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Since 1982.

STEREO REEL-TO-REEL TAPE
  RECORDERS / DECKS / PLAYERS
  VINTAGE AND USED FOR SALE
 

 

Reel to reel tape decks / recorders: Refurbished-Restored w/ Warranty, Used Open Reel-to-Reels / R2R pre-owned, vintage stereo, open reel decks / tape recorders & players for sale. Great for media transfer to CD ROM or Hard Drive. Tape decks by Pioneer RT-707 & Pioneer RT-909, Akai X / GX series, Sony TC, Teac / Tascam, 2 track 4 track and other reel-reel decks & tape recorders for sale.

 


SOME SCARY THINGS TO BE AWARE OF AND WATCH OUT FOR
WHEN CONSIDERING A REEL TO REEL TAPE DECK . . .


                      

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        SONY                                                                   SONY
          TC-366                                                                TC-3
55

These are a couple decks that we purchased from people who said it "works fine". They did actually FF, REW and move in Play mode, but that's where it ended. We knew they would need work, as inevitably all 20 to 40+ year old tape decks do have a number of things that need to be taken care of prior to being usable (typically 12-18 hours of tech time + parts), but we don't see too many in as bad a shape as these were (click above photos for details). Again these are decks that came from someone who said they "work fine"! Be careful out there when you're getting excited about bidding on that "good deal" on line @ eb_y, cra_gs_ist or other auction that say's "all functions test fine and deck works as it should". Yeah, right. Just FYI.

Email we just received from a guy that tried some 'on-line-auction seller' decks, "I am looking to resurrect my vintage SONY Reel To Reel Tapecorder,
MODEL TC353D. It was in storage since about 1987 when a 'friend' borrowed it, tried to switch speeds while in PLAY mode and jammed everything up. Last few years I've been buying some (4-5) models off ebay with most being listed as
'works' but upon receipt I found none have performed. Most of the others I have purchased all seem to have same problem...Can you help? I want to record in analog just like the old days. - T. Daley"


 
 

 
Above photo is of a Teac A-4010S having typical Main Capstan Belt change and Pinch Roller Arm re-lube operation.
Just FYI as typical of some of the work that is required to bring any 20+ year old Reel to Reel tape deck back to life, regardless of how well a person selling an old deck, that has not been recently serviced, may say it works! In fact the worst decks are commonly the units that are stated as having low hours, have been little or never used, or the worst offender "is NIB (New In Box)". While that may seem like a good thing, experience tells us that those are the "scariest" to purchase. They generally require the most work to bring back to a practical level of operation. Just like a car that has sat for many years not being used, similar "atrophy" happens to most electro-mechanical devices, ie; Turntables, Cassette Decks, 8-Tracks, VCR's, R2R's etc. Just FYI.

 

 


NOW OUR REEL TO REELTAPE DECKS / PLAYERS / RECORDERS:

 



 
            

 


           NEW LISTING
9/29/17

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FOSTEX REEL TO REEL TAPE DECK
FOSTEX E-2 / E2 'MASTERING DECK'
#...1783
2-TRACK ('HALF TRACK') 2-CHANNEL w/ CENTER 'QUE / SYNC' / TIME CODE TRACK / STEREO / 1-CHANNEL MONO
3-HEAD / 2-SPEED / 3-MOTOR
10.5", 7" or 5" REELS
'MASTERING' R2R 1/4" TAPE DECK
W/ 'CUE / SYNC' TRACK
for sale

  Our technician has completely gone through and 'Certified' this unit.

  We have completely and extensively gone through the mechanicals and electronics of this unit.

 Transport was cleaned, re-lubed and reassembled

 Tape Tension arms disassembled, cleaned and re-lubed, and their springs adjusted and had fresh 500,000 grade silicone lube gel applied

 pinch-roller mechanism completely disassembled, cleaned and re-lubed,

 PR mechanism solenoid mounts adjusted

 Capstans / flywheels removed, bushings and axels cleaned and re-lubed

 Rubber pinch rollers removed, re-conditioned and re-installed with fresh lubricant

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

 Brakes adjusted on fast wind modes also (optimized for 7" & 10.5" tape.)

 Back tension adjusted on both reel motors.

 All three motors test perfectly. Following above adjustments, Reel Start and Stop tested at beginning, middle and end of 7" & 10.5" tapes (VERY QUICK FAST WIND ON THIS ONE)

 Internal pots, switches and controls cleaned and tested for noise-free function

 We adjusted the VU meters mechanically and electronically w/ factory test tone tapes, as well as the internal playback and record levels.

 Both spindles in perfect alignment.

 We also adjusted the reel table heights.

 Heads in great shape as well, with many years of performance left in them

 Playback and Record Head alignment / azimuth was adjusted for peak performance with factory test tone tape and oscilloscope.

 Speed tested to 99.9+% accuracy following refurb (meaning that our 'verified' 1000Hz test tape now plays back at 1000 +/- 1Hz).
 
 Adjusted to record AMAZINGLY WELL at +2dB both with 1kHz, then 100Hz to 20kHz test and in 'Real World' use. (Tested with Ampex 456 and Denon Tape). (We actually used it to record a fabulous copy of Pink Floyds, "Dark Side of the Moon", 'Live version' from their "Pulse" album)

 Floor noise measured at >-60dB w/ blank tape, L&R

 This FOSTEX E-2 functions, plays, and records VERY WELL (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).  (Total time investment in refurb / testing ~ 10.5 hours).

This is an amazing deck for both recording or playback, again of 'Half-Track / 2-Track' tapes for speeds of 7.5ips or 15ips. Following refurbishment, the deck looks and works great! 

The Fostex E-2 Stereo Reel to Reel tape deck. Ready to GO! This is one of the few reel to reel decks we get in that make it to our finished page. Following our refurb / bench time it's now an AMAZING performer (Check the 'recording test results' above and the 'specs' in larger text below). If you're looking for a reel to reel deck to "actually use" here you go. Only about 25 % of the used Reel decks out there can be "practically" restored to working order. This one made it through with flying colors after about 11 hours of bench time.

The deck tests great! Cosmetically it's in good condition, with a few minor scuffs & scratches (see separate photo collage above). Looks decent and sounds great ! We have completely gone through it. Will play up to 10.5" reels.

Fostex E-2 Features include:

- Half-Track + (Cue / Sync) / 2-Track / 2-Channel w/ Center Track head stack / tape format
- 3 Heads for instant monitoring of tape levels while recording
- 10.5" Max Reel Capacity (The BIG Reels!)
- 3 Motors (NO BELTS) for trouble free performance (has a lot to do with it still being a viable piece of gear due to less rubber parts)
- IC logic tape transport for "Touch" control

- Dual speeds at 15ips / 38cms & 7.5 ips / 19cms
- Cue Lever for lifting tape away from head in Fast Wind modes

- Input (Source) / Repro (Monitor) selector independently for each channel
- Output level control for each channel
- Triple analog VU level meters
- Pitch Control
w/ 'touch sensitive' control to display speed variation by pct (%)
-
Digital Counter to display Hour, Min, Sec
- Tape Bias selector (however deck is factory biased for Ampex 456 Grand Master by default)
- Dual Memory Positions and Dual Locate positions can be set on counter (start points / stop points etc) + 'Auto-Return' point
- 'Tape Presence' sensor (for the 'auto-stop' mechanism)
- 'Dump Edit' function to disable transport for splicing

- VERY SECURE NAB hubs for 10.5 inch reels, and 'screw on' fasteners for 7" reels
- RCA and XLR 'Balanced' Line-Inputs for all three channels
- Punch-In / Punch-Out capability (with optional Fostex 8051 Foot Switch)
- Side 'Pocket' handles make carrying much easier (as it's almost 70 lbs!!!)

- Accessory connectors for optional Fostex 4030 Synchronizer via a 8540 cable, and Fostex 4050 'Auto-Locator with 8440 cable and a connector for an external Fostex MB-2 Meter Bridge


As stated earlier we have completely gone through it cleaning heads and all else, lubing, adjusting, reconditioning pinch rollers and other rubber parts, demagnetizing heads and entire transport and testing everything. Tape speed tested and resulted in 99.9% accuracy using a 1000 Hz test tape. Plays and records Exceptionally well (and we really put them through the paces, testing both with well mixed CD material and CD test tones looking for correct head Azimuth, tape speed accuracy and making test recordings. Again, check the 'test results' listed above). Pinch rollers and heads all in GREAT condition!!! Very clean and GREAT! 

FOSTEX E-2 Specs / Specifications from the owners manual as follows:

Head / Head-stack Format: 3 heads, inline (2-track, 2-channel, stereo/monaural system
Track Format: 2-track, 2-channel, stereo/monaural system w/ 'center' track
Motors: 3X
Reel Size: 3", 5, 7 & 10.5" (3" & 5 reels may not brake correctly as deck is optimized for 7-10.5" reels)

Frequency Response w/ Ampex 456 Grand Master / 'High Bias' Tape:
30-26,000 Hz @ 15ips.
30-20,000 Hz @ 7 1/2ips.
Wow and Flutter: 0.05% @ 15 ips
S/N ratio: 74dB WTD / 70dB UNWTD @ 15ips
THD: <1.0% @ 1kHz
Crosstalk: >80dB @ MAX level with ALL tracks in REC. @ 1kHz
Erasing coefficient:
>70dB @ 1kHz
Record Calibration; 0VU reference to 250nWb/m of tape flux
VU Meters
; -20dB to +3dB VU range
Line;
+4dBm Nominal / +24dBm Max via 'balanced XLR'.
-10Dbv/0.3v Nominal, via 'Unbalanced' jacks with a load imp. of 40k Ohms or greater

Output Level Reference / Maximum: +4dBm Nominal / +24dBm Max via 'balanced XLR'.
-10Dbv/0.3v Nominal, via 'Unbalanced' jacks with a load imp. of 10k Ohms or greater
Pitch Control: +/- 15%
Fast Wind Time: VERY FAST @ 140 sec for 2500'


This is a GREAT looking deck with UNBELIEVABLE PERFORMANCE. Probably the best sounding deck I've had the pleasure to audition (tempting to keep this one for myself...No, REALLY)
Again, as mentioned earlier, cosmetically it's in good condition, with a few minor scuffs & scratches (see separate photo collage above).  All of our restored / refurbished reel to reel decks come with a 7", plastic take-up reel, a 'known good' 7" tape for initial testing of playback, and a 7" tape you can record onto, all to assist you in becoming familiar with the operation / function of your new reel to reel tape deck.
Measures 19" wide x 20" tall x 11" (from tip of back feet-tip of hubs)
deep and weighs a HEAVY 66 lbs unpacked. Includes Rack Ears and original, Fostex NAB hubs for ALL tape sizes.  Comes with an 'e-copy' / pdf download of the
FOSTEX E-2 owners / operations manual, service manual if purchaser so desires. Includes our standard 90 day limited warranty. (Reels & tape shown in photos not included. All are sometimes available separately if you need them. We do ship our decks with a plastic take-up reel, a tape to 'practice record' on and a 'pre-recorded' tape for playback.) 
FOSTEX E-2 HALF-TRACK REEL TO REEL TAPE DECK
Cond. 8.5+
$1750. (C)
M.R.

(Reels shown in photos are not included, but we sometimes / occasionally have them for sale. Inquire at time of order. However, all of our decks will come with 2x tapes for testing 'Playback' and 'Recording' as well as a 7" 'take-up' reel)

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


 

 

   

             NEW LISTING 10/15/17
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RESTORED / REFURBISHED / FULLY SERVICED
VINTAGE
SONY TC-252D
'VIETNAM ERA' 1/4" REEL TO REEL TAPE DECK

#...9279
 
4-TRACK / 2-CHANNEL
2-SPEED / 2-HEAD
3" - 7" REEL CAPACITY
STEREO TAPE DECK

  Circa 1970-72

GREAT 'WORKHORSE' DECK FOR PLAYBACK OF 3", 5" & 7" TAPES FOR 'RE-VISITING' OR FOR TRANSFER TO ANOTHER MEDIA!

SOLD 1/17/18
SHIPPING TO NEW YORK

  Our technician has completely gone through and 'Certified' this unit.

  We have completely and extensively gone through the mechanicals and electronics of this unit.

  Entire transport was disassembled down to the chassis, and every mechanical part was cleaned of "varnished" lubes and re-lubed as well as the always at issue, Pinch Roller plunge assembly, re-lubed and reassembled.
 
  Rubber pinch roller has been reconditioned
 
  All three internal drive tires / wheels burnished / conditioned for positive grip
 
  Capstan burnished.

  Both counter belts replaced for trouble-free service.
 
  Both reel hubs / clutches removed, disassembled and re-lubed.

Auto-Stop mechanism disassembled, cleaned and re-lubed, and their springs adjusted and had fresh 500,000 grade silicone lube gel applied
 
  All hub brake pads have been replaced, and their bearings re-lubed and adjusted on fast wind modes also.
 
  Motor has been re-lubed as well.
 
  Internal voltage is self regulated DC and values were verified.
 
  All Internal & External pots, controls, & switches (including the linear 'record' switches) cleaned and tested for noise-free function.
 
  Both spindles in perfect alignment.
 
  We also adjusted the reel table heights for no "reel rub".
 
  Pinch roller reconditioned / re-surfaced.
 
  Both record indicator lamps test fine.
 
  Internal 'Bias', 'Record-Level' and 'PB' micro-pots cleaned EXTENSIVELY and levels adjusted.
 
  Heads were cleaned and de-magnetized as well as the entire transport.

 Heads in great shape as well, with many years of performance left in them

  Head alignment / azimuth has been checked for peak performance with factory test tone tape and oscilloscope and exhibited good wave form out to 15kHz!
 
  Both level meters adjusted for even playback level w/ factory test tone tape.

 We adjusted the VU meters mechanically and electronically w/ factory test tone tapes, as well as the internal playback levels for both directions independently and record levels.

 Speed tested to 98.8% accuracy following refurb (meaning that our 'verified' 1000Hz test tape now plays back at 988Hz).
 
 Adjusted to record very well at 0dB with a 1kHz test tone on normal bias. In 'Real World' / Music Program we obtained performance of -1dB on High Bias Tape, and -3 to- -4dB @ 1kHz on normal bias tape. Nice, 'bright' playback!!!

 Floor noise measured at >-60dB w/ blank tape, L&R



(photo collage showing a 'taste' of the process involved in the 'initial' stages of refurbishing these decks)

 This SONY TC-252D functions, plays and records VERY well (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).  (Total time investment in refurb / testing ~ 14 hours).

 GREAT performing Sony TC-252D 1/4" Open Reel stereo tape Record / Play deck with 2-Speeds! Great for all-around Recording and Playback of reels up to 7" in diameter. It is compatible with tapes recorded on the smaller portable, battery powered reel to reel machines (as long as they were recorded on 'capstan / pinch roller' drive systems and not on 'rim drive' systems). Great for burning your tapes to CD or Hard Drive.

SONY TC-252D Features include:
 
- Dual speeds at 7.5 ips / 19cms and 3 3/4ips / 9.5 cms
- Plays up to a 7" reel as well as 3" & 5" reels
- 4-Track / 2-Channel design, but can be used with reasonable results to play '2-Track / 1-Channel' tapes typically recorded in the late 1950's and early 1960's and from the 'small / transistor / portable' reel to reel decks popular from the mid 60's thru early 1970's (as long as they were 'capstan drive' designs)
- Separate L & R input level controls
- Auto-Stop
- Dual analog VU meters for monitoring Playback and Record levels
- Dual front mounted 1/8" mic input jacks
- 1/4" Headphone jack
- Mechanical Tape counter
- RCA and DIN inputs and outputs
- Like most Sony's from this series, this unit is can be used in vertical or horizontal configuration
 
SONY TC-252D SPECIFICATIONS:

Track system: 4-track, 4-channel/2-channel stereo tape deck
Motor: 1 Synchronous 2-speed Motor
Transport Control Type: Mechanical: Fast Forward, Rewind, Play
Recording System: 4-Track Stereophonic or Monophonic
Heads: Two 4-track 2-channel stereo heads for recording and playback, and erase

Maximum Reel capacity: 7 reel
Tape speed: 19cm/s (7-1/2 ips
 9.5 cm/s (3-3/4 ips)
Wow & Flutter: 0.12% @ 7-1/2ips and <0.15% @ 3-3/4ips
Frequency response: 30Hz to 18,000Hz @ 7-1/2 ips & 40-13kHz @ 3.75 ips
Bias Freq: 55kHz
Signal to Noise Ratio: >52dB
Fast Wind Time: 2.5 min w/ 1800' tape

  
Again this is an great performer sonically and mechanically. Records and plays GREAT on Normal or Hi-Bias, Chrome Tapes. Ready to go! Can be used standing vertically or laying on it's back horizontally.
Comes with an 'e-copy' / pdf download of the Sony TC-252D owners / operations manual. Comes with one pair of rubber reel retainers (Reels and tape shown in photos not included). Includes our standard 90 day limited warranty.  Measures 15.25" wide x 7" deep x 14" tall and weighs 18 lbs unpacked.  (Reels & tape shown in photos not included. All are usually available separately if you need them) 
Sony TC-252D R2R TAPE DECK
Cond. 8.5+

SOLD 1/17/18
SHIPPING TO NEW YORK


(Reels shown in photos are not included, but we sometimes / occasionally have them for sale. Inquire at time of order. However, all of our decks will come with 2x tapes for testing 'Playback' and 'Recording' as well as a 7" 'take-up' reel)

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


 

 

         

    

             NEW LISTING 10/12/17
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RESTORED / REFURBISHED / FULLY SERVICED
VINTAGE
HITACHI REEL-TO-REEL 1/4" STEREO TAPE DECK
HITACHI TRQ-730D
4-TRACK / 2-CHANNEL STEREO
3-SPEEDS / 3-HEADS
3"- 7" REEL CAPACITY
 #...1270B
 Circa 1972-77
"WORLD AC POWER"
(HAS A 50Hz CAPSTAN SLEEVE, SO UNLESS YOU'RE ONLY GOING TO BE MAKING TAPES ON THIS MACHINE, AND PLAYING THEM BACK, EXCLUSIVELY ON THIS MACHINE, THEN ONLY FOR SALE TO NON-AMERICAN LOCALES. MUST HAVE 50Hz POWER FOR PROPER PLAYBACK OF FACTORY PRE-RECORDED / PREVIOUSLY RECORDED TAPES)
MIJ
 For sale


 Our technician has completely gone through and 'Certified' this unit.
 
  We have completely and extensively gone through the mechanicals and electronics of this unit.

  Entire transport was disassembled down to the chassis, and every mechanical part was cleaned of "varnished" lubes and re-lubed as well as the always at issue, Pinch Roller plunge assembly, re-lubed and reassembled.
 
  Rubber pinch roller has been reconditioned
 
  All internal drive tires / wheels burnished / conditioned for positive grip
 
  Capstan burnished.

  Both counter belts replaced with NEW for trouble-free service.
 
  Both reel hubs / clutches removed, disassembled and re-lubed.

  Supply Idler wheel shimed / modified, and bushing greased to reduce chatter on 'fast wind' modes.
 
  All hub brake pads have been replaced, and their bearings re-lubed and adjusted on fast wind modes also.
 
  Motor has been re-lubed as well.
 
  Internal voltage will be set to desired voltage prior to shipping, but currently at 120VAC / 50Hz (We're 60Hz in America).
 
  All Internal & External pots, controls, & switches (including the linear 'record' switches) cleaned and tested for noise-free function.
 
  Both spindles in perfect alignment.
 
  We also adjusted the reel table heights for no "reel rub".
 
  Pinch roller reconditioned / re-surfaced.
 
  VU meter illumination lamps both test fine.
 
  Internal 'Bias', 'Record-Level' and 'PB' micro-pots cleaned EXTENSIVELY and levels adjusted.
 
  Heads were cleaned and de-magnetized as well as the entire transport.

  Head alignment / azimuth has been checked for peak performance with factory test tone tape and oscilloscope.
 
  Both level meters adjusted for even playback level w/ factory test tone tape.
 
  Floor noise tested to >-51dBm w/ fresh, blank tape on PB.
 
  Plays and Records GREAT @ +1dB ! with 'ddd CD material' (tested with Ampex 641 Normal Bias tape)
 

  Speed checked to 97% accuracy.
 
  Following the above procedures, entire unit was detailed inside and out including 'REAL' wood veneer cabinet having lemon oil treatment.
 
 Again, Pinch roller and Heads all in GREAT condition.


 
 (Total time investment in refurb / testing ~ 19 hours).
 Cosmetically in fabulous condition!
 ____________________________
 

Great performing Hitachi TRQ-730D, 3-Speed, 3-Head, 1/4" Open Reel Stereo tape Record / Play deck. Great for all-around Recording and Playback of reels up to 7" in diameter (again, we were able to get at least +1dB recordings!!!). Also has all three consumer reel speeds as you will see listed below. 3-Head monitoring allows you to make the best quality recordings with no second guessing of tape levels since you can instantly check the recording a split second after it is made. Cosmetically it has a few scuffs / scratches to the face, but nothing too distracting (see photos above). Following it's extensive refurbishment, this deck works great, sounds wonderful, and looks fine!
 
Hitachi TRQ-730D Features include:
- Triple Speed transport supporting 1 7/8 ips, 3 3/4 ips and 7 1/2 ips
- 3-HEAD tape monitoring (a high end feature for checking recording quality as the tape is actually being recorded)
- Plays up to a 7" reel as well as 3" & 5" reels
- Separate L & R input level controls
- May allow Sound-on-Sound recording (as it has independent record switches)
- Auto-Stop
- Dual analog VU meters for monitoring Playback and Record levels
- Separate L&R Line input level controls
- Dual front mounted 1/8" mic input jacks
- 1/4" Stereo Headphone jack
- Mechanical Tape counter
-
Variable Line Output Level control (mounted on side near I/O jacks)
- RCA & DIN inputs and outputs
 -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. (*60Hz would require a different capstan sleeve)
 

Again this deck has been completely gone through and everything works great! This deck sounds AMAZING for a "nothing fancy & inexpensive" reel to reel deck reiterating that we got at least +1dB in 'real world' recording tests. Exceptional performer sonically in both playback and record modes (and we are pretty critical). With the exception of a few minor scuffs the deck looks fabulous. Can be used standing vertically or laying on it's back horizontally. Comes with one pair of NEW rubber reel retainers. Includes our standard 90 day limited warranty. 
Measures 16.20" wide x 7" deep x 13.3" tall and weighs 24 lbs unpacked. (Reels & tape shown in photos not included. All are usually available separately if you need them)
Hitachi TRQ-730D REEL TO REEL
Cond. 8.5
$769.
Again, this is a 50Hz deck, so unless you are only interested in playing tapes you record on this deck, it's only for sale to 'non-American' locations ("Non-American" meaning 'North', 'Central', or 'South America as the 'West' is mostly '60Hz' AC power)


(Reels shown in photos are not included, but we sometimes / occasionally have them for sale. Inquire at time of order. However, all of our decks will come with 2x tapes for testing 'Playback' and 'Recording' as well as a 7" 'take-up' reel)

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

 

   
 

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A few 'multi-tracks', 'half-tracks' and 'semi-pro' reel to reel decks.
Clockwise, starting at upper left; TEAC A-2340SX, TEAC 40-4, TEAC A-2340R, TEAC 32-2B
FOSTEX E-22, TEAC 38, TEAC A-3440, TEAC 40-4.


 


A few random notes about head / track format for 'consumer' / 'semi-pro' 1/4 & 1/2" reel to reel machines:

     Most 'consumer' decks will utilize a "4-Track / 2-Channel" track / head format.  That means the tape will have '2-sides' and generally be 'stereo'.  With the exception of 'portable' decks, many decks made / sold from the early-mid 1960's and, most from the late 1960's thru the last models in the early 1990's will be this format.  Most decks will feature two speeds; 3 3/4 ips and 7.5 ips.  Some early decks (early 1960's to early 1970's) will also have a very slow speed of 1 7/8 ips.  That speed was generally used when 'tape economy / conservation' was paramount, and generally was not acceptable for 'music quality' recording.
    
Early 'consumer' decks and most portables, including the small 3" / 'transistor / pocket' reel to reel decks utilized a 2-Track / 1-Channel format.  This would included the earliest of decks 1950's thru early 1960's for 5" and 7" decks and the small 'transistor / pocket' decks from the 1960's thru the 1970's.  The speeds on those could be anywhere from 1 7/8 ips thru 7.5 ips, depending on the unit / model.

    Sony made quite a few decks that were 4-Track / 1-Channel (TC-105, TC-105A, TC-123, models come to mind).  Sony also made a few that were 4-Track / 1-Channel or 2-Channel (TC-200).  Akai / Roberts made decks with similar formats as well.

    Some tapes can 'cross pollinate' to a 'usable' degree from one deck to another. For instance, you can play a 2-Track / 1-Channel tape on a 4-Track / 2-Channel deck.  You will simply need to 'mute' one channel as you will get one side going forward and one going in 'reverse' (think 'backward masking' sound). Technically you'll get the 'forward' playback sound form the 'left channel' and Side-B (the other side) going 'backward'.  Simply 'mute' with your 'monitor switch' or your 'Balance' control on your pre-amp or ultimately if necessary, pull out the patch cable on that side to only hear or transfer the 'forward playback' signal.  Yes, you will be missing some of the 'audio signal strength' (as the head is not 'covering' the full width of the original recorded track), but given the material that was typically recorded on early 'mono' recordings, it's typically a fair trade-off to the resources that will likely be necessary to acquiring a 'functioning' deck capable of the exact track format.


                                                                                                                                               
...I'll add more to this as time allows
 


*A note about Reverse / Auto-Reverse /: Reverse means that you can manual switch directions in play mode. You can generally do this at any point in the tapes travel.
Auto-Reverse usually means that a deck will automatically switch play directions at the end. This is usually triggered by special foil tape installed on the tapes for sensors on the machine to pick-up. Some machines also require longer foil tape than others. Also decks vary in the side the foil tape has to be installed on to function. If you tape does not have the foil installed or it's foil is too short, or it happens to be installed on the wrong side, Auto-Reverse may not function. Auto-Reverse may only be designed to work in one direction as well. Some decks, such as a few 'Sony's' were designed with their "E.S.P. Auto Reverse", which would change directions after a 'long enough section of 'silence' ' passed by...theoretically...


 

 

 


 



 



We've moved most of the "SOLD / ARCHIVED" items to their own page.
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RECENTLY SOLD UNITS BELOW

 
   

     

NEW LISTING 10/16/17

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RESTORED / REFURBISHED / FULLY SERVICED
VINTAGE SONY REEL-TO-REEL 1/4" STEREO TAPE DECK
SONY TC-366-4 / TC366-4 "QUADRADIAL"
4-TRACK / 2-CHANNEL STEREO / 4-CHANNEL QUADRAPHONIC
2-SPEEDS / 3-HEADS
3"- 7" REEL CAPACITY
#...1483
Circa 1972-77
"WORLD AC POWER"
SOLD 11/29/17
SHIPPING TO TENNESSEE


Our technician has completely gone through and 'Certified' this unit.
 
  We have completely and extensively gone through the mechanicals and electronics of this unit.

  Entire transport was disassembled down to the chassis, and every mechanical part was cleaned of "varnished" lubes and re-lubed as well as the always at issue, Pinch Roller plunge assembly, re-lubed and reassembled.
 
  All internal drive tires / wheels burnished / conditioned for positive grip
 
  Capstan burnished.

  Both Tape Counter belts replaced for trouble-free service.

  Both 'Main Drive' belts replaced.
 
  Both reel hubs / clutches removed, disassembled and re-lubed.
 
  All hub brake pads have been resurfaced or replaced, and their bearings re-lubed and adjusted on fast wind modes also.
 
  Motor has been re-lubed as well.
 
  Internal voltage is self regulated DC and values were verified.
 
  All Internal & External pots, controls, & switches (including the linear 'record' switches) cleaned and tested for noise-free function.

 
  Both linear record switches removed and cleaned.

 
  All 'slide' switches cleaned.

  Both spindles in perfect alignment.
 
  We also adjusted the reel table heights for no "reel rub".
 
  Pinch roller reconditioned / re-surfaced.
 
  VU meter illumination lamps all working fine.
 
  Internal 'Bias', 'Record-Level' and 'PB' micro-pots cleaned EXTENSIVELY and levels adjusted.
 
  Heads were cleaned and de-magnetized as well as the entire transport.

  Head alignment / azimuth has been checked for peak performance with factory test tone tape and oscilloscope.
 
Quad level meters adjusted for even playback level w/ factory test tone tape.
 
  Floor noise tested to >-60dB w/ fresh, blank tape on PB.
 
  Plays GREAT and Records decently @ approx -5dB. We got the best results using Ampex 456. This machine does best (as do many) with 'fresh' or 'bulk-erased' tape.
 

  Speed checked to 99.0% accuracy.
 
  Following the above procedures, entire unit was detailed inside and out
 
 Again, Pinch roller and Heads all in GREAT condition.


 
 (Total time investment in refurb / testing ~ 25 hours).
 Cosmetically in great condition with the only notable issues being a 'scuff' on the head cover, and a couple of chips to the edge veneer.
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Nice performing Sony TC-366-4, 2-Speed, 3-Head, 1/4" Open Reel Stereo tape Record / Play deck. Great for all-around Recording and Playback of reels up to 7" in diameter. Also has all three consumer reel speeds as you will see listed below. 3-Head monitoring allows you to make the best quality recordings with no second guessing of tape levels since you can instantly check the recording a split second after it is made. Following it's extensive refurbishment, this deck works great, sounds wonderful, and looks fine! Our tech is VERY good at restoring these Sony Reel to Reel's, and this one is a fine example of his efforts.
 
Sony TC-366-4 Features include:
- Dual Speed transport supporting 3 3/4 ips and 7 1/2 ips
- 3-HEAD tape monitoring (a very high end feature for checking recording quality as the tape is actually being recorded)
- Plays up to a 7" reel as well as 3" & 5" reels
- Separate L & R / Front / Rear input level controls
- Sound-on-Sound recording (as it has independent record switches)
- Auto-Stop
- 4x analog VU meters for monitoring Playback and Record levels (again this unit does have the above mentioned issue with the right meter)
- Separate Mic and Line input level controls
- Built-in Noise Suppressor
- Tape Type selector for Normal or 'Special' Bias
- 4x front mounted 1/4" mic input jacks
- Front and Rear 1/4" Stereo Headphone jack
- Mechanical Tape counter
- RCA & DIN inputs and outputs
-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.

Original Sony TC-366-4 Tape Deck Specifications:
  
(All with Sony SLH-180 type tape)
Power Requirements:  117 VAC, 30 watts, 60 Hz (but can be set to different voltages. "50Hz" would require a 50Hz spindle pulley)

Capstan Drive Motor Type: Induction, 'vibration free'
Tape Speed: 7.5 ips / 19cms, 3 3/4ips / 9.5 cms
Reels: 1/4" tape on 7 inch diameter ог smaller
Recording Format: 4-track Stereophonic, Quadraphonic оr monophonic

Frequency Response: 30-25,000 Hz @ 7 1/2ips.
                                   30-17,000 Hz @ 3 3/4 ips.
                                   30- 9,000 Hz @ 1 7/8 ips.
Signal-to-Noise Ratio: > 55 dB @ 7 1/2 ips w/ high bias tape
  > 52 dB @ 7 1/2 ips w/ normal bias tape
Flutter and Wow: < 0.09% @ 7 1/2 ips.
                           < 0.12% @ 3 3/4 ips.
Level Indication: 4x Analog VU Meters
Record: Calibrated to NAB standard reference level

Inputs: 4x 1/4" Microphone Input Jacks and 4x RCA jacks
Outputs: 4x RCA jacks
Output Impedance: 100kΩ
Line Input Sensitivity: -22dB / .06 Volts
Line Input Impedance: 100k
Bias Frequency: 160 (kHz)
 

 Again this deck has been completely gone through and everything works great! Exceptional performer sonically in both playback and record modes (and we are pretty critical).
Comes with an 'e-copy' / pdf download of the Sony TC-366-4 owners / operations manual. Comes with one pair of correct and original SONY rubber reel retainers with Sony's metal clip inserts. Includes our standard 90 day limited warranty.  Measures 17" wide x 9.75" deep x 18.75" tall and weighs 28 lbs unpacked. (Reels & tape shown in photos not included. All are usually available separately if you need them)
SONY TC-366-4 REEL TO REEL
Cond. 8.5
$989.
SOLD 11/29/17
SHIPPING TO TENNESSEE


(Reels shown in photos are not included, but we sometimes / occasionally have them for sale. Inquire at time of order. However, all of our decks will come with 2, tapes for testing 'Playback' and 'Recording' as well as a 7" 'take-up' reel)

 
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NEW LISTING 10/15/17
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RESTORED / REFURBISHED / FULLY SERVICED
VINTAGE
SONY TC-252D
'VIETNAM ERA' 1/4" REEL TO REEL TAPE DECK

#...7811
4-TRACK / 2-CHANNEL
2-SPEED / 2-HEAD
3" - 7" REEL CAPACITY
STEREO TAPE DECK
"WORLD AC POWER"
  Circa 1970-72

GREAT 'WORKHORSE' DECK FOR PLAYBACK OF 3", 5" & 7" TAPES FOR 'RE-VISITING' OR FOR TRANSFER TO ANOTHER MEDIA!

SOLD 11/16/17
SHIPPED TO LAS VEGAS

  Our technician has completely gone through and 'Certified' this unit.

  We have completely and extensively gone through the mechanicals and electronics of this unit.

  Entire transport was disassembled down to the chassis, and every mechanical part was cleaned of "varnished" lubes and re-lubed as well as the always at issue, Pinch Roller plunge assembly, re-lubed and reassembled.
 
  Rubber pinch roller has been reconditioned
 
  All three internal drive tires / wheels burnished / conditioned for positive grip
 
  Capstan burnished.

  Both counter belts replaced for trouble-free service.
 
  Both reel hubs / clutches removed, disassembled and re-lubed.

Auto-Stop mechanism disassembled, cleaned and re-lubed, and their springs adjusted and had fresh 500,000 grade silicone lube gel applied
 
  All hub brake pads have been replaced, and their bearings re-lubed and adjusted on fast wind modes also.
 
  Motor has been re-lubed as well.
 
  Internal voltage is self regulated DC and values were verified.
 
  All Internal & External pots, controls, & switches (including the linear 'record' switches) cleaned and tested for noise-free function.
 
  Both spindles in perfect alignment.
 
  We also adjusted the reel table heights for no "reel rub".
 
  Pinch roller reconditioned / re-surfaced.
 
  Both record indicator lamps test fine.
 
  Internal 'Bias', 'Record-Level' and 'PB' micro-pots cleaned EXTENSIVELY and levels adjusted.
 
  Heads were cleaned and de-magnetized as well as the entire transport.

 Heads in great shape as well, with many years of performance left in them

  Head alignment / azimuth has been checked for peak performance with factory test tone tape and oscilloscope and exhibited good wave form out to 15kHz!
 
  Both level meters adjusted for even playback level w/ factory test tone tape.

 We adjusted the VU meters mechanically and electronically w/ factory test tone tapes, as well as the internal playback levels for both directions independently and record levels.

 Speed tested to 99.6% accuracy following refurb (meaning that our 'verified' 1000Hz test tape now plays back at 996Hz).
 
 Adjusted to record decently at -1dB with a 1kHz test tone on normal bias. In 'Real World' / Music Program we obtained performance of -6 or -7dB on High Bias and Normal BiasTape.

 Floor noise measured at >-60dB w/ blank tape, L&R



(photo collage showing a 'taste' of the process involved in the 'initial' stages of refurbishing these decks)

 This SONY TC-252D functions, plays VERY well and records decently (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).  (Total time investment in refurb / testing ~ 16.5 hours).

 GREAT performing Sony TC-250A 1/4" Open Reel stereo tape Record / Play deck with 2-Speeds! Great for all-around Recording and Playback of reels up to 7" in diameter. It is compatible with tapes recorded on the smaller portable, battery powered reel to reel machines (as long as they were recorded on 'capstan / pinch roller' drive systems and not on 'rim drive' systems). Great for burning your tapes to CD or Hard Drive. About the only 'cosmetic' issues are some 'white' scuffs on the front panel (see photos above).

SONY TC-252D Features include:
 
- Dual speeds at 7.5 ips / 19cms and 3 3/4ips / 9.5 cms
- Plays up to a 7" reel as well as 3" & 5" reels
- 4-Track / 2-Channel design, but can be used with reasonable results to play '2-Track / 1-Channel' tapes typically recorded in the late 1950's and early 1960's and from the 'small / transistor / portable' reel to reel decks popular from the mid 60's thru early 1970's (as long as they were 'capstan drive' designs)
- Separate L & R input level controls
- Auto-Stop
- Dual analog VU meters for monitoring Playback and Record levels
- Dual front mounted 1/8" mic input jacks
- 1/4" Headphone jack
- Mechanical Tape counter
- RCA and DIN inputs and outputs
- Like most Sony's from this series, this unit is can be used in vertical or horizontal configuration
 -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.
 
SONY TC-252D SPECIFICATIONS:

Track system: 4-track, 4-channel/2-channel stereo tape deck
Motor: 1 Synchronous 2-speed Motor
Transport Control Type: Mechanical: Fast Forward, Rewind, Play
Recording System: 4-Track Stereophonic or Monophonic
Heads: Two 4-track 2-channel stereo heads for recording and playback, and erase

Maximum Reel capacity: 7 reel
Tape speed: 19cm/s (7-1/2 ips
 9.5 cm/s (3-3/4 ips)
Wow & Flutter: 0.12% @ 7-1/2ips and <0.15% @ 3-3/4ips
Frequency response: 30Hz to 18,000Hz @ 7-1/2 ips & 40-13kHz @ 3.75 ips
Bias Freq: 55kHz
Signal to Noise Ratio: >52dB
Fast Wind Time: 2.5 min w/ 1800' tape

  
Again this is an great performer sonically and mechanically. Records and plays GREAT on Normal or Hi-Bias, Chrome Tapes. Ready to go! Again, as mentioned above about the only cosmetic issues are the 'white' scuffs on the face (see photos above).
Can be used standing vertically or laying on it's back horizontally.
Comes with an 'e-copy' / pdf download of the Sony TC-252D owners / operations manual. Comes with one pair of rubber reel retainers (shown in photos. Reels and tape shown in photos not included). Includes our standard 90 day limited warranty.  Measures 15.25" wide x 7" deep x 14" tall and weighs 18 lbs unpacked.  (Reels & tape shown in photos not included. All are usually available separately if you need them) 
Sony TC-252D R2R TAPE DECK
Cond. 8.5

SOLD 11/16/17
SHIPPED TO LAS VEGAS


(Reels shown in photos are not included, but we sometimes / occasionally have them for sale. Inquire at time of order. However, all of our decks will come with 2x tapes for testing 'Playback' and 'Recording' as well as a 7" 'take-up' reel)

 
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       NEW LISTING 12/4/17
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VINTAGE SONY 1/4" REEL-TO-REEL STEREO TAPE DECK
SONY TC-355 / TC355
 #...0422
4-TRACK / 2-CHANNEL STEREO OR 4-CHANNEL MONO
3-SPEED / 3 HEAD
5"
* - 7" REEL CAPACITY
"
WORLD AC POWER"
Circa 1967-70

MIJ
SOLD 1/10/18
SHIPPING TO NEVADA


Our technician has completely gone through and 'Certified' this unit.
 
 We have completely and extensively gone through the mechanicals and electronics of this unit.
 Entire transport was disassembled down to the chassis, and every mechanical part was cleaned of "varnished" lubes, re-lubed and reassembled. Again, the entire transport assembly was painstakingly disassembled, cleaned and re-lubed as well as the always at issue, 'Pinch Roller swing arm' 'plunge' assembly

New 'Main Drive' and counter belts replaced for trouble-free service.

 All three internal drive tires / wheels reconditioned for positive grip

 Capstan burnished.

 Drive Flywheel 'crosshatched' for more positive traction

 Both reel hubs / clutches removed, disassembled and re-lubed.

 All hub brake pads have been resurfaced or replaced where necessary, and their bearings re-lubed and adjusted on fast wind modes.

 Motor re-lubed at both front and rear ports

AC power input selection corrected from 100V to 117V

 Internal voltage is self regulated DC and values were verified.

All Internal & External pots, controls, & switches (including the linear 'record' switches) cleaned and tested for noise-free function.

 Both spindles in perfect alignment.

 We also adjusted the reel table heights for no "reel rub".

 Pinch roller reconditioned / re-surfaced.

 Auto-Stop mechanism tested for proper 'drop' time

 New VU meter illumination lamp installed and both record indicator lamps test fine.

 Internal 'Bias', 'Record-Level' and 'Play Back Level' micro-pot levels adjusted.

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

 Ferrite and Ferrite heads all in great shape, with many years of performance left in them.

 Head alignment / azimuth has been checked for peak performance with factory test tone tape and oscilloscope on both Playback and Recording.

 Both level meters adjusted for even playback level w/ factory test tone tape.

 Floor noise tested to >60dB w/ fresh, blank tape on PB.

 Tape pressure pad tension increased for improved response above 5kHz

 Plays and Records GREAT @ -2dB / 1kHz on Ampex 456GM tape, however, in 'real world' testing, we found that switching to TDK 'Audua / L-1800' tape allowed 0dB on both Pink Noise and DDD CD recording with very little high frequency loss!

 Speed checked to 98.14% accuracy.

During the above procedures, entire unit was detailed inside and out

 Again, Pinch roller and Heads all in GREAT condition.

  (Total time investment in refurb / testing 18+ hours).
Cosmetically in great condition!
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GREAT performing Sony TC-355 1/4" Open Reel stereo tape deck with 3-Speeds! Great for all-around Playback and recording of reels up to 7" in diameter. Also has all three consumer reel speeds as you will see listed below. Great for burning your tapes to CD or Hard Drive or for a 'media transfer business'.

SONY TC-355 Features include:
    
- Triple speeds at 7.5 ips / 19cms, 3 3/4ips / 9.5 cms and extra long 1 7/8 ips / 4.75 cms
- 3-Heads for instant monitoring of tape levels / record quality while recording
- 5*" / 7" Reel Capacity (*compatible with standard 4-Track / 2-Channel tape format)
- 4-Track / 2-Channel Stereo operation, or 4-Track / 4-Channel 'MONO' operation (meaning it will also play tapes recorded in the early 1960's!)
- Separate L & R input level controls
- Auto-Stop
- Dual analog VU meters for monitoring Playback and Record levels
- "Sound-On-Sound" capable w/ independent L & R record engage switches
- Built-in Sony "Noise Suppression" circuit
- Dual front mounted 1/8" mic input jacks
- 1/4" Stereo Headphone jack
- Mechanical Tape counter
- Pause "Inst-Stop" lever
- RCA and DIN inputs and outputs
-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. HOWEVER, "50Hz" use (Europe / Asia / Australia) would require the 'correct' main motor drive pulley (which would be VERY difficult to obtain at this point).
    
Original SONY TC-355 Specifications as follows:
  
Power Requirements:
30 watts, АС 100 V, 110 V, 117 V, 125 V, 220 V, 240 V 50/60 Hz       
Tape Speed: 7.5 ips / 19cms, 3 3/4ips / 9.5 cms and extra long 1 7/8 ips / 4.75 cms mechanically switched with single lever, with automatic switching for equalization changes       
Reels: 1/4" tape on 7 inches оr smaller
Recording Format: 4-track stereophonic оr monophonic
Frequency Response: 20-25,000 Hz @ 7 1/2ips.
                                   30-17,000 Hz @ 3 3/4 ips.
                                   30- 9,000 Hz @ 1 7/8 ips.
Signal-to-Noise Ratio: > 52 dB @ 7 1/2 ips.
Flutter and Wow: < 0.15% @ 7 1/2 ips.
                           < 0.30-50% @ 3 3/4 ips.
Harmonic Distortion: < 1.6% @ 7 1/2 ips.
Level Indication: Dual Analog VU Meters
Record: Calibrated to NAB standard reference level
Playback: Calibrated to 0dB line output level
Recording Time: With 1,800' tape
(4-track stereo)  (4-track mono) 7 1/2 ips  1 hr. 30 min.                  / 3 hr. & @ 3 3/4 ips. 3 hr. / 6 hr.
Inputs: Dual 1/8" Microphone Input Jacks w/ Sensitivity -72dВ (0.19mV) & Impedance 600Ω
Auxiliary Jacks w/ Sensitivity -22 dB (0.06 V) Impedance 560 kΩ
Outputs: Line Output Jacks w/ Output level 0dB (0.775 V) & suitable load impedance >100 kΩ.
Headphone Jack's Output level -28 dB (0.031 V) Impedance 8Ω
DIN Record /Playback Connector: Output level 0dB (0.775V) Impedance 10kΩ & Input sensitivity -40dВ (7.75mV) w/ Impedance 10 kΩ
Heads:  РР30-2902А, RP30-2902, EF18-2902H2
 
 
Again this is an great performer sonically and especially mechanically. This deck has had extensive restoration. It's pretty much had the clock rolled back 40 years on it. Looks great & Ready to go! Can be used standing vertically or laying on it's back horizontally. Comes with one pair of rubber reel retainers and a take-up reel. Includes a pdf download 'e-copy' of the Sony TC-355 owners manual and the service manual if the purchaser wishes. Includes our standard 90 day limited warranty. Measures 15.25" wide x 7" deep x 14" tall and weighs 24 lbs unpacked.
 (Reels & tape shown in photos not included. All are sometimes available separately depending on stock levels.) 

SONY TC-355 REEL TO REEL TAPE DECK
Cond. 8.5+
(C) R.R.

SOLD 1/10/18
SHIPPING TO NEVADA


(Reels shown in photos are not included, but we sometimes / occasionally have them for sale. Inquire at time of order. However, all of our decks will come with 2x tapes for testing 'Playback' and 'Recording' as well as a 7" 'take-up' reel. This deck will come with a TDK 'Audua' tape that we have recorded on for playback tests, that you may further record on if you desire)
 

 
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NEW LISTING 9/7/17

ANOTHER A-3300SX

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RESTORED / REFURBISHED / FULLY SERVICED
VINTAGE
TEAC REEL TO REEL TAPE DECK
TEAC A-3300SX / A3300SX
#...7423
4-TRACK / 2-CHANNEL STEREO / 1-CHANNEL MONO
3-HEAD / 2-SPEED / 3-MOTOR
10.5", 7" or 5" REELS
R2R 1/4" TAPE DECK

SOLD 9/11/17
SHIPPED TO NEW MEXICO

  Our technician has completely gone through and 'Certified' this unit.

  We have completely and extensively gone through the mechanicals and electronics of this unit.

 Entire transport was disassembled down to the chassis, and every mechanical part was disassembled, cleaned, re-lubed and reassembled

 Replaced one of the 'safety switches' on the tape tension arms with original / OEM parts (reversing a 'rigged repair' from a previous tech)

 Tape Tension arms disassembled, cleaned and re-lubed, and their springs adjusted and had fresh 500,000 grade silicone lube gel applied

 pinch-roller mechanism completely disassembled, cleaned and re-lubed,

 PR mechanism solenoid mounts adjusted

 Capstans / flywheels removed, bushings and axels cleaned and re-lubed and flywheels burnished

 Capstan motor pulley burnished

 Capstans burnished

 Rubber pinch roller removed and re-conditioned

 New MAIN drive belt sourced and installed

 Brand new counter belt installed

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

 Brakes adjusted on fast wind modes also (optimized for 7" & 10.5" tape.)

 Back tension adjusted on both reel motors.

 All three motors test perfectly. Following above adjustments, Reel Start and Stop tested at beginning, middle and end of 7" & 10.5" tapes

 Internal pots, switches and controls cleaned and tested for noise-free function (initially, of course, had typical static / noise which is to be expected in an 'un-serviced' deck after 35+ years).

 We adjusted the VU meters mechanically and electronically w/ factory test tone tapes, as well as the internal playback levels for both directions independently and record levels.

 Both spindles in perfect alignment.

 We also adjusted the reel table heights.

 Heads in great shape as well, with many years of performance left in them

 Playback and Record Head alignment / azimuth was adjusted for peak performance with factory test tone tape and oscilloscope.

 Speed tested to 99.4% accuracy following refurb (meaning that our 'verified' 1000Hz test tape now plays back at 1006Hz).
 
 Adjusted to record @ a fairly respectable -7dB @ 1kHz on normal bias tape and ~ -7dB on 'High Bias'

 Floor noise measured at >-60dB w/ blank tape, L&R

 This TEAC A-3300SX functions, plays, and records VERY WELL (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).  (Total time investment in refurb / testing ~ 14.5 hours).

Face is beautiful, brushed, Stainless Steel and case is in great condition. Only cosmetic issues worth mentioning are 'smuges' on the stainless steel face plate (see photos above). Deck looks and works great! 

The TEAC A-3300SX Stereo Reel to Reel tape deck. Ready to GO! This is one of the few reel to reel decks we get in that make it to our finished page. Great performer. If you're looking for a reel to reel deck to "actually use" here you go. Only about 25 % of the used Reel decks out there can be "practically" restored to working order. This one made it through with flying colors after about 14hours of bench time.

The deck tests great! Looks and sounds great too! We have completely gone through it. Will play 3", 5", 7" & 10.5" reels.

TEAC A-3300SX Features include:

- 4-Track / 2-Channel head stack / tape format
- 3 Heads for instant monitoring of tape levels while recording
- 10.5" Max Reel Capacity (The BIG Reels!)
- 3 Motors for trouble free performance (has a lot to do with it still being a viable piece of gear due to less rubber parts)
- IC logic tape transport for "Touch" control
- Dual speeds at 7.5 ips / 19cms and 3 3/4ips / 9.5 cms
- Separate dual mic and line level controls
- Source / Monitor selector
- Output level control
- Dual analog VU level meters
- Tape REC EQ Selector
- Dual position tape REC Bias type selector
- Dual front mounted 1/4" Microphone inputs
- Analog tape counter
- Spring loaded tape hub spindles (no need for rubber reel retainers)
- 12-Pin optional wired remote port on rear panel (TEAC RC-120 remote or TEAC RC-320 Timer Control, neither available nor included)


As stated earlier we have completely gone through it cleaning heads and all else, lubing, adjusting, reconditioning pinch rollers and other rubber parts, demagnetizing heads and entire transport and testing everything. Tape speed tested and resulted in 99.9% accuracy using a 1000 Hz test tape. Plays and records Exceptionally well (and we really put them through the paces, testing both with well mixed CD material and CD test tones looking for correct head Azimuth, tape speed accuracy and making test recordings). Pinch rollers and heads all in GREAT condition!!! Face is made of beautiful, brushed, stainless steel and looks great. Very clean and looks near new. Unit looks GREAT! 

TEAC A-3300SX Specs / Specifications from the owners manual as follows:

Head / Head-stack Format: 3 heads (Playback, 4-track, 2-channel, stereo/monaural system
3-Motors: 1x Dual-Speed, Hysteresis Synchronous Capstan Motor & 2x Eddy Current Induction Reel Motors
Reel Size: 3", 5, 7 & 10.5" (5 reels may not brake correctly as deck is optimized for 7 reels)
Wow and Flutter: 0.06% @ 7.5 ips
S/N ratio: 58 dB @ 7.5ips
THD: 1.0% @  1kHz & 19cms
Crosstalk: >40dB @ 125Hz
Channel separation: >50dB @ 1kHz
Erasing coefficient:
>68dB @ 1kHz
2 VU-meters: dB (-20 to +3)
Line; 100mV /100
Output Level Reference / Maximum: Line; .3V / 10kΩ
Headphones; ~50mV / 8Ω, 1/4" / 6mm diam. jack
Fast Wind Time: 160 sec for 1800'

This is a GREAT looking deck and is mounted in the originally, optional, 'REAL WOOD VENEER' side panels.  Again, following above extensive tech work, it works well!!!
All of our restored / refurbished reel to reel decks come with a 7", plastic take-up reel, a 'known good' 7" tape for initial testing of playback, and a 7" tape you can record onto, all to assist you in becoming familiar with the operation / function of your new reel to reel tape deck.
Measures 17.3" wide x 17.3" tall x 8.5" (from tip of back feet-tip of hubs) deep and weighs 45 lbs unpacked. Comes with an 'e-copy' / pdf download of the TEAC TEAC A-3300SX owners / operations manual, service manual and original brochure if purchaser so desires. Includes our standard 90 day limited warranty.
(Reels & tape shown in photos not included. All are sometimes available separately if you need them. We do ship our decks with a plastic take-up reel, a tape to 'practice record' on and a 'pre-recorded' tape for playback.) 
TEAC A-3300SX REEL TO REEL TAPE DECK
Cond. 8.5

SOLD 9/11/17
SHIPPED TO NEW MEXICO


(Reels shown in photos are not included, but we sometimes / occasionally have them for sale. Inquire at time of order.)

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

 

 

    

NEW LISTING 9/7/17

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RESTORED / REFURBISHED / FULLY SERVICED
VINTAGE
SONY TC-250A
'VIETNAM ERA' 1/4" REEL TO REEL TAPE DECK

#...1512
 
4-TRACK / 2-CHANNEL
2-SPEED / 2-HEAD
3" - 7" REEL CAPACITY
STEREO TAPE DECK
Circa 1967-70
GREAT 'WORKHORSE' DECK FOR PLAYBACK OF 3", 5" & 7" TAPES FOR 'RE-VISITING' OR FOR TRANSFER TO ANOTHER MEDIA!

SOLD 9/12/17
SHIPPED TO CALIFORNIA

  Our technician has completely gone through and 'Certified' this unit.

  We have completely and extensively gone through the mechanicals and electronics of this unit.

  Entire transport was disassembled down to the chassis, and every mechanical part was cleaned of "varnished" lubes and re-lubed as well as the always at issue, Pinch Roller plunge assembly, re-lubed and reassembled.
 
  Rubber pinch roller has been reconditioned
 
  All three internal drive tires / wheels burnished / conditioned for positive grip
 
  Capstan burnished.

  Both counter belts replaced for trouble-free service.
 
  Both reel hubs / clutches removed, disassembled and re-lubed.

Auto-Stop mechanism disassembled, cleaned and re-lubed, and their springs adjusted and had fresh 500,000 grade silicone lube gel applied
 
  All hub brake pads have been replaced, and their bearings re-lubed and adjusted on fast wind modes also.
 
  Motor has been re-lubed as well.
 
  Internal voltage is self regulated DC and values were verified.
 
  All Internal & External pots, controls, & switches (including the linear 'record' switches) cleaned and tested for noise-free function.
 
  Both spindles in perfect alignment.
 
  We also adjusted the reel table heights for no "reel rub".
 
  Pinch roller reconditioned / re-surfaced.
 
  New VU meter illumination lamp installed and both record indicator lamps test fine.
 
  Internal 'Bias', 'Record-Level' and 'PB' micro-pots cleaned EXTENSIVELY and levels adjusted.
 
  Heads were cleaned and de-magnetized as well as the entire transport.

 Heads in great shape as well, with many years of performance left in them

  Head alignment / azimuth has been checked for peak performance with factory test tone tape and oscilloscope and exhibited good wave form out to 15kHz!
 
  Both level meters adjusted for even playback level w/ factory test tone tape.

 We adjusted the VU meters mechanically and electronically w/ factory test tone tapes, as well as the internal playback levels for both directions independently and record levels.

 Speed tested to 98.8% accuracy following refurb (meaning that our 'verified' 1000Hz test tape now plays back at 1012Hz).
 
 Adjusted to record @ a fairly respectable -6dB @ 1kHz on normal bias tape

 Floor noise measured at >-60dB w/ blank tape, L&R

 AC Line cord replaced

 This SONY TC-250A functions, plays VERY well and records decently (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).  (Total time investment in refurb / testing ~ 12.5 hours).



(photo collage showing a 'taste' of the process involved in the 'initial' stages of refurbishing these decks)

The analog, meter needles can be a bit 'sticky' on this one, but it it's lower price range, coupled with the odds that most folks are looking at this deck primarily for playback, we deduced it would not be worth the added resources, thus 'final, additional cost to the price tag' to source replacements. They work most of the time, but sometimes 'stick' in place
. Other than that, the deck looks and works great! 
 
 
 GREAT performing Sony TC-250A 1/4" Open Reel stereo tape Record / Play deck with 2-Speeds! Great for all-around Recording and Playback of reels up to 7" in diameter. It is compatible with tapes recorded on the smaller portable, battery powered reel to reel machines (as long as they were recorded on 'capstan / pinch roller' drive systems and not on 'rim drive' systems). Great for burning your tapes to CD or Hard Drive.

Sony TC-250A Features include:

 
- Dual speeds at 7.5 ips / 19cms and 3 3/4ips / 9.5 cms
- Plays up to a 7" reel as well as 3" & 5" reels
- Separate L & R input level controls
- Auto-Stop
- Dual analog VU meters for monitoring Playback and Record levels
- Dual front mounted 1/8" mic input jacks
- 1/4" Headphone jack
- Mechanical Tape counter
- RCA and DIN inputs and outputs
- Like most Sony's from this series, this unit is can be used in vertical or horizontal configuration
 
SONY TC-250A SPECIFICATIONS:

Track system: 4-track / 2-channel stereo tape deck
Motor: 1 Synchronous 2-speed Motor
Transport Control Type: Mechanical: Fast Forward, Rewind, Play
Recording System: 4-Track Stereophonic or Monophonic
Heads: Two 4-track/ 2-channel stereo heads for recording and playback, and erase
Maximum Reel capacity: 7 reel
Tape speed: 19cm/s (7-1/2 ips
 9.5 cm/s (3-3/4 ips)
Wow & Flutter: 0.17% at 7-1/2ips and <0.30-50% RMS at 3-3/4ips
Frequency response: 30Hz to 18,000Hz @ 7-1/2 ips ( 3dB @
 50Hz to 15,000 Hz and 30-13kHz @ 3.75 ips
Bias Freq: 55kHz
Signal to Noise Ratio: > 50dB
Fast Wind Time: 4 min w/ 1200' tape

  
Again this is an great performer sonically and mechanically. Sounds great for playback, and records decently on Normal or Hi-Bias, Chrome Tapes. Ready to go! Can be used standing vertically or laying on it's back horizontally. Again, only issue is that the meter indicator needles can be a little 'sticky'. Comes with one pair of rubber reel retainers (shown in photos. Reels and tape shown in photos not included). Includes our standard 90 day limited warranty.  Measures 15.25" wide x 7" deep x 14" tall and weighs 24 lbs unpacked.  
(Reels & tape shown in photos not included. All are usually available separately if you need them) 
SONY TC-250A
Cond. 8.5+

SOLD 9/12/17
SHIPPED TO CALIFORNIA


(Reels shown in photos are not included, but we sometimes / occasionally have them for sale. Inquire at time of order.)

 
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NEW LISTING 9/18/17
 
 (Click on above thumbnails to enlarge photos)
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RESTORED / REFURBISHED / FULLY SERVICED
VINTAGE
SONY 1/4" REEL-TO-REEL STEREO TAPE DECK
SONY TC-758 / TC758
#...1985
4-TRACK / 2-CHANNEL
3-SPEED / 6-HEAD / 3-MOTOR
AUTO-REVERSE
BI-DIRECTIONAL RECORDING
5"* - 10.5" REEL CAPACITY
"WORLD AC POWER"
Circa 19
76-78
SOLD 9/29/17
SHIPPED TO TEXAS

  Our technician has completely gone through and 'Certified' this unit.

  We have completely and extensively gone through the mechanicals and electronics of this unit.
 
  Entire transport was disassembled down to the chassis, and mechanical parts cleaned, re-lubed and reassembled.

  Flywheels removed, cleaned and reinstalled.

  Capstans burnished

  Again, the entire transport assembly was painstakingly disassembled, cleaned and re-lubed.

  'Auto-Stop' mechanism disassembled and re-lubed with fresh 300,000 silicon damping fluid.

  Also hub brakes have been cleaned, re-lubed, and adjusted on fast wind modes also.

  Supply / Take-up 'back tension' adjusted.

  Reel Motors 'start / run' capacitors checked.

  All three motors were re-lubed.

  Voltage selector set for correct North American AC current at 117-120VAC.

  VU meter illumination lamps / bulbs check fine.

  Both spindles were completely disassembled, cleaned and had their bearings / bushings cleaned and re-lubed and are in perfect alignment.

  Heights adjusted on both reel tables.  

  Main Drive and both counter belts reconditioned / replaced for trouble-free service.

  Rubber pinch roller was removed, cleaned & reconditioned, as well as all internal drive tires / wheels for positive grip.

  Tape heads and entire transport cleaned and demagnetized.

  Heads in great shape as well, and should have many hundreds of hours of performance left in them.

  Head alignment / azimuth has been checked for peak performance on both play and record heads with factory STL 1k, 5k, 7.5k, 10k & 15k tones with oscilloscope.

  Plays INCREDIBLY WELL

 Adjusted to record @ a fairly respectable -6dB @ 1kHz on normal bias tape and ~ -4dB on 'High Bias'

 Floor noise measured at >-60dB w/ blank tape, L&R

  Both PB output levels and VU meters playback internally adjusted for even response.

  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.

  All internal speed pots adjusted to 100% accuracy on each speed independently, via cir bd micro-pots, utilizing 'Institute of High Fidelity' test tape meaning that 1Khz tape plays back at 1000Hz +/-1Hz!

  Following electro/mechanical restoration, unit received a cosmetic
 cleaning / detailing. About the only cosmetic issues remaining are: are a few 'minor battle scars' cosmetically with a few chips in the Formica finish on the casing edges and a few scuffs / scratches on the front panel and the "F & F" badge missing from the head cover (see photos above).

  (Total time investment in refurb / testing ~ 20+ hours).
Pinch roller and heads all in GREAT condition!!!
   ____________________________
 
   
 GREAT performing Sony TC-758 1/4" Open Reel stereo tape deck with 3-Speeds, 6-HEADS, Auto-Reverse & 'Bi-Directional Recording! Great for all-around Playback and recording of reels up to 10.5" in diameter.
 The only issue seems to be (and it seems to be the case with all TC-758's we've encountered) is that the 'spindle lock springs' are a bit 'weaker' than they probably should be which means that with some 10.5" reels, you will get a bit of 'rattle' when 'fast winding' if the reels are not well balanced. While most reels did not exhibit the issue, we experienced this with a few of our reels and attributed it to the spindle springs, and "no", they're not adjustable. We had the same thing with a couple of previous TC-758's over the years, and have had two folks email in with the same question. Just an FYI.

Sony TC-758 Reel to Reel Tape Recorder Features include:

- 1/4", 4-Track / 2-Channel Stereo or 4-Channel Mono capable Tape Head format
-
5*" / 7" / 10.5" Reel Capacity (*compatible with standard
 4-Track / 2-Channel tape format)
- Closed Loop / Dual Capstan Transport drive
- High Performance 'F & F' (Ferrite and Ferrite) heads
- Dual speeds at 7.5 ips / 19cms, 3 3/4ips / 9.5 cms
- 3-Heads for instant monitoring of tape levels
 / record quality while recording
- 6-Head function
- 3-Motors
- Triple-Mode Auto-Reverse ('Auto-Reverse' function requires 'Foil Tape')
- Bi-Directional Recording
- Logic Controlled / Solenoid assist, 'Touch Tape Transport' controls
- "Sound-On-Sound" (S.O.S.) capable w/ independent L & R record engage switches
- 'Echo' effect function (can be used as a 'tape delay' for guitar or vocals)
-
Separate L & R input level and microphone controls
-
Auto-Stop
- Dual analog VU meters for monitoring Playback and Record levels
- Dual Position 'Tape Bias' and 'Tape EQ' selectors
-
Dual front mounted 1/4" mic input jacks
-
3-Position Mic Attenuator selector for 0dB, -15dB or -30dB
-
MIC and LINE Mixing Capability
-
1/4" Stereo Headphone jack with dual, Variable output level
-
Mechanical Tape counter
-
'Timer' Playback / Recording function
- Built-in, Spring-loaded Reel / Hub locks (no need for rubber reel retainers)
-
RCA and DIN inputs and outputs
-
300 Watt, 'Switched' 'Convenience' AC outlet
-
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.

    
Original SONY TC-758 Specifications as follows:
  
Power Requirements: 60 watts, АС 100 V, 110 V, 125 V, 127V, 220 V, 240 V 50/60 Hz

Tape Speed:
7.5 ips / 19cms, 3 3/4ips / 9.5 cms and extra long 1 7/8 ips / 4.75 cms, electronically switched
Motors
:
3. AC servo-controlled capstan motor and 8-pole/ induction reel motors
Drive Design / System
:
Dual Capstan, Auto-Reverse, Closed Loop

Reels:
1/4" tape on 10.5 inches оr smaller
Recording Format:
4-track / 2-Channel stereophonic оr monophonic
Frequency Response w/ Sony SLH or equiv 'High Bias' Tape:

20-30,000 Hz @ 7 1/2ips.
20-20,000 Hz @ 3 3/4 ips.

Frequency Response w/ Standard Tape:

30-24,000 Hz @ 7 1/2ips
40-16,000 Hz @ 3 3/4 ips.

Signal-to-Noise Ratio:
> 56dB @ 7 1/2 ips. w/ standard Tape.
Flutter and Wow:
< 0.07% @ 7 1/2 ips.

                           < 0.1% @ 3 3/4 ips.

Harmonic Distortion:
< 1.2% @ 7 1/2 ips.
Bias Frequency:
160kHz
Level Indication: Dual Analog VU Meters

Record: Calibrated to NAB standard reference level
Playback: Calibrated to 0dB line output level (appox "3:00 O'clock" on Output Level Controls)

Line Input
:  Sensitivity -22dB (60mV) Impedance 100kΩ
Mic Input
:  Sensitivity 0.2mV / -72dB
Outputs: Line Output Jacks w/ Output level 0dB (0.775 V) & suitable load impedance >10kΩ
Fast Wind Time: 150 sec / 740m
 

Again, following the above stated bench work / testing, our technician has 'Certified' this deck and it is an great performer sonically and mechanically. This deck has had EXTENSIVE restoration with the above mentioned 20+ hours of tech time. Restored, extensively tested / played, then re-benched after 'burn-in' to double check performance / adjustments. As stated earlier, about the only issue seems to be the 'mechanical' rattle with some 10.5" reels that aren't 'well balanced'.
Looks good & Ready to go! Comes with a take-up reel. Again, GREAT for burning your tapes to CD or Hard Drive or for a 'media transfer business'. Also handy for archiving / researching / revisiting your tapes prior to 'digitizing' them. Can include a pdf 'e' copy of the Sony TC-758 Owners manual (
courtesy "manualslib.com") and a copy of the Sony TC-758 service manual if the purchaser wishes. Includes our standard 90 day limited warranty. Measures 17.2" wide x 8.75" deep x 17.75" tall and weighs 54 lbs unpacked.
 (Reels & tape shown in photos not included. All are sometimes available separately depending on stock levels.) 

 SONY TC-758 REEL TO REEL TAPE DECK
 Cond. 8.5

SOLD 9/29/17
SHIPPED TO TEXAS

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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.

 

On a side note: While we deal in many Open Reel / 'Reel to Reel' Tape machines, have recently seen folks making references to 'Real to Real' & 'Real to Reel' tape recorders / decks.
Wow...
We think this might be referring to some sort of 'cloning machine' or 'replicator' such as shown aboard Star Treks' Enterprise ship in the 'Next Generation' and 'Voyager' series.
...Just throw'in it out there.

 


 

 

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