
 - "CD Synchro" for other Pioneer compatible gear
- AND LIKELY MORE THAT WE DIDN'T LIST

 
 
Pioneer CT-M6R Specs:

 

 Track format - 
4 track / 2 channel
Heads -
 Super-Hard, Permalloy for Recording and Playback head.
Ferrite for Erase head

Motors - 
4 total. "DC Servo" motor for capstan and standard DC motors for Reels, Loading, and well door.

Wow & Flutter (WRMS) -   0.055%
Freq Response (-20dB) - 20-19,000 Hz, Metal Tape
- 20-18,000 Hz, Chrome Tape
- 20-17,000 Hz, Norm tape
S/N ratio - >58dB NR Off, @ 3% THD
NR reductionDolby B = >10dB@ 5kHz
Dolby C = >
19dB@ 5kHz
THD
-   1.0% @ 0dB
Line in -  63mV, 50k Ohms
Line Out -   0.316 V @ 5.8KOhms

 
This Pioneer CT-M6R is an incredible deck and a rare one too. Only the second cassette changer we've had  since I sold an Aiwa changer when new around 1984. You would likely be the only 'kid on the block' with one of these.
Also great for transferring your tape collection to CD, Hard-drive or MP3.  As it can do up to 9 hours of continuous recording, think of the possibilities. Built very well! Looks like new and sounds great. Deck includes a copy of original owners manual. Measures  16.5" wide x 14.5" deep x 5.5" tall and weighs 19 lbs unpacked. Comes with our 90 day limited warranty.
Cond. 8.5++
 PIONEER CT-
M6R

SOLD 4/8/19
SHIPPING TO BENJAMIN IN NEW MEXICO


W/ original Wireless Remote Control


(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 10/2/18
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SONY
CASSETTE TAPE DECK
SONY TC-K8B
WITH DOLBY NR & IC LOGIC TRANSPORT

#...0122
Circa early 1978-81
  
"WORLD AC POWER"
Made in Japan

SOLD 3/21/19
SHIPPING TO CHARLES IN MASSACHUSETTS


ü Our technician has completely and EXTENSIVELY gone through and 'Certified' this unit which involves total 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 Two 'idler' tires replaced and one reconditioned for trouble-free service.

ü New Main Capstan / Flywheel belt installed.

ü 'Frozen' Rubber pinch roller, removed, bushing & axle cleaned of old, 'varnished lube', reconditioned and re-lubed.

ü Capstan burnished

ü Missing Counter Reset button fabricated and replaced

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

ü Cassette 'well' lamp replaced. All others working fine.

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

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

ü Head alignment and azimuth at 125Hz, 1kHz and 10kHz adjusted for BOTH directions for 'peak performance' with O-Scope and w/ STL and TEAC MTT-257H calibration / alignment tapes. Both channels now even output.

ü Meters adjusted to even zero with symmetric with Volt meter, O-Scope and w/ STL and TEAC MTT-257H calibration / alignment tapes. Both channels now even output.

ü Both Internal playback amplifier channels adjusted with Volt meter, O-Scope and w/ STL and TEAC MTT-257H calibration / alignment tapes. Both channels now even output.

ü Meters adjusted to even zero with symmetric input with Volt meter, O-Scope and w/ STL and TEAC MTT-257H calibration / alignment tapes. Both channels now even output.

ü Both Internal Record amplifier channels adjusted with Volt meter, O-Scope and w/ STL and TEAC MTT-257H calibration / alignment tapes. Both channels now 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

> With Pink Noise recorded @ 0dB w/o Dolby engaged PB @ -1.2dB on Maxell UDXL-II / High Bias tapes

With 'ddd' CD recorded at 0dB with Dolby engaged; = 0dB on Maxell UDXL-II / High Bias tapes

ü Speed adjusted internally to 100% accuracy with 1kHz factory test tape (meaning 1kHz calibration tape plays back at 1000Hz +/- 1Hz) (utilized TEAC MTT-257H)

ü Floor noise measured at -60dBm

 Total technician time to restore ~16 HOURS!
  ____________________________
  
This is a BEAUTIFUL, brushed Pewter face deck with complimenting brushed, Silver knobs. The Sony TC-K8B, Stereo Cassette Tape Deck w/ F&F heads, IC logic,
Liquid Crystal meters, and Dolby NR. This was one of the first units to utilize 'Liquid Crystal', and they are quite unique looking to most of the examples that followed. This was Sony's top of the line units at the time and retailed for $850.00 in 1978 which is equivalent to over $3,200.00 today!!! That should give you an idea of the stature of this deck for it's time.

Sony TC-K8B Features include:
  

- Super Hard, 'Ferrite & Ferrite' heads (we've had a number of Sony Reel to Reel decks with these and they never seem to wear out)
- IC logic "touch-control" tape transport with motor driven 'cam control mechanism'
(allows you to switch between 'Fast Wind' or 'Play' modes without pressing 'Stop' w/ no fear of 'spilling / dumping tape')
- FG Servo Capstan Motor
- Dolby-B noise reduction built-in for recording and playback
- 3-Position Tape Bias Type / EQ selector for Normal, Fe-CO2, & CrO2 tape
- Peak LED indicator and 'Peak Hold' function

- Very cool, Liquid Crystal VU signal level meters
- Manual Record Level with independent L&R control
- Variable Output Level control (one of the most important features on a deck in our opinion)
- Record 'Mute' function
- Dual front mounted 1/4" mic input jacks
- Front mounted Stereo Headphone jack
- Front mounted Stereo, 1/4" line-in jack (as well as standard, rear mounted RCA connectors)
- Analog Tape Counter
- Selectable 'Memory' point
- Rear mounted, 11-pin port for optional Sony, RM-30 'wired' remote control (not available from us)
- 3-Prong, Grounded AC cord. (first cassette deck we've ever had with a 'grounded AC circuit')
- True "WORLD AC POWER"™ allows unit to be operated on 50 or 60 Hz AC and will select voltages from 110V, 120V, 220V and 240 Volts AC input. (this is one of the few cassette tape decks that we've ever had, and the ONLY one now that allows both 60Hz and 50Hz operation)


Sony TC-K8B Specifications:

Track format: 
4 track / 2 channel
Motors: 
Two Motors w/ FG Servo Controlled Cap motor for speed accuracy / low WoW & Flutter
Freq Response w/ Dolby OFF: w/ Ferri-Chrome; 20-18,000 Hz +/- 3dB @ -20dB
w/ Chrome / CrO2; 20-17,000 Hz +/- 3dB @ -20dB
w/ 'Normal'; 20-15,000 Hz +/- 3dB @ -20dB
Wow & Flutter (WRMS): 0.045% WRMS
S/N ratio w/ Dolby 'OFF': 56dB w/ 'High-bias' tape
with Dolby 'ON', improved by 5dB
@ 1kHz and 10dB above 5kHz
Harmonic Distortion (THD) <1.3% @ 0dB
Bias Frequency: 105kHz
Line Input Sensitivity / Impedance: 0.06mV / 100k Ohms
Microphone Input Sensitivity / Impedance: 0.2mV / 100k Ohms
Output Level for 'Normal': 0.775V @ 100k Ohms
Meter Range: -40dB to +5dB
Meter Response Time: 1mSEC
Fast Wind Time:
~70 sec w/ C-60

Again, we have completely refurbished and thoroughly tested this deck, with multiple recording tests (as stated previously it took 16+ hours of tech time to do it proper justice). This is a VERY handsome deck (the photos can't do it justice). Cosmetically, it's in excellent condition! About the only items worth mentioning is slight wear to some of the silk screened lettering, primarily near the 'Peak Hold' selectors, some light scratches to the left, side panel of the sheet metal housing and some 'spots / splotching' to a couple areas of the face (we weren't able to remove by any of our normal means. See photos above).
Great deck for just about any system. Also great for transferring your tape collection to CD, Hard-drive or MP3.
Measures 17" wide x 12.25" deep x 6.75" tall
and weighs a VERY HEAVY 26+ lbs unpacked. Just in-case you 'too casually' read past that last little bit,
IT'S A TWENTY-SIX POUND CASSETTE DECK!

Comes with our 90 day limited warranty.
RESTORED / REFURBISHED / SERVICED SONY TC-K8B
Cond. 8.5+

SOLD 3/21/19
SHIPPING TO CHARLES IN MASSACHUSETTS


(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
12/4/17
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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

SOLD 3/23/19
SHIPPING TO SCOTT IN 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 '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 alignment and azimuth at 125Hz, 1kHz and 10kHz adjusted for BOTH directions for 'peak performance' with O-Scope and w/ STL and TEAC MTT-257H calibration / alignment tapes. Both channels now even 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 Meters adjusted to even zero with symmetric with Volt meter, O-Scope and w/ STL and TEAC MTT-257H calibration / alignment tapes. Both channels now even output.

ü Both Internal playback amplifier channels adjusted with Volt meter, O-Scope and w/ STL and TEAC MTT-257H calibration / alignment tapes. Both channels now even output.

ü Meters adjusted to even zero with symmetric input with Volt meter, O-Scope and w/ STL and TEAC MTT-257H calibration / alignment tapes. Both channels now even output.

ü Both Internal Record amplifier channels adjusted with Volt meter, O-Scope and w/ STL and TEAC MTT-257H calibration / alignment tapes. Both channels now 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 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 quite 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'
(allows you to switch between 'Fast Wind' or 'Play' modes without pressing 'Stop' w/ no fear of 'spilling / dumping tape')
- 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

SOLD 3/23/19
SHIPPING TO SCOTT IN 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 12/18/18
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VINTAGE AND FULLY SERVICED W/ WARRANTY
CARVER CASSETTE TAPE DECK
CARVER TDR-1550
AUTO-REVERSE
With HX PRO & DOLBY B &C NR
#...0200
MADE IN JAPAN!

  
"WORLD AC POWER"
Circa 1992

SOLD 3/1/19
SHIPPING TO JESSIE IN NEW MEXICO


ü Our technician has completely and EXTENSIVELY gone through and 'Certified' this unit

ü Heads inspected for excessive wear (obviously we do this 'early on' as 'excessive' wear will usually negate any further restoration work) (tech actually noted on the work sheet, that they were "like new").

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 is accomplished with gears, so fortunately no tires to 'glaze over' or crack and loose traction down the road. Yipeee.

ü Capstan drive belt is 'like new', but we still reconditioned it 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 alignment and azimuth at 125Hz, 1kHz and 10kHz adjusted for BOTH directions for 'peak performance' with O-Scope and w/ STL and TEAC MTT-257H calibration / alignment tapes. Both channels now even output.

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.

ü Tape Counter Function tested

ü Dolby B & C NR circuits / function tested

ü 'Memory / Zero Return' function tested

ü Meters adjusted to even zero with symmetric with Volt meter, O-Scope and w/ STL and TEAC MTT-257H calibration / alignment tapes. Both channels now even output.

ü Both Internal playback amplifier channels adjusted with Volt meter, O-Scope and w/ STL and TEAC MTT-257H calibration / alignment tapes. Both channels now even output.

ü Meters adjusted to even zero with symmetric input with Volt meter, O-Scope and w/ STL and TEAC MTT-257H calibration / alignment tapes. Both channels now even output.

ü Both Internal Record amplifier channels adjusted with Volt meter, O-Scope and w/ STL and TEAC MTT-257H calibration / alignment tapes. Both channels now 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 Cosmetically it's essentially in NEW 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 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.
ü Plays perfectly and after adjustment, records AMAZINGLY well w/ 1kHz at 0dB=0dB! on Maxell UDXL-II tapes.
Our 'Real World' test resulted in +2-3dB w/ Maxell UDXL-II tape with "HX-PRO" and Dolby-C engaged, and the Bias control set to ~9:00 O'clock.


____________________________

The Carver TDR-1550, Auto-Reverse Stereo Cassette Tape Deck w/ HX-PRO. 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!

CARVER TDR-1550 Features include:


- HX PRO Headroom Extension (we are BIG fans of HX-PRO)
- Adjustable Bias from front panel
- "High-Conductivity, Oxygen-free" REC/PLAY head core
- 'Quick Infrared' Auto Reverse (Reverses at 'beginning' of 'leader / tape' splice, instead of playing all the way thru the leader to the point of 'Auto-Stop' resistance, the needing to play back through the leader just to get to the recorded material on side B)

- Triple-Mode Auto-Reverse
- "AMS" Automatic Music Scan (scans to each song, plays a 10 second sample, then FF to next selection to repeat the process to give you a sampling of what's on the tape)

- "QMS" Quick Music Search (you can fast wind to a particular cut, by pressing the QMS the number of times that the cut you wish to hear is beyond the current selection)
- Blank Skip (looks for a gap (silence) of 10 sec)

- "Soft touch / IC Logic control" tape transport
(allows you to switch between 'Fast Wind' or 'Play' modes without pressing 'Stop' w/ no fear of 'spilling / dumping tape')
- Auto-Reverse, with 'Bi-Directional' Recording

- Auto Selector for Normal (EX / I), CrO2 (SX / II) & Metal (ZX / IV)Tape Type
- Dual Fluorescent VU Level Meters and status readout of most of the functions of the deck
- Digital, 'Multi-Function' tape counter displays "Tape Counter" or "Running Time"
- Dolby B&C NR
- Built-in MPX filter for killing the 19kHz pilot tone in FM transmissions
- Record Muting
- Record level control with L & R balance
- Memory Stop for counter
- Front mounted, 1/4", Stereo Headphone jack
- Timer Play / Record function.
- Has 'Wireless Remote Control' function capability, but we do not have the remote available

- True "WORLD AC POWER"™ allows unit to be operated on 50 or 60 Hz AC and will select voltages from 110V, 120V, 220V and 240 Volts AC input. (this is one of the few cassette tape decks that we've ever had, and the ONLY one now that allows both 60Hz and 50Hz operation)


CARVER TDR-1550 Specifications:

 
Track format: 
4 track / 2 channel
Motors:
 2x DC Servo
Heads
: Play / Rec; Hard Metal Alloy w/ High Conductivity, Oxygen-Free head core
Erase; Double-Gap, Ferrite

Freq Response;
40-19,000Hz +/- 3db w/ Metal Tape
w/o Dolby
40-18,000
Hz +/- 3db w/ CrO2 Tape w/o Dolby
40-17,000
Hz +/- 3db w/ 'Normal' Tape w/o Dolby
Wow & Flutter (WRMS):
0.06%
Tape Speed:
1-7/8 ips / 4.8 cm/s
S/N ratio w/ CrO2 tape:
>73db
w/ Dolby C and High Bias Tapes
Bias Frequency:
100kHz
Line Output 'Maximum': 460mV & 47K Ohms
Headphones Output: 0.8mW @ 32 Ohms

  
Again, we have completely cleaned, refurbished / serviced and thoroughly tested this Carver TDR-1550 cassette tape deck.
Performs AMAZINGLY well. Did I mention that it's also in 'AS NEW' condition as well?!
Great for transferring your no NR or Dolby B / C NR, HX-PRO encoded tape collection to CD, Hard-drive or MP3. Looks like new, works and sounds great.
Includes a copy of the owners manual. This one also comes with it's original box and most packing. Measures 19" wide x 12.5" deep x 5.5" tall and weighs 11 lbs unpacked. Includes our standard 90 day limited warranty. 
CARVER TDR-1550
Cond. 9+++

SOLD 3/1/19
SHIPPING TO JESSIE IN 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 12/18/18
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VINTAGE &
FULLY SERVICED WITH WARRANTY
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!
#...9724

Circa 19
92-97
  
"WORLD AC POWER"
Made in Japan
SOLD 2/4/19
SHIPPING TO EMORY IN NORTH CAROLINA


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 to glaze over, slip, or crack 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. (Tech noted, "VERY minimal wear" to the heads on the work sheet)

ü Head alignment and azimuth at 125Hz, 1kHz and 10kHz adjusted for BOTH directions for 'peak performance' with O-Scope and w/ STL and TEAC MTT-257H calibration / alignment tapes. Both channels now even output.

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. dbx switch 'triple cleaned'.

ü Both spindles in perfect alignment.

ü Meters adjusted to even zero with symmetric with Volt meter, O-Scope and w/ STL and TEAC MTT-257H calibration / alignment tapes. Both channels now even output.

ü Both Internal playback amplifier channels adjusted with Volt meter, O-Scope and w/ STL and TEAC MTT-257H calibration / alignment tapes. Both channels now even output.

ü Meters adjusted to even zero with symmetric input with Volt meter, O-Scope and w/ STL and TEAC MTT-257H calibration / alignment tapes. Both channels now even output.

ü Both Internal Record amplifier channels adjusted with Volt meter, O-Scope and w/ STL and TEAC MTT-257H calibration / alignment tapes. Both channels now 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 Pinch roller and heads all in GREAT condition!!!

ü Speed adjusted to 100% accuracy BOTH directions, with 1kHz factory STL, Sony P-4-A100 and TEAC MTT-257H calibration / alignment tapes (meaning 1kHz calibration tape plays back at 1000Hz +/- 1 Hz) (was 1053Hz when we started refurb)

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 -52dBm

ü Plays perfectly and after adjustment, records very well at ~-2.0 dB! on most formulations of tape however, two did 'shine' over the rest of our test tapes.

ü White Noise recorded @ 0dB with Dolby-C engaged on Maxell XL-II (High bias) tapes plays back @ avg of -2dB between L & R

ü 1kHz recorded @ 0dB with Dolby-C engaged on Maxell XL-II (High bias) tapes plays back @ avg of -2dB between L & R

ü 'DDD' CD recorded at +4dB with Dolby-C engaged; -2.5dB on Maxell UDXL-II / High Bias tapes. Bottom line is it makes GREAT recordings.
Total technician time to restore 10 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)

- True "WORLD AC POWER"™ allows unit to be operated on 50 or 60 Hz AC and will select voltages from 110V, 120V, 220V and 240 Volts AC input. (this is one of the few cassette tape decks that we've ever had, and the ONLY one now that allows both 60Hz and 50Hz operation)


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 -2 dB down!  Cosmetically looks fine, just a few scuffs / scratches on the top, sheet metal cover (see photos above). Looks 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. 8.5

SOLD 2/4/19
SHIPPING TO EMORY IN NORTH CAROLINA

(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 1/1/19
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PRE-OWNED FULLY SERVICED W/ WARRANTY
TEAC 'DOUBLE' CASSETTE TAPE DECK
TEAC W-6000R
#...0266
DUAL-WELL
STEREO
CASSETTE TAPE DECK
With DOLBY B & C
& PARALLEL / DUAL-WELL RECORDING
& DUAL "QUICK" AUTO-REVERSE
& PITCH CONTROL
Circa 1991

for sale
SOLD 1/29/19
SHIPPING TO JACOB IN FLORIDA

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

ü Internal AC voltage set for 'North American' use, and Internal DC power supply tested to correct Voltages before any work commenced

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 gears on both wells 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 Main Drive and Counter belts reconditioned or replaced w/ new as necessary throughout entire transport for trouble-free service.

ü All 4 Rubber pinch rollers have been reconditioned (Pinch roller assembly service alone took about 3 hours)

ü Flywheel 'belt surfaces' solvent cleaned

ü Entire flywheel assemblies re-lubed upon re-assembly

ü Replaced missing reel hub retainers

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

ü Head alignment and azimuth at 125Hz, 1kHz and 10kHz adjusted for BOTH directions on both decks for 'peak performance' with O-Scope and w/ STL and TEAC MTT-257H calibration / alignment tapes. Both channels now even output.

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

ü All LED's and fluorescent displays functioning well, with low current draw

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 Meters adjusted to even zero with symmetric with Volt meter, O-Scope and w/ STL and TEAC MTT-257H calibration / alignment tapes. Both channels now even output.

ü Both Internal playback amplifier channels adjusted with Volt meter, O-Scope and w/ STL and TEAC MTT-257H calibration / alignment tapes. Both channels now even output.

ü Meters adjusted to even zero with symmetric input with Volt meter, O-Scope and w/ STL and TEAC MTT-257H calibration / alignment tapes. Both channels now even output.

ü Both Internal Record amplifier channels adjusted with Volt meter, O-Scope and w/ STL and TEAC MTT-257H calibration / alignment tapes. Both channels now even output.

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

ü Overall floor noise measured at >-60dB.

ü Speed 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 Plays great and after adjustment, records AMAZINGLY well w/ following results;

Recording Results following refurb / service, DECK 1;
ü Side A: 1kHz recorded @ 0dB with Dolby C engaged on Maxell XL-II (High bias) tapes plays back @ avg of -1dB L & R
ü Side B: 1kHz recorded @ 0dB with Dolby C engaged on Maxell XL-II (High bias) tapes plays back @ avg of -2dB L & R

Recording Results following refurb / service, DECK 2;
ü Side A: 1kHz recorded @ 0dB with Dolby C engaged on Maxell XL-II (High bias) tapes plays back @ avg of 0dB L & R!
ü Side B: 1kHz recorded @ 0dB with Dolby C engaged on Maxell XL-II (High bias) tapes plays back @ avg of 0dB L & R!

10k was down 5dB or less across the board.
White noise was down ~ 5dB recorded at -5dB and -10dB on Deck 1
White noise was down ~ 2dB recorded at -5dB and -0dB recorded at -10 on Deck 2

ü 'DDD' CD recorded at 0dB with Dolby engaged; 0 to -2dB 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)

ü Cosmetically, the deck looks near new. Just a few scratches on the rear, sheet metal panel.
Total technician time to restore
8.5+ HOURS!
____________________________

Plays perfectly and after adjustment, records well at -0dB! (and 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). Pinch roller and heads all in GREAT condition!!! Both level meters playback even.  Speed adjusted to 100% accuracy with 1kHz factory test tape meaning that our
1kHz test tone tape, plays back at 1kHz* on BOTH WELLS and BOTH SPEEDS! Deck looks like NEW, works and sounds great!
 
*
1kHz with pitch control centered!
____________________________

We commonly will not give a "dubbing" / dual well cassette deck a second look as there weren't many that were not simply two cheap decks in one box. I KNOW, as I have sold hundreds of them when new by just about every brand. I always tried to persuade anyone looking for a "real" deck, to generally avoid them and just get a good, single play deck or two single play decks. "Dubbing" decks, as a general rule just didn't have quality transports or decent specs. There were, however a handful of exceptions that combined the convenience of a dubbing deck, with quality and we have posted a few with our high quality single well decks! This Teac W-6000R is one of those few! It's super quality in design and build, and it's loaded.  This is an incredible deck for performance and IT'S LOADED! It would be at home in any audiophile system as well as pro / project studio. This was the top of the "W" series of Teac's and had an original MSRP of $750.00!

TEAC W-6000R Features Include:
 

- HX-PRO (Extended Head-Room Recording)
- GEAR DRIVEN reels (This is BIG on a cassette deck. Much of the issues with 'tape eating' and fast wind issues can be attributed to 'idler tire issues' on cassette decks, and most use them. This deck utilizes 'gears' so no tires to glaze, crack or otherwise deteriorate over time. Taking that off the table, means the deck will likely last many years / decades over other decks)

- Dual-well design with both decks being essentially identical internally and BOTH WELLS RECORD!
- Dolby B & C Noise Reduction built-in
- Pitch Control on deck well "A", allows adjusting to "pitch" for musicians +-12%
- A+B / Parallel Record. This means that both decks record. This allows you to make two "master" tapes at the same time. Only a small percentage of dubbing decks will do this!
- "CD Sync" allows continuous recording / playback through both decks
- IC Logic "touch-control" tape transport on both decks
- Super-quality tape heads
- Dual Well "Quick" Auto Reverse. ("Quick" Auto Reverse, meaning that it senses the beginning of the tape leader instead of switching at the end of the leader due to tension)
- Tri-Mode transports; One way stop, U-Turn Auto-Reverse, Infinite Loop Auto-Reverse
- CPS (Computomatic Program Search) Function. Allows selection and playback of any tune up to 15x ahead or back
- Both Normal and High (2X) speed dubbing
- Auto-Selector for Normal, CrO2 & Metal Tape Type
- Full fluorescent readout screen
- Dual fluorescent signal level meters with peak hold that are shared and can be utilized with either tape well.
- Dual Digital tape counters can be selected for either tape well, and can be independently memorized / reset for each well.
- "ARLS" Automatic Record Level Sensor for either tape well, 1 or 2
- "Tape Mix" control allows a "mix" of signals from any combination of the Tape in well "1", Microphones, and a Line-In signal to be recorded onto Tape well "2"
- Record Level controls for either tape well, 1 or 2
- Record Balance control for either tape well, 1 or 2
- Record Mute function on both wells
- Timer Play / Record / Off selector
- Dual 1/4" mic input jacks
- Independent L & R Microphone input level controls

 
TEAC W-6000R Specs / Specifications:

Track format - 
4 track / 2 channel
Motors -  4 total (2 each well)
Wow & Flutter (WRMS) -   0.06%
Freq Response (-20dB) -   25-19,000 Hz, Metal Tape
-  25-18,000 Hz, Chrome Tape
-  25-17,000 Hz, Norm tape
S/N ratio -  59dB NR Off, @ 3% THD
-   69dB Dolby B On
-   79dB Dolby C On
Fast Wind Time C60 tape - ~110 secs
Line in -  87mV, 50k Ohms
Mic in -  0.35mV, 200 Ohms
Line Out -   0.46 V @ 50KOhms


 This TEAC W-6000R would be perfect for the project studio as a mastering deck or home audio system use. Especially for a "project studio" as the "Tape Mix" control practically turns it into an "all in one" studio. It allows a mix in any combination of a tape in well "1", the microphones and a Line-In signal to be recorded onto a tape in well "2". Also great for transferring your tape collection to CD, Hard-drive or MP3.  Built very well! Looks like new and sounds great. Deck includes a copy of original Teac W-6000R owners manual. Measures  17.25" wide x 13" deep x 6" tall and weighs 15 lbs unpacked. Comes with our 90 day limited warranty.

 Cond. 9++
TEAC W-6000R

SOLD 1/29/19
SHIPPING TO JACOB IN FLORIDA

 


(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 9/26/18
 
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VINTAGE & FULLY SERVICED W/ WARRANTY
NAKAMICHI CASSETTE DECK
NAKAMICHI BX-2
STEREO CASSETTE TAPE DECK
With DOLBY B & C NR
#...5412
Circa 1982-83

SOLD 1/16/19
SHIPPING TO RUSSELL IN IOWA


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 Faulty voltage regulator replaced in power supply, as instead of supplying 12VDC, it was offering up only 1.5VDC.

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

ü Capstan REMOVED, cleaned / burnished

ü New 'Idler' tire fabricated and installed for trouble-free service.

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

ü Rubber pinch roller has been reconditioned

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

ü Head alignments and azimuth @ 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 Internal Record amplifier channels adjusted for 'even recording' w/ B&K Sine / Function generator test tone on O-Scope

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

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

ü While there was originally some 'flutter' at 10kHz, following our restoration, we detected none.

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 Dolby B & C circuits / function tested

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; PB @ -2
dB (and exhibited good 'top end performance in playback' with Maxell UDXL-II / High Bias tapes

With 'Real World', DDD CD music recorded at 0dB w/ Dolby-C engaged; 0dB and great 'brilliance' (and exhibited good 'top end performance in playback' with Maxell 'UD XL-II' / High Bias tapes)
Total technician time to restore 6.5+ HOURS!
  
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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 BX-2, which following all of the above listed service work, is READY TO GO!

Nakamichi BX-2 Features:
 
- 2-Motors
- IC Logic, 'Silent Mechanism' Tape Transport controls (allows you to switch between 'Fast Wind' or 'Play' modes without pressing 'Stop' w/ no fear of 'spilling / dumping tape')
- 2 Motor Transport
- Dolby B & C Noise Reduction
- Tape type selector for Normal (Type-1) / Chrome (Type-2) & Metal tapes
- 2-Position Tape Equalization to optimize playback of different tape types
- '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
- Digital Tape Counter
- Memory tied to the counter for 'Zero Stop' or 'Auto-Play'
- Front-mounted 1/4" stereo headphone jack
- Timer option for Play or Record start


Nakamichi BX-2 Specifications:

 
Track format: 
4 track / 2 channel
Heads:
 2x
Motors:
 2, DC Servo Capstan Motor, DC Reel Motor
Freq Response;
20-20,000Hz +/- 3db w/ All Tape types @ -20dB
Wow & Flutter (WRMS):
<0.06% WTD RMS
Tape Speed:
1-7/8 ips +/- 0.5%
Harmonic Distortion / THD: <1.0% @ 1kHz & 0dB (High Bias Tapes)
Bias Frequency: 105kHz
Erasure: >60dB below saturation level @ 100Hz / 0dB
Separation: >36dB @ 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:
>68db @ 400Hz, w/ Dolby C engaged (and High Bias Tapes)
>62db w/ Dolby B engaged (and High Bias Tapes)
Headphones Output: 2.2mW @ 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. As mentioned, the power supply was originally not functioning correctly, so before restoration could commence, we replaced a faulty voltage regulator.
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 Maxell UD XL-II tapes at 0dB down! About the only cosmetic issue worth mentioning, is that there are some scratches to the black paint, on the top sheet metal housing. Probably from someone setting a unit on top of it that didn't have feet. Of course you only notice that when looking 'down from above' the deck, so in a rack, wouldn't be seen. Overall, the deck looks good and sounds great! Great for transferring your tape collection to CD, Hard-drive or MP3. Plays and Records extremely well. Very clean and usable deck! Includes a pdf / e-copy download of the Nakamichi BX-2 owners / users / instruction manual. Measures 17" w X 10" d X 4.25" h and unpacked weight is 13 lbs. Comes with our 90 day limited warranty.
Nakamichi BX-2
 Cond. 8.5+

SOLD 1/16/19
SHIPPING TO RUSSELL IN IOWA

(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.



 

 

 

 


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