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Since 1982.

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

 

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

 


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


                      

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        SONY                                                                   SONY
          TC-366                                                                TC-3
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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 + parts), but we don't see too many in as bad a shape as these were (click above photos for details). Again these are decks that came from someone who said they "work fine"! Be careful out there when you're getting excited about bidding on that "good deal" on line @ eb_y, cra_gs_ist or other auction that say's "all functions test fine and deck works as it should". Yeah, right. Just FYI.

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


 
 

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

 

 


NOW OUR REEL TO REELTAPE DECKS / PLAYERS / RECORDERS:

 



 

         

NEW LISTING 4/8/17
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PIONEER REEL TO REEL TAPE DECK
PIONEER RT-1020L
#...4629
4-TRACK / 2-CHANNEL & 4-CHANNEL
STEREO / QUADRAPHONIC
3-HEAD / 3-MOTOR
2-SPEED
1/4" X 3", 5",  7" OR 10.5" REEL SIZE
"WORLD AC POWER"
  Circa 1974-78
SOLD 5/15/18
SHIPPING TO TENNESSEE

  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)

 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.

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

 PR mechanism solenoid mounts adjusted

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

 Capstans burnished

  Rubber pinch rollers have been cleaned and re-conditioned

 Brand new MAIN drive belt installed

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

 Brakes adjusted on fast wind modes also.

 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" and 10.5" tapes

 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 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

 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 @ 99.6% accurate

 Records decently at approx -10dB on Scotch 'Normal Bias' tape at 1kHz & 0dB on Maxell, UD High Bias tape at 1kHz.

 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 decent condition. Deck has a few 'battle scars' (see above photo collage) and isn't going to be a 'museum quality' unit, but performance wise it 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 & 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)
- 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! Again, as mentioned earlier, there are a few 'battle scars' on the deck (see above photos). We don't get many decks capable of 10.5" reels, and when we do have one refurbished, they don't hang around long.
Comes with an 'e-copy' / pdf download of the Pioneer RT-1020L owners / operations manual and service manual if the purchaser so desires.
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

SOLD 5/15/18
SHIPPING TO TENNESSEE


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

 

         

NEW LISTING 4/8/17
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PIONEER REEL TO REEL TAPE DECK
PIONEER RT-1011L

#...9008
 4-TRACK / 2-CHANNEL STEREO
 3-HEAD / 3-MOTOR
 2-SPEED
1/4" X 3", 5",  7" OR 10.5" REEL SIZE
Circa 1974-79


SOLD 5/19/17
SHIPPING TO  CANADA

   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)


  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 500,000 grade silicone lube gel applied

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

 PR mechanism solenoid mounts adjusted

 Capstans / flywheels removed, bushings and axels cleaned and re-lubed and flywheels burnished (see photos above)

 Capstans burnished

 Rubber pinch roller removed and re-conditioned

 MAIN drive belt reconditioned and re-installed

 Brand new counter belt installed

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

 Brakes adjusted on fast wind modes also (optimized for 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 10.5" tapes

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

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

 Both spindles in perfect alignment.

 We also adjusted the reel table heights.

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

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

 Speed tested to 99.0% accuracy following refurb (meaning that our 'verified' 1000Hz test tape now plays back at 1010Hz).
 
 Records decently at -5dB on Maxell, UD High Bias tape at 1kHz.

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

 This Pioneer RT-1011L 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 ~ 11 hours).

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

The
Pioneer RT-1011L  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 11.5 hours of bench time.
The deck tests great! Looks and sounds great too! We have completely gone through it. Will play 7" & 10.5" reels.
 
(Total time investment in refurb / testing ~ 12 hours). Face is made of beautiful brushed stainless, and is in great condition with no reel scuff. Deck looks and performs great! 
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 Super clean and great sounding, Pioneer RT-1011L R2R deck! Just serviced and 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" for play only and / or for burning your tapes / tape collection to CD ROM or Hard-drive, 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 with flying colors. Looks and sounds great too! We have completely gone through it. Will play or record 7" or 10.5"  reels.

Pioneer RT-1011L Features include:
  
  
- 4-Track / 2-channel stereo format
  - 3-Head tape monitoring (a very high-end feature for checking recording quality as the tape is actually being recorded)
  - Dual speeds at 7.5 ips / 19cms and 3 3/4ips / 9.5 cms
  - 3X Motors for trouble free performance (has a lot to do with it still being a viable piece of gear due to less rubber parts)
  - Belt Drive capstan flywheel for super quiet operation
  - Reel size selector for proper reel tension and braking
  - "Logic / Soft-Touch" transport controls
  - Dual front mounted 1/4" Microphone inputs
  - Separate & Concentric L & R Mic and Line level controls
  - Variable L & R Output level control
  - Dual 1/4" front mounted mic inputs
  - Dual analog, Back-Lit VU level meters
  - Spring loaded tape hub spindles (no need for rubber reel retainers)
  - Tape EQ selector
  - Record Bias selector
  - Analog tape counter
  - Pause Selector
  - Independent L & R recording capability for "Sound-on-Sound"
  - Auto-Transport Stop
  - 1/4" Stereo headphone jack
  - Dual pair of RCA jacks for Line-In & Line-outs and also a DIN jack

  Pioneer RT-1011L Specifications:

Track system: 4-track, 4-channel/2-channel stereo tape deck
Number of Motors: 3
Main Capstan motor: 1 Hysteresis Synchronous 2-speed Motor belt coupled to 100mm flywheel
Transport Control Type: "Logic / Soft-Touch" electronic
Tape Speeds:
7.5 ips / 19cms and 3 3/4ips / 9.5 cms
Heads: 3 discrete - Erase, Record & Playback
Frequency response: 40Hz to 20,000Hz ( 3dB at 7-1/2 ips) with normal tape. (Chrome tape gives even better performance)
Signal to Noise Ratio: > 55dB
Channel Separation / Crosstalk: >50dB
Output Level: 316mv @ 0dB on VU meters
Maximum Reel capacity: 10.5 reel
Tape speed: 19cm/s (7-1/2 ips & 9.5 cm/s (3-3/4 ips)
Wow & Flutter: 0.08% at 7-1/2ips
Microphone input impedance: 20k Ohms
Fast Wind speed: ~90 secs for 1200 feet on 7" reel

As stated earlier we have completely gone through it cleaning, lubing, adjusting, demagnetizing and testing everything. Plays and records VERY WELL! Wood grain, vinyl wrapped side panels & Brushed stainless steel face all in great shape as well as all the original knobs and switch caps.  They don't come in often and of the hundred or so decks in line for restoration, there's only a couple more currently if that gives you an idea of the 10.5" to 7" ratio. Measures 17.5" wide x 17" tall x 9" (from tip of back feet-tip of hubs) deep and weighs 47 lbs unpacked. Comes with an 'e-copy' / pdf download of the Pioneer RT-1011L owners / operations manual, service manual and original brochure if purchaser so desires Includes our standard 90 day limited warranty. (Reels & tape shown in photos not included. All are sometimes available separately if you need them)
 PIONEER RT-1011L
Cond. 8.5

SOLD 5/19/17
SHIPPING TO CANADA


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

 

         

NEW LISTING 4/8/17
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TEAC REEL TO REEL TAPE DECK
TEAC A-2300S
#...2454

 4-TRACK / 2-CHANNEL STEREO / 1-CHANNEL MONO
 3-HEAD / 2-SPEED / 3-MOTOR

7" OR 5" REELS
REEL TO REEL 
1/4" TAPE DECK
"WORLD AC POWER"
for sale

  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)

  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 500,000 grade silicone lube gel applied

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

 PR mechanism solenoid mounts adjusted

 Capstans / flywheels removed, bushings and axels cleaned and re-lubed and flywheels burnished (see photos above)

 Capstans burnished

  Rubber pinch roller removed and re-conditioned

 MAIN drive belt reconditioned and re-installed

 Brand new counter belt installed

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

 Brakes adjusted on fast wind modes also (optimized for 7" 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" tapes

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

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

 Both spindles in perfect alignment.

 We also adjusted the reel table heights.

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

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

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

 Adjusted to record a @ -3dB @ 1kHz on normal bias tape, and @ -2dB @ 1kHz on normal bias tape

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

 This Teac A-4300SX 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 ~ 11.5 hours).

Face is beautiful, brushed, Stainless Steel and case is in great condition. Only cosmetic issue worth mentioning is there is a veneer chip ~3" x 3/8" on the rear edge of one side (see photos above). Deck looks NEW and works great! 

The Teac A-2300S 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 11.5 hours of bench time.

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

Teac A-2300S Features include:

- 4-Track / 2-Channel head stack / tape format
- 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)

- IC logic tape transport for "Touch" control
- Dual front mounted 1/4" Microphone inputs
- Analog tape counter
- Dual speeds at 7.5 ips / 19cms and 3 3/4ips / 9.5 cms
- Separate dual mic and line level controls
- Dual 1/4" front mounted mic inputs
- Source / Monitor selector
- Output level control
- Dual analog VU level meters
-
Tape REC EQ Selector
- Dual position tape REC Bias type selector
- Spring loaded tape hub spindles (no need for rubber reel retainers)
- 12-Pin optional wired remote port on rear panel (Teac RC-140 remote not included)
- True
WORLD AC POWER" as it will work on both 50 or 60 Hz AC and voltages from 110-240 volts AC


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-2300S
Specs / Specifications from the owners manual as follows:

Head / Head-stack Format: 3 heads (Playback,
4-track, 2-channel, stereo/monaural system
Motors: 1x Dual-Speed, 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: 0.18% @ 7.5 ips & 0.2% @ 3.75 ips
S/N ratio: 48 dB @ 7.5ips
THD: 1.5% @  1kHz & 19cms
Crosstalk: >35dB @ 125Hz & >45dB @ 1kHz
Channel separation: >45dB @ 1kHz
Erasing coefficient:
>68dB @ 1kHz
2 VU-meters: dB (-20 to +3)

Line; 100mV /50kΩ
Output Level Reference / Maximum: Line; .3V / 10kΩ
Headphones; ~50mV / 8Ω, 1/4" / 6mm diam. jack
Fast Wind Time: 140 sec for 1800'


This is a GREAT looking deck and is mounted in the originally, optional, 'REAL WOOD VENEER' side panels, and again the only cosmetic issue was the above mentioned veneer chip.  Again, following above extensive tech work, it works fabulously!!!

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 15.5" tall x 8.5" (from tip of back feet-tip of hubs) deep and weighs 40 lbs unpacked. Comes with an 'e-copy' / pdf download of the TEAC Teac A-3300S (same as 2300 except 10.5 capable)
owners / operations manual, service manual and original brochure if purchaser so desires. Includes our standard 90 day limited warranty.
(Reels & tape shown in photos not included. All are sometimes available separately if you need them. We do ship our decks with a plastic take-up reel, a tape to 'practice record' on and a 'pre-recorded' tape for playback.) 
Teac A-2300S
Cond.
8.5
$949.


 
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UPDATED LIST 4/8/17
Reel to Reel Decks
Coming Soon
(or at least as time allows):




SONY TC-758
TEAC 32-2B??
TEAC A-2000  (playback only)
TEAC A-3300SX

(we have about 160+ more decks in stock, but MOST WON'T MAKE IT thru our stringent process, and will take time)
 

 


 


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 one's 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 not acceptable for 'music quality' recording.
    
Early 'consumer' decks and most portables, including the small 3" / 'transistor / pocket' reel to reel decks utilized a 2-Track / 1-Channel format.  This would included the earliest of decks 1950's thru early 1960's for 5" and 7" decks and the small 'transistor / pocket' decks from the 1960's thru the 1970's.  The speeds on those could be anywhere from 1 7/8 ips thru 7.5 ips, depending on the unit / model.

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

    Some tapes can 'cross pollinate' to a 'usable' degree from one deck to another. For instance, you can play a 2-Trach / 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 you 'Balance' control or ultimately 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.


 
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NEW LISTING 1/7/17
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PIONEER OPEN REEL TO REEL TAPE RECORDER
 1/4" STEREO TAPE DECK
PIONEER RT-909 / RT909 REEL TAPE DECK
#...9716
 4-TRACK / 2-CHANNEL
  2-SPEED / 3 HEAD
AUTO-REVERSE
 5" / 7" / 10.5" REEL CAPACITY
  Circa 1979-84
MIJ
SOLD 2/18/17
SHIPPING TO INDIANA

  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, re-lubed and reassembled.

 Pinch-roller Lift Mechanism completely disassembled, cleaned and re-lubed (requires pulling head block, and Meter CB, once entire front face panel is removed)

 PR mechanism solenoid mounts adjusted

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

 Capstans burnished

  Rubber pinch rollers have been replaced with FRESH units

  Brand new drive belt installed

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

  Power supply CB adjusted to correct 15.1VDC which enables best performance from Cap motor, Playback and Record amp circuits

  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" and 10.5" tapes

  Brakes adjusted on fast wind modes on both 7.5 and fully loaded 10.5 reels from top speed.


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

 We adjusted the 'Blue Fluorescent' VU meters 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 to factory manual specs, tested, and found to perform like new in all categories.

  Both spindles in perfect alignment.

  We also adjusted the reel table heights.

  While the heads do have some visible wear (generally expected on a 30+ year old deck) they perform great (see test results below), with lots 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.

 Both internal speed pots adjusted to 100% accuracy on 3.75ips and 7.5ips speeds  independently (with pitch control zero'd) (meaning that our 'verified' 1000Hz test tape now plays back at 1000Hz +/- 1Hz w/ pitch control at 12:00 position).

 Records at +/-0dB on High Bias Chrome tape @ 1kHz. Heres how it tested with the following frequencies;
50Hz = -1dB, 100Hz= -1dB, 500Hz= -1dB, 1kHz= 0dB, 8kHz= -1dB, 10kHz= -3dB and 15kHz= -5dB. Pretty good numbers for a 35 year old classic!


 Floor noise measured at >-60dBm

 This Pioneer RT-909 functions, plays, and records perfectly (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 beautiful brushed aluminum and is in great condition and has never been rack mounted. Deck looks and works great! 
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Looks GREAT & is "Ready-to-go"! The very sought after Pioneer RT-909 Stereo Reel to Reel tape deck. Will play / record stereo 1/4" tapes on reels 5, 7 & 10.5". This is one of the few reel to reel decks we get in that make it to our finished page. Great performer. This one made it through and all functions test great! 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. Heads have some visible wear, as to be expected on a 30+ year old classic reel to reel deck, but again, check the record test results above, evidence theyre sounding great! Recordings sound FANTASTIC on this unit now. Looks and sounds great too! Again, we have completely gone through it. It has been a few years since the last Pioneer RT-909 made it to the page (the second to last one went in my personal rack).

Pioneer RT-909 Features include:

- 4-Track / 2-Channel
- 5" / 7" / 10.5" Reel Capacity (compatible with standard / normal 4-Track / 2-Channel tape format)
- 3 Heads for instant monitoring of tape levels while recording
- Three Motors for trouble free performance (has a lot to do with it still being a viable piece of gear due to less rubber parts)
- Variable pitch control
- Auto-Reverse (when using tape with "auto-reverse" sensing foil) (Forward Recording, with forward & reverse playback)
- Dual speeds at 7.5 ips / 19cms and 3 3/4ips / 9.5 cms
- 'IC Logic' / Solenoid Drive Touch Transport control and 'Power Brake' tape handling
- Manual Reverse switches for changing direction with out flipping reels over 
- Independent Tape 'Bias' and 'Equalization' settings
- Repeat function
- Separate & dual concentric mic and line level controls
- Source / Monitor selector (for instant monitoring of recording)
- Independent L & R record enable switches for doing "sound-on-sound"
- Pitch Control (Playback)
- Left & Right output level controls
- Dual "Blue", Fluorescent level meters
- 4-Digit, "Blue", Fluorescent tape counter
- 'Timer' Play / Record function
- Dual front mounted 1/4" Microphone inputs
- Variable output level controls for each channel 


Pioneer RT-909 Specifications:

Heads: 4 (record, erase, fwd-play, rev-play)
1 Hard 'Permalloy' Recording Head 
1 Ferrite Erase Head 
1 Hard 'Permalloy' forward Playback Head 
1 Hard 'Permalloy' reverse Playback Head

Motors: Capstan drive motor; 1 (FG servo DC motor)
Reel base drive motors; 2 (6-pole inner rotor special induction type)
Tape Speed:
19cm/s (7-1/2ips), 9.5cm/s (3-3/4ips) 0.5%
Wow and flutter:
< 0.04% WRMS (19cm/s)
< 0.08% WRMS (9.5cm/s)
Signal to noise ratio: >60dB
THD:
<1% @ 19cms
Frequency response:
@ 19cm/s  20Hz to 30,000Hz (20Hz to 28,000Hz 3dB)
@ 9.5cm/s  20Hz to 20,000Hz (20Hz to 18,000Hz 3dB)
Crosstalk:
>50dB
Channel separation:
>50dB
Erasing coefficient:
>60dB
Recording bias Frequency:
125kHz
Pitch-control:
+/- 6%
2 VU-meters:
dB (-30 to +8)
Input Sensitivity (Minimum / Maximum allowable level / impedance):
Mic x 2; 0.316mV /100mV /27kΩ, 1/4" / 6mm diam. jacks
(suitable microphone, 250Ω to 10kΩ)
Line; 50mV / 25V / 50kΩ
Output Level Reference / Maximum:
Line; 900mV / 50kΩ
Headphones; 50mV / 8Ω, 1/4" / 6mm diam. jack
Fast Wind Time w/ 720m Tape & 10.5" reel:
Less than 120 sec.


As stated earlier we have completely gone through it cleaning, lubing, adjusting, demagnetizing and testing everything. Plays and records perfectly, AGAIN, records at 0dB @ 1kHz, yes, that's a ZERO! Both original feet / skids intact and perfect (these are commonly broken / missing)

Thick & solid brushed aluminum face plate in LIKE NEW condition and has never been 'racked' so no rack screw rack rash / marks! Case also in excellent condition.

These are great machines. I have had one myself for a few years (this one WAY OUTPERFORMS my personal unit. Need to get our tech to do mine). It's a blast to put on a BIG 10.5" reel with Pink Floyds, "Dark Side of the Moon". Even though it was designed for the consumer market, many were and are in use in schools, universities, libraries, clubs, etc. I worked at a Sheraton Inn in the late 70's and early 80's, and we had two in the DJ booth, that supplied foreground music from about 11AM till the DJ showed up at about 9PM, 7 days a week!
Includes a pdf / 'e-copy' download of the Pioneer RT-909 Owners manual, and if desired, a copy of the Pioneer RT-909 Service manual. Measures 19" wide x 11.5" deep x 13.5" high and weighs 46 lbs unpacked. Includes our standard 90 day limited warranty.

(unit does not have the 'voltage selector' shown in photos)

PIONEER RT-909 Reel to Reel Tape Deck
Cond. 9

SOLD 2/18/17
SHIPPING TO INDIANA


WITH A PAIR OF ORIGINAL PIONEER NAB HUBS AND ONE 10.5" METAL PIONEER TAKE-UP REEL!!!

 
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NEW LISTING 12/30/16
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TEAC REEL TO REEL TAPE DECK
TEAC A-4300SX
#...5548

3-HEAD / 3-MOTOR
AUTO-REVERSE
REEL TO REEL 
1/4" TAPE DECK
"
WORLD AC POWER"
SOLD 2/17/17
SHIPPING TO UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN

 

  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)

  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 (this is a VERY difficult deck to work on, especially considering any adjustments to the 'top layer', as the face plate has to remain partially attached while working on it (kind of like only being able to lift the hood a few inches on your car to change the plugs)



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

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

 PR mechanism solenoid mounts adjusted

 Capstans / flywheels removed, bushings and axels cleaned and re-lubed and flywheels burnished (see photos above)

 Capstans burnished

   Rubber pinch roller re-conditioned

  Brand new MAIN drive belt installed

  Brand new counter belt installed

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

 Brakes adjusted on fast wind modes also (optimized for 7" 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" tapes

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

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

 Both spindles in perfect alignment.

 We also adjusted the reel table heights.

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

  BOTH direction 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).

 Adjusted to record a @ -3dB @ 1kHz on normal bias tape. In a 'real world' recording situation, we experienced an average of -5dB with 'High Bias' tape (trying 4-5 types)

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

 This Teac A-4300SX 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 ~ 11.5 hours).

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

The Teac A-4300SX 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 11.5 hours of bench time.

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

Teac A-4300SX Features include:


- 4-Track / 2-Channel head stack / tape format
- 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)

- Auto-Reverse (when using tape with "auto-reverse" sensing foil)
(Recording, forward playback with reverse playback)
- IC logic tape transport for "Touch" control
- Dual front mounted 1/4" Microphone inputs
- Analog tape counter w/ 'REPEAT' function

- Dual speeds at 7.5 ips / 19cms and 3 3/4ips / 9.5 cms
- Separate dual mic and line level controls
- Dual 1/4" front mounted mic inputs
- Source / Monitor selector
- Output level control
- Dual analog VU level meters
-
Tape REC EQ Selector
- Dual position tape REC Bias type selector
- Spring loaded tape hub spindles (no need for rubber reel retainers)
- 12-Pin optional wired remote port on rear panel (Teac RC-140 remote not included)
- True
WORLD AC POWER" as it will work on both 50 or 60 Hz AC and voltages from 110-240 volts AC



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 99.7% 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! 

From the original brochure;
Automatic Reverse and a special Counter Repeat mechanism allow the A-4300SX deck to run for hours. Or days. Without attention. It's great for parties or whenever you want non stop music. And the other exciting Teac features we've built into the A-4300SX will give you non stop pleasure and enjoyment as well.

All Teac reel-to-reel decks are built around our famous three motor transport. We use one motor to drive the tape past the heads at a constant speed, and one additional motor for each reel spindle to provide take up tension and rewind and fast forward torque.

Six feather-touch push buttons activate the transport system electronically, making it easy to maintain total control over transport operation. You can switch instantly from Fast Forward to Rewind, or from Play to Reverse Play, with no danger of breaking, stretching or spilling your tape.

In addition, a special punch-in recording feature lets you go from Play to Record while the tape is in motion. A double safety system prevents this from happening accidentally, but whenever you want you can utilize this feature to create a running splice.

One of the features our customers seem to appreciate most is Automatic Reverse. It doubles the playing time of any stereo tape, and allows you to sit back and relax. When the music stops at the end of Side One, the transport automatically reverses the direction of tape travel and begins playing Side Two. (foil sensing tape required on each end of tape for Auto-Reverse function. You can manually-reverse at anytime)"


Teac A-4300SX
Specs / Specifications from the owners manual as follows:

Head / Head-stack Format: 4 heads (Forward Erase, Forward Record, Forward Playback, Reverse Play
back, Auto reverse, 4-track, 2-channel, stereo/monaural system
Motors: 1x Dual-Speed, Hysteresis Synchronous Capstan Motor & 2x Eddy Current Induction Reel Motors
Reel Size: 3, 5, & 7 (3 & 5 reels may not brake correctly as deck is optimized for 7 reels)
Wow and Flutter: 0.06% @ 7.5 ips & 0.09% @ 3.75 ips
Frequency Response: 30-28,000 Hz (+- 3 dB 40-24,000 Hz) @ 7.5 ips
30-20,000 Hz (+- 3 dB 40-16,000 Hz) @ 3.75 ips
S/N ratio: 58 dB
THD: 1.5% @  1kHz & 19cms
Crosstalk: >40dB @ 125Hz
Channel separation: >50dB @ 1kHz
Erasing coefficient:
>68dB @ 1kHz
2 VU-meters: dB (-20 to +3)

Line; 100mV /50kΩ
Output Level Reference / Maximum: Line; .3V / 10kΩ
Headphones; ~50mV / 8Ω, 1/4" / 6mm diam. jack
Fast Wind Time: 160 sec for 1800'

This is a GREAT looking deck and is mounted in the originally, optional, 'REAL WOOD VENEER' side panels.  Again, following above extensive tech work, it works fabulously!!!

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 19.25" tall x 8.5" (from tip of back feet-tip of hubs) deep and weighs 51 lbs unpacked. Comes with an 'e-copy' / pdf download of the TEAC Teac A-4300SX
owners / operations manual, service manual and original brochure if purchaser so desires. Includes our standard 90 day limited warranty.
(Reels & tape shown in photos not included. All are sometimes available separately if you need them. We do ship our decks with a plastic take-up reel, a tape to 'practice record' on and a 'pre-recorded' tape for playback.) 
Teac A-4300SX
Cond.
8.5

SOLD 2/17/17
SHIPPING TO UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN


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

 
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NEW LISTING 10/28/16
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PIONEER REEL TO REEL TAPE DECK
PIONEER RT-1020L
#...1748
4-TRACK / 2-CHANNEL & 4-CHANNEL
STEREO / QUADRAPHONIC
3-HEAD / 3-MOTOR
2-SPEED
1/4" X 7" OR 10.5" REEL SIZE
"WORLD AC POWER"
  Circa 1974-78

SOLD 10/29/16
SHIPPED TO WYOMING

  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)

  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.

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

 PR mechanism solenoid mounts adjusted

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

 Capstans burnished

   Rubber pinch rollers have been cleaned and re-conditioned

  Brand new MAIN drive belt installed

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

 Brakes adjusted on fast wind modes also.

 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" and 10.5" tapes

 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 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

 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% accurate

 Records decently at approx -10dB on High Bias Chrome tape at 1kHz & approx -8dB on Normal Bias Chrome tape at 1kHz.

 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 ~ 12 hours).

Face is made of beautiful brushed aluminum and case is in great condition. Deck looks NEW and works 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 3", 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 & 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)
- 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! Only cosmetic issue worth mentioning is some light scuffs / striations on the small knob. We don't get many decks capable of 10.5" reels, and when we do have one refurbished, they don't hang around long.
Comes with an 'e-copy' / pdf download of the Pioneer RT-1020L owners / operations manual and service manual if the purchaser so desires.
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
+

SOLD 10/29/16
SHIPPED TO WYOMING


 
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NEW LISTING
12/23/16
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SONY REEL-TO-REEL 1/4" STEREO TAPE DECK
SONY TC-277-4 'QUADRADIAL'
4-TRACK / 2-CHANNEL STEREO & 4-CHANNEL
STEREO / QUADRAPHONIC

3-SPEED
3"- 7" REEL CAPACITY
WITH SUPER HARD F&F HEADS
#...4065
Circa 1972-77
"WORLD AC POWER"
SOLD 1/5/17
SHIPPED TO NEW HAMPSHIRE

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

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

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

  Rubber pinch roller has been reconditioned

  All three internal drive tires / wheels for positive grip

  Capstan burnished.

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

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

  Motor has been re-lubed as well.

  Internal voltage is self regulated DC and values were verified.

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

  Both spindles in perfect alignment.

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

  Pinch roller reconditioned / re-surfaced.

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

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

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

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

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

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

  Floor noise tested to >-52dB w/ fresh, blank tape on PB.

  Plays and Records GREAT @ 0dB / 1kHz on Normal Bias tape.

  Speed checked to 98.8% accuracy.

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

Again, Pinch roller and Heads all in GREAT condition.

  (Total time investment in refurb / testing ~ 16 hours).
Cosmetically in fabulous condition!
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GREAT performing Sony TC-277-4 1/4" Open Reel to Reel Stereo / Quadraphonic tape Record / Play deck and has all 3 consumer speeds! Good for reel sizes up to 7" in diameter. Great for burning your tapes to CD or Hard Drive or for making new tapes. Also great for having fun in your project recording studio.
VERY EASY TO THREAD TAPE AS WELL! About as 'Easy' as it can get.


Original Sony TC-277-4 Tape Deck Features include:
   
-  4-Track 2 or 4 Channel playback and 2-Channel recording
- Triple speeds @ 7.5 ips / 19cms, 3 3/4ips / 9.5 cms and extra long 1 7/8 ips / 4.75 cms
- Plays up to a 7" reel as well as 3" & 5" reels
- Playback / Recording of either stereo or 'Quadraphonic / 4-Channel / Surround-Sound' tapes
- "F&F" Ferrite & Ferrite Heads (super hard heads to prevent un-even headwear and maintain a perfectly parallel gap for preserving top end in recordings. Purported to last up to 200 TIMES LONGER than 'conventional' tape deck heads)
- Separate L & R  / F & R Signal Input level controls
- Separate
L & R  / F & R Microphone level controls
- Auto-Stop
- Dual analog VU meters for monitoring Playback and Record levels
- Built-in Tape Type selector for normal or "Low Noise / Extended Headroom" tapes
- Quad front mounted, 1/8" microphone input jacks
- 1/4" Stereo Headphone jack with selector to monitor Front Only, Front + Rear or Rear Only
- Mechanical Tape counter
- RCA inputs and outputs
- Spring loaded tape hub spindles (no need for rubber reel retainers)
- Can be used 'Vertically' or 'Horizontally'
- True
WORLD AC POWER" as it will work on both 50 or 60 Hz AC and voltages from 110-240 volts AC (would require 50Hz pulley for use outside of North America)

   
Original Sony TC-277-4 Tape Deck Specifications:

 
(All with Sony SLH-180 type tape)
Power Requirements:  
110-240 volts AC  & 50 / 60 Hz 
Capstan Drive Motor Type: Induction
Tape Speed: 7.5 ips / 19cms, 3 3/4ips / 9.5 cms and extra long 1 7/8 ips / 4.75 cms mechanically switched with single lever, with automatic switching for equalization changes
Reels: 1/4" tape on 7 inches ог smaller
Recording Format: 4-track stereophonic оr monophonic (Quad)
Frequency Response: 30-23,000 Hz @ 7 1/2ips.
                                  30-18,000 Hz @ 3 3/4 ips.
                                  unrated for freq (but who cares) @ 1 7/8 ips.
Signal-to-Noise Ratio: > 55 dB @ 7 1/2 ips w/ high bias tape
 > 52 dB @ 7 1/2 ips w/ normal bias tape
Flutter and Wow: < 0.12% @ 7 1/2 ips.
Level Indication: Four Analog VU Meters
Record: Calibrated to NAB standard reference level
Playback Time: With 1,800' tape
 (4-track stereo)  (4-track mono) 7 1/2 ips  1 hr. 30 min.                  / 3 hr. & @ 3 3/4 ips. 3 hr. / 6 hr.
Inputs: Four 1/8" Microphone Input Jacks and dual RCA jacks
Outputs: Four RCA jacks
Output Impedance: 10kΩ / 0.775V @ 0dB w/ 100k Ohm load
Line Input Sensitivity: .06 Volts max
Line Input Impedance: 100k
Bias Frequency: 160 (kHz)
Rewind Time w/ 1200 Tape:- 120 sec
 

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 our full refurbishment. It's pretty much had the clock rolled back 40 years on it. With the exception of 'light' scuffing at the top edge of the trim, and the 'black' is worn from the front of the transport lever (see photos above), the units looks fabulous. Machine is READY TO GO! Would make a great deck for any one needing a deck to do tape to CD or Hard Drive transfers of reel to reel tapes or for making NEW reel tape recordings. Of course GREAT for playing your QUADRAPHONIC / SURROUND SOUND tapes as well. Comes with an 'e' copy / pdf of the Sony TC-366-4 (a previous version that would be applicable) owners / users manual. Includes a take-up reel. Includes our standard 90 day limited warranty. Measures 15.75" wide x 7.75" deep x 15.25" tall and weighs 24 lbs unpacked. (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.) 
SONY TC-277-4 REEL TO REEL TAPE RECORDER / DECK
Cond. 8.5

SOLD 1/5/17
SHIPPED TO NEW HAMPSHIRE

 

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NEW LISTING 12/17/16
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AKAI
OPEN REEL TO REEL TAPE RECORDER
MODEL 4000DS-MKII
 1/4" 4-TRACK / 2-CHANNEL
 STEREO
3-HEAD / 2-SPEEDS
AUTO-REVERSE
OPEN REEL TO REEL
TAPE DECK
#...4811
Circa 1977
SOLD 1/9/17
SHIPPED TO 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.

  Transport 'cam dogs' on this deck are the 'later' versions and resistant to deterioration (MUCH UNLIKE most other Akai decks)

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



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

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

 Capstans burnished

 Internal drive wheels / tires removed, and resurfaced

  Main motor removed, inspected and cleaned

  Knurled drive pulley cleaned of old rubber residue

Flywheel thrust bracket removed, bearing surface cleaned and re-lubed, then reinstalled and adjusted.

Pinch roller removed, resurfaced / reconditioned, and lubed prior to re-install

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

 Brake pads cleaned / reconditioned

 Brakes adjusted on fast wind modes also.

 Back tension adjusted on both reel tables.

Brand new 'Main' drive / capstan belt installed

Brand new 'Tape Counter' belt installed

 All transport functions now 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.

 Deck has been fully calibrated to factory manual specs, tested, and found to perform like new in all categories (see resulting record level listed below)

 Both spindles in perfect alignment, with no wobble or missing fins

 We also adjusted the reel table heights.

 Meter lamp replaced with new

 Heads cleaned and de-magnetized (as well as entire transport) and are in great shape as well, with many years of performance left in them.

 Mic / Line control pots cleaned for static free performance

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

 We adjusted the VU meters following head alignment and internal circuit board PC pot adjustments

 Following PB & REC amp circuit board adjustments, deck Records at -1dB !!! on Normal Bias tape

 Speed tested to 99.1% accurate

 Floor noise measured at >-50dB following above procedures

 This Akai GX-4000D MK-II functions, plays, and records perfectly (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 hours).  
____________________________
Looks GREAT & is "Ready-to-go"! Will play / record stereo 1/4" tapes on reels 3, 5 & 7". 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!
Deck looks good with only a few minor cosmetic issues. There is a small strip of wood grained, Formica missing from top edge of cabinet (has been stained so not really distracting), some 'blemishes' on the transport levers, and some scuffs around the head cover and head selector (see photos above). And again, following the extensive refurbishment listed above, the deck works and sounds great!

Akai 4000D MK-II Features include:

- 4-Track / 2-Channel
- One-Micron Gap Head
- 3*, 5*", & 7" Reel Capacity (*compatible with standard 4-Track / 2-Channel tape format)
- 3 Heads for instant monitoring of tape levels while recording (enables us to get the 'record head' alignment VERY exact with oscilliscope)
- Dual speeds at 7.5 ips / 19cms and 3 3/4ips / 9.5 cms
- Separate & dual concentric mic and line level controls
- Source / Monitor selector (for instant monitoring of recording)
- Track Selector for Stereo / 2-Channel, or Mono / 4 Channels
- Independent L & R record enable switches for doing "sound-on-sound (S.O.S.)"
- Tape Type Selector
- Auto-Stop Function
- Mechanical 'Pause' Control
- Left & Right output level controls
- Dual Analog level meters
- Spring-Loaded Spindle Locks on Reel Tables
- 4-Digit Analog tape counter
- Dual front mounted 1/4" Microphone inputs
- Front mounted 1/4"
Headphone jack

Akai 4000D MK-II Specifications:

Motor: 4-pole induction 1-speed motor @ 1800 RPM (utilizes speed / capstan sleeve to change speeds)
Reel capacity: Up to 7" reel
Heads (3):
One Erase Head, One Micron-Gap Playback / One Micron-Gap Record Head
Track system: 4-track 2-channel stereo / monaural system
Tape Speed:
3 , and 7 Inches Per Second +/- 2% (again, we tested this deck after our refurbishment at 1k=993, which is 0.07%!)
Wow & Flutter:  
<
0.12% RMS (7.5 ips)

<0.15% RMS @ 3-3/4 ips
Frequency Response:
30-23,000 Hz
3db at 7 IPS (w/ extended range tape)
30-16,000 Hz
3db at 3 IPS (w/ extended range tape)
Distortion : 
< 1% at 1kHz & 0 VU
S/N:
>56 db @ 7.5 ips (6dB better than the MK-I !!!)
Input Levels:

Mic - >0.55 mv @ 30k Ohms
Line - >50 mv @ 200k Ohms
Output Levels: 0.775V utilizing a recorded level of '0' dB @ 250Hz

Record Bias Freq: 100khz +/- 5%
Fast Wind Times:
200 seconds using 1200 feet tape
Recording / Playback Times:
4 hrs stereo recording @ 7.5 IPS w/ 1200 ft. Tape

As stated earlier we have completely gone through it cleaning, lubing, adjusting, demagnetizing and testing everything. Plays and records perfectly, AGAIN, records at -1dB down, yes, that's within ONE Db of ZERO!
Deck looks good with only a few minor cosmetic issues mentioned above.  And again, following the extensive refurbishment listed above, the deck works and sounds great!
These are great machines from Akai, and this is one of the 50% of Akai's that have the 'later / improved' 'transport cam dogs' that resist disintegration (our tech noted that the transport cams in this unit are "like new".
Includes a pdf / 'e-copy' download of the Akai GX-4000DS MK-II Owners manual and Brochure, and if desired, a copy of the Akai GX-4000DS MK-II Service manual. Measures 16" wide x 7.75" deep x 13.5" high and weighs 25 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. We do ship our decks with a plastic take-up reel, a tape to 'practice record' on and a 'pre-recorded' tape for playback.) 
Akai GX-4000DS MKII Reel to Reel Tape Deck
Cond. 8.5

SOLD 1/9/17
SHIPPED TO FLORIDA


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

 
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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' & 'Real to Reel' tape recorders / decks.
Wow...
We think this might be referring to some sort of 'cloning machine' or 'replicator' such as shown aboard Star Treks' Enterprise ship in the 'Next Generation' and 'Voyager' series.
...Just throw'in it out there.

 


 

 

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