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Since 1982.

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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-1800SD / X-1810 / X-1810D series, Sony TC, Teac A-6010 / Tascam A-3440 / 40-4 for sale, Fostex E-2 2 track / Half-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
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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 (sometimes as much as 24 and once we had one require 40 hours to do it justice) + 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.

 

(*UNLESS OTHERWISE LISTED)
 



NOW OUR REEL TO REELTAPE DECKS / PLAYERS / RECORDERS:

 




 

     

       


     NEW LISTING 1/7/20
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FULLY SERVICED / REFURBISHED
CLASSIC / SEMI-PRO TEAC MULTI-TRACK REEL TO REEL TAPE DECK
TASCAM SERIES
TEAC / TASCAM 40-4 4-TRACK TAPE DECK
4-TRACK / 4-CHANNEL STEREO /
*QUADRAPHONIC / MONO
3-HEAD / 2-SPEED / 3-MOTOR
10.5", 7" REELS AND / OR
**
SMALLER
'SIMUL-SYNC'
MULTITRACK 1/4" TAPE DECK
#....7241
MIJ
Circa 1978-81
for sale


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

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

 All Power supply outputs tested and verified at spec.

 Transport mechanisms disassembled, cleaned, lubed w/ 'SuperLube', silicone based gel and light machine oil as necessary and reassembled including PR Pivot Arm mechanism.



 Tape Tension arms disassembled, cleaned and re-lubed, and had fresh 300,000 grade silicone lube gel applied

 Replaced both reel tables / spindles

 Tape Left Tension arm had extra spring tension added for better performance on tape handling

 Capstan flywheel removed, cleaned bushings and axels cleaned and re-lubed w/ 80-90W gear oil. Flywheel surface burnished.

Capstan Motor re-lubed (has 'oil tubes')

 Capstan cleaned and burnished in drill press while removed

 Pinch-roller mechanism completely disassembled, cleaned and re-lubed.

 Rubber pinch roller removed, re-surfaced, conditioned and re-installed with fresh lubricant.

 Impedance roller had both its end bearings removed and new ones (#626) pressed in for silent tape transportation.

'Main' / Capstan belt reconditioned.

 Fresh, new counter belt (#049) 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 checked / 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)

 Both spindles in perfect alignment w/ no 'run-out' at any speed.

 Both spindle-locks hold tightly.

 We also adjusted the reel table heights.

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

 Removed and burnished COMMONLY INTERMITTENT contacts on channel Circuit Boards and re-seated. Adjusted pin contacts for better connections. Was discovered that these connectors was the source of channel intermittence.

 All meter lamps replaced #25-455

 Both 'Counter' lamps replaced #A403

 All 'internal' / PC mounted pots, switches and controls cleaned and tested for noise-free function

 All 'User' pots, switches and controls cleaned and tested for noise-free function


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

 We adjusted the VU meters mechanically for correct 'resting position' and electronically w/ factory test tone tapes, as well as the internal playback, Monitor levels, and record levels utilizing STL test / alignment tapes.

    


 We adjusted the Bias for great sound with Ampex GM-456 tape.

 Speed tested to 99.9% accuracy following refurb (meaning that our 'verified' 1000Hz accuracy using a 1000 Hz STL test tape.  (test tape now plays back at 999Hz when warmed up).


 
 Adjusted to record AMAZINGLY WELL at 0dB both with full bandwidth Pink-Noise, then 1kHz test and in 'Real World' use w/ 'mixed DDD CD' signals. (Tested with Maxell UDXL Tape and Ampex GM-456 (best results with Ampex GM-456).

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

 Following refurb / service mechanicals tested for 'play torque' at beginning and end of largest size reels, as well as 'Fast wind torque' and 'braking tension' in both FF and REW, at beginning, middle and end of tapes. In other words, every combination of transport function was tested and passed.

 This TEAC / TASCAM 40-4 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 ~ 24 hours).

 This deck had been rack-mounted so it arrive with NO side panels. We sourced a pair later (took about a year of looking / waiting)

This is an amazing deck for both recording or playback, again of Multi-Track / Four-Track / Four-Channel / Stereo /
**Quadraphonic / Mono' tapes for speeds of 7.5ips or 15ips. Following refurbishment, the deck looks and works great and sounds amazing!!! 

The encore to the TEAC / A-3440, the TEAC / TASCAM 40-4 Multi-Track / Four-Track / Four-Channel / Stereo / Quadraphonic / Mono (Yep, that pretty much covers everything but 'half-track') Reel to Reel tape deck. Ready to GO! We've had this deck in our warehouse for years, waiting for a 'senior tech' who was qualified to the task of bringing such a deck back to life CORRECTLY. One of a recent few, we've had make it through satisfactorily in 24+ years of dealing in vintage audio.

This is the deck that most folks want for their home studio to record 'raw tracks' on. For examples; you could lay down bass and drums on one track, then rhythm guitar on the next track, lead guitar on track 3 and vocals on track 4. Or you can lay down tracks 2-4, then bounce them to track 1 and have 2, 3 & 4 free again. Or you can records 'heads-up' (all four tracks at once), then mix those down later. Of course, you can record 'normal stereo' tapes, or you can record 4 separate mono tracks if you're trying to conserve tape. Or, Or, Or...

 Following our extensive refurb / bench time it's now an AMAZING performer (Check the 'recording test results' above and the 'specs' in 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
24 hours of bench time.

From the original TEAC / TASCAM 40-4 brochure:
They are ideal for a wide spectrum of uses: tracks for a record album, making commercial spots, or doing production work in radio, TV or Film. You can make superior recordings with these easy to operate recorders, and you get the quality and reliability for which TEAC is known. (of course as it does all of those professional tasks, it can certainly do anything you need at home).

The deck tests great! Cosmetically it's in good condition. Cosmetic issues worth mentioning would be a veneer chip to the lower, left side panel, some scuffs / striations to the rear edges of the side panels, a note-worthy ding to the upper right side panel corner, a small 'dent' in the faceplate near the right tension arm. As we stated earlier, the deck had been rack-mounted so it arrived with NO side panels or rear sheet metal. Sometime in the past, an 'accessory' port was drilled in the rear panel, that is no longer utilized. Also, as it had been rack-mounted, there's no 'plastic' skids installed on the bottom (even though they're shown in one photo, those were from a previous deck), just 'felt feet'. We sourced all of it later from another deck we purchased. (see photos above). Functions and sounds great ! Will play up to 10.5" reels.

TEAC / TASCAM 40-4 Features include:

- Multi-Track / 4-Track / 4-Channel Stereo / Mono head stack / tape format
- DURABLE AC powered capstan motor (lasts decades longer than DC capstan motors of the 'later' models)

**(Can also play 'Quadraphonic' tapes as long as your tapes are 7.5 or 15 ips. Of course you can record 'Quadraphonic' tapes as well if you have the supporting resources)
- 3 Heads for instant monitoring of tape levels while recording
- 10.5" Max Reel Capacity (The BIG Reels!)
(*but could play down to 3", however the torque and brakes are optimized for 10.5" reels)
- Punch In / Punch Out Function
- 3 Motors (means less 'Rube Goldberg' mechanisms inside like many R2R's)
- IC logic tape transport for "Touch" control
- Dual speeds at 15ips / 38cms & 7.5 ips / 19cms
- Multi-Track / Sound-on-Sound / Sound-with-Sound / Duet recording capable
- Cue Lever with 'variable pressure' for lifting tape away from head in Fast Wind modes or for moving tape close enough to head to monitor fast wind progress
- Output selector for Input, Norm or Monitor (this feature will require an understanding of the 'user manual')
- Play / Pause control lets you manually rock the reels back / forth while you listen to pinpoint an exact point for editing. (also if youre the DJ type, you can also use this feature to scratch-n-sniff just like on your records. Can you say, Yipeeee! ?... Oh sorry, I mean, Yo Dog)
- Reel Size selector for proper tape 'back tension' and braking.
- Variable Input level control for each channel
- Analog VU level meter for each channel
- Analog Tape Counter
- Spring loaded reel spindles (no need for 'rubber stoppers / reel clamps')
- RCA Line I/O's for all channels
- Accessory connectors for optional TEAC Remote control (not included, nor currently available)
- Multi-pin logic connector for external dbx unit (not included, nor currently available)


TEAC / TASCAM 40-4 Specs / Specifications:

Track / Head / Head-stack Format: 3 heads, inline (4-track / 4-channel, stereo/monaural system) Ferrite Erase and 'Permalloy' Record and Playback heads
Motors: 3X. Capstan motor: 4/8 pole, large size Hysteresis synchronous. Reel motors: 6-pole, eddy current
Reel Size: Acceptable 7 & 10.5" (3" & 5 reels may not brake correctly as deck is optimized for 7-10.5" reels)
Tape Speeds: 15 ips / 38cms & 7.5 ips / 19cms
Tape Speed accuracy: 0.5%
Frequency Response in Sync mode:
40-20,000 Hz @ 15ips.
3dB
25-15,000 Hz @ 7 1/2ips.
3dB
Wow and Flutter: 0.04% @ 15ips & 0.06% @ 7.5ips (NAB)
S/N ratio: >65Db @ 15ips / Wtd
Crosstalk; >50dB down adjacent track @ 1kHz
Erasure Depth; >65 @ 1kHz +10dB
THD: <1% @ 0VU & @ 1kHz. 3% @ +9VU & @ 1kHz
VU Meters; approx; -25dB to +5dB VU range
Bias Frequency; 100kHz
Line Input (AUX input): -10dB (0.3V) nominal /  Impedance 20kΩ
Record Level Calibration: 0 VU reference is 250 nWb/m tape flux level; adjustable LEDs preset to turn On at signal level of +10 VU.
Line Output: -10dB (0.3V) nominal & -+18dB (8.0V) nominal /  Impedance 10kΩ unbalanced
Fast Wind Time: Approx 120 Seconds for 10.5" reel / 2400' & approx 140 seconds for 1800'
Start Time (stop to full motion play): .05 sec @ 15ips & .04 sec @ 7.5 ips

As stated earlier we have EXTENSIVELY 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 STL 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!!! As stated earlier, cosmetic issues worth mentioning would be some light scuffs on the face panel, between the reel tables and a few, typical nicks to the wood grain side panes, and a small nick to the head cover (see photos above).

This is a highly sought after deck and now, following the extensive service, with UNBELIEVABLE PERFORMANCE.
This was not only a GREAT 'Musicians' deck, as a performer could 're-visit' their old band tapes to transfer to computer, DAW, or 'Stereo Mix Down', but since it also does standard 'Stereo' playback, Mono and even Quadraphonic (Quadriphonic) playback, it's about as versatile as you can get. Also would be a great deck for a 'media transfer house / business' that has clients with old 'band tapes' that they want to get mixed down to stereo.
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.
Comes with an 'e-copy' / pdf download of the TEAC / TASCAM 40-4 owners / operations manual. Measures 21" tall (with skids installed) x 17.3" wide (w/ wood side panels installed) x 21.5" tall x 12" (from tip of back feet-tip of hubs) deep and weighs a
VERY HEAVY 72+ lbs unpacked. Includes our standard 90 day limited warranty.
(Reels, tape and any NAB hubs 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 / TASCAM 40-4 MULTI-TRACK / STEREO / MONO REEL TO REEL TAPE DECK
Cond. 8.5

$1899.


(Reels, tape and any NAB hubs 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, and RCA patch cables for connection to your system)


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

(Due to it's size and weight, it runs a bit more for shipping relative to other (consumer) reel to reel machines)

 

 

    

    

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RESTORED / REFURBISHED / FULLY SERVICED
VINTAGE AKAI REEL TO REEL TAPE DECK
AKAI X-1810

COMBO REEL-REEL / 8-TRACK CARTRIDGE
4-TRACK / 2-CHANNEL STEREO or 4-TRACK / 1-CHANNEL MONO 
AKAI's "CROSS-FIELD
" BIAS HEAD
3-MOTOR / 3-SPEEDS
AUTO-REVERSE
1/4" REEL TO REEL

BUILT-IN STEREO AMP AND SPEAKERS

#...
1252
MIJ

  
"
WORLD AC POWER"
Circa 1973-74
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 cleaned, de-greased, and re-lubed including; Pinch Roller Pivot Arm, EOT Sensor Arm, Left Tape Tension arm mechanism, Capstan Motor (clean and re-lube), Capstan and flywheel shaft removed cleaned / re-lubed (pretty much every moving part)

 Transport cams checked for usable condition prior to any work starting (here in the West, we have less of an issue with the typical deterioration that you see in more 'humid' climates such as the Mid-West, South and Coasts (be very careful getting an Akai from the early to mid 1970's that has spent most of it's life in a 'humid' environment).

 Entire 8-Track transport assembly was removed and disassembled for service, including burnishing it's connector, and track elevator / selector contacts.



 Voltage re-set to correct 120VAC

 Circuit board edge card PCB contacts and connectors cleaned w/ solvent and burnished w/ fiberglass pen



 Replaced 'commonly black-legged', Hitachi C458 transistor as well as 'proactively' the other 3 transistors on Auto-Reverse control PCB

 Tape Tension arms cleaned and re-lubed, and their springs adjusted

 Bent Right reel spindle straightened

 Reel table height correct

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

 Capstan / flywheel removed, bushings and axles cleaned and re-lubed and flywheel burnished

 Capstan motor pulley burnished

 Capstan cleaned

 Rubber pinch roller removed and re-conditioned

 New MAIN drive belt, #42-550 installed

 Brand new counter belt, #042 installed

 Heads have been cleaned and de-magnetized as well as the entire transport (reel and 8-Track Cartridge).

 Brakes adjusted on fast wind modes at ALL points thru a tape. It's a fine line between having the brakes actuate with too much tension, 'abruptly' stopping the tape (risking stretching / breaking of tape) or too loose (allows tape to 'dump'). (VERY difficult to do on this series). Brakes optimized for 7" reels.

 Motor torque test perfectly. Following above adjustments, Reel Start and Stop tested at beginning, middle and end of 7" reels.

 Internal pots, switches (including linear record switch and 'rotary wafer' 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 45+ years) (also a bit easier on this "1810 than the "A-Type and B-Type X-1800SD" version. Just FYI).



 External / User adjustable pots, switches and controls cleaned on the playback / record amp and tested for noise-free function (tech notes; Line out set to 0dB using 0dB reference @ 400Hz. Vol controls @ approx 1:30)

 Replaced VU meter lamps / bulbs #25-080

 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.

 We adjusted the output, 'Minimum Input', 'Specified Input', 'Record Level' and deck records well on Ampex 456.

 Both spindles in good alignment.

 Repaired broken internal connection lead wire for cap motor

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

 Alignment / azimuth was adjusted for peak performance on Playback and Record Heads on both the R2R and the 8-Track with factory test tone tape and oscilloscope.

 "X-Field / Bias" head had it's clearance checked / adjusted w / feeler gauges.

 Repaired both 'Manual' Auto-Reverse switches

 Following initial restoration tests, we found we would have a channel drop out after playing for a while or when changing directions, and traced it to contact issues in the relays, thus the following operation...

 Both Play and Record relays (RL0201 & RL0202) had their contacts burnished on the 'Direction Change' PCB (not an easy task. Then tested 4 Hours with multiple manual reverses)

 Speed tested to 99.3% accuracy following refurb (meaning that our 'verified' 1000Hz test tape now plays back at 1007Hz +/- 2Hz. (within spec).
 
 Adjusted to record sonically well* with the following results w/ Input at ~ 9:00 when recording, then Output control re-set to ~"2:00 PM" for playback.

 'Real World, DDD CD recorded sounds great w/ more *quality tapes such as Maxell UD-35, TDK Audua, or Ampex GM456 rather than say Scotch 150 or Sony 150 etc.


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

 Depending on the impedance of any headphones utilized with the unit, the volume can be lower they would be expected thru the headphone output.

 Motor was disassembled, had front and rear bushings cleaned and re-lubed w/ 30W. VERY quiet now.

 This AKAI X-1810 now functions, plays, and records 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 process / and final testing ~ 44 hours...DOUBLE OUCH!!!).

The AKAI X-1810 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 44 hours of bench time.

Following mechanical / electronic refurb, entire unit was cosmetically detailed inside and out. Face is made of flat-black finished, aluminum and is dent free and in great condition. Only minor cosmetic issues to mention, all to do with finish / Formica chips to the case edge (see photos above). Deck looks and sounds great! 
   ____________________________
   
Looks great & "Ready-to-go"  AKAI X-1810 Stereo Reel to Reel tape deck. Very 'famous' and popular reel tape deck. Probably half the folks stationed overseas in the military during Viet Nam that purchased a Reel to Reel came back with an 1800 series. Unfortunately of course, 45 years has not been kind to Akai Reel decks (or any electro-mechanical devices that are 20 years old or older). The internal lubes were never meant to last that long, certainly without maintenance, and 'rubber' doesn't 'age well' either, thus requiring the above stated work. There's also the Akai Transport cams that need to be inspected for their degree of condition and replaced if necessary (difficult and potentially expensive). We've already inspected them for any detrimental issues. Ready to go now. Will play & Record stereo 1/4" tapes on reels up to 7". This is one of the few reel to reel decks we get in that make it to our finished page. If you're looking for a reel to reel deck to "actually use" then 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. Playback & transport functions test great and records well! 8-Track, built-in amp and speakers all work great as well. Looks and sounds great too!

AKAI X-1810 Features include:


- 3 Motor design
(means less 'Rube Goldberg' mechanisms inside like many R2R's)
- DURABLE AC powered capstan motor (lasts decades longer than DC capstan motors of the 'later' models)
- 4-Speed
* Reel to Reel, 8-Track Cartridge deck w/ built-in speakers and amp
- Up to 7" reel capacity (while you could go down as far as 3" in diameter, the torque and braking on this deck has been optimized for 7"reels)
- Akai's "Cross-Field" Bias Head, gets the tape 'bias signal' off of the 'Record' head (so the 'Record Head' can be concentrated only on recording the 'music' signal) and biases with a separate head
- One-Micron Gap Recording Head (reel)

- Stereo or MONO playback / recording (reel tape) (means that in "MONO" mode, you can record 4 separate passes on a tape or playback tapes made on older decks that did 'four separate tracks')

- Quad speeds at
7.5 ips / 19cms (with included speed sleeve adapter), 3 3/4ips / 9.5 cms,1 7/8 ips / 4.8 cms & *15 ips / 38cms
- As it's got its own, Built-in Power amp and speakers, it can be used as a 'stand alone' unit. (very handy for a media transfer business setting up another 'station' without a stereo / audio system)

-
Spring loaded, Reel locks / Spindle tips (does not require rubber reel clamps / stoppers)
- Stereo playback / recording 8-Track Cartridge tape
- Auto-Reverse capable with 'sensing foil' installed (on correct side of tape)
- 'Manual-Reverse' at anytime with L & R selectors

- 'Continuous Play' or 'End of Tape Stop' for 8-Track
- S.R.T. Super Range Tape Equalization setting for recording
- Auto-Off for Reel deck
- Dual Analog VU meters
- Can also transfer from Reel tape to 8-Track Cartridge tape
*

- 8-Track 'Track Selector' w/ typical indicator lights
- Dual front mounted 1/4" Microphone inputs
- Front mounted 1/4" Headphone jack
- RCA and DIN I/O's
- Separate L&R Input / Volume controls
- Separate L&R Tone controls (for built-in amp)

- Internal Speaker On/Off switch (Auto switches when using 'External' speakers)


- NOT an OFFICIAL feature, BUT one function this deck will allow is a sort of CUE by slightly pushing up on the 'pause' lever, while the deck is in play, you can get a 'variable speed' CUE function. You'll either need to very gradually release the pressure or with your other hand move the 'Play' lever to 'Stop' when you reach the spot you wanted to 'cue to' or the tape will track off the front edge of the pinch roller. Takes a bit of practice to get it right.

- ANOTHER 'UN-OFFICIAL' feature of this deck is that due to it's internal 'brake' design, it's possible to 'SCRATCH' the tape across the playback head forward or backward! Just like with a DJ turntable!


(*15 ips ONLY w/ optional speed sleeve / pinch roller kit (not typically avail. The 15ips was utilized for transferring Reel tape signals to the 8-Track tape. While the Reel deck could record at 15ips, there's not a 15ips Tape EQ setting, which may or may not be detrimental to your needs)

-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.


AKAI X-1810 Original Specifications:

 

Heads / Track system: Reel Heads; 4-track 2-channel / Stereo or 1-Channel / Mono heads for stereo or mono, Erase, Recording / Playback & Cross-Field Bias head
Heads / Track system: 8-Track Cartridge; 2-track 2-channel / Stereo  Erase, Recording / Playback
Motors: 3x, One 'Hysteresis Synchronous 3-Speed capstan motor and 2x 6-Pole, Eddy-Current, Outer-rotor motors for supply and take-up reels.
Transport Control Type: Direct linked Mechanical and electronic
Maximum Reel capacity: 7" (5" and 3" as well) (brakes and motor torque optimized for 7" reels)
Tape speeds: 1 7/8 ips, 3.75 ips, 7-1/2 ips) and 15 ips w/ optional kit
Tape speed Deviation:
0.8%
Fast Wind speed:
~60-75 secs for 1200 feet (7" reel)
Wow & Flutter: Reel; >0.08% RMS @ 7.5 ips
THD: Reel; <2% @ 1kHz w/
Line Level out @ 0dB
Frequency response: Reel; 30Hz to 22,000Hz (3dB @ 7-1/2 ips)
 &
30Hz to 18,000 Hz @ 3-3/4 ips
 &
30Hz to 9,000 Hz @ 1 7/8 ips
Cartridge; 50Hz to 16,000Hz (+/-3dB @  3-3/4 ips
Signal to Noise Ratio: > 50dB on R2R and >45dB on Cartridge
Erase Ratio: Reel; >-70 for all tracks &
Cartridge; >-65dB
Crosstalk rejection:
Reel; >-70dB in Mono and >-43dB in Stereo
Cartridge; >-50dB in Stereo
Input
Level (Line): 60mV - 2.5V
@ 150k Ohms
Input Level (Mic): 0.5mV - 20mV @ 30k Ohms
Output Level (Line): 1.23V
(0VU) @ 250Hz from recorded tape signal
Bias Frequency: 65kHz


This is only about the third AKAI X-1810 we have restored in ~24 years. Great machine for playback / archiving your tapes to CD or Hard Drive or for recording new tapes. This is a clean deck. Performs very well following extensive refurbishing.
The vinyl wrapped, wood-grained case is in great 'structural' and decent cosmetic condition with only the above mentioned finish chips. The decks face, knobs, covers and all cosmetics are fabulous!
This machine would really be great for a 'media transfer' business or for someone who has a lot of tapes to preview prior to sending for transfer, or for a library or university with a lot of tapes of different speeds / and track formats to transfer. Of course it would also be great for anyone wanting to add an 'all purpose' reel to reel to their system. If your interest is primarily to 'record 8-tracks', I would simply choose a much simpler, '8-track only' deck that records better and would be less money.
Measures 17.5" wide x 18" tall x 9.8" deep and weighs 47 lbs unpacked. Comes with a pdf 'e' copy of Akai X-1810 / X-1810 owners manual and original brochure. Can include the AKAI X-1810 / X-1810 Service Manual pdf 'e' download if you wish as well. Includes our standard 90 day limited warranty.

 (Reels & tape shown in photos not included. All are sometimes available separately depending on stock levels.) 

 AKAI X-1810 REEL TO REEL TAPE DECK

Cond. 8.5
$1599.

(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, and RCA patch cables for connection to your system)


 
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            NEW LISTING 10/9/19
 
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RESTORED / REFURBISHED / FULLY SERVICED
SONY TC-530 / TC530

 4-TRACK / 2-CHANNEL STEREO
 2-HEAD / 3-SPEED
 REEL TO REEL R2R
 3" - 7" REEL CAPACITY
 1/4" STEREO TAPE DECK
with Built-In AMP & SPEAKERS
MIJ

  "
WORLD AC POWER"
 Circa 196
7-69
SOLD 4/4/2020
SHIPPING TO MICHAEL IN NEW YORK


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

Original tech notes on 'pre-inspection';
"Dirty, but relatively unmarked...take-up bushing loose in chassis...AC power cord frayed....Voltage incorrectly set to 110V...Playback head VERY worn...main drive tire dried & cracked and will need to be replaced...dents in pinch roller...FF & REW partially function. Entire transport needs total overhaul...motor is quiet...main drive belt stretched / cracked...Right channel very low output...speed; unable to determine as entire transport doesn't function well enough...VERY noisy controls...leaf switches intermittent to non-functional...Rec pressure pad too flat...very little high frequency likely due to excessive head wear."

 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.

 Main AC / Line / Power switch replaced with Original Sony from a donor unit

 Burnished leaf switches

 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 and run 'true' (see above photos).

 Heights adjusted on both reel tables.

 Replaced dried / cracked idler tire with 'reconditioned' unit

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

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

 Combination Record / Playback head replaced with sourced OEM unit in good shape

 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.

 All Amplifier controls and input selectors cleaned extensively

 AUX, Tuner and Phono inputs all tested fine on both channels following 'control cleaning'

 Amplifier tested on both channels (not a 'power house' of volume, but fine for 'lower volume' needs. Will get as loud as you need it to once connected to your system).

 Both speakers tested and frequency swept with no issues (internal and external, but again, won't get 'room filling' loud as they're simply to monitor playback).

 Speaker wires, amp input jacks and plugs all in perfect condition

 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.

 Records well, but much lower on VU than input (about -12-15 dB). Sonically fine. Biased for *Ampex GM 456 studio tape with the following results:
1kHz recorded @ 0dB resulted in PB @ -15dB (with minimal 'artifacts')

'Real World', DDD CD recorded at 0 = -12dB but sounded fine. This deck is a much better 'playback' unit than a 'record' unit.

* We also had great results with Maxell UD XL (Gold Box) tape as well
Note: If you're going to be making 'new' recordings, you'll want to 'push' the levels well into the "red" to get a good PB level.


 Floor noise measured at -60dBm 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).

Tape Speed tested to 100% accuracy on each speed independently, via cir bd micro-pots, utilizing 'factory' test tapes meaning that 1000 Hz tape plays back at 1000Hz +/-1Hz!

 External Cabinet and some of the speaker hardware replaced with Original Sony from a donor unit

Following electro/mechanical restoration, unit received a cosmetic cleaning / detailing.

(Total time investment in refurb / testing 29 hours).
Deck is now in overall, GREAT condition!!!
   ____________________________


 
Great condition & "Ready-to-go", Solid State, Sony TC-530 R2R with built in amp and speakers. Built-in amp and speakers make this a "stand alone" unit, yet can still be connected to your stereo system.  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 to test great! Looks and sounds great! We have completely gone through it. Will play 3", 5"and 7" reels.

Sony TC-530 Features include:
 

- Triple tape speeds at 7.5 ips / 19cms, 3 3/4ips / 9.5 cms and 1 7/8 ips / 4.8 cms
- Independent L & R recording switches. Allows twice the record time when mono sound is adequate.

- DURABLE AC powered capstan motor (lasts decades longer than DC capstan motors of the 'later' models)

- Independent L or R playback switches. Great for playing those early "single track" tapes recorded in mono (this function works when using the built-in amplifier and does not affect the stereo Line-Outputs
- Built-in stereo amp and dual speakers featuring 3" x 6", Sony built, full-range drivers as well as 4" full range drivers built into case front speaker cabinets that form the front cover. (again, really good for simply 'monitoring' what's on the tape)
- Speakers detach to form the front of the case
- Built-in 8' speaker cables with storage in speakers
- Dual front mounted " Microphone inputs
- Analog Tape Counter
- Lockable Pause control
- Variable Volume control for internal amplifier
- Separate Bass and Treble controls for built-in amplifier
- Balance control for internal amplifier
- Separate Left and Right Record level controls
- Dual Back-lit, analog VU level meters
 - 1/4" headphone jacks
- Top-mounted patch-bay loaded with I/O jacks including; Outputs are dual RCA line In / Outs, 1/4" speaker outputs
- Dual AC convenience outlets
- External AC fuse protection
-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.
 

 As stated earlier we have completely gone through it cleaning, re-lubing, adjusting, demagnetizing and testing everything. All rubber parts inspected, replaced and / or reconditioned. Records at approx -12-15dB and Plays 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 and speed accuracy
(speed is correct to 100% @ 1kHz) and making test recordings. All fast wind and stop functions work perfectly at any point in the tape. Only two minor cosmetic issues; AC cord storage compartment door missing and head cover securing screws missing. Head cover still stays on well with friction. Pinch roller reconditioned and heads all in GREAT condition!!! Face and knobs all in great cosmetic condition as is the original case, hinges and latches. Both speakers detach from the top and form the top of the case when latched. Speaker cables store in lids. Since this unit has a built-in amplifier, pre-amp controls, multiple inputs and built-in speakers, it can be used as a true "stand-alone" unit. The internal amplifier and built-in speakers actually sound great as well! Very surprising. Of course unit will still patch into any stereo / sound system normally. Measures 15" tall x 20" wide x  x 10" deep (with speaker / covers installed) and weighs 40 lbs unpacked. Includes our standard 90 day limited warranty. Also includes a pair of rubber hub stoppers! (Reels & tape shown in photos not included. All are usually available separately if you need them)

SONY TC-530
Cond. 8.5

(CONS. R.R.)
SOLD 4/4/2020
SHIPPING TO MICHAEL IN 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, and RCA patch cables for connection to your system)

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        NEW LISTING 1/7/20
 
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RESTORED / REFURBISHED / FULLY SERVICED
SONY "TAPECORDER"
SONY TC-105
3-SPEED
, MONO 4-TRACK / 1 CHANNEL
REEL TO REEL R2R
1/4" TAPE DECK

2" - 7" REEL CAPACITY
W/ BUILT IN AMP & SPEAKER
"Great for listening and / or transferring 'early / older recordings' to computer / CD etc."
#...
0880
Circa 1970-77
MIJ

  
for sale

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

 Importantly ENTIRE internal transport COMPLETELY disassembled, cleaned of old grease & re-lubed.

 Both Main Drive belt and Counter belt have been reconditioned for trouble-free service.

 Rubber pinch roller has been reconditioned, as well as all internal drive tires / wheels for positive grip.

 We also burnished the capstan

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

 Always at issue on these machines is the Pinch Roller swing arm assembly that has been completely disassembled, cleaned and re-lubed.

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

 Following above adjustments, Reel Start and Stop tested at beginning, middle and end of 'loaded' 7" tapes.

 Motor has been re-lubed as well.

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

 Both spindles in perfect alignment.

 Following initial refurb, we found tracks 1-4 to be diminished in high frequency response relative to tracks 2-3. We decided it could only be attributed to excessive wear to the Play / Rec head. After inspecting a number of replacement heads, we found one from a TC-200 (same head part number, and is the same head used in most of the Sony decks from that period) and installed it. Following that, we were able to bring the top end of 1-4 to within about 4dB of 2-3

 Head alignment / azimuth has been checked for peak performance.

 "Playback is now strong (following 'head-ectomy' with good 'top end' response.

 Heads now in good shape as well, with plenty of performance left in them.

 Plays perfectly on all tracks.

 Speed checked to 99.4% accuracy  (meaning that our 'verified' 1000Hz test tape now plays back at 994Hz).

(Total time investment in refurb / testing ~ 24 hours {yes, WAY TOO many hours on about any deck, but that's how it goes sometimes}). This unit was very clean and well cared for when we started on it.

Cosmetically in very clean condition! 
 
 ____________________________

Very simple Sony Reel to Reel Play / Record tape deck. Nothing fancy. While it will play both channels of a stereo tape, the signal out is blended. The deck can be a "stand alone" unit  as it has a built in amplifier and speaker, or can be connected to a CD burner / sound system. It is designed to be used horizontally. Great "industrial / school / institutional series deck. Perfect for those early / old reel tapes that were recorded in mono or the tapes recorded utilizing all 4 separate tracks to conserve tape.
New Info / Notes: While the manual doesn't mention it, we have played 'mono / 2 sided' tapes back on these machines. As the deck only plays 'half' of the sides material at once, your S/N ratio would not be as good (meaning you might have a bit of extra 'hiss' with the sound), but we tested with some old recordings and were not able to hear much of a difference / issue (while playing 'mono / half track' tapes, you monitor the 'forward' playing track by manipulating the 'Exchange' switch. You will either hear the 'intended' track playing forward, or the other side playing backward. Simply turn the tape over to hear the 'B' side going the correct direction.
As far as playing 'stereo' or more modern (post about '67 or so) tapes, that were recorded on a 4-track / 2-channel deck, playback results will depend on how the tape was recorded. If it was recorded in 'stereo' with a 'hard left and right' pan, you may only get part of the recording at a time; ie; mostly vocals by themselves or mostly instruments by themselves, as in the case of some Beatles recordings or some Canned Heat recordings. If the music was recorded panned more to the center or more 'mono', then it will likely be sufficient.


Sony TC-105 Features include:

- Triple tape speeds at 7.5 ips / 19cms, 3 3/4ips / 9.5 cms and 1 7/8 ips / 4.8 cms
- DURABLE AC powered capstan motor (lasts decades longer than DC capstan motors of the 'later' models)

   - Mono Playback & recording
- Individual track recording / playback capability
- Built-In mono amplifier and speaker
- Auto and Manual record level controls
- Tone control for built-in amp / speakers
- Side mounted 1/8" jacks for Headphone / Monitor, Microphone, Aux In and Ext Speaker.
- "Monitor" jack can be also used for connection to a CD burner / sound system
- Will play 2", 3", 5" & 7" reels.
- Solid State electronics.

Original SONY TC-105 Specifications as follows:

Power Requirements: 45 watts, АС 117 V / 60 Hz
Tape Speed: 7.5 ips / 19cms, 3 3/4ips / 9.5 cms and extra long 1 7/8 ips / 4.75 cms
Reels: 1/4" tape on 7 inches оr smaller
Recording Format: 4-track / Single-Channel monophonic
Frequency Response:

40-18,000 Hz @ 7 1/2ips.
40-13,000 Hz @ 3 3/4 ips.
50-6,000 Hz @ 1 7/8 ips.

Frequency Response w/ Standard Tape:

20-25,000 Hz @ 7 1/2ips
20-17,000 Hz @ 3 3/4 ips.
30- 9,000 Hz @ 1 7/8 ips.
Flutter and Wow: < 0.12% @ 7 1/2 ips.
                           
< 0.15% @ 3 3/4 ips.
                         
< 0.2% @ 1 7/8 ips.
Level Indication: Analog VU Meter
Recording Time: With 1,800' tape
(4-track mono)
@ 7 1/2 ips 45 min per track or 3 hrs total
@ 3.75ips 1.5 hrs per track or  /  6 hours total
@ 1 7/8 ips. 3 hr. / track or 12 hrs total
Inputs / Jacks / Connectors:
1/8" Microphone Input Jack w/  for Low Imp mic (600 Ohms) -77dB (0.11 mV)
1/8" Auxiliary Jack for 'High Imp' mic (100k Ohms) -27dB (34 mV)
1/8" Speaker Output Jack. 8 Ohms, 11.2dB (2.83V Max)
1/8" Monitor / Earphone / Headphone Jack 10k Ohms, 13 dB (3.46V Max)
Speaker size: 4" x 6"
Built-in amp power: 4 Watts


As stated earlier we have completely gone through it cleaning, lubing, adjusting, demagnetizing and testing everything. Plays well (very strong with great 'top end brilliance'), but as stated above, the recording on "1-4" is fairly diminished in signal.
Deck is designed to be used only lying on it's back (horizontally).  Measures 14" deep x 15" wide x 6" tall and weighs 21 lbs unpacked. Comes with original Sony lid. Includes e-copy / pdf download of the Sony TC-105 Owners / Users Manual, and the Sony TC-105 service manual if purchaser desires. Includes our standard 90 day limited warranty.
SONY TC-105
Condition 8.5

$579.

(Reels & tape shown in photos not included. All are sometimes available separately depending on stock levels.) 


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UPDATED LIST 3/12/20
Reel to Reel Decks
Coming Soon
(or at least as time allows):


Concord 300 (tech has finished, awaiting final inspection / testing / sign-off / photos / text)
Sony TC-123 (tech has finished, awaiting final inspection / testing / sign-off / photos / text)
TEAC 32-2B?? (partially done, 'holding pattern')
TEAC 40-4 (X1 more) (just passed final inspections. Signed off. Awaiting photos, research and text)
1x Akai X-1800 Reel to Reel decks (current bench projects)


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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 include 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...


 

 


 


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       NEW LISTING
2/28/2020
 
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VINTAGE SONY REEL TO REEL
ALL TUBE SONY TC-500A PORTABLE REEL TO REEL
#...1051
CIRCA MID 1960'S
MIJ
RESTORATION PROJECT / REFURB CANDIDATE / AS-IS

for sale

Fixer-Upper, All-Tube, Sony TC-500a Reel to Reel tape deck / player / recorder.
Another one we are clearing out in 'as-found' condition. We just likely aren't going to have time to restore them all so it's for sale 'as-is'.
 
What we know / observed:
- Clean inside and good condition out
- Powers-Up fine
- Motor Runs
- Has good Fast Forward and Re-Wind function at decent speed at most or all locations on a 7" reel
- Capstan turns
- Counter functions
- Tape plays / sounds decent
- Tape deck does record surprisingly well for an 'As-Found' deck (includes a tape we just recorded on it)
- Functions vertically or horizontally (will need reel clamps for 'vertical' use which aren't included)
- All Lights / Bulbs for 'Recording Indicator' and 'Meters' work
- Pinch roller appears serviceable
- Internal idler tires / wheels, have a few cracks on some, but are serviceable IMO (we certainly would have no issue reconditioning them with full faith)
- Heads appear to be in good condition (see above photos)
- Decent cosmetics (may be dusty / dirty etc.)
- Actually not too many electrolytic capacitors inside to change (we may have a 'change of heart' on this one and restore it before it sells because of that)
- No apparent missing parts
- Mostly original NEC tubes with a couple of American GE tubes
- Internal Tube Amp sounds decent from both L & R
- External Speakers both function well
- All I/O jacks works well

Sony TC-500A Features:

- All Tube Electronics
- Original Specified Tube Compliment; 2X 12AD7 (or 12AX7), 2x 6AU6, 2X 6AQ5, 1x 12BH7A, 1x 6CA4 (at least one "12AU7" has been installed in-place of the 12AD7)
- Point to Point wiring
- Built-In Stereo Tube Amplifier
- Can work as a PA system as well
- Mix Microphone input with Line Input signal (great for 'singing along' into recordings)
- Back-Lit, Analog, Level Meters

- Variable Output / Volume control
- Dual Mic / Line level controls
- Auto stop for play and fast wind functions

- "Inst Stop" to reduce backlash when in FF mode
- Analog Tape Counter
- Pause control

- Dual, 4.5" driver Speakers fold up onto case for a portable unit (about a 60 lb "portable unit")
- RCA and DIN I/O jacks
- Dual front mounted " Microphone inputs
- External, 1/4" Speaker jacks
- External Line Fuse
- Dual AC convenience outlets

-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-500A Original Specifications:
 

Heads / Track system: Reel Heads; 4-track 2-channel / Stereo or 1-Channel heads for stereo or mono, Erase, Recording / Playback

Motors: One 'Hysteresis Synchronous
Transport Control Type: Direct linked Mechanical
Maximum Reel capacity: Up to 7"
Tape speeds: 3.75 ips & 7-1/2 ips
Wow & Flutter: Reel; >0.15% RMS @ 7.5 ips
Frequency response: Reel; 30Hz to 18,000Hz (3dB @ 7-1/2 ips)
 &
30Hz to 13,000 Hz @ 3-3/4 ips
Signal to Noise Ratio: > 50dB on R2R
Amplifier Output Level: 3 W

Bias Frequency: 80kHz


Great restoration projects if you have the skill sets. Would likely make a great, tube reel to reel / sound system. Comes with non-original AC power Cord.
Can include an 'e-copy / pdf' of the Sony TC-500A service manual if purchaser desires. Measures 18.5 x 16.5 x 12.5 folded up and weighs 55 lbs unpacked.

$589. As-Is, entire Unit*
 

~$1300-$1500. If Restored to our normal level depending on record quality and tech time (theoretical only, as we're not restoring it due to current tech time resource constraints).


(Reels and reel clamps / stoppers 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 2/28/2020
 
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VINTAGE SONY REEL TO REEL
ALL TUBE SONY TC-500A PORTABLE REEL TO REEL
#...2130
CIRCA MID 1960'S
MIJ
RESTORATION PROJECT / REFURB CANDIDATE / AS-IS

for sale

Fixer-Upper, All-Tube, Sony TC-500a Reel to Reel tape deck / player / recorder.
Another one we are clearing out in 'as-found' condition. We just likely aren't going to have time to restore them all so it's for sale 'as-is'.
 
What we know / observed:
- Clean inside and good condition out
- Powers-Up fine
- Motor Runs
- Has very little (inadequate) torque on Fast Forward and Re-Wind function likely due to 'glazed rubber idler tires'
- Capstan turns, but play will sometimes slow down, again likely due to glazed or worn rubber. Could be Start / run caps, but until the rubber is reconditioned or replaced, you would be 'guessing' (of course it doesn't hurt to proactively replace the 'start / run' caps)
- Counter functions
- Tape made sound from both channels
- Very dirty Record switches
- Tape deck does record a signal on Right channel, but low on left. May need a new tube in that circuit.
- Functions vertically or horizontally (will need reel clamps for 'vertical' use which aren't included)
- All Lights / Bulbs for 'Recording Indicator' and 'Meters' work
- Pinch roller appears serviceable
- Internal idler tires / wheels, have cracks. May be restorable, but may also need to be rebuilt / replaced with reconditioned ones (they're available out there)
- Decent cosmetics (may be dusty / dirty etc.)
- Actually not too many electrolytic capacitors inside to change (we may have a 'change of heart' on this one and restore it before it sells because of that)
- We removed the AC cord jack cup, so it will need a replacement or better yet, just change to a 'fixed' AC mains cord
- Missing the 'Sony' logo from head cover, the 'bright' from the speed change knob, and the set screws from the plastic head cover
- All original NEC tubes
- Internal Tube Amp sounds decent from both L & R
- External Speakers both function well
- All I/O jacks works well

Sony TC-500A Features:

- All Tube Electronics
- Original Specified Tube Compliment; 2X 12AD7 (or 12AX7), 2x 6AU6, 2X 6AQ5, 1x 12BH7A, 1x 6CA4
- Point to Point wiring
- Built-In Stereo Tube Amplifier
- Can work as a PA system as well
- Mix Microphone input with Line Input signal (great for 'singing along' into recordings)
- Back-Lit, Analog, Level Meters

- Variable Output / Volume control
- Dual Mic / Line level controls
- Auto stop for play and fast wind functions

- "Inst Stop" to reduce backlash when in FF mode
- Analog Tape Counter
- Pause control

- Dual, 4.5" driver Speakers fold up onto case for a portable unit (about a 60 lb "portable unit")
- RCA and DIN I/O jacks
- Dual front mounted " Microphone inputs
- External, 1/4" Speaker jacks
- External Line Fuse
- Dual AC convenience outlets

-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-500A Original Specifications:
 

Heads / Track system: Reel Heads; 4-track 2-channel / Stereo or 1-Channel heads for stereo or mono, Erase, Recording / Playback

Motors: One 'Hysteresis Synchronous
Transport Control Type: Direct linked Mechanical
Maximum Reel capacity: Up to 7"
Tape speeds: 3.75 ips & 7-1/2 ips
Wow & Flutter: Reel; >0.15% RMS @ 7.5 ips
Frequency response: Reel; 30Hz to 18,000Hz (3dB @ 7-1/2 ips)
 &
30Hz to 13,000 Hz @ 3-3/4 ips
Signal to Noise Ratio: > 50dB on R2R
Amplifier Output Level: 3 W
Bias Frequency: 80kHz


Great restoration projects if you have the skill sets. Would likely make a great, tube reel to reel / sound system.
Can include an 'e-copy / pdf' of the Sony TC-500A service manual if purchaser desires. Measures 18.5 x 16.5 x 12.5 folded up and weighs 55 lbs unpacked.

$439. As-Is, entire Unit*
 

~$1300-$1500. If Restored to our normal level depending on record quality and tech time (theoretical only, as we're not restoring it due to current tech time resource constraints).


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

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     *Ok, so here's the deal on our 'As-Is' / 'As-Found' / 'For Restoration' units. The prices are firm and are more based from their 'pre-processed parts value'.  We are offering these As-Is units simply because theyre below our threshold of time-vs-effort-ROI at the time of posting. Any less than our published price and we'll go ahead and process them as "parts" and remove from sale or re-slate for future restoration by us as time allows.  At these values / prices, no more photos or testing will be done by us.

     Most or all of the following applies to us as well, EVERYTIME we start the refurb / service process on a unit. While we may sometimes (usually) state what functions / condition we observed at the time of testing, it is in no way a declaration of warranty (meaning; we may have missed some $%#*).  The existing condition we observed and documented is also no guarantee of ultimate viability following further service efforts.  It is only offered 'As-Is', without our normal *warranty and we won't have the time resources to 'improve' it in anyway.  The existing condition we observed and documented is also not necessarily indicative of the entire cosmetic / operational condition associated with a unit (theres probably issues we didnt or couldnt see at the time).

     Restoring / refurbishing 'vintage / used' units properly is typically not an 'easy' process and if you are 'not' a technician or will be disappointed if a unit does not come all the way through to fruition, then you should probably purchase a unit that has already been restored to 'working' condition.  If you are not a technician and do not understand the potential dangers of working with electronic / electrical units, then DO NOT ATTEMPT repair / restoration / further service or even open a unit up. The voltages inside these unit can kill you and it will hurt the entire time you are dying!!!  Units should probably not be powered up or used until, at least, a cursory check by qualified personnel has been done.

     Parts to restore / refurbish / service or 'further improve' the unit may or may not be readily available (most parts can be sourced).  Parts / units may or may not respond positively to further repairs (you might blow something up). Units may or may not have original parts. They may have missing, damaged, modified, dangerous / outdated parts etc. (most will not). Units may have evidence of past non-factory, incorrect, uncompleted, shoddy or dangerous repairs (most will not).

     These units are NOT intended for someone looking for a 'working' unit or thinks you can simply 'install a new belt', spray in some contact cleaner or change a light bulb and have a working component.  It typically requires 4-18 hours to bring most units / vintage components back to a decent level of function and utility for the 'long haul'.

     The pack / ship will be the same as for our 'fully restored' components so the reduced price of the "As-Is" unit has NO BEARING on the cost to pack and ship (which is typically somewhere between $45-$85 but can vary up or down from that range). shipped to most of the lower 48 states. Extreme Southern, North Eastern, or North Western locales will be slightly more.

     Bottom line; If youre not up for the challenge either due to lacking skill sets or lacking funds to hire the work done, and need a unit to be more than a shelf display, then I would pursue a unit / component that has already been PROPERLY restored / refurbished / service with a clean bill of health. This goes for most of the units that are for sale on on-line Auctions and Classified ads. Occasionally there will be a unit up for auction or on a classified ad that really has been service properly, but theyre generally a single digit percentage of whats out there available for sale.

 


 

 

 

 

 



RECENTLY SOLD UNITS BELOW

 

         

            NEW LISTING 2/2/20
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RESTORED / REFURBISHED / FULLY SERVICED
VINTAGE AKAI REEL TO REEL TAPE DECK
AKAI X-1810D

COMBO REEL-REEL / 8-TRACK CARTRIDGE
4-TRACK / 2-CHANNEL STEREO or 4-TRACK / 1-CHANNEL MONO 
AKAI's "CROSS-FIELD
" BIAS HEAD
3-MOTOR / 3-SPEEDS
AUTO-REVERSE
1/4" REEL TO REEL

#...
0334
MIJ

  
"
WORLD AC POWER"
Circa 1973-74
SOLD 3/26/20
SHIPPING TO MICHAEL IN WASHINGTON


 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 cleaned, de-greased, and re-lubed including; Pinch Roller Pivot Arm, EOT Sensor Arm, Left Tape Tension arm mechanism, Capstan Motor (clean and re-lube), Capstan and flywheel shaft removed cleaned / re-lubed (pretty much every moving part)

 Transport cams checked for usable condition prior to any work starting (here in the West, we have less of an issue with the typical deterioration that you see in more 'humid' climates such as the Mid-West, South and Coasts (be very careful getting an Akai from the early to mid 1970's that has spent most of it's life in a 'humid' environment).

 Entire 8-Track transport assembly was removed and disassembled for service, including burnishing it's connector, and track elevator / selector contacts.



 Voltage re-set to correct 120VAC

 Circuit board edge card contacts and connectors cleaned w/ solvent and burnished w/ fiberglass pen



 Tape Tension arms cleaned and re-lubed, and their springs adjusted

 Reel table height correct

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

 Capstan / flywheel removed, bushings and axles cleaned and re-lubed and flywheel burnished

 Capstan motor pulley burnished

 Capstan cleaned

 Rubber pinch roller removed and re-conditioned

 New MAIN drive belt, #42-550 installed

 Brand new counter belt, #042 installed

 Heads have been cleaned and de-magnetized as well as the entire transport (reel and 8-Track Cartridge).

 Brakes adjusted on fast wind modes at ALL points thru a tape. It's a fine line between having the brakes actuate with too much tension, 'abruptly' stopping the tape (risking stretching / breaking of tape) or too loose (allows tape to 'dump'). (VERY difficult to do on this series). Brakes optimized for 7" reels.

 Motor torque test perfectly. Following above adjustments, Reel Start and Stop tested at beginning, middle and end of 7" reels.

 Internal pots, switches (including linear record switch and 'rotary wafer' 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 45+ years) (also a bit easier on this "1810D than the "A-Type and B-Type X-1800SD" version. Just FYI).

 External / User adjustable pots, switches and controls cleaned on the playback / record amp and tested for noise-free function

(tech notes; Line out set to 0dB using 0dB reference @ 400Hz. Vol controls @ approx 1:30)

 Replaced VU meter lamps / bulbs #25-080

 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.

 We adjusted the output, 'Minimum Input', 'Specified Input', 'Record Level' and 'Bias' all to spec, then further adjusted 'Bias' for Sony or Scotch "150", but Ampex 456 really shines.

 Both spindles in perfect alignment.

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

 Alignment / azimuth was adjusted for peak performance on Playback and Record Heads on both the R2R and the 8-Track with factory test tone tape and oscilloscope.

 "X-Field / Bias" head had it's clearance checked / adjusted w / feeler gauges.

 Slightly noisy tape guide bearing replaced

 Repaired both 'Manual' Auto-Reverse switches

 Following initial restoration tests, we found we would have a channel drop out after playing for a while or when changing directions, and traced it to contact issues in the relays, thus the following operation...

 Both Play and Record relays (RL0201 & RL0202) had their contacts burnished on the 'Direction Change' PCB (not an easy task. Then tested 4 Hours with multiple manual reverses)

 Speed tested to 98.0% accuracy following refurb (meaning that our 'verified' 1000Hz test tape now plays back at 980Hz +/- 2Hz. (within spec).
 
 Adjusted to record sonically well* with the following results w/ Input at ~ 9:00 when recording, then Output control re-set to ~"2:00 PM" for playback.

 'Real World, DDD CD recorded sounds great w/ more *quality tapes such as Maxell UD-35, TDK Audua, or Ampex GM456 rather than say Scotch 150 or Sony 150 etc.


 'Electronic' Floor noise measured at >-52dB w/ blank tape, L&R.

 Depending on the impedance of any headphones utilized with the unit, the volume can be lower they would be expected thru the headphone output.

 Motor was disassembled, had front and rear bushings cleaned and re-lubed w/ 30W. VERY quiet now.

 This AKAI X-1810D 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 process / and final testing ~ 26 hours).

The AKAI X-1810D 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 26 hours of bench time.

Following mechanical / electronic refurb, entire unit was cosmetically detailed inside and out. Face is made of flat-black finished, aluminum and is dent free and in great condition. Really no cosmetic issues to mention. Deck looks and sounds great! 
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Looks great & "Ready-to-go"  AKAI X-1810D Stereo Reel to Reel tape deck. Very 'famous' and popular reel tape deck. Probably half the folks stationed overseas in the military during Viet Nam that purchased a Reel to Reel came back with an 1800 series. Unfortunately of course, 45 years has not been kind to Akai Reel decks (or any electro-mechanical devices that are 20 years old or older). The internal lubes were never meant to last that long, certainly without maintenance, and 'rubber' doesn't 'age well' either, thus requiring the above stated work. There's also the Akai Transport cams that need to be inspected for their degree of condition and replaced if necessary (difficult and potentially expensive). We've already inspected them for any detrimental issues. Ready to go now. Will play & Record stereo 1/4" tapes on reels up to 7". This is one of the few reel to reel decks we get in that make it to our finished page. If you're looking for a reel to reel deck to "actually use" then 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. Playback & transport functions test great and records well! 8-Track, built-in amp and speakers all work great as well. Looks and sounds great too!
Another note I'd like to make is that the 8-Track is among BEST I've auditioned (
and we've restored and sold A LOT of 8-Track decks 'as vintage', and I sold them when NEW as well).

AKAI X-1810D Features include:


- 3 Motor design
(means less 'Rube Goldberg' mechanisms inside like many R2R's)
- DURABLE AC powered capstan motor (lasts decades longer than DC capstan motors of the 'later' models)
- 4-Speed
* Reel to Reel, 8-Track Cartridge deck w/ built-in speakers and amp
- Up to 7" reel capacity (while you could go down as far as 3" in diameter, the torque and braking on this deck has been optimized for 7"reels)
- Akai's "Cross-Field" Bias Head, gets the tape 'bias signal' off of the 'Record' head (so the 'Record Head' can be concentrated only on recording the 'music' signal) and biases with a separate head
- One-Micron Gap Recording Head (reel)

- Stereo or MONO playback / recording (reel tape) (means that in "MONO" mode, you can record 4 separate passes on a tape or playback tapes made on older decks that did 'four separate tracks')

- Quad speeds at
7.5 ips / 19cms (with included speed sleeve adapter), 3 3/4ips / 9.5 cms,1 7/8 ips / 4.8 cms & *15 ips / 38cms
-
Spring loaded, Reel locks / Spindle tips (does not require rubber reel clamps / stoppers)
- Stereo playback / recording 8-Track Cartridge tape
- Auto-Reverse capable with 'sensing foil' installed (on correct side of tape)
- 'Manual-Reverse' at anytime with L & R selectors

- 'Continuous Play' or 'End of Tape Stop' for 8-Track

- S.R.T. Super Range Tape Equalization setting for recording
- Auto-Off for Reel deck
- Dual Analog VU meters
- Can also transfer from Reel tape to 8-Track Cartridge tape
*

- 8-Track 'Track Selector' w/ typical indicator lights
- Dual front mounted 1/4" Microphone inputs
- Front mounted 1/4" Headphone jack
- RCA and DIN I/O's
- Separate L&R Input / Volume controls


- NOT an OFFICIAL feature, BUT one function this deck will allow is a sort of CUE by slightly pushing up on the 'pause' lever, while the deck is in play, you can get a 'variable speed' CUE function. You'll either need to very gradually release the pressure or with your other hand move the 'Play' lever to 'Stop' when you reach the spot you wanted to 'cue to' or the tape will track off the front edge of the pinch roller. Takes a bit of practice to get it right.

- ANOTHER 'UN-OFFICIAL' feature of this deck is that due to it's internal 'brake' design, it's possible to 'SCRATCH' the tape across the playback head forward or backward! Just like with a DJ turntable!


(*15 ips ONLY w/ optional speed sleeve / pinch roller kit (not typically avail. The 15ips was utilized for transferring Reel tape signals to the 8-Track tape. While the Reel deck could record at 15ips, there's not a 15ips Tape EQ setting, which may or may not be detrimental to your needs)

-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.


AKAI X-1810D Original Specifications:

 

Heads / Track system: Reel Heads; 4-track 2-channel / Stereo or 1-Channel / Mono heads for stereo or mono, Erase, Recording / Playback & Cross-Field Bias head
Heads / Track system: 8-Track Cartridge; 2-track 2-channel / Stereo  Erase, Recording / Playback
Motors: 3x, One 'Hysteresis Synchronous 3-Speed capstan motor and 2x 6-Pole, Eddy-Current, Outer-rotor motors for supply and take-up reels.
Transport Control Type: Direct linked Mechanical and electronic
Maximum Reel capacity: 7" (5" and 3" as well) (brakes and motor torque optimized for 7" reels)
Tape speeds: 1 7/8 ips, 3.75 ips, 7-1/2 ips) and 15 ips w/ optional kit
Tape speed Deviation:
0.8%
Fast Wind speed:
~60-75 secs for 1200 feet (7" reel)
Wow & Flutter: Reel; >0.08% RMS @ 7.5 ips
THD: Reel; <2% @ 1kHz w/
Line Level out @ 0dB
Frequency response: Reel; 30Hz to 22,000Hz (3dB @ 7-1/2 ips)
 &
30Hz to 18,000 Hz @ 3-3/4 ips
 &
30Hz to 9,000 Hz @ 1 7/8 ips
Cartridge; 50Hz to 16,000Hz (+/-3dB @  3-3/4 ips
Signal to Noise Ratio: > 50dB on R2R and >45dB on Cartridge
Erase Ratio: Reel; >-70 for all tracks &
Cartridge; >-65dB
Crosstalk rejection:
Reel; >-70dB in Mono and >-43dB in Stereo
Cartridge; >-50dB in Stereo
Input
Level (Line): 60mV - 2.5V
@ 150k Ohms
Input Level (Mic): 0.5mV - 20mV @ 30k Ohms
Output Level (Line): 1.23V
(0VU) @ 250Hz from recorded tape signal
Bias Frequency: 65kHz


This is only the second AKAI X-1810 we have restored in ~24 years. Great machine for playback / archiving your tapes to CD or Hard Drive or for recording new tapes. This is a beautiful deck. Performs incredibly well following extensive refurbishing.
The vinyl wrapped, wood-grained case is in great 'structural' and cosmetic condition. The decks face, knobs, covers and all cosmetics are fabulous!
This machine would really be great for a 'media transfer' business or for someone who has a lot of tapes to preview prior to sending for transfer, or for a library or university with a lot of tapes of different speeds / and track formats to transfer. Of course it would also be great for anyone wanting to add an 'all purpose' reel to reel to their system. If your interest is primarily to 'record 8-tracks', I would simply choose a much simpler, '8-track only' deck that records better and would be less money.
Measures 17.5" wide x 18" tall x 9.8" deep and weighs 47 lbs unpacked. Comes with a pdf 'e' copy of Akai X-1810 / X-1810D owners manual and original brochure. Can include the AKAI X-1810 / X-1810D Service Manual pdf 'e' download if you wish as well. Includes our standard 90 day limited warranty.

 (Reels & tape shown in photos not included. All are sometimes available separately depending on stock levels.) 

 AKAI X-1810D REEL TO REEL TAPE DECK

Cond. 8.5++
(Cons. R.S.)
SOLD 3/26/20
SHIPPING TO MICHAEL IN WASHINGTON


(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, and RCA patch cables for connection to your system)


 
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       NEW LISTING 2/20/20
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RESTORED / REFURBISHED / FULLY SERVICED FOR **PLAYBACK
VINTAGE AKAI REEL TO REEL TAPE DECK
AKAI X-1810

COMBO REEL-REEL / 8-TRACK CARTRIDGE
4-TRACK / 2-CHANNEL STEREO or
4-TRACK / 1-CHANNEL MONO 
AKAI's "CROSS-FIELD
" BIAS HEAD
3-SPEEDS
AUTO-REVERSE
BUILT-IN STEREO AMP AND SPEAKERS

1/4" REEL TO REEL

#...
1595
MIJ

  
"
WORLD AC POWER"
Circa 1973-74

SOLD 3/18/2020
SHIPPING TO JOEL IN NEW JERSEY


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

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

 Entire transport was cleaned, de-greased, and re-lubed including; Pinch Roller Pivot Arm, EOT Sensor Arm, Left Tape Tension arm mechanism, Capstan Motor (clean and re-lube), Capstan and flywheel shaft removed cleaned / re-lubed (pretty much every moving part)

 Transport cams checked for usable condition prior to any work starting (here in the West, we have less of an issue with the typical deterioration that you see in more 'humid' climates such as the Mid-West, South and Coasts (be very careful getting an Akai from the early to mid 1970's that has spent most of it's life in a 'humid' environment).

 Entire 8-Track transport assembly was removed and disassembled for service, including burnishing it's connector, and track elevator / selector contacts.



 Voltage re-set to correct 120VAC

 Circuit board edge card contacts and connectors cleaned w/ solvent and burnished w/ fiberglass pen



 Tape Tension arms cleaned and re-lubed, and their springs adjusted

 Bent Reel spindle disassembled completely and center axle straightened on anvil

 Reel table height correct

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

 Capstan / flywheel removed, bushings and axles cleaned and re-lubed and flywheel burnished

 Capstan motor pulley burnished

 Capstan cleaned

 Rubber pinch roller removed and re-conditioned

 Main drive belt reconditioned

 Brand new counter belt, #041-042 installed

 Heads have been cleaned and de-magnetized as well as the entire transport (reel and 8-Track Cartridge).

 Brakes adjusted on fast wind modes at ALL points thru a tape. It's a fine line between having the brakes actuate with too much tension, 'abruptly' stopping the tape (risking stretching / breaking of tape) or too loose (allows tape to 'dump'). (VERY difficult to do on this series). Brakes optimized for 7" reels.

 Motor torque test perfectly. Following above adjustments, Reel Start and Stop tested at beginning, middle and end of 7" reels.

 Internal pots, switches (including linear record switch and 'rotary wafer' 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 45+ years) (also a bit easier on this "1810D than the "A-Type and B-Type X-1800SD" version. Just FYI).

 External / User adjustable pots, switches and controls cleaned on the playback / record amp 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 levels for both directions independently and record levels.

 Both spindles in perfect alignment.

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

 Alignment / azimuth was adjusted for peak performance on Playback and Record Heads on both the R2R and the 8-Track with factory test tone tape and oscilloscope (** still no appreciably positive effect on recording quality).

 "X-Field / Bias" head had it's clearance checked / adjusted w / feeler gauges. (**still no appreciably positive effect on recording quality).

 "X-Field / Bias" head had it's impedance measured at ~2.1-2.2 Ohms, which is what others measure at. (** still no appreciably positive effect on recording quality).

 Slightly noisy tape guide bearing re-lubed with 'heavier' lubricant to quiet operation

 Disassembled and cleaned both 'Manual' Auto-Reverse switches

 Following initial restoration tests, we found we would have a intermittent 'auto-reverse', and traced it to contact issues in the relays, thus the following operation...

 Both Play and Record relays (RL0201 & RL0202) had their contacts burnished on the 'Direction Change' PCB (not an easy task. Then tested 4 Hours with multiple manual reverses)

 Auto-Shut-Off switch cleaned for trouble-free operation (was definitely causing trouble prior to cleaning)

 Speed tested to 99.8% accuracy following refurb (meaning that our 'verified' 1000Hz test tape now plays back at 1000Hz +/- 2Hz. (VERY much within spec).
 
 **Will actually record to a 'usable' level following these tips;
So you can actually make 'usable' recordings on it. You'll have to record at 7.5ips, push the levels more than you normally would into the 'Red', and Record with the EQ setting for 7.5ips. Then Playback with the 'Output' controls set much higher, and the EQ then set to 1 7/8 ips. The playback is decent, just not up to our normal standards. To get the best results, we would recommend Ampex GM-456 or similar, high quality tape. Same technique applies to the 8-Track, except EQ is not used with the 8-Track deck.


 'Electronic' Floor noise measured at >-52dB w/ blank tape, L&R.

 Also following initial refurb, we thought the main cap motor was noisier than it should be, so entire deck was again, removed form housing, and stripped to allow access to Motor, which was then disassembled, had front and rear bushings cleaned and re-lubed w/ 30W. We also changed the cooling fan to a modified unit to reduce 'fan / air' noise at 7.5 ips speed. VERY quiet now.

 Internal, built-in amp and speakers all work fine. Nothing needed for that aspect.

 This AKAI X-1810D PLAYS VERY WELL from the reel to reel section and the 8-Track cartridge section using factory test tones, looking for correct head Azimuth and speed accuracy.  (Total time investment in refurb process / and final testing ~ 30+ hours. OUCH!).

The AKAI X-1810D 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 deck for 'Playback' use. As eluded to above, we were not able to get the 'recording capabilities' of either the R2R or the 8-Track Cart aspect up to standard, so again, this deck is for 'Playback' use. This one made it through after about 30+ hours of bench time.

Following mechanical / electronic refurb, entire unit was cosmetically detailed inside and out. Face is made of flat-black finished, aluminum and is dent free and in great condition (except for an additional port / hole in the lower section and a finish chip on the lower, right edge of the case). Really few issues to mention. Deck looks and plays great! 
   ____________________________
   
Looks great & "Ready-to-go", for PLAYBACK, AKAI X-1810D Stereo Reel to Reel tape deck. Very 'famous' and popular reel tape deck. Probably half the folks stationed overseas in the military during Viet Nam that purchased a Reel to Reel came back with an 1800 series. Unfortunately of course, 45 years has not been kind to Akai Reel decks (or any electro-mechanical devices that are 20 years old or older). The internal lubes were never meant to last that long, certainly without maintenance, and 'rubber' doesn't 'age well' either, thus requiring the above stated work. There's also the Akai Transport cams that need to be inspected for their degree of condition and replaced if necessary (difficult and potentially expensive). We've already inspected them for any detrimental issues. Ready to go now. Will play & Record stereo 1/4" tapes on reels up to 7". This is one of the few reel to reel decks we get in that make it to our finished page. If you're looking for a reel to reel deck to "actually use" then 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. Playback & transport functions test great and records well! 8-Track, built-in amp and speakers all work great as well. Looks and sounds great too!
Another note I'd like to make is that the 8-Track is among the BEST I've auditioned for playback (and we've restored and sold A LOT of 8-Track decks 'as vintage', and I sold them when NEW as well).

AKAI X-1810 Features include:


- 3 Motor transport
(means less 'Rube Goldberg' mechanisms inside like many R2R's)
- DURABLE AC powered capstan motor (lasts decades longer than DC capstan motors of the 'later' models)
- 4-Speed
* Reel to Reel, 8-Track Cartridge deck w/ built-in speakers and amp
- Up to 7" reel capacity (while you could go down as far as 3" in diameter, the torque and braking on this deck has been optimized for 7"reels)
- Built-In Amp and Speakers for listening WITHOUT a stereo / sound system if desired
- Akai's "Cross-Field" Bias Head
- One-Micron Gap Recording Head (reel)

- Stereo or MONO playback (reel tape) (means that in "MONO" mode, you can playback 4 separate passes on a tape for playback of tapes made on older decks that did 'four separate tracks')

- Quad speeds at
7.5 ips / 19cms (with included speed sleeve adapter), 3 3/4ips / 9.5 cms,1 7/8 ips / 4.8 cms & *15 ips / 38cms
-
Spring loaded, Reel locks / Spindle tips (does not require rubber reel clamps / stoppers)
- Stereo playback / recording 8-Track Cartridge tape
- Auto-Reverse capable with 'sensing foil' installed (on correct side of tape)
- 'Manual-Reverse' at anytime with L & R selectors

- 'Continuous Play' or 'End of Tape Stop' for 8-Track
- S.R.T. Super Range Tape Equalization setting
- Auto-Off for Reel deck
- Dual Analog VU meters

- 8-Track 'Track Selector' w/ typical indicator lights
- Dual front mounted 1/4" Microphone inputs
- Front mounted 1/4" Headphone jack
- RCA and DIN I/O's
- Separate L&R Input / Volume controls
- CUE monitoring in 'fast wind' mode at a moderate volume

- NOT an OFFICIAL feature, BUT one function this deck will allow is a sort of CUE by slightly pushing up on the 'pause' lever, while the deck is in play, you can get a 'variable speed' CUE function. You'll either need to very gradually release the pressure or with your other hand move the 'Play' lever to 'Stop' when you reach the spot you wanted to 'cue to' or the tape will track off the front edge of the pinch roller. Takes a bit of practice to get it right.

- ANOTHER 'UN-OFFICIAL' feature of this deck is that due to it's internal 'brake' design, it's possible to 'SCRATCH' the tape across the playback head forward or backward! Just like with a DJ turntable!

- Separate L&R Tone controls

-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 (currently set for proper power for North America).


AKAI X-1810 Original Specifications:

 

Heads / Track system: Reel Heads; 4-track 2-channel / Stereo or 1-Channel / Mono heads for stereo or mono, Erase, Recording / Playback & Cross-Field Bias head
Heads / Track system: 8-Track Cartridge; 2-track 2-channel / Stereo  Erase, Recording / Playback
Motors: 3x, One 'Hysteresis Synchronous 3-Speed capstan motor and 2x 6-Pole, Eddy-Current, Outer-rotor motors for supply and take-up reels.
Transport Control Type: Direct linked Mechanical and electronic
Maximum Reel capacity: 7" (5" and 3" as well) (brakes and motor torque optimized for 7" reels)
Tape speeds: 1 7/8 ips, 3.75 ips, 7-1/2 ips) and 15 ips w/ optional kit
Tape speed Deviation:
0.8%
Fast Wind speed:
~60-75 secs for 1200 feet (7" reel)
Wow & Flutter: Reel; >0.08% RMS @ 7.5 ips
THD: Reel; <2% @ 1kHz w/
Line Level out @ 0dB
Frequency response: Reel; 30Hz to 22,000Hz (3dB @ 7-1/2 ips)
 &
30Hz to 18,000 Hz @ 3-3/4 ips
 &
30Hz to 9,000 Hz @ 1 7/8 ips
Cartridge; 50Hz to 16,000Hz (+/-3dB @  3-3/4 ips
Signal to Noise Ratio: > 50dB on R2R and >45dB on Cartridge
Erase Ratio: Reel; >-70 for all tracks &
Cartridge; >-65dB
Crosstalk rejection:
Reel; >-70dB in Mono and >-43dB in Stereo
Cartridge; >-50dB in Stereo
Input
Level (Line): 60mV - 2.5V
@ 150k Ohms
Input Level (Mic): 0.5mV - 20mV @ 30k Ohms
Output Level (Line): 1.23V
(0VU) @ 250Hz from recorded tape signal
Bias Frequency: 65kHz


This is only the third AKAI X-1810 we have restored in ~24 years. Great machine for playback / archiving your tapes to CD or Hard Drive. This is a beautiful deck. Performs incredibly well following extensive refurbishing for PLAYBACK.
The vinyl wrapped, wood-grained case is in great 'structural' and cosmetic condition with only a few issues worth mentioning. One, there's a Formica / finish chip on the lower, right edge of the case. Two, someone added an access port to the front panel, near the 'selector' switches for?. Three, there's a bit of surface corrosion on the rear, lower edge of the black, metal panel. There's also a bit of aluminum corrosion on the lower, front trim piece. Along the sides of the wood housing, are 2 holes from being 'rack mounted' in the past (see photos above). Overall the decks face, knobs, covers and all cosmetics are in good condition.

This machines 'Forte' would really be best suited for a 'media transfer' business, especially where you have a bench / station that doesn't have dedicated sound system (as it's go it's own, built-in amp and speakers) or for someone who has a lot of tapes to preview prior to sending for transfer, or for a library or university with a lot of tapes of different speeds / and track formats to transfer. If you're going to be listening to 'quiet, chamber' music while reading, the "AC powered" motor / fan noise could be distracting while 'casually' listening to quiet passages of music. If you tend to like the volume at more than 'low, back ground' levels, then you'll not likely notice "AC powered motor" hum (mechanical only and does not transfer into the 'signal' of the unit).

Measures 17.5" wide x 18" tall x 9.8" deep and weighs 47 lbs unpacked. Comes with a pdf 'e' copy of Akai X-1810 owners manual and original brochure. Can include the AKAI X-1810 Service Manual pdf 'e' download if you wish as well. Includes our standard 90 day limited warranty.

 (Reels & tape shown in photos not included. All are sometimes available separately depending on stock levels.) 

 AKAI X-1810 REEL TO REEL TAPE DECK

Cond. 8.5

SOLD 3/18/2020
SHIPPING TO JOEL IN NEW JERSEY

as a 'PLAYBACK' unit

**OK, so you CAN actually make 'usable' recordings on it. You'll have to record at 7.5ips, push the levels more than you normally would into the 'Red', and Record with the EQ setting for 7.5ips. Then Playback with the 'Output' controls set much higher, and the EQ then set to 1 7/8 ips. Same process and results for the 8-Track cartridge deck, except ignore the 'EQ' portion. The playback IS decent, just not up to our normal standards.

(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, and RCA patch cables for connection to your system)


 
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       NEW LISTING 12/12/19
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RESTORED / REFURBISHED / FULLY SERVICED
VINTAGE AKAI REEL TO REEL TAPE DECK
AKAI X-1800SD (TYPE-C)

COMBO REEL / 8-TRACK CARTRIDGE
4-TRACK / 2-CHANNEL STEREO or 4-TRACK / 1-CHANNEL MONO 
AKAI's "CROSS-FIELD
" BIAS HEAD
4
*-SPEEDS
1/4" REEL TO REEL
BUILT-IN AMP AND SPEAKERS
#...3198
MIJ

  
"
WORLD AC POWER"
Circa 1970-72
SOLD 4/2/20
SHIPPING TO BOB IN FLORIDA


 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, de-greased, and re-lubed including; Pinch Roller Pivot Arm, EOT Sensor Arm, Left Tape Tension arm mechanism, Capstan Motor (clean and re-lube), Capstan and flywheel shaft removed cleaned / re-lubed (pretty much every moving part)

 Transport cams checked for usable condition prior to any work starting (here in the West, we have less of an issue with the typical deterioration that you see in more 'humid' climates such as the Mid-West, South and Coasts (be very careful getting an Akai from the early to mid 1970's that has spent most of it's life in a 'humid' environment).

 Entire 8-Track transport assembly was removed and disassembled for service, including burnishing it's connector, and track selector contacts.



 Voltage re-set to correct 120VAC

 Circuit board edge card contacts and connectors burnished w/ solvent and fiberglass pen




 Tape Tension arms disassembled, cleaned and re-lubed, and their springs adjusted

 Reel table height correct

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

 Capstan / flywheel removed, bushings and axles cleaned and re-lubed and flywheels burnished

 Capstan motor pulley burnished

 Capstan cleaned (as well as the internal and external surfaces of the original speed sleeve)

 ALL Internal idler tires cleaned / reconditioned

 Rubber pinch roller removed and re-conditioned

 New MAIN drive belt, #42-550 installed

 Brand new counter belt, #048 installed

 Heads have been cleaned and de-magnetized as well as the entire transport (reel and 8-Track Cartridge).

 Brakes adjusted on fast wind modes at ALL points thru a tape. It's a fine line between having the brakes actuate with too much tension, 'abruptly' stopping the tape (risking stretching / breaking of tape) or too loose (allows tape to 'dump'). (VERY difficult to do on this series). Brakes optimized for 7" reels.

 Motor torque test perfectly. Following above adjustments, Reel Start and Stop tested at beginning, middle and end of 7" reels.

 Internal pots, switches (including linear record switch and 'rotary wafer' 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 45+ years) (also a bit easier on this "Type-C" version. Just FYI).

 External / User adjustable pots, switches and controls cleaned on the playback / record amp and tested for noise-free function

(tech notes; Line out set to 0dB using 0dB reference @ 700Hz. Vol controls @ approx 1:30)


 Replaced VU meter lamps / bulbs #25-450

 Cleaned 8-Track cartridge heads

 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.

 We adjusted the output, 'Minimum Input', 'Specified Input', 'Record Level' and 'Bias' all to spec, then further adjusted 'Bias' for Ampex GM-456

 Both spindles in perfect alignment.

 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 98.8% accuracy following refurb (meaning that our 'verified' 1000Hz test tape now plays back at 988Hz +/- 2Hz. {well within spec by 18Hz}).
 
 Adjusted to record VERY WELL. Biased for Ampex GM 456 studio tape with the following results w/ Input at ~ 9:00 when recording, then Output control ~"2:00 PM" for playback.

 'Real World, DDD CD recorded sounds great w/ Ampex GM456.


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

 Motor had a slight amount of run-out detected at the belt pulley (side to side movement / play) which causes excessive, ambient noise, so we swapped it with another of the exact motor (we had a 'donor unit'), which was then also, completely disassembled, cleaned and lubed w/ 30W.

(tech notes; internal amp tests well w/ ~ 1mVDC across outputs w/ 8 Ohm load. Also as a side note, the Akai X-1800SD C-Type utilizes the same output transistors as the later Akai X-1810.
)

 This AKAI X-1800SD 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 process / and final testing ~ 21 hours).

The AKAI X-1800SD 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 21 hours of bench time.

Following mechanical / electronic refurb, entire unit was cosmetically detailed inside and out. Face is made of aluminum and is dent free and in great condition. Cabinet covered in real TEAK wood veneer, is in decent condition with just a few 'battle scars', checking / fading to the finish (see photos above) and just had a fresh coat of Howards 'Restore a Finish' and followed Howards 'Feed-n-Wax'. All the case hardware intact and working, and had all it's fasteners torqued down. Deck looks and sounds great! 
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Looks great & "Ready-to-go"  AKAI X-1800SD Stereo Reel to Reel tape deck. Very 'famous' and popular reel tape deck. Probably half the folks stationed overseas in the military during Viet Nam that purchased a Reel to Reel came back with an 1800SD (or one of it's siblings). Unfortunately of course, 50 years has not been kind to Akai Reel decks (or any electro-mechanical devices that are 20 years old or older). The internal lubes were never meant to last that long, certainly without maintenance, and 'rubber' doesn't 'age well' either, thus requiring the above stated work. There's also the Akai Transport cams that need to be inspected for their degree of condition and replaced if necessary (difficult and potentially expensive). We've already inspected them for any detrimental issues. Ready to go now. Will play & Record stereo 1/4" tapes on reels up to 7". This is one of the few reel to reel decks we get in that make it to our finished page. If you're looking for a reel to reel deck to "actually use" then 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. Playback & transport functions test great and records well! 8-Track, built-in amp and speakers all work great as well. Looks and sounds great too!
Another note I'd like to make is that the 8-Track is probably the BEST I've ever auditioned (and we've done A LOT of 8-Track decks, and I used to sell them when NEW).

AKAI X-1800SD Features include:


- 4-Speed
* Reel to Reel, 8-Track Cartridge deck w/ built-in speakers and amp
- DURABLE AC powered capstan motor (lasts decades longer than DC capstan motors of the 'later' models)

- Up to 7" reel capacity (while you could go down as far as 3" in diameter, the torque and braking on this deck has been optimized for 7"reels)
- Akai's "Cross-Field" Bias Head, gets the tape 'bias signal' off of the 'Record' head (so the 'Record Head' can be concentrated only on recording the 'music' signal) and biases with a separate head
- One-Micron Gap Recording Head (reel)

- Stereo or MONO playback / recording (reel tape) (means that in "MONO" mode, you can record 4 separate passes on a tape or playback tapes made on older decks that did 'four separate tracks')

- Quad speeds at
7.5 ips / 19cms (with included speed sleeve adapter), 3 3/4ips / 9.5 cms,1 7/8 ips / 4.8 cms & *15 ips / 38cms (requires optional 15ips kit, not available from us.
- As it's got its own, Built-in Power amp and speakers, it can be used as a 'stand alone' unit. (very handy for a media transfer business setting up another 'station' without a stereo / audio system)
- Stereo playback / recording 8-Track Cartridge tape
- Continuous Play or 'End of Tape' Stop for 8-Track (however at this point the 'Auto-Stop' does not seem to recognize the 'sensor' tape on 8-tracks so only does "Continuous Play" at the end of track #4)
- 8-Track 'Track Selector' w/ typical indicator lights
- Auto-Off for Reel deck
- Can also transfer from Reel tape to 8-Track Cartridge tape
*
- Built-in 'Tape Cleaner' pad (can also lube 'back coated' tapes so they don't squeak if you can obtain the correct silicone lube. No, we don't know where to get it at this point...yet)
- Dual front mounted 1/4" Microphone inputs
- Side mounted 1/4" Headphone jack
- RCA and DIN I/O's
- Separate L&R Input / Volume controls
- Separate L&R Tone controls (for built-in amp)

- Internal Speaker On/Off switch (Auto switches when using 'External' speakers)

- NOT an OFFICIAL feature, BUT one function this deck will allow is a sort of CUE by slightly pushing up on the 'pause' lever, while the deck is in play, you can get a 'variable speed' CUE function. You'll either need to very gradually release the pressure or with your other hand move the 'Play' lever to 'Stop' when you reach the spot you wanted to 'cue to' or the tape will track off the front edge of the pinch roller. Takes a bit of practice to get it right.


(*15 ips ONLY w/ optional speed sleeve / pinch roller kit (not typically avail. The 15ips was utilized for transferring Reel tape signals to the 8-Track tape. While the Reel deck could record at 15ips, there's not a 15ips Tape EQ setting, which may or may not be detrimental to your needs)

-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.


AKAI X-1800SD Specifications as follows:
 

Heads / Track system: Reel Heads; 4-track 2-channel / Stereo or 1-Channel / Mono heads for stereo or mono, Erase, Recording / Playback & Cross-Field Bias head
Heads / Track system: 8-Track Cartridge; 2-track 2-channel / Stereo  Erase, Recording / Playback
Motor: Two Speed, Induction Motor (drives Reel and Cartridge capstan)
Transport Control Type: Direct linked Mechanical
Maximum Reel capacity: 7" (5" and 3" as well) (brakes and motor torque optimized for 7" reels)
Tape speeds: 1 7/8 ips, 3.75 ips, 7-1/2 ips) and 15 ips w/ optional kit
Tape speed Deviation:
3.0% (ie: 1kHz may = 970Hz-1030Hz)
Fast Wind speed:
~120 secs for 1200 feet (7" reel)
Wow & Flutter: Reel; <0.18% RMS @ 7.5 ips
THD: Reel; <2% @
Line Level out
Frequency response: Reel; 30Hz to 23,000Hz (3dB @ 7-1/2 ips)
 &
30Hz to 18,000 Hz @ 3-3/4 ips
 &
30Hz to 9,000 Hz @ 1 7/8 ips

Cartridge; 50Hz to 15,000Hz (3dB @  3-3/4 ips
Signal to Noise Ratio: > 50dB on R2R and >45dB on Cartridge
Erase Ratio: Reel; >-70 for all tracks
Cartridge; >-65dB
Crosstalk rejection:
Reel; >-65dB in Mono and >-43dB in Stereo
Cartridge; >-50dB in Stereo
Input
Level (Line): 60mV - 2.5V
@ 150k Ohms
Input Level (Mic): 0.5mV - 20mV @ 30k Ohms
Output Level (Line): 1.228V
(0VU) @ 250Hz from recorded tape signal
Bias Frequency: 60kHz
Built-In Power Amp Output: 12 W (6W/Ch) via discrete output transistors
Built-In Speakers: Dual 4", Full-Range


This is only the FIRST AKAI X-1800SD we restored in ~24 years. Great machine for playback / archiving your tapes to CD or Hard Drive or for recording new tapes. This is a beautiful deck. Performs incredibly well following extensive refurbishing.
The wood case is in great 'structural' condition. It exhibits the typical and expected finish fading / checking / dings. The decks face, knobs, covers and all cosmetics are fabulous!

This machines 'Forte' would really be best suited for a 'media transfer' business, especially where you have a bench / station that doesn't have dedicated sound system (as it's go it's own, built-in amp and speakers) or for someone who has a lot of tapes to preview prior to sending for transfer, or for a library or university with a lot of tapes of different speeds / and track formats to transfer. If you're going to be listening to 'quiet, chamber' music while reading, the "AC powered" motor / fan noise could be distracting while 'casually' listening to quiet passages of music. If you tend to like the volume at more than 'low, back ground' levels, then you'll not likely notice "AC powered motor" hum (mechanical only and does not transfer into the 'signal' of the unit).

Measures 13.5" wide x 15" tall x 9.5" deep and weighs 38 lbs unpacked. Includes a set of 'fresh' spindle stoppers / reel clamps. Comes with a pdf 'e' copy of Akai X-1800SD owners manual and original brochure. Can include the AKAI X-1800SD Service Manual pdf 'e' download if you wish as well. Includes our standard 90 day limited warranty.

 (Reels & tape shown in photos not included. All are sometimes available separately depending on stock levels.) 

 AKAI X-1800SD REEL TO REEL TAPE DECK
Cond. 8.5

SOLD 4/2/20
SHIPPING TO BOB IN FLORIDA


(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, and RCA patch cables for connection to your system)


 
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           NEW LISTING 9/29/17

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FULLY (EXTENSIVELY SERVICED / REFURBISHED
PROFESSIONAL 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" REELS AND / OR *SMALLER
'MASTERING' R2R
1/4" TAPE DECK
W/ 'CUE / SYNC' TRACK
MIJ
SOLD 1/17/20
SHIPPED TO RICK IN MICHIGAN

 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 are in great shape w/ very little wear observed. 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.

 Following refurb / service mechanicals tested for 'play torque' at beginning and end of largest size reels, as well as 'Fast wind torque' and 'braking tension' in both FF and REW, at beginning, middle and end of tapes. In other words, every combination of transport function was tested and passed.

 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, Maxell UD 35-90, 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 for ourselves)

 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...YES, 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+

SOLD 1/17/20
SHIPPED TO RICK IN MICHIGAN
(Cons.)
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, and RCA patch cables for connection to your system
)


 
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NEW LISTING 11/26/19
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RESTORED / REFURBISHED / FULLY SERVICED
VINTAGE TEAC REEL TO REEL TAPE DECK
TEAC A-6010
4-TRACK / 2-CHANNEL STEREO or 4-TRACK / 1-CHANNEL MONO 
3-HEAD / 3-MOTOR
 2-SPEEDS
1/4" REEL TO REEL
DUAL PB HEAD AUTO-REVERSE TAPE RECORDER

#...3839
Circa 1973-76
SOLD 1/14/20
SHIPPED TO PAUL IN VIRGINIA

 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 including; Both Tape Lifters, Pinch Roller Pivot Arm, EOT Sensor Arm, Left Tape Tension arm mechanism, Capstan Motor (clean and re-lube), Capstan and flywheel shaft removed cleaned / re-lubed (pretty much every moving part)

 Tape Tension arms disassembled, cleaned and re-lubed, and their springs adjusted



 Removed 4 shims to correct take-up reel table height to eliminate reel, rim scrape.

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

 Capstan / flywheel removed, bushings and axles cleaned and re-lubed and flywheels burnished

 Capstan motor pulley burnished

 Capstan burnished

 Rubber pinch roller removed and re-conditioned

 New MAIN drive belt, #FR13.4 installed

 Brand new counter belt, #153 installed

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

 Brakes adjusted on fast wind modes at ALL points thru a tape. It's a fine line between having the brakes actuate with too much tension, 'abruptly' stopping the tape (risking stretching / breaking of tape) or too loose (allows tape to 'dump'). (VERY difficult to do on this series). Brakes optimized for 7" reels.

 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" reels.

 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).

 External / User adjustable pots, switches and controls cleaned on the playback / record amp and tested for noise-free function

 Following it's initial refurb, we were not able to get the internal Record Level to record at "zero dB" without having the internal PC mounted pots maxed, and the 'Input Level' pot maxed. We had another AR-60 PB / REC amp section at the shop, swapped it in, did all the calibration steps again, and it worked great (Just FYI; the "AR-60" is the entire bottom third section of the deck. Yes, that 'chewed-up' a potentially valuable electronic part, but was the only 'practical' way we could get the deck to our level of standards.
- YES, we're that thorough and committed, which should tell you a lot about purchasing a 40 year old R2R from 'just anybody'. -

 Replaced one VU meter

 Checked / replaced VU meter lamps / bulbs

 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 (required changing out one of the meters, for another OEM unit).

 We adjusted the output, 'Minimum Input', 'Specified Input', 'Record Level' and 'Bias' all to spec, then further adjusted 'Bias' for Ampex GM-456

 Both spindles in perfect alignment.

 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 99.3% accuracy following refurb (meaning that our 'verified' 1000Hz test tape now plays back at 993Hz).
 
 Adjusted to record VERY WELL. Biased for Ampex GM 456 studio tape with the following results w/ Output control ~"2:00 PM":
1kHz recorded @ 0dB resulted in PB @ 0dB
10kHz recorded @ 0dB resulted in PB @ +3dB
15kHz recorded @ 0dB resulted in PB @ 0dB
17.5kHz recorded @ 0dB resulted in PB @ -6dB

 'Real World, DDD CD recorded actually seems to have better 'top end' than the original w/ GM456. Tech notes;
"this thing records amazingly well!!!".

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

 This TEAC A-6010 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 process / and final testing ~ 30 hours).

Face is beautiful, brushed, Stainless Steel and case is in great condition. Deck looks near new and works great! 

The TEAC A-6010 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 30 hours of bench time.

Following mechanical / electronic refurb, entire unit was cosmetically detailed inside and out. Face is made of beautiful brushed Stainless Steel and is dent free and in great condition. Cabinet covered in real Walnut wood veneer, is in great condition with just a few 'battle scars' (see photos above) and just had a fresh coat of lemon oil. Deck looks and sound great! 
   ____________________________
   
Looks great & "Ready-to-go"  TEAC -6010 Stereo Reel to Reel tape deck. These were later, bigger brother to the A-4010, probably the most sold R2R ever made by anybody. Just about everyone that was stationed overseas in the military during Viet Nam came back with an A-4010. The fortunate few came back with the A-6010 (a few 'better specs'). The "A-6010" was included in TEAC's 'Professional Line'. Unfortunately of course, 40 years has not been kind to Teac Reel decks (or any electro-mechanical devices that are 20 years old or older). The internal lubes were never meant to last that long, certainly without maintenance, and 'rubber' doesn't 'age well' either, thus requiring the above stated work. Ready to go now. Will play & Record stereo 1/4" tapes on reels up to 7". This is one of the few reel to reel decks we get in that make it to our finished page. If you're looking for a reel to reel deck to "actually use" then 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. Playback & transport functions test great and records well! Looks and sounds great too!

TEAC A-6010 Features include:
  

- Up to 7" reel capacity (while you could go down as far as 3" in diameter, the torque and braking on this deck has been optimized for 7"reels)

- DURABLE AC powered capstan motor (lasts decades longer than DC capstan motors of the 'later' models)

- 3 Heads for superb recording performance (actually 4 heads, but one is an extra 'playback' head so that 'Auto-Reverse' does not require 'flipping / spinning etc' of PB head, allowing for perfectly accurate azimuth of playback for either direction)
- Stereo or MONO playback / recording (means that in "MONO" mode, you can record 4 separate passes on a tape or playback tapes made on older decks that did 'four separate tracks')
- 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)

- Auto-Reverse Play utilizing SEPARATE heads for each direction (again, allows for perfect Azimuth regardless of direction). Auto-Reversed can work with sensing strip correctly installed on tapes or you can encode TEAC's "Phase Sensing Signal" onto the end of your tape.
- Entire Head unit is designed as a 'Plug-in / Out' affair
- "Soft Touch" tape transport for control
- Dual front mounted 1/4" Microphone inputs
- Dual speeds at 7.5 ips / 19cms and 3 3/4ips / 9.5 cms

- Separate Concentric mic and line level controls
- Dual 1/4" front mounted mic inputs
- Source / Monitor selector for instantly monitoring record quality
- Left & Right output level controls
- Dual, HUGE analog VU level meters
- 8-Pin port for optional TEAC RC-601 wired remote control (remote not included or available anymore from us)
    
TEAC A-6010 Specifications as follows:
   

Heads / Track system: 4: 4-track 2-channel stereo heads for stereo or mono, recording, forward playback, reverse playback & erase heads
Motor: 3x: One, Dual-speed hysteresis Synchronous for capstan and two 6-pole, eddy current, outer-rotor for reel hub drive
Transport Control Type: Electronic-solenoid / Touch control: Fast Forward, Rewind, Play
Output Level: 1.0V, Max Load Impedance: 10K Ohms or more (double the output of the A-4010)
Maximum Reel capacity: 7" (5" and 3" as well) (brakes and motor torque optimized for 7" reels)
Tape speeds: 19cm/s (7-1/2 ips) and (3.75 ips)
9.5 cm/s (3-3/4 ips) (0.5%)
Fast Wind speed:
~90 secs for 1200 feet (7" reel)
Wow & Flutter: 0.08% at 7-1/2 ips and 0.12% RMS at 3-3/4 ips (WAY improved over A-4010)
Frequency response: 30Hz to 20,000Hz (50-15kHz 2dB @ 7-1/2 ips) (1dB better than A-4010)
 &
30Hz to 15,000 Hz (50-10kHz 2dB @ 3-3/4 ips) (WAY better than A-4010)
Signal to Noise Ratio: > 55dB @ 7.5 ips (5 dB BETTER THAN THE A-4010)
Crosstalk rejection: 50dB @ 1kHz channel to channel
40dB @ 100 Hz track to track
Bias Frequency: 100kHz (10kHz)

This is only the second Teac A-6010 we have had in ~24 years. Great machine for playback / archiving your tapes to CD or Hard Drive or for recording new tapes. This is a beautiful deck. Performs incredibly well following refurbishing. With the exception of the above mentioned 'dings' on the wood housing it's all including the face, knobs, covers and all cosmetics fabulous! Measures 17.5" wide x 20.78" tall x 8.25" (from tip of back feet-tip of hubs) deep and weighs 52 lbs unpacked. Includes a set of 'fresh' spindle stoppers / reel clamps. Comes with a pdf 'e' copy of TEAC A-4010S owners manual and schematic (same unit with slightly lower specs). Can include the TEAC A-6010 Service Manual pdf 'e' download if you wish as well. Includes our standard 90 day limited warranty.

 (Reels & tape shown in photos not included. All are sometimes available separately depending on stock levels.) 

 TEAC A-6010 REEL TO REEL TAPE DECK
Cond. 8.5+

SOLD 1/14/20
SHIPPED TO PAUL IN VIRGINIA


(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, and RCA patch cables for connection to your system)


 
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NEW LISTING 11/26/19
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RESTORED / REFURBISHED / FULLY SERVICED
TEAC REEL TO REEL TAPE DECK
TEAC A-2340R
#...7813
4-TRACK / 2 or 4-CHANNEL STEREO / 4-TRACK / 1-CHANNEL MONO
STEREO OR QUADRAPHONIC
"SIMUL-TRACK" DOES 4 TRACK "HEADS-UP" RECORDING (meaning ALL four tracks at once)
3-HEAD / 2-SPEED / 3-MOTOR
AUTO-REVERSE
7" OR 5" REELS
REEL TO REEL 
1/4" TAPE DECK

SOLD 12/7/19
SHIPPED TO ROWLAND IN MINNESOTA


 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 including; Both Tape Lifters, Pinch Roller Pivot Arm, EOT Sensor Arm, Left Tape Tension arm mechanism, Capstan Motor (clean and re-lube), Capstan and flywheel shaft removed cleaned / re-lubed (pretty much every moving part)

 Tape Tension arms disassembled, cleaned and re-lubed, and their springs adjusted




 Originally 'Frozen' pinch-roller mechanism completely disassembled, cleaned and re-lubed,

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

 Capstan burnished

  Rubber pinch roller removed and re-conditioned



 MAIN drive belt reconditioned and re-installed

 Brand new counter belt, #152 installed (FYI; requires removal of TU reel table trim, Top front Trim, and dismounting of Power Transformer)

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

 Brakes adjusted on fast wind modes at ALL points thru a tape. It's a fine line between having the brakes actuate with too much tension, 'abruptly' stopping the tape (risking stretching / breaking of tape) or too loose (allows tape to 'dump'). (VERY difficult to do on this series). Brakes optimized for 7" reels.

 Re-lubed all 3 motors (all have 'oil tubes')

 Fabricated new 'oil slinger' for capstan shaft

 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" 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).

 Cleaned all 'user' slide switches and control pots

 Checked / replaced VU meter lamps / bulbs

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

 Replaced ALL 4 'spark arrestors' (0.1mfd in series w/ 120Ω resistor)




 Both spindles in perfect alignment.

 We also adjusted the reel table heights for average reel flanges.

 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.

 Entire deck detailed inside and out cosmetically




 Speed tested to 99.4% accuracy following refurb (meaning that our 'verified' 1000Hz test tape now plays back at 1006Hz).

 Adjusted to record VERY WELL. Biased for Ampex GM 456 studio tape with the following results w/ Output control ~"2:00 PM":
1kHz recorded @ 0dB resulted in PB @ 0dB


 'Real World, DDD CD recorded @ zero dB = PB of zero dB! (w/ GM456).

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

 This Teac A-2340R 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).

Face is beautiful, brushed, Stainless Steel and case is in LIKE NEW condition.

The Teac A-2340R 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 19.5 hours of bench time.

The deck tests great! Looks and sounds great too! We have completely gone through it. Will play 5" & 7" reels (would play small 2-5" to 3" as well).

Teac A-2340R Features include:

- 4-Track / 4-Channel / Quadraphonic, 4-Track / 2-Channel Stereo OR 4-Track / 1-Channel, head stack / tape format
- "SIMUL-TRACK" DOES 4 TRACK "HEADS-UP" RECORDING (meaning ALL four tracks at once)
- 3 Heads for instant monitoring of tape levels while recording
- 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)

- DURABLE AC powered capstan motor (lasts decades longer than DC capstan motors of the 'later' models)

- Solenoid tape transport for "Touch" control
- Analog tape counter
- Auto-Reverse capable with 'sensing foil' installed (on correct side of tape)
- 'Pause' control
- Dual speeds at 7.5 ips / 19cms and 3 3/4ips / 9.5 cms
- Four Separate dual mic and line level controls
- Four 1/4" front mounted mic inputs
- Four Input & Four Output RCA connectors
- Four Source / Monitor selectors
- Four Output level controls
- QUAD analog VU level meters
- Dual / Front-Rear 1/4" front mounted headphone outputs (works w/ 'Quadraphonic' headphones as well)
- Four Dual position tape REC Bias type selector
- Spring loaded tape hub spindles (no need for rubber reel retainers)


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 99.4% 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-2340R Specs / Specifications from the owners manual as follows:

Head / Head-stack Track Format: 3 heads (4-track / 4-Channel, 4-Track / 2-channel or 4-Track / 1 Channel
Head / Head-stack Type: Ferrite Erase and 'Permalloy' PB and REC
Motors: 1x Dual-Speed, 4/8 Pole Hysteresis Synchronous Capstan Motor & 2x Eddy Current Induction Reel Motors
Reel Size: 5 & 7 (5 reels may not brake correctly as deck is optimized for 7 reels)
Wow and Flutter: 0.12% @ 7.5 ips & 0.15% @ 3.75 ips
S/N ratio: >/=48dB @ 7.5ips &
 >/=46dB @ 3.75 ips
THD: ~1% @  1kHz & 19cms
Crosstalk:
</=35dB @ 100Hz
Channel separation:
>/=45dB @ 1kHz
Erasing coefficient:
>/=60dB @ 7.5 ips
4 VU-meters: dB (-20 to +3)
Line; 100mV /100
Bias Frequency: 100kHz (5kHz)
Output Level Reference / Maximum: Line; .3V / 10kΩ
Headphones; ~50mV / 8Ω, 1/4" / 6mm diam. jack
Fast Wind Time: 90 sec for 1200'

This is a GREAT looking deck and is mounted in the originally, optional, 'Walnut wood grain Formica' side panels with no chips, dings, scuffs or really anything! The entire deck essentially looks NEW! 
Again, following above extensive tech work, it works fabulously too!!!
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 18.75" tall x 8.5" (from tip of back feet-tip of hubs) deep and weighs 44 lbs unpacked. Comes with an 'e-copy' / pdf download of the TEAC A-2340R owners / operations manual & service manual. Includes our standard 90 day limited warranty.

Teac A-2340R
Cond. 8.5

SOLD 12/7/19
SHIPPED TO ROWLAND IN MINNESOTA

(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, and RCA patch cables for connection to your system)


 
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NEW LISTING 10/1/19

   
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VINTAGE TEAC REEL TO REEL TAPE DECK
TEAC A-1200U
(essentially same deck as TEAC A-4010 series, but in a different, simpler case, without the need for umbilical cables)

3-HEAD / 3-MOTOR
2-SPEEDS
4-TRACK / 2-CHANNEL
STEREO or 4-CHANNEL MONO
1/4" REEL TO REEL TAPE RECORDER
#...5404
Circa 1967-70/71
SOLD 10/18/19
SHIPPED TO TIM IN ALABAMA

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

 Tape Tension arms disassembled, cleaned and re-lubed, and their springs adjusted and had fresh 300,000 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 (w/ #80-90) and flywheels burnished

 Capstan motor pulley burnished

 Capstan cleaned and burnished

 Capstan motor lubed (very quiet now)

 Rubber pinch roller removed and re-conditioned (removed multiple 'capstan burns / marks')

 Pinch roller pressure adjusted

 New MAIN drive belt sourced and installed (#42-745)

 Brand new counter belt installed (#152)

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

 Brake bands / linings re-attached

 Brakes adjusted on fast wind modes also (optimized for 7" reels.)

 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" reels.

 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 45+ years).

 RCA I/O jacks cleaned / burnished

 EOT / Auto-Stop mechanism had magnet re-attached, and spring tension re-adjusted for more consistent tape motion without prematurely going into 'Auto-Stop' mode

 External / User adjustable pots, switches and controls cleaned on the playback / record amp 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 levels for both directions independently and record levels.

 We adjusted the output, 'Minimum Input', 'Specified Input', 'Record Level' and 'Bias' all to spec, then further adjusted 'Bias' for Ampex GM-456

 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 99.7% accuracy following refurb (meaning that our 'verified' 1000Hz test tape now plays back at 1003Hz +/- 1Hz).
 
 Adjusted to record VERY WELL. Biased for *Ampex GM 456 studio tape with the following results:
1kHz recorded @ 0dB resulted in PB @ L= -1 dB & R= 0dB
White Noise recorded @ 0dB resulted in PB @ L= -2 dB & R= 0dB

'Real World', DDD CD recorded at 0 = ~ -2dB

* We also had great results with Maxell UD XL (Gold Box) tape as well

 WoW & Flutter are minimal, especially at 'higher' speed.

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

 This TEAC A-1200U 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 ~13.5 hours).

Face is beautiful, brushed, Stainless Steel and case is in great condition. Deck looks and works great! 

Following mechanical / electronic refurb, entire unit was cosmetically detailed inside and out. Face is made of beautiful brushed Stainless Steel and is dent free and in great condition. Cabinet covered in real Walnut wood veneer, is in great condition and just had a fresh coat of lemon oil. Deck looks and sound great! 
   ____________________________
   
Looks great & "Ready-to-go"  TEAC A-1200U Stereo Reel to Reel tape deck.  Will play & Record stereo 1/4" tapes on reels up to 7". This is one of the few reel to reel decks we get in that make it to our finished page. If you're looking for a reel to reel deck to "actually use" then 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. Playback & transport functions test great and records well! Looks and sounds great too!

TEAC A-1200U Features include:
  

- Up to 7" reel capacity (while you could go down as far as 3" in diameter, the torque and braking on this deck has been optimized for 7"reels)
- 3 Heads for superb recording performance
- 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)

- DURABLE AC powered capstan motor (lasts decades longer than DC capstan motors of the 'later' models)

- Sound-On-Sound (allows pseudo 'Multi-Tracking' with some practice. Manual covers this extensively and necessarily)
- Echo  (manual covers this extensively and necessarily)

- "Soft Touch" tape transport for control
- Dual front mounted 1/4" Microphone inputs
- Dual speeds at 7.5 ips / 19cms and 3 3/4ips / 9.5 cms (
.5%)
- Separate Concentric mic and line level controls
- Dual 1/4" front mounted mic inputs
- Source / Monitor selector for instantly monitoring record quality
- Left & Right output level controls
- Dual analog VU level meters
- 8-Pin port for optional TEAC RC-101 wired remote control (remote not included or available anymore from us)

TEAC A-1200U Specifications as follows (same specs as TEAC A-4010 series):
   

Heads / Track system: X4 Heads / 4-track 2-channel stereo heads for stereo or mono, recording, forward playback, reverse playback & erase heads
Motor: 3x: One, Dual-speed hysteresis Synchronous for capstan and two 6-pole, eddy current, outer-rotor for reel hub drive
Transport Control Type: Electronic-solenoid / Touch control: Fast Forward, Rewind, Play
Output Level: 1.0V, Max Load Impedance: 10K Ohms or more
Maximum Reel capacity: 7" (5" and 3" as well) ( brakes and motor torque optimized for 7" reels)
Tape speeds: 19cm/s (7-1/2 ips) and (3.75 ips)
9.5 cm/s (3-3/4 ips) (.5%)
Fast Wind speed:
~100 secs for 1200 feet (7" reel)
Wow & Flutter: 0.12% at 7-1/2 ips and 0.15% RMS at 3-3/4 ips
Frequency response: 30Hz to 20,000Hz (50-15kHz 3dB @ 7-1/2 ips)
 &
30Hz to 15,000 Hz (50-10kHz 3dB @ 3-3/4 ips)
Signal to Noise Ratio: >50dB @ 7.5 ips (2 dB better than the 6010GSL)
Crosstalk rejection: 50dB @ 1kHz channel to channel (5 dB better than the 6010GSL)

40dB @ 100 Hz track to track
Input Level (Line): 10mV min @ 100k Ohms

This is the first
TEAC A-1200U that has made it through restoration we have had in 24 years. Great machine for playback / archiving your tapes to CD or Hard Drive or, with the above recording results, for recording new tapes. This is a beautiful deck. Entire deck is in near new cosmetic condition with really, nothing out of the ordinary worth mentioning. Performs incredibly well following refurbishing. Face plates,  knobs and all cosmetics fabulous! Measures 17" wide x 15.5" tall x 10" (from tip of back feet-tip of hubs) deep and weighs 41 lbs unpacked. Includes a set of 'fresh' spindle stoppers / reel clamps. This one still has it's original box and most of it's original packing. Does also come with the AC / Power cord. Includes an e-copy / pdf download of the TEAC A-1500 Owners Manual and the Service Manual if you wish as well. Includes our standard 90 day limited warranty.
 (Reels & tape shown in photos not included. All are sometimes available separately depending on stock levels.) 

TEAC A-1200U REEL TO REEL TAPE DECK
Cond. 8 ++

SOLD 10/18/19
SHIPPED TO TIM IN ALABAMA



(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, and RCA patch cables for connection to your system)


 
 
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NEW LISTING 7/17/19

   
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VINTAGE TEAC REEL TO REEL TAPE DECK
TEAC A-1500W ("W" for wood case)
(essentially same deck as TEAC A-4010 series, but in a different, simpler case, without the need for umbilical cables)

4-TRACK / 2-CHANNEL
STEREO or 4-CHANNEL MONO
3-HEAD / 3-MOTOR
2-SPEEDS
1/4" REEL TO REEL
DUAL PB HEAD , U-TURN AUTO-REVERSE TAPE RECORDER
#...4879
Circa 1967-70/71

"WORLD AC POWER"
SOLD 9/23/19
SHIPPED TO PAUL IN ILLINOIS

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

 Tape Tension arms disassembled, cleaned and re-lubed, and their springs adjusted and had fresh 300,000 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 (w/ #80-90) and flywheels burnished

 Capstan motor pulley burnished

 Capstan cleaned and burnished

 Capstan motor lubed (very quiet now)

 Rubber pinch roller removed and re-conditioned (removed multiple 'capstan burns / marks')

 Pinch roller pressure adjusted

 New MAIN drive belt sourced and installed (#42-745) (had a piece of 'fiberglass, packing tape' being used as a belt when it came in. Hey, it was actually working, 'sort-of'.)

 We also discovered the 'belt-guide' was missing (helps keep belt from 'jumping off' when auto-reversing). We replaced with one from another TEAC we had.

 Brand new counter belt installed (#152)

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

 Brake bands / linings re-attached

 Brakes adjusted on fast wind modes also (optimized for 7" reels.)

 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" reels.

 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 45+ years).

 RCA I/O jacks cleaned / burnished

 EOT / Auto-Stop mechanism had magnet re-attached, and spring tension re-adjusted for more consistent tape motion without prematurely going into 'Auto-Stop' mode

 External / User adjustable pots, switches and controls cleaned on the playback / record amp 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 levels for both directions independently and record levels.

 We adjusted the output, 'Minimum Input', 'Specified Input', 'Record Level' and 'Bias' all to spec, then further adjusted 'Bias' for Ampex GM-456

 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 100% accuracy following refurb (meaning that our 'verified' 1000Hz test tape now plays back at 1000Hz +/- 1Hz) !!!.
 
 Adjusted to record VERY WELL. Biased for *Ampex GM 456 studio tape with the following results:
1kHz recorded @ 0dB resulted in PB @ 0 to -2dB
10kHz recorded @ 0dB resulted in PB @ 0 to +2 dB
Pink Noise recorded @ 0dB resulted in PB @ +3 to +4dB

'Real World', DDD CD recorded at 0 = 0 to +4dB

* We also had great results with Maxell UD XL (Gold Box) tape as well

 WoW & Flutter are minimal, especially at 'higher' speed.

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

 This TEAC A-1500 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 ~18.5 hours).

Face is beautiful, brushed, Stainless Steel and case is in great condition. Deck looks and works great! 

Following mechanical / electronic refurb, entire unit was cosmetically detailed inside and out. Face is made of beautiful brushed Stainless Steel and is dent free and in great condition. Cabinet covered in real Walnut wood veneer, is in great condition and just had a fresh coat of lemon oil. Deck looks and sound great! 
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Looks great & "Ready-to-go"  TEAC -1500 Stereo Reel to Reel tape deck.  Will play & Record stereo 1/4" tapes on reels up to 7". This is one of the few reel to reel decks we get in that make it to our finished page. If you're looking for a reel to reel deck to "actually use" then 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. Playback & transport functions test great and records well! Looks and sounds great too!

TEAC A-1500 Features include:
  

- Up to 7" reel capacity (while you could go down as far as 3" in diameter, the torque and braking on this deck has been optimized for 7"reels)
- 3 Heads for superb recording performance (actually 4 heads, but one is an extra 'playback' head so that 'Auto-Reverse' does not require 'flipping / spinning etc' of PB head, allowing for perfectly accurate azimuth of playback for either direction)
- 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)

- DURABLE AC powered capstan motor (lasts decades longer than DC capstan motors of the 'later' models)

- "U-Turn" Auto-Reverse Play utilizing SEPARATE heads for each direction (again, allows for perfect Azimuth regardless of direction) (with sensing strip correctly installed on tapes)
- Sound-On-Sound (allows pseudo 'Multi-Tracking' with some practice. Manual covers this extensively and necessarily)
- Echo  (manual covers this extensively and necessarily)

- "Soft Touch" tape transport for control
- Dual front mounted 1/4" Microphone inputs
- Dual speeds at 7.5 ips / 19cms and 3 3/4ips / 9.5 cms (
.5%)
- Separate Concentric mic and line level controls
- Dual 1/4" front mounted mic inputs
- Source / Monitor selector for instantly monitoring record quality
- Left & Right output level controls
- Dual analog VU level meters
- 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. (50Hz / 60Hz is selectable without any additional parts / pulleys etc, by changing 'belt position' on capstan pulley.)
- 8-Pin port for optional TEAC RC-101 wired remote control (remote not included or available anymore from us)

TEAC A-1500 Specifications as follows (same specs as TEAC A-4010 series):
   

Heads / Track system: X4 Heads / 4-track 2-channel stereo heads for stereo or mono, recording, forward playback, reverse playback & erase heads
Motor: 3x: One, Dual-speed hysteresis Synchronous for capstan and two 6-pole, eddy current, outer-rotor for reel hub drive
Transport Control Type: Electronic-solenoid / Touch control: Fast Forward, Rewind, Play
Output Level: 1.0V, Max Load Impedance: 10K Ohms or more
Maximum Reel capacity: 7" (5" and 3" as well) ( brakes and motor torque optimized for 7" reels)
Tape speeds: 19cm/s (7-1/2 ips) and (3.75 ips)
9.5 cm/s (3-3/4 ips) (.5%)
Fast Wind speed:
~100 secs for 1200 feet (7" reel)
Wow & Flutter: 0.12% at 7-1/2 ips and 0.15% RMS at 3-3/4 ips
Frequency response: 30Hz to 20,000Hz (50-15kHz 3dB @ 7-1/2 ips)
 &
30Hz to 15,000 Hz (50-10kHz 3dB @ 3-3/4 ips)
Signal to Noise Ratio: > 50dB @ 7.5 ips (2 dB better than the 6010GSL)
Crosstalk rejection: 50dB @ 1kHz channel to channel
(5 dB better than the 6010GSL)
40dB @ 100 Hz track to track
Input Level (Line): 10mV min @ 100k Ohms

This is the first Teac A-1500 that has made it through restoration we have had in 24 years
(only second we've ever had, but the first one had too much head wear to start restoration). Great machine for playback / archiving your tapes to CD or Hard Drive or for recording new tapes. This is a beautiful deck. About the only cosmetic issues worth mentioning are some veneer chips / flaking on the lower edge of the wood veneer case (we have re-attached this down so shouldn't get any worse, and the head cover has been changed at some point to a "1200U" (probably someone misplaced the original, and could only find a 1200 cover at the time). There's also a few, numerous light striations on the face plate, and a small ding on the lower, front edge of the cabinet / case (see photos above).   Performs incredibly well following refurbishing. Face plates,  knobs and all cosmetics fabulous! Measures 17" wide x 15.5" tall x 10" (from tip of back feet-tip of hubs) deep and weighs 41 lbs unpacked. Includes a set of 'fresh' spindle stoppers / reel clamps. Includes an
e-copy / pdf download of the TEAC A-1500 Owners Manual and the Service Manual if you wish as well. Includes our standard 90 day limited warranty.
 (Reels & tape shown in photos not included. All are sometimes available separately depending on stock levels.) 

 TEAC A-1500 REEL TO REEL TAPE DECK
Cond. 8 ++

SOLD 9/23/19
SHIPPED TO PAUL IN ILLINOIS
(cons. M.H.)



(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, and RCA patch cables for connection to your system)


 
 
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NEW LISTING 8/12/19

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RESTORED / REFURBISHED / FULLY SERVICED
VINTAGE SONY 1/4" REEL-TO-REEL STEREO TAPE DECK /
"SONY STEREO MUSIC CENTER"
SONY TC-570 / TC570
#...0071
4-TRACK / 2-CHANNEL
SELF POWERED W/ AMPLIFIER AND SPEAKERS
3-HEAD / 3-SPEED

2.5" thru 7" REEL CAPACITY
*

Circa
early 1970's

SOLD 8/21/19
SHIPPED TO RUSS IN ILLINOIS


 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.

 Main AC / Line / Power switch replaced with Original Sony from a donor unit

 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 and run 'true' (see above photos).

 Heights adjusted on both reel tables.

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

 Rubber pinch roller 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.

 All Amplifier controls and input selectors cleaned extensively

 AUX, Tuner and Phono inputs all tested fine on both channels following 'control cleaning'

 Amplifier tested on both channels.

 Both speakers tested and frequency swept with no issues

 Speaker wires, amp input jacks and plugs all in perfect condition

 Extra attention spent on "R150" as recording would become intermittent a ways into a selection. Issue rectified.

 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.

 Adjusted to record VERY WELL. Biased for *Ampex GM 456 studio tape with the following results:
1kHz recorded @ 0dB resulted in PB @ +2dB (with minimal 'artifacts')
Full Bandwidth, Pink Noise recorded @ 0dB resulted in PB @ +2 L&R

'Real World', DDD CD recorded at 0 = 0 and was very strong, punchy, bright, and 'musical'.

* We also had great results with Maxell UD XL (Gold Box) tape as well


 Floor noise measured at -60dBm 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.

Tape Speed tested to 99.99% accuracy on each speed independently, via cir bd micro-pots, utilizing 'factory' test tapes meaning that 1Khz tape plays back at 1001Hz +/-1Hz!

 External Cabinet and some of the speaker hardware replaced with Original Sony from a donor unit

Following electro/mechanical restoration, unit received a cosmetic cleaning / detailing.

(Total time investment in refurb / testing ~ 26+ hours).
Deck is now in overall, GREAT condition!!!
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GREAT performing Sony TC-570 'SELF POWERED / SELF-CONTAINED', 1/4", Open Reel stereo tape deck with 3-Heads and 3-Speeds! This is only the second or third "Self Powered, WITH Speakers' Reel to Reel we've decided to restore / refurbish in 23 years of having the website.
The deck, by design, has slightly elevated mechanical noise from it's transport. Does not transfer thru the audio. At normal listening levels you wouldn't likely notice it, but at lowest volume levels with 'quieter' music, it's audible.
Occasionally (about 1-2 out of 10 times) the pinch roller doesn't 'trap' the tape between the capstan and pinch roller (it actually hasn't done this any of the last dozen times I auditioned the deck, but it had happened a couple times and is nothing for us to address).

Overall, a great deck for all-around Playback and recording of reels up to 7" in diameter, and with it's own 'built-in' amplifier and speakers, makes the deck even more versatile and fun!

Sony TC-570, POWERED / SELF CONTAINED Reel to Reel Tape Recorder Features include:

- 3-Heads for instant monitoring of tape levels / record quality while recording. (also handy for us here at the shop to really dial in it's recording performance)
- Triple speeds at 7.5 ips / 19cms, 3 3/4ips / 9.5 cms & 1 7/8 ips / 4.75 cms
- DURABLE AC powered capstan motor (lasts decades longer than DC capstan motors of the 'later' models)

- Self Powered (Built-in Amplifier)
- Built-in, Detachable Speakers (can be controlled separately from the 'Line Output' to your stereo system. Also, their level can be controlled separately from the 'Record' levels)
- Modern, Spring loaded, reel spindle locks (no need for rubber stoppers to hold reels in place)

- Input selector for AUX, Tuner, Microphones and Phonograph
- Separate Bass and Treble when monitoring thru built-in amp and speakers
- Stereo / Mono Mode Selector for built-in amplifier
-
1/4", 4-Track / 2-Channel Stereo or 4-Channel Mono capable Tape Head format
-
3" / 5" / 7" Reel Capacity (
*braking and starting torque optimized for 7" reels)
 4-Track / 2-Channel tape format, although other track formats may likely work sufficiently as well)
- Triple speeds at 7.5 ips / 19cms, 3 3/4ips / 9.5 cms & 1 7/8 ips / 4.9 cms
- Sound-On-Sound w/ level control (allows pseudo 'Mult-Tracking' with some practice. We have a TEAC A-1200 / 1500 Manual covers this extensively and necessarily)
- Echo w/ level control (We have a TEAC A-1200 / 1500 Manual covers this extensively and necessarily)

- Separate L & R Line Input / Microphone Input level controls
-
Auto-Stop
- Tape Type selector for "Normal" or "Special" (higher bias)
- Dual analog VU meters for monitoring Playback and Record levels
- Dual front mounted 1/8" mic input jacks
- 1/4" Stereo Headphone jack
- Mechanical Tape counter
- RCA inputs and outputs as well as DIN
-
Grounded, EIC, detachable AC cord
- 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. (50Hz / 60Hz is selectable but "50Hz / Euro-Asia" power would require capstan pulley.)
- 8-Pin port for optional TEAC RC-101 wired remote control (remote not included or available anymore from us)

Original SONY TC-570 Specifications as follows:


Tape Speed:
7.5 ips / 19cms, 3 3/4ips / 9.5 cms and extra long 1 7/8 ips / 4.75 cms
Motors:
Hysteresis Synchronous capstan motor
Reels:
1/4" tape on 7 inches оr smaller
Recording Format:
4-track / 2-Channel stereophonic оr monophonic
Frequency Response w/ Standard Tape:

30-20,000 Hz
3dB @ 7 1/2ips
30-17,000 Hz
3dB @ 3 3/4 ips.
30-9,000 Hz
3dB
@ 1 7/8 ips.
Flutter and Wow:
<0.12% @ 7 1/2 ips.
                           
<0.15% @ 3 3/4 ips.
Signal-to-Noise Ratio:

>55dB @ 7 1/2 ips. w/ SONY SLH Tape.
>52dB @ 7 1/2 ips. w/ standard Tape.

Harmonic Distortion:
<1.5% @ 7 1/2 ips. @ 'normal pb level'
Bias Frequency:
160kHz
Level Indication: Dual Analog VU Meters
Line Input (AUX input):
Max Sensitivity 60mV / Impedance 560kΩ
Mic Input:
Low Impedance / Sensitivity 0.2mV / -72dB
Outputs:
Line Output Jacks w/ Output level 0dB (0.775 V) & suitable load impedance 100kΩ
Fast Wind Time:
approx 100 sec / 1200'

Amplifier / Speaker Specs:
Rated Amplifier Output: 15 Watts / Channel
Load Impedance:
16
Driver model / size: 1-502-388-11 / 5.25"
Magnet:
Ceramic

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 26+ hours of tech time. Restored, extensively tested / played, then re-benched after 'burn-in' to double check performance / adjustments.
As stated earlier, this is only the second or third 'Self-Powered' reel to reel tape deck we've restored / refurbished since starting the website some 24 years ago. The amp and speakers actually sound great, and are completely usable. Of course the unit can also be used as a standard 'component' deck, meaning you can still connect it to a receiver / amplifier / or computer for media transfers. AND, since it has multiple inputs, it is essentially also the heart of a 'complete stereo system'.
Cosmetic issues are minimal. There's a 'reel mark' on the left face, some wear to the 'transport function' silk-screening, and evidence of a repaired grill dent (see photos above).
Looks good & Ready to go! Comes with a take-up reel. Again, GREAT for bur
ning 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.
Also comes with a pdf 'e' copy of similar Sony Owners manual (
courtesy " www.hifiengine.com "). Includes a 30 day, limited warranty. Measures 20.25" wide x 11" deep x 15.25" tall  (main unit only, not including speakers) and weighs 41 lbs w/ speakers attached unpacked.
(Reels & tape shown in photos not included. All are sometimes available separately depending on stock levels.) 

SONY TC-570 AMPLIFIED WITH SPEAKERS, REEL TO REEL TAPE DECK
 Cond. 8.5++

SOLD 8/21/19
SHIPPED TO RUSS IN ILLINOIS

(CONS. R.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, and RCA patch cables for connection to your system)

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         NEW LISTING / REVISED 12/2018
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FULLY
SERVICED / REFURBISHED
CLASSIC / SEMI-PRO TEAC MULTI-TRACK REEL TO REEL TAPE DECK
TASCAM SERIES
TEAC / TASCAM 40-4 4-TRACK TAPE DECK
4-TRACK / 4-CHANNEL STEREO / QUADRAPHONIC / MONO
3-HEAD / 2-SPEED / 3-MOTOR
10.5", 7" REELS AND / OR
*SMALLER
'SIMUL-SYNC'

MULTITRACK 1/4" TAPE DECK
#....7640
MIJ
Circa 1978-81
for sale

SOLD 11/20/19
SHIPPED TO BILL IN TEXAS

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

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

 All Power supply outputs tested and verified at spec.

 Transport mechanisms disassembled, cleaned, lubed w/ 'SuperLube', silicone based gel and light machine oil as necessary and reassembled including PR Pivot Arm mechanism.



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

 Tape Left Tension arm had extra spring tension added for better performance on tape handling

 Capstan flywheel removed, cleaned bushings and axels cleaned and re-lubed. Flywheel surface burnished.

 Capstan cleaned and burnished in drill press while removed

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

 Rubber pinch roller removed, re-surfaced, conditioned and re-installed with fresh lubricant.

 Impedance roller had both its end bearings removed and new ones pressed in for silent tape transportation.

 Fresh, new 'Main' / Capstan belt (#42-3005) installed as original belt was 'melted' back to goo.

 Fresh, new counter belt (#048) 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 checked / 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)

 Both spindles in perfect alignment w/ no 'run-out' at any speed.

 Both spindle-locks hold tightly.

 We also checked / adjusted the reel table heights.

 Heads in great shape as well, with many years of performance left in them (see photos)

 Removed and burnished COMMONLY INTERMITTENT contacts on channel Circuit Boards and re-seated. Adjusted pin contacts for better connections. Was discovered that these connectors was the source of channel intermittence.

 All meter lamps working great as theyre very low current draw and will likely last decades more.

 All 'internal' / PC mounted pots, switches and controls cleaned and tested for noise-free function

 All 'User' pots, switches and controls cleaned and tested for noise-free function


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

 We adjusted the VU meters mechanically for correct 'resting position' and electronically w/ factory test tone tapes, as well as the internal playback, Monitor levels, and record levels utilizing STL test / alignment tapes.

    


 We adjusted the Bias for great sound with Ampex GM-456 tape.

 Speed tested to 99.9% accuracy following refurb (meaning that our 'verified' 1000Hz accuracy using a 1000 Hz STL test tape.  (test tape now plays back at 1001 when warmed up).


 
 Adjusted to record AMAZINGLY WELL at 0dB both with full bandwidth Pink-Noise, then 1kHz test and in 'Real World' use w/ 'mixed DDD CD' signals. (Tested with Maxell UDXL Tape and Ampex GM-456 (bias set for Ampex GM-456).

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

 Following refurb / service mechanicals tested for 'play torque' at beginning and end of largest size reels, as well as 'Fast wind torque' and 'braking tension' in both FF and REW, at beginning, middle and end of tapes. In other words, every combination of transport function was tested and passed.

 This TEAC / TASCAM 40-4 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 ~ 18 hours).

This is an amazing deck for both recording or playback, again of Multi-Track / Four-Track / Four-Channel / Stereo / Quadraphonic / Mono' tapes for speeds of 7.5ips or 15ips. Following refurbishment, the deck looks and works great and sounds amazing!!! 

The encore to the TEAC / A-3440, the TEAC / TASCAM 40-4 Multi-Track / Four-Track / Four-Channel / Stereo / Quadraphonic / Mono (Yep, that pretty much covers everything but 'half-track') Reel to Reel tape deck. Ready to GO! We've had this deck in our warehouse for years, waiting for a 'senior tech' who was qualified to the task of bringing such a deck back to life CORRECTLY. One of a recent few, we've had make it through satisfactorily in 24+ years of dealing in vintage audio.

This is the deck that most folks want for their home studio to record 'raw tracks' on. For examples; you could lay down bass and drums on one track, then rhythm guitar on the next track, lead guitar on track 3 and vocals on track 4. Or you can lay down tracks 2-4, then bounce them to track 1 and have 2, 3 & 4 free again. Or you can records 'heads-up' (all four tracks at once), then mix those down later. Of course, you can record 'normal stereo' tapes, or you can record 4 separate mono tracks if you're trying to conserve tape. Or, Or, Or...

 Following our extensive refurb / bench time it's now an AMAZING performer (Check the 'recording test results' above and the 'specs' in 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 18 hours of bench time.

From the original TEAC / TASCAM 40-4 brochure:
They are ideal for a wide spectrum of uses: tracks for a record album, making commercial spots, or doing production work in radio, TV or Film. You can make superior recordings with these easy to operate recorders, and you get the quality and reliability for which TEAC is known. (of course as it does all of those professional tasks, it can certainly do anything you need at home).

The deck tests great! Cosmetically it's in great condition. Cosmetic issues worth mentioning would be some light scuffs on the face panel, between the reel tables and a few, typical nicks to the wood grain side panes, and a small nick to the head cover (see photos above). Functions and sounds great ! Will play up to 10.5" reels.

TEAC / TASCAM 40-4 Features include:

- Multi-Track / 4-Track / 4-Channel Stereo / Mono head stack / tape format
- 3 Heads for instant monitoring of tape levels while recording
- 10.5" Max Reel Capacity (The BIG Reels!)
- Punch In / Punch Out Function

- 3 Motors (means less 'Rube Goldberg' mechanisms inside like many R2R's)

- DURABLE AC powered capstan motor (lasts decades longer than DC capstan motors of the 'later' models)

- IC logic tape transport for "Touch" control
- Dual speeds at 15ips / 38cms & 7.5 ips / 19cms
- Multi-Track / Sound-on-Sound / Sound-with-Sound / Duet recording capable
- Cue Lever with 'variable pressure' for lifting tape away from head in Fast Wind modes or for moving tape close enough to head to monitor fast wind progress
- Output selector for Input, Norm or Monitor (this feature will require an understanding of the 'user manual')
- Play / Pause control lets you manually rock the reels back / forth while you listen to pinpoint an exact point for editing. (also if youre the DJ type, you can also use this feature to scratch-n-sniff just like on your records. Can you say, Yipeeee! ?... Oh sorry, I mean, Yo Dog)
- Reel Size selector for proper tape 'back tension' and braking.
- Variable Input level control for each channel

- Analog VU level meter for each channel
- Analog Tape Counter
- Spring loaded reel spindles (no need for 'rubber stoppers / reel clamps')
- RCA Line I/O's for all channels
- Accessory connectors for optio
nal TEAC Remote control (not included, nor currently available)
- Multi-pin logic connector for external dbx unit (not included, nor currently available)


TEAC / TASCAM 40-4 Specs / Specifications:

Track / Head / Head-stack Format: 3 heads, inline (4-track / 4-channel, stereo/monaural system) Ferrite Erase and 'Permalloy' Record and Playback heads
Motors: 3X. Capstan motor: 4/8 pole, large size Hysteresis synchronous. Reel motors: 6-pole, eddy current
Reel Size: Acceptable 7 & 10.5" (3" & 5 reels may not brake correctly as deck is optimized for 7-10.5" reels)
Tape Speeds: 15 ips / 38cms & 7.5 ips / 19cms
Tape Speed accuracy: 0.5%
Frequency Response in Sync mode:
40-20,000 Hz @ 15ips.
3dB
25-15,000 Hz @ 7 1/2ips.
3dB
Wow and Flutter: 0.04% @ 15ips & 0.06% @ 7.5ips (NAB)
S/N ratio: >65Db @ 15ips / Wtd
Crosstalk; >50dB down adjacent track @ 1kHz
Erasure Depth; >65 @ 1kHz +10dB
THD:
<1% @ 0VU & @ 1kHz. 3% @ +9VU & @ 1kHz
VU Meters; approx; -25dB to +5dB VU range

Bias Frequency; 100kHz
Line Input (AUX input): -10dB (0.3V) nominal /  Impedance 20kΩ
Record Level Calibration: 0 VU reference is 250 nWb/m (nano-Webers per meter) tape flux level; adjustable LEDs preset to turn On at signal level of +10 VU.
Line Output: -10dB (0.3V) nominal & -+18dB (8.0V) nominal /  Impedance 10kΩ unbalanced

Fast Wind Time: Approx 120 Seconds for 10.5" reel / 2400' & approx 140 seconds for 1800'
Start Time (stop to full motion play): .05 sec @ 15ips & .04 sec @ 7.5 ips

As stated earlier we have EXTENSIVELY 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 STL 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!!! As stated earlier, cosmetic issues worth mentioning would be some light scuffs on the face panel, between the reel tables and a few, typical nicks to the wood grain side panes, and a small nick to the head cover (see photos above).

This is a highly sought after deck and now, following the extensive service, with UNBELIEVABLE PERFORMANCE.
This was not only a GREAT 'Musicians' deck, as a performer could 're-visit' their old band tapes to transfer to computer, DAW, or 'Stereo Mix Down', but since it also does standard 'Stereo' playback, Mono and even Quadraphonic (Quadriphonic) playback, it's about as versatile as you can get. Also would be a great deck for a 'media transfer house / business' that has clients with old 'band tapes' that they want to get mixed down to stereo.
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.
Comes with an 'e-copy' / pdf download of the TEAC / TASCAM 40-4 owners / operations manual. Measures 21" tall (with skids installed) x 17.3" wide (w/ wood side panels installed) x 21.5" tall x 12" (from tip of back feet-tip of hubs)
deep and weighs a VERY HEAVY 72+ lbs unpacked. Includes our standard 90 day limited warranty.
(Reels, tape and any NAB hubs 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 / TASCAM 40-4 MULTI-TRACK / STEREO / MONO REEL TO REEL TAPE DECK
Cond. 8.5

SOLD 11/20/19
SHIPPED TO BILL IN TEXAS


(Reels, tape and any NAB hubs 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, and RCA patch cables for connection to your system
)


This deck, coupled with the Fostex shown below would make a complete, analog recording system for your project studio. 4 track to 2-Track stereo mixdown.

 
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NEW LISTING 7/13/19
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RESTORED / REFURBISHED / FULLY SERVICED
VINTAGE
PIONEER REEL TO REEL TAPE DECK
PIONEER RT-1020L
#...4281
4-TRACK / 2-CHANNEL & 4-CHANNEL 'PRO' TAPES
STEREO / QUADRAPHONIC
3-HEAD / 3-MOTOR
2-SPEED
10.5" 'THE BIG ONE'S'
& 7" and / or
*SMALLER REEL SIZE

  Circa 1974-78

 SOLD 8/15/19
SHIPPED
TO WILLIAM IN OHIO

Our technician has completely gone through and 'Certified' this unit.
(in-fact we had both of our Senior Techs go thru it, one after the other, just to make sure we had 'all the "i's" dotted and all the "T's" crossed)

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

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.

One of the reel spindles had been 're-built' when this came in to us. It had 'run-out' (wobble) when utilizing 10.5" reels. We noticed there was a 'hair-line' crack on the reel table spindle that was not solid enough. We replaced the entire spindle / reel table with an OEM (original Pioneer) part (taken from one of my personal decks). Now large reels run 'true' with no excess vibration / wobble.

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

PR mechanism solenoid mounts adjusted

'Shut-off' arm removed, disassembled, had bushing and axle cleaned and re-lubed.

Tape Lifter arms rotated to 'like new' section / area

Capstans / flywheels removed, bushings and axels cleaned and re-lubed w/ 80/90 wt.

Capstans burnished

Rubber pinch rollers have been cleaned and re-conditioned

Brand new MAIN drive belt installed (#42-3030)

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

Brakes adjusted on fast wind modes also (optimized for 10.5" reels, but works great for 7" as well*). .

Back tension adjusted on both reel motors (optimized for 10.5" reels, but works great for 7" as well*).

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

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

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.

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

Speed measured @ 98.5% accurate (meaning that a 1000Hz tape plays back at 1015Hz.)

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.

Deck has been fully calibrated as close to factory manual specs as practical, tested, and found to perform well in all categories

Internal Record levels adjusted with proper, factory alignment / test tapes

Record Bias adjusted internally, and optimized for Ampex GM 456 tape

Records GREAT at approx 0dB on Maxell UD XL-II tape with the following results all recorded at 0 (Zero) dB;
100Hz=0dB
500Hz=0dB
1000Hz=0dB
5000Hz=0dB
10,000Hz=-0.5dB
15,000Hz=-1.5dB
20,000Hz=-6dB




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

This Pioneer RT-1020L 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 ~ 13 hours).

Face is made of brushed stainless steel, aluminum and 'real walnut wood veneer' case is in great condition. Deck looks, works and sounds great! 

I have one of these in my personal collection (although mine isn't in refurbished condition yet like this one). 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.

The deck tests great! Looks and sounds great too! We have completely gone through it. Will play 5", 7" & 10.5" reels (10.5" reels require optional NAB hub adaptors that we generally have available at their additional cost).
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Looks great & following above service, is "Ready-to-go"! The very sought after Pioneer RT-1020L Stereo Reel to Reel tape deck. Will play / record stereo 1/4" tapes on reels up to 10.5". This model is very unique in that it will not only play standard consumer 4-track / 2-channel tapes, but also will play 4-channel "quadraphonic" tapes and ALSO 4-Track / 4-Channel "Pro-Multi-Track" tapes made from such decks as the Tascam 2340 or 3440!
Here's a link to some original a website with some original, brochure info:
http://stereonomono.blogspot.com/2011/11/pioneer-rt-1020l-1973.html

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 and all functions test great! Looks and sounds great too! We have completely gone through it. 

Pioneer RT-1020L Features include:


-  4-Track 2 or 4 Channel playback and 2-Channel recording
- 3 Heads for instant monitoring of tape levels while recording
- Handles up to 10.5" reels!
- 3 Motors for trouble free performance (has a lot to do with it still being a viable piece of gear due to fewer rubber parts)

- DURABLE AC powered capstan motor (lasts decades longer than DC capstan motors of the 'later' models)

- Dual speeds at 7.5 ips / 19cms and 3 3/4ips / 9.5 cms
- IC logic tape transport for control
- Separate & dual mic and line level controls
- Dual 1/4" front mounted mic inputs
- Source / Monitor selector
- Independent L & R record enable switches for doing "S-O-S / sound-on-sound"
- Left & Right output level controls
- Dual analog VU level meters that are selectable for either Front or Rear channels
- Triple position tape type selector
- Dual position tape EQ selector
- Spring loaded tape hub spindles (no need for rubber reel retainers)
- End of tape shut off / Auto-Stop function
- Dual front mounted 1/4" Microphone inputs
- Variable output level controls for each channel 
- Mechanical Tape Counter
- Both RCA & DIN I/O's 

Pioneer RT-1020L Original Specifications as follows:

Heads: 3 (2-channel erase, 4-Channel play and 2-Channel Record)
Number of Motors: 1 Hysteresis Synchronous Capstan and 2 Reel motors
Drive to Capstan: Belt to heavy flywheel
Tape Speeds: 7.5 ips / 19cms and 3 3/4ips / 9.5 cms
Wow and flutter: 0.08% DIN @ 7.5ips
Signal to noise ratio:
>55dB w/ Normal Bias Tape
Frequency response: 7-1/2 ips: 40Hz to 20kHz w/ Normal Bias tape
Crosstalk: >60dB.
Channel separation: >50dB
Output Level: 316mV @ 0dB on VU meters
Microphone Input Impedance: 20K Ohms
Fast Wind Time: 90 secs w/ 7", 1200' reels

As stated earlier we have completely gone through it cleaning, lubing, adjusting, demagnetizing and testing everything. Plays and records well! We don't get as many decks capable of 10.5" reels as 7", and when we do have one refurbished, they don't hang around long.
Note from our Senior tech, "Designed to be serviceable...Well built internally".
Comes with an 'e-copy' / pdf download of the Pioneer RT-1020L owners / operations manual and service manual if the purchaser so desires.
Cosmetically, there's only a couple issues worth mentioning, ie; a couple dings along the front edges of the wood, veneer cabinet (see photos 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 17.5" wide x 17" tall x 9" (from tip of back feet-tip of hubs) deep and weighs 47 lbs unpacked. Includes our standard 90 day limited warranty. (Reels & tape shown in photos not included. All are sometimes available separately if you need them)
PIONEER RT-1020L
Cond. 8
.5++
(Cons. M.H.)
 SOLD 8/15/19
SHIPPED
TO WILLIAM IN OHIO

 
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NEW LISTING 9/26/19
   
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VINTAGE TEAC REEL TO REEL TAPE DECK
TEAC A-1500
(essentially same deck as TEAC A-4010 series, but in a different, simpler case, without the need for umbilical cables)

4-TRACK / 2-CHANNEL
STEREO or 4-CHANNEL MONO
3-HEAD / 3-MOTOR
2-SPEEDS
1/4" REEL TO REEL
DUAL PB HEAD , U-TURN AUTO-REVERSE TAPE RECORDER
#...6197
Circa 1967-70/71

SOLD 9/26/19
SHIPPED TO ED IN NORTH CAROLINA


 
         

              

NEW LISTING / REVISED
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EXTENSIVELY SERVICED / REFURBISHED
CLASSIC / SEMI-PRO TEAC MULTI-TRACK REEL TO REEL TAPE DECK
TEAC A-3440 4-TRACK TAPE DECK
4-TRACK / 4-CHANNEL STEREO / QUADRAPHONIC / MONO
3-HEAD / 2-SPEED / 3-MOTOR
10.5" REELS OR SMALLER
'SIMUL-SYNC'
MULTITRACK 1/4" TAPE DECK
60+ HOURS OF TECH TIME!!!
YES, IT'S 'CONSIDERABLE' $$$$, BUT IF YOU'RE LOOKING FOR AN A-3440 TO ACTUALLY USE FOR THE 'LONG HAUL', READ WHY BELOW...
#....8496
MIJ
Circa 1978
SOLD
SHIPPED TO ROD IN 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 (and this was a BIG project to do 'CORRECTLY' as it's a VERY difficult to service deck).

 Faulty AC Power switch replaced.

 'Tape Lifter' mechanism disassembled, cleaned, lubed w/ 'SuperLube', silicone based gel and reassembled.

 Transport mechanisms disassembled, cleaned, lubed w/ 'SuperLube', silicone based gel and light machine oil as necessary and reassembled including PR Pivot Arm mechanism.


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

 Capstan removed, cleaned and burnished 

 Capstan flywheel removed, cleaned bushings and axels cleaned and re-lubed. Flywheel surface burnished.

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

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

 Fresh, new 'Main' / Capstan belt installed as original belt was 'melted' back to goo.

 Fresh, 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 checked / 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)

 All 'internal' / PC mounted pots, switches and controls cleaned and tested for noise-free function

 All 'User' pots, switches and controls cleaned and tested for noise-free function

 Removed and burnished COMMONLY INTERMITTENT contacts on channel Circuit Boards and re-seated. Adjusted pin contacts for better connections. Was discovered that these connectors was the source of channel intermittence.

 Hairline fracture in Channel #2 CB trace near input slide switch discovered and repaired. This was causing occasional intermittency in PB signal.

 All meter lamps replaced w/ LED's. Very Bright! (This is an EXTENSIVE project on the 3440. Tech notes: must be done from rear. ONLY way to access meter for channel #4 is to remove motherboard, and detach bottom pre-amp chassis to allow hardware access. Changing to LED causes 'un-loading' of PB amplitude at pre-amp. Adequate load resistors determined and installed to maintain correct PB output. Required several hours.)
 
         

 All 7 power supply outputs tested and verified at spec from 2.5VAC to 42VAC.

 Stop switch had 'hairline' fracture in hinge mechanism that required inordinate amount of time to fabricate new one. This is a common issue on the A-3440 that most folks don't realize is wrong...for a while.

 We adjusted the VU meters mechanically for correct 'resting position' and electronically utilizing "STL" test / alignment tapes, as well as the internal playback and record levels.

 Both spindles in perfect alignment w/ no 'run-out' at any speed.

 Both spindle-locks hold tightly.

 We also checked / 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 utilizing "STL" test / alignment tapes and oscilloscope.

 Speed tested to 100% accuracy following refurb (meaning that our 'verified' 1000Hz test tape now plays back at 1000 +/- 1Hz utilizing "STL" test / alignment tapes).
 
 Internal Playback & Record levels adjusted, as well as 'Meter' and 'Bias'


 Adjusted to record AMAZINGLY WELL at 0dB both with full bandwidth Pink-Noise, then 1kHz test and in 'Real World' use w/ 'mixed DDD CD' signals. (Tested with Maxell UDXL Tape and Ampex GM-456 (bias set for Ampex GM-456).

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

 Following refurb / service mechanicals tested for 'play torque' at beginning and end of largest size reels, as well as 'Fast wind torque' and 'braking tension' in both FF and REW, at beginning, middle and end of tapes. In other words, every combination of transport function was tested and passed.

 This TEAC A-3440 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 ~ 60++ hours).

This is an amazing deck for both recording or playback, again of 4-Track Mono / Stereo' or quadraphnic tapes for speeds of 7.5ips or 15ips. Following refurbishment, the deck looks and works great and sounds amazing!!

The VERY sought after and FAMOUS, TEAC A-3440 Multi-Track / Four-Track / Four-Channel / Stereo / Quadraphonic / Mono (Yep, that pretty much covers everything but 'half-track') Reel to Reel tape deck. Ready to GO! We've had this deck in our warehouse for years, waiting for a 'senior tech' who was qualified to the task of bringing such a deck back to life CORRECTLY. First one of these we've had make it through satisfactorily in 24+ years of dealing in vintage audio.

This is the deck that most folks want for their home studio to record 'raw tracks' on. For examples; you could lay down bass and drums on one track, then rhythm guitar on the next track, lead guitar on track 3 and vocals on track 4. Or you can lay down tracks 2-4, then bounce them to track 1 and have 2, 3 & 4 free again. Or you can records 'heads-up' (all four tracks at once), then mix those down later. Of course, you can record 'normal stereo' tapes, or you can record 4 separate mono tracks if you're trying to conserve tape. Or, Or, Or...

 Following our extensive refurb / bench time it's now an AMAZING performer (Check the 'recording test results' above and the 'specs' in 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 60++ hours of bench time.

The deck tests great! Cosmetically it's in great condition,
with a few minor chips / dings to the real wood veneer side panels, and a small chip on the head cover, scratch on the main panel, and wear to the left tension arm.  (see separate photo collage above). Functions and sounds great ! Will play up to 10.5" reels.

TEAC A-3440 Features include:

- Multi-Track / 4-Track / 4-Channel Stereo / Mono head stack / tape format
- 3 Heads for instant monitoring of tape levels while recording
- 10.5" Max Reel Capacity (The BIG Reels!)
- Pitch Control (the later versions of this deck DID NOT have a pitch control without changing the capstan motor assembly)
- Punch In / Punch Out Function
- 3 Motors (means less 'Rube Goldberg' mechanisms inside like many R2R's)
- IC logic tape transport for "Touch" control
- Dual speeds at 15ips / 38cms & 7.5 ips / 19cms
- Multi-Track / Sound-on-Sound / Sound-with-Sound / Duet recording capable
- Cue Lever for lifting tape away from head in Fast Wind modes or for moving tape close enough to head to monitor fast wind progress

- Input (Source) / Repro (Monitor) selector independently for each channel
- Output selector for 'Source', 'Sync' or 'Play' (this feature will require an understanding of the 'user manual')
- Reel Size selector for proper tape 'back tension' and braking.

- Variable Input and Output level control for each channel
- Analog VU level meter for each channel

- Analog
Tape Counter
- Spring loaded reel spindles (no need for 'rubber stoppers / reel clamps')
- RCA Line I/O's for all channels
- 4x Front Mounted Microphone inputs with 20dB attenuators
- Headphone jack with selectable track monitoring and level control

- Accessory connectors for optional TEAC RC-70 Remote control (not included, nor currently available)


As stated earlier we have EXTENSIVELY 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. Additionally the meter lamps were changed to LED's and multiple repairs completed, some whose symptoms only showed up during our exhaustive testing procedures (may not have shown up on other decks until the user tried the 'magical combination' of functions sometime down the road. Just food for thought on supposedly 'serviced' units).

Tape speed tested and resulted in 100% 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!!!

TEAC A-3440 Specs / Specifications:

Track / Head / Head-stack Format: 3 heads, inline (4-track / 4-channel, stereo/monaural system
) Ferrite Erase and 'Permalloy' Record and Playback heads
Motors: 3X. Capstan motor: 4/8 pole, large size Hysteresis synchronous. Reel motors: 6-pole, eddy current
Reel Size: Acceptable 7 & 10.5" (3" & 5 reels may not brake correctly as deck is optimized for 7-10.5" reels)
Tape Speeds: 15 ips / 38cms & 7.5 ips / 19cms

Frequency Response w/ 'High Bias' Tape:
25-24,000 Hz @ 15ips.
25-22,000 Hz @ 7 1/2ips.
Wow and Flutter: 0.06% @ 15ips & 0.07% @ 7.5ips
S/N ratio: >55dB
Crosstalk Rejection; 50dB adjacent track @ 1kHz
Channel Separation
; 45dB adjacent track @ 1kHz

THD:
<0.8% @ 1kHz
VU Meters
; -25dB to +6dB VU range

Line Input
(AUX input): 60mV / Impedance 50kΩ
Mic Input
: Sensitivity 0.25mV / -72dB / Impedance 600 Ohms -10kΩ
Line
Output: 0.3V / Impedance +10kΩ
Fast Wind Time: Approx 120 Seconds for 10.5" reel / 2400' & approx 140 seconds for 1800'

This is a highly sought after deck and now, following the extensive service, with UNBELIEVABLE PERFORMANCE.
Again, as mentioned earlier, cosmetically it's in good condition, with a few minor chips / dings to the real wood veneer side panels, and a small chip on the head cover, scratch on the main panel, and wear to the left tension arm. (see separate photo collage above).
 
This was TEACS most asked for 'Musicians' deck, but since it also does standard 'Stereo' playback, Mono and even Quadraphonic (Quadriphonic) playback, it's about as versatile as you can get.
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.
 Comes with an 'e-copy' / pdf download of the TEAC A-3440 owners / operations manual, & service manual if purchaser so desires. Also includes the RCA jumpers for the back panel shown in photos. Measures 17.5" wide x 20.5" tall x 10" (from tip of back feet-tip of hubs) deep and weighs a HEAVY 50+ lbs unpacked. Includes our standard 90 day limited warranty.
(Reels, tape and any NAB hubs 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-3440 MULTI-TRACK / STEREO / MONO REEL TO REEL TAPE DECK
Cond. 8.5

SOLD
SHIPPED TO ROD IN NEW YORK

(Reels, tape and any NAB hubs 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, and RCA patch cables for connection to your system
)


This deck, coupled with the Fostex shown below would make a complete, analog recording system for your project studio. 4 track to 2-Track stereo mixdown.

 
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NEW LISTING / REVISED
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VINTAGE PIONEER REEL TO REEL TAPE DECK
PIONEER RTU-11/2T / TAU-11 / RT-2022 'MASTERING DECK'
#...2021 (transport) / 0437 (Rec/PB amp)
2-TRACK ('HALF TRACK') 2-CHANNEL STEREO MASTERING DECK
3-HEAD / 2-SPEED / 3-MOTOR
10.5" REELS OR SMALLER
'MASTERING' R2R 1/4" TAPE DECK
MIJ
Circa 1977-79
SOLD
SHIPPED TO DAN IN 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 (and this was a BIG project as it's a VERY complex deck.

 Broken motor mount transport screws replaced (this alone, required a total strip down to chassis)

 Transport mechanisms disassembled, cleaned, lubed w/ 'SuperLube', silicone based gel and light machine oil as necessary 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.

 Capstan / flywheel removed, cleaned bushings and axels cleaned and re-lubed. Flywheel surface burnished.

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

 Fresh, new 'Main' and 'Counter' belts 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 checked / 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)

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

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

 Both spindles in perfect alignment.

 We also checked / adjusted the reel table heights.

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

 Following initial testing after re-assembly, we decided to address the commonly 'above average motor noise' in the TAU-11. We added additional rubber shock mounting on the motor in 'strategic locations', and on the advice of an engineer, replaced the 'Start / Run' capacitor. Replacing the 'cap' had no effect, but adding extra 'shock mounting' did have an effect on reducing the ambient, mechanical, motor noise. Adding damping to reel brake mechanisms also further reduced mechanical noise over original design. We also lubed the 'pinion shaft' on the counter to further reduce noise on 'fast wind'.

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

 Speed tested to 98.5+% accuracy following refurb (meaning that our 'verified' 1000Hz test tape now plays back at 1015 +/- 1Hz. Very close to perfect).
 
 Adjusted to record AMAZINGLY WELL at 0dB both with full bandwidth Pink-Noise, then 1kHz test and in 'Real World' use w/ 'mixed DDD CD' signals. (Tested with Maxell UDXL Tape (bias set to 'Fixed' and EQ set to NAB-LH) ).

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

 Following refurb / service mechanicals tested for 'play torque' at beginning and end of largest size reels, as well as 'Fast wind torque' and 'braking tension' in both FF and REW, at beginning, middle and end of tapes. In other words, every combination of transport function was tested and passed.

 This Pioneer RT-2022 / RTU-11 / TAU-11 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 ~ 20+ 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 and sounds amazing!!


The Pioneer TAU-11 / RTU-11 / RT-2022 Stereo Reel to Reel tape deck. Ready to GO! First one of these we've had in 24+ years of dealing in vintage audio (including many of all the other Pioneer Reel to Reel decks. 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 20 hours of bench time.

The deck tests great! Cosmetically it's in good condition, with a few minor veneer peels / chips to the rear corners of the road case (see separate photo collage above). Looks decent and sounds great ! We have completely gone through it. Will play up to 10.5" reels.

Pioneer RT-2022 / RTU-11 / TAU-11 Features include:

- Half-Track / 2-Track / 2-Channel Stereo head stack / tape format
- 3 Heads for instant monitoring of tape levels while recording
- 10.5" Max Reel Capacity (The BIG Reels!)
- Built-in Test Tone Oscillator for Bias, Recording Level / Tape Type adjustments and decisions and head adjustments (1kHz and 10kHz generator) (there is also a front located, output jack to route test oscillator to another use)
- Fixed or Completely variable Bias adjustment (owners manual includes a chart with suggested Bias settings for most contemporary tape types / brands / models, but I prefer to do it 'by ear')
- Completely variable Playback Tape EQ adjustment (owners manual includes a chart with suggested EQ settings for most contemporary tape types / brands / models, but I prefer to do it 'by ear')
- 3 Motors (means less 'Rube Goldberg' mechanisms inside like many R2R's)

- DURABLE AC powered capstan motor (lasts decades longer than DC capstan motors of the 'later' models)

- IC logic tape transport for "Touch" control
- Dual speeds at 15ips / 38cms & 7.5 ips / 19cms
- Sound-on-Sound / Sound-with-Sound / Duet recording capable
- Cue Lever for lifting tape away from head in Fast Wind modes or for moving tape close enough to head to monitor fast wind progress

- Input (Source) / Repro (Monitor) selector independently for each channel
- Output level control for each channel
- Dual analog VU level meters

- Analog
Tape Counter
- Spring loaded reel spindles (no need for 'rubber stoppers / reel clamps')
- RCA Line I/O's for all channels
- Dual Microphone inputs with separate L&R, 20dB attenuators

- Portable (as it's in a case with detachable lids / covers and a top located carry handle)

- Accessory connectors for optional Pioneer Remote control


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. Additionally after first round of restoration, we further added rubber isolation to motor mounts.
Tape speed tested and resulted in 98.5% 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! 

Pioneer RT-2022 / RTU-11/2T / TAU-11 Specs / Specifications from the owners manual as follows:

Head / Head-stack Format: 3 heads, inline (2-track, 2-channel, stereo/monaural system) Ferrite Erase and 'Permalloy' Record and Playback heads
Track Format: 2-track, 2-channel, stereo/monaural system
Motors: 3X. Capstan motor: 4/8 pole, large size Hysteresis synchronous. Reel motors: 6-pole, inner rotor induction
Reel Size: Acceptable 7 & 10.5" (3" & 5 reels may not brake correctly as deck is optimized for 7-10.5" reels)
Tape Speeds: 15 ips / 38cms & 7.5 ips / 19cms
Frequency Response w/ 'High Bias' Tape:
30-28,000 Hz @ 15ips.
40-20,000 Hz @ 7 1/2ips.
Wow and Flutter: 0.04% @ 15 ips
S/N ratio: >60dB IEC (over 5kHz)
THD: >0.8%
Bias Frequency:
125kHz in 'Fixed' position (Factory biased for Scotch #206)
VU Meters
; -40dB to +6dB VU range

Line Input
(AUX input): Min / Max Sensitivity 34mV - 25V / Impedance 100kΩ
Mic Input
: Sensitivity 0.11mV-100mV / Impedance 100kΩ
Outputs: Line level Reference to Max = 450mV-930mV
Test Oscillator: 1kHz for Bias Adjustment and 10kHz for Head Azimuth adjustment

Fast Wind Time: VERY FAST @ 110 sec for 2400'

Original Pioneer Test Conditions:
1. Reference Tape: Scotch #206
2. Reference recording level: meter 0dB
3. Reference Signal: 1000Hz
4. Wow & Flutter: w/ 3kHz tape
5. Freq response: measured at -10dB @ 38cms and -20dB level @ 19cms
6. S/N: measured @ +6dB level
7. THD: measured @ reference recording
8. reference output level: meter @ 0dB


This is a GREAT looking deck with UNBELIEVABLE PERFORMANCE. Probably the best sounding deck I've had the pleasure to audition due to the built in oscillator, fine bias and variable EQ alone
Again, as mentioned earlier, cosmetically it's in good condition, with a few minor vinyl peels / chips to the rear corners of the road case (see separate photo collage above).
 
This was Pioneers most 'Top of the Line' deck they ever did (yes, considerably above the RT-909), and was designed to offer the 'best recording' capabilities. As an additional possible bonus down the road, with the addition of another TAU-11 Rec/PB amp and the RT-2044 / 4-Track / 2-Channel head block, you could also have a deck that would play standard, commercially produced tapes, or tapes made on standard, consumer reel to reel decks. In other words, you'd have 'all the bases covered'. (No, we don't currently have either available, but they can be obtained give enough time / money.)
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.
 We are including a set of 4 of our Sorbothane IsoPods to isolate the chassis from the surface to inhibit and further reduce noise from transferring to it's environment. Also includes
it's original umbilical cord (just about 'worth it's weight in gold' alone).  Also includes the original case lids / cover plates for both units, as well as the 'smoked plexi' control cover. Comes with an 'e-copy' / pdf download of the Pioneer RT-2022 / RTU-11/2T / TAU-11 owners / operations manual, & service manual if purchaser so desires. Measures 17.5" wide x 21" tall x 10" (from tip of back feet-tip of hubs) deep and weighs a HEAVY 84 lbs unpacked (with 1 'amp unit' attached). 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.) 
Pioneer RT-2022 / RTU-11/2T / TAU-11  HALF-TRACK / STEREO / MONO REEL TO REEL TAPE DECK
Cond. 8.5
(Cons.)
R.R.

SOLD
SHIPPED TO DAN IN CALIFORNIA


(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, and RCA patch cables for connection to your system
)


 
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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' & 'Reel to Real' tape recorders / decks...
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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