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Since 1982.

STEREO CASSETTE 
TAPE DECKS / RECORDERS / PLAYERS
VINTAGE AND RESTORED
 

 

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

 

 


 

 


OUR CASSETTE TAPE DECKS:
 


10-24-2017
FINALLY, A FEW OF OUR CASSETTE DECKS ARE HITTING THE PAGE!



 

 

     

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

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

 
for sale

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

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

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

Both Rubber pinch rollers have been reconditioned

Capstan burnished

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

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

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

Both spindles in perfect alignment.

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

Eject door operates smoothly.

Tape Counter Function tested

Dolby NR circuit tested

'Memory / Zero Return' function tested

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

Meters adjusted to even zero with symmetric input.

Pinch roller and heads all in GREAT condition!!!

Both level meters playback even.

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

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

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

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

Nakamichi 480 Features include:
  

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

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

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

  
Again, we have completely cleaned, prepped and tested this Nakamichi 480 cassette tape deck.
I would like to think that I have had plenty, but would be hard pressed to recall a cassette deck that records as well as this one does. Maybe I have gotten better at testing them, but regardless, this records about as 'perfectly' as possible (and I've had, owned and sold the best cassette decks ever made including Tascams 122mk III's, Nak Dragons, Nak CR-7's, Yamaha's, Denons, Onkyo's, Pioneer CT-F1250's and CT-F1000, and a few hundred more.)
Great for transferring your no NR or Dolby NR encoded tape collection to CD, Hard-drive or MP3. Built very well! Looks like new, works and sounds great.
 Comes with an 'e-copy' / pdf of the Nakamichi 480 owners manual and original Nakamichi 480 Brochure. Measures 17.75" wide x 11.5" deep x 5.5" tall and weighs 16 lbs unpacked.
Includes our standard 90 day limited warranty. 
NAKAMICHI 480
Cond. 8.5+++
$589.
(C) B.F.

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

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


 

 

 

 

 

Did you know?
3-Heads vs 2-Heads;
'Normal / 2-head' decks had an erase head and a 'combination' playback / record head that served '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' for better quality. Since the third head does 'little to potentially nothing' for playback, there's minimal reason to hold out for that feature, nor to pay extra for itunless you just want it, or it's coming along on a deck that has other features you wish.

  

      

    

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

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

SOLD 11/13/17
SHIPPING TO CALIFORNIA


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

All drive tires reconditioned for trouble-free service.

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

Rubber pinch roller reconditioned

Capstan burnished

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

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

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

All internal fluorescent displays and LED's working fine.

Both hub spindles in perfect alignment.

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

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

Playback meters zero with factory test tone tape.

Tape Counter Function tested

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pioneer CT-F650 Features include:
  

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


Pioneer CT-F650 Specifications:

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


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

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

(C) B.F.

SOLD 11/13/17
SHIPPING TO CALIFORNIA

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

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

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NEW LISTING
10/24/17
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VINTAGE TECHNICS CASSETTE TAPE DECK
TECHNICS  RS-M234X

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


SOLD 10/30/17
SHIPPED TO OREGON


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

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



Rubber pinch roller reconditioned

Capstan burnished

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

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

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

All internal fluorescent displays and LED's working fine.

Both hub spindles in perfect alignment.

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

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

Playback meters zero with factory test tone tape.

Tape Counter Function tested

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

Both level meters playback even.

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

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


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

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

Technics RS-M234X Features include:

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


Technics RS-M234X Specifications:

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

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

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

SOLD 10/30/17
SHIPPED TO OREGON

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

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


 

 



 

 

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.


UPDATED LIST 10/24/17
COMING SOON
(or at least as time allows and the gear cooperates):

Marantz 5220
(passed final inspections. Signed off. Awaiting photos, research and text)
TEAC
112R (x2) (Both Awaiting final inspections, prior to 'sign off', photos, and research / text)
TEAC
V-900X (Awaiting final inspections, prior to 'sign off', photos, and research / text)
Yamaha K-720 (x2)
(Both Awaiting final inspections, prior to 'sign off', photos, and research / text)
and more...
 
 

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


 

 

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

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

 

 


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"SOLD / ARCHIVED" items to their own page.
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"(actual as measured)" refers to original test results done by Hirsch-Houck Laboratories upon test release of product when new. Current "aged" specifications / performance may of course vary from that.

 

 

 

 

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