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Since 1982.

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

 

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

 


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


                      

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        SONY                                                                   SONY
          TC-366                                                                TC-3
55

These are a couple decks that we purchased from people who said it "works fine". They did actually FF, REW and move in Play mode, but that's where it ended. We knew they would need work, as inevitably all 20 to 40+ year old tape decks do have a number of things that need to be taken care of prior to being usable (typically 12-18 hours of tech time (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.

 

 


NOW OUR REEL TO REELTAPE DECKS / PLAYERS / RECORDERS:

 



 
        

    

NEW LISTING / REVISED 9/4/18
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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 9/12/18
SHIPPING 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)
- 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
(C)
R.R.

SOLD 9/12/18
SHIPPING 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
)


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

 

 

            

 


           NEW LISTING 9/29/17

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

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

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

 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 and Denon Tape). (We actually used it to record a fabulous copy of Pink Floyds, "Dark Side of the Moon", 'Live version' from their "Pulse" album)

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

 This FOSTEX E-2 functions, plays, and records VERY WELL (and we really put them through the paces, testing both with well mixed, recently recorded CD material and CD recorded / factory test tones looking for correct head Azimuth and speed accuracy).  (Total time investment in refurb / testing ~ 10.5 hours).

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

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

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

Fostex E-2 Features include:

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

Frequency Response w/ Ampex 456 Grand Master / 'High Bias' Tape:
30-26,000 Hz @ 15ips.
30-20,000 Hz @ 7 1/2ips.
Wow and Flutter: 0.05% @ 15 ips
S/N ratio: 74dB WTD / 70dB UNWTD @ 15ips
THD: <1.0% @ 1kHz
Crosstalk: >80dB @ MAX level with ALL tracks in REC. @ 1kHz
Erasing coefficient:
>70dB @ 1kHz
Record Calibration; 0VU reference to 250nWb/m of tape flux
VU Meters
; -20dB to +3dB VU range
Line;
+4dBm Nominal / +24dBm Max via 'balanced XLR'.
-10dBV/0.3V Nominal, via 'Unbalanced' jacks with a load imp. of 40k Ohms or greater
Output Level Reference / Maximum: +4dBm Nominal / +24dBm Max via 'balanced XLR'.
-10dBV/0.3V Nominal, via 'Unbalanced' jacks with a load imp. of 10k Ohms or greater
Pitch Control: +/- 15%
Fast Wind Time: VERY FAST @ 140 sec for 2500'


This is a GREAT looking deck with UNBELIEVABLE PERFORMANCE. Probably the best sounding deck I've had the pleasure to audition (tempting to keep this one for myself...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+
$1750. (C)
M.R.

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


 

 





UPDATED LIST 10/5/18
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)
Sony TC-580 (Current Bench Project)
Sony TC-730 (Current Bench Project)
TEAC 32-2B?? (partially done, 'holding pattern')
TEAC 40-4 (X2-3) (both just passed final inspections. Signed off. Awaiting photos, research and text)
TEAC 2340R (tech has finished, awaiting final inspection / testing / sign-off / photos and posting)
TEAC A-3440 (tech has finished, awaiting final inspection / testing / sign-off / photos / text)


(While we have many dozens more decks in stock, awaiting bench / tech time, MANY WON'T MAKE IT thru our stringent process)

 

 

 
 

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


 


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

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

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

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


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


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


 

 


 

 

 

 

 



RECENTLY SOLD UNITS BELOW

 

                   

NEW LISTING 8/14/18

 
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SONY 1/4" REEL-TO-REEL STEREO TAPE DECK
SONY TC-651 / TC651
#...7352
4-TRACK / 2-CHANNEL
4-HEAD / 3-MOTOR / 2-SPEED
AUTO-REVERSE
5" & 7" REEL CAPACITY
"WORLD AC POWER"
Circa 1973-7
5
SOLD 8/20/18
SHIPPING TO MIKE IN OHIO


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

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

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

 Flywheels removed, cleaned and reinstalled.

 Capstans burnished

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

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

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

 Supply / Take-up 'back tension' adjusted.

 Reel Motors 'start / run' capacitors checked.

 All three motors were re-lubed.

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

 VU meter illumination lamps / bulbs check fine.

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

 Heights adjusted on both reel tables.  

 New Brake pads fabricated and installed

 Reel Hub brakes PAINSTAKINGLY adjusted for best performance in all 'Fast Wind' modes with tape at any position on reels, while not 'grabbing' during playback (not at all easy on this unit, but done now)

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

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

  Tape heads and entire transport cleaned and demagnetized.

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

 Head alignment / azimuth has been checked for peak performance on both play and record heads with factory STL 30Hz, 50Hz, 100Hz, 300Hz, 500Hz, 700Hz, 1k, 5k, 7.5k, 10k & 15k tones with oscilloscope.

 Plays INCREDIBLY WELL

 Adjusted to record INCREDIBLY WELL @ ~ 1dB and sound GREAT on 'Ampex GM456' tape.

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

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

 We really put them through the paces, testing both with well mixed, recently recorded CD material and CD recorded / factory test tones and Pink Noise looking for correct head Azimuth and speed accuracy). Pinch roller and heads all in GREAT condition.

 All internal speed pots adjusted to 99.2% accuracy on each speed independently, utilizing 'STL' test tape

 Following electro/mechanical restoration, unit received a cosmetic
 cleaning / detailing. About the only cosmetic issue is the "SONY" badge missing from the head cover (see photos above)

 (Total time investment in refurb / testing ~ 18+ hours).
   ____________________________
 
   
 GREAT performing Sony TC-651 1/4" Open Reel stereo tape deck with 2-Speeds, 3-HEADS & Auto-Reverse. Great for all-around Playback and recording of reels up to 7" in diameter for home or 'home-studio / musician' use since it has 'Mic / Line Mixing', 'ECHO' and 'S-O-S'.
Another great 'design aspect' of this deck is that it utilizes 'plug-in' circuit cards, and 'independent mechanism', 'plug-in' head assembly and 'plug-in' head cover for ease of serviceability. The deck is VERY clean with only a couple of minor cosmetic issues. One
is the missing 'SONY' badge from the head cover and two is a small veneer chip on the top, right edge of the case. Nothing particularly distracting. In fact, the deck looks fabulous.

Sony TC-651 Reel to Reel Tape Recorder Features include:

 1/4", 4-Track / 2-Channel Stereo or 4-Channel Mono capable Tape Head format

 4-Heads for instant monitoring of tape levels
 / record quality while recording. ALSO having 2 PLAYBACK heads (one for each direction) means that there's no 'head movement' with the 'Auto-Reverse' mechanism, meaning that once we've adjusted the head Azimuth alignment, it won't 'stray' due to head movement. This is a BIG DEAL for an 'Auto-Reverse' deck)


 5*" & 7" Reel Capacity (*compatible with standard
 4-Track / 2-Channel tape format & 'partial' coverage for 'mono' formats)


 Dual speeds at 7.5 ips / 19cms, 3 3/4ips / 9.5 cms

 3-Head function (again, actually has "4 heads")

 3-Motors

 Triple-Mode Auto-Reverse ('Auto-Reverse' function requires 'Foil Tape')

 Logic Controlled / Solenoid assist, 'Touch Tape Transport' controls

 "Sound-On-Sound" (S.O.S.) capable w/ independent L & R record engage switches

 'Echo' effect function (can be used as a 'tape delay' for guitar or vocals)

 Separate L & R input level and microphone controls

 Auto-Stop

 Dual analog VU meters for monitoring Playback and Record levels

 Dual Position 'Tape Selector' for "Normal" or "Special"

 Dual front mounted 1/4" mic input jacks

 MIC and LINE Mixing Capability

 1/4" Stereo Headphone jack

 Variable output level

 Mechanical Tape counter

 Built-in, Spring-loaded Reel / Hub locks (no need for rubber reel retainers)

 RCA and DIN inputs and outputs

 300 Watt, 'Switched' 'Convenience' AC outlet
 
 True WORLD AC POWER   allows unit to be operated on
 50 or 60 Hz AC and will select voltages from 110v, 120v, 220v and 240 volts AC input. (50Hz / 60Hz is FULLY, USER selectable without any additional parts / pulleys etc.)

    
Original SONY TC-651 Specifications as follows:

Tape Speed: 7.5 ips / 19cms & 3 3/4ips / 9.5 cms

Heads: 3x; Rec, Erase & Playback heads

Motors: 3. AC servo-controlled capstan motor and 8-pole/ induction reel motors

Reels: 1/4" tape on 7 inches оr smaller

Recording Format: 4-track / 2-Channel stereophonic оr monophonic


Frequency Response w/ Sony SLH or equiv 'High Bias' Tape:

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

Frequency Response w/ Standard Tape:
30-24,000 Hz @ 7 1/2ips
20-18,000 Hz @ 3 3/4 ips.

Signal-to-Noise Ratio: > 56dB @ 7 1/2 ips. w/ Sony SLH & 54dB w/ standard Tape.

Flutter and Wow: < 0.04% @ 7 1/2 ips.

                           < 0.08% @ 3 3/4 ips.

Harmonic Distortion: < 1.2% @ 7 1/2 ips.

Bias Frequency: 120kHz

Channel Separation: 55dB @ 1kHz

Crosstalk: 45dB @ 100Hz

Level Indication: Dual Analog VU Meters

Line Input: Sensitivity -22dB (60mV) Impedance 100kΩ


Mic Input: Sensitivity 0.2mV / -72dB

Outputs: Line Output Jacks w/ Output level 0dB (0.775 V) & suitable load impedance >100kΩ

Fast Wind Time: VERY FAST
 

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 18+ hours of tech time. Restored, extensively tested / played, then re-benched after 'burn-in' to double check performance / adjustments.
Looks good & Ready to go! Comes with a take-up reel. Again, the main 'cosmetic' issue with this deck is the missing 'SONY' badge from the head cover and a small veneer chip on the top, right edge of the case.
GREAT for burning your tapes to CD or Hard Drive or for a 'media transfer business'. Also handy for archiving / researching / revisiting your tapes prior to 'digitizing' them. On a side note, if you have a 'media transfer biz' this machine also features a VERY quick 'fast wind' time which will save you time and money when re-winding a lot of tapes.
Comes with
a pdf 'e' copy of the Sony TC-651 Owners manual, 'Quick Start' guide and a copy of the Sony TC-651 service manual if the purchaser wishes. Includes our standard 90 day limited warranty. Measures 16.75" wide x 9.5" deep x 18" tall and weighs 45 lbs unpacked.

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

 SONY TC-651 REEL TO REEL TAPE DECK
 Cond. 8.5

SOLD 8/20/18
SHIPPING TO MIKE IN OHIO

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NEW LISTING 9/4/18
 
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AMPEX 1/4" REEL-TO-REEL STEREO TAPE DECK
AMPEX AX-50 / AX50
#...0134
4-TRACK / 2-CHANNEL
STEREO / MONO
3-HEAD / 3-SPEED
3", 5" & 7" REEL CAPACITY

Circa 1970-75
SOLD 9/20/18
SHIPPED TO JACK IN TENNESSEE


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

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

 Entire transport was disassembled down to the chassis, and 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.

 Motor 'start / run' capacitors checked.

 Motor lubed.

 Fresh, New belts installed (all three) for trouble-free service.

 VU meter illumination lamps / bulbs check fine.

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

 Heights adjusted on both reel tables.  

 Reel Hub brakes adjusted for best performance in all 'Fast Wind' modes with tape at any position on reels, while not 'grabbing' during playback.

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

 Supply / Take-up 'back tension' adjusted.

 Rubber pinch roller was removed, cleaned & reconditioned.

 All three internal drive tires / wheels for positive grip.

Tape heads and entire transport cleaned and demagnetized.

 Heads in great shape as well (tech noted they have "very little wear"), and should have many hundreds of hours of performance left in them. (this deck features 'Deep Gap' heads which can take a LOT of wear with no diminished performance)

 Head alignment / azimuth has been checked for peak performance on both play and record heads with factory STL tape to 15kHz with oscilloscope.

 Plays INCREDIBLY WELL

 Adjusted to record INCREDIBLY WELL @ ~ 0dB and sound GREAT on 'Ampex GM-456' tape.

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

 Both PB output levels and VU meters playback internally adjusted for response within 2dB.

 We really put them through the paces, testing both with well mixed, recently recorded CD material and CD recorded / factory test tones and Pink Noise looking for correct head Azimuth and speed accuracy). Pinch roller and heads all in GREAT condition.

 Speed tested to 99.3% accuracy, utilizing 'STL' test tape (meaning that a 1000Hz tape plays at 1007Hz. Very close to perfect)

 Following electro/mechanical restoration, unit received a cosmetic
 cleaning / detailing and looks near new. The deck even has a 'Real Wood Veneer' case that was given a coat of lemon oil.

 (Total time investment in refurb / testing ~ 19+ hours).
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 GREAT performing Ampex AX-50 1/4" Open Reel stereo tape deck with 3-Speeds & 3-HEADS. Great for all-around Playback and recording of reels up to 7" in diameter for home or 'home-studio / musician' use since it has 'Mic / Line Mixing', 'ECHO', 'S-O-S' & 'Sound-With-Sound'.
From the original Brochure,
"...Deep Gap Record and Playback heads...Specially contoured to eliminate the need for 'head wearing pressure pads' "...

Ampex AX-50 Reel to Reel Tape Recorder Features include:

 1/4", 4-Track / 2-Channel Stereo or 4-Channel Mono capable Tape Head format

 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)

 3", 5", & 7" Reel Capacity (*compatible with standard 4-Track / 2-Channel tape format)

 Triple speeds at 7.5 ips / 19cms, 3 3/4ips / 9.5 cms & 1 7/8 ips / 4.75 cms

 "Deep Gap Heads" Result in VERY long life on Ampex heads.  From the original Brochure, "...Deep Gap Record and Playback heads...Specially contoured to eliminate the need for 'head wearing pressure pads' "...

 "Sound-On-Sound" (S.O.S.) capable (multiple recordings may be produced by combining new material with previously recorded material on a separate track (mono of course). This is known as 'bouncing a track' previously recorded, and mixed with new input signal to make a new track of material)

 "Sound-With-Sound" (S.W.S.) capable (From the brochure, "The ideal way to study. You can record one track while listening to material previously recorded on the other track. (mono of course) )

 'Echo' effect function (can be used as a 'tape delay' for guitar or vocals)

 Separate L & R input level controls

 Auto-Stop

 Noise Suppression Filter (eliminates objectionable background noise and hiss from pre-recorded tapes (playback only). Usually not required for tapes recorded on the Ampex AX-50)

 Dual analog VU meters for monitoring Playback and Record levels

 Tape pressure pads designed into this unit, similar to many Sony decks. This does a number of things. It ensures more 'even' coverage of tape across head pole pieces which generally increases high freq response, and allows for more even output of channels. 40+ years later, some tapes have developed 'wrinkles / creases' that are apparent as they are un-wound from the reel they have been stored on. Without a 'pressure pad', most of those tapes will prove to be 'un-playable'. A deck with a 'pressure pad' will generally, at worst, allow for some minimal playback of the tape, to at best, acceptable performance of the tape. This is especially important for a media transfer business as they will often get tapes that exhibit 'wrinkling / creasing'.

 Tape pressure pad tension increased for improved response above 5kHz

 Dual front mounted 1/4" mic input jacks

 1/4" Stereo Headphone jack

 Auto Tape lifter lifts tape away from heads during 'Fast Wind' modes to extend head life

 RCA inputs and outputs including a 'Tape Head' Direct output
 
   
Original Ampex AX-50 Specifications as follows:

Tape Speed: 7.5 ips / 19cms, 3 3/4ips / 9.5 cms & 1 7/8 ips / 4.75 cms

Heads: 3x; Erase, 'Deep Gap' Rec & 'Deep Gap' Playback heads

Motors: Single Hysteresis Synchronous

Reels: 1/4" tape on 7 inches оr smaller

Recording Format: 4-track / 2-Channel stereophonic оr monophonic (playback as well)


Frequency Response:

20-20,000 Hz (40-15,000Hz +/-3dB) @ 7 1/2ips.
20-14,000 Hz (40-10,000Hz +/-3dB) @ 3 3/4ips.

Playback Signal-to-Noise Ratio: > 55dB @ 7.5 ips & > 50dB @ 3.75 ips.

Overall
Signal-to-Noise Ratio: > 50dB @ 7.5 ips & > 45dB @ 3.75 ips.

Flutter and Wow: < 0.15% @ 7 1/2 ips.

  
                         < 0.20% @ 3 3/4 ips.


Bias Frequency: 95kHz

Speed Accuracy:
0.5% @ 7.5ips, 1.0% @ 3.75ips

Outputs: Line Output Jacks w/ Output level 0dB (0.78 V)

Fast Wind Time: 110 Seconds / 1200ft
 

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 19+ hours of tech time. Restored, extensively tested / played, then re-benched after 'burn-in' to double check performance / adjustments.
A note on the Ampex AX-50. I've seen a few opinions / remarks on the web regarding this aspect (of course, yes, there's any myriad of "opinions / remarks" on the web about anything, by anybody (including me) ). One is that the deck has a bit more 'motor / fan' noise than some. Yes, that's true, again referring to "a bit". We measured it at 41dB at 1 meter away (actually had to get our dB meters within 120cm to even get a reading, then mathematically deduce the 'meter value'). That's 'not bad', however if you have a very quiet piece of music playing, or the deck is in between tracks, or you simply have it power up without a tape loaded / playing, and are sitting near the deck, you will detect the motor fan noise. It can actually be reduced by setting the deck on a 'soft' surface such as felt or neoprene (think, a couple of 'mouse pads').
 (To give you an idea of how loud 41 dB is, Normal conversation averages 60dB-65dB @ 1 meter. Given that a "3dB difference" requires a doubling or halving of power, "41dB" is 6-7 times LESS power than conversation level). By the way, this is 'ambient sound' and has no effect on the output signal. It's almost not worth mentioning, but it is a bit more sound than we typically detect from a running reel to reel deck. They all make some ambient noise.

Looks good & Ready to go! Comes with a take-up reel. 
GREAT for burning your tapes to CD or Hard Drive or for a 'media transfer business'. Also handy for archiving / researching / revisiting your tapes prior to 'digitizing' them.
Includes the pair of original, Ampex rubber reel stoppers / clamps as well as our re-manufactured reel stoppers. Comes with
a copy of the Ampex AX-50 Owners manual. Includes our standard 90 day limited warranty. Measures 16.25" wide x 9" deep x 14.75" tall and weighs 29 lbs unpacked.

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

AMPEX AX-50 REEL TO REEL TAPE DECK
 Cond. 8.5
(C)
R.R.

SOLD 9/20/18
SHIPPED TO JACK IN TENNESSEE

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       NEW LISTING
2/28/18
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RESTORED / REFURBISHED / FULLY SERVICED
VINTAGE SONY 1/4" REEL-TO-REEL STEREO TAPE DECK /
"SONY STEREO MUSIC CENTER"

SONY TC-560 / TC560
#...3534
4-TRACK / 2-CHANNEL
SELF POWERED W/ AMPLIFIER AND SPEAKERS
3-SPEED
E.S.P. AUTO-REVERSE*
BI-DIRECTIONAL RECORDING
2.5" thru 7" REEL CAPACITY
Circa 1966-71
SOLD 4/16/18
SHIPPED TO RHODE ISLAND

 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.

 VU meter illumination lamps / bulbs check fine.

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

 Heights adjusted on both reel tables.

 'Forward / Reverse' Selector switch painstakingly adjusted (no easy process)

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

 Both Rubber pinch rollers 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

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

 Plays very well

 Adjusted to record @ a very good, -2dB @ 1kHz on Ampex 456 GM tape

 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.

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

Following electro/mechanical restoration, unit received a cosmetic cleaning / detailing. About the only cosmetic issue is a small dent in the aluminum trim on one of the speakers and one of the knobs is missing it's 'brite' and was replaced with aluminum foil at some time in the past (see photos above).

(Total time investment in refurb / testing ~ 23.5+ hours).
Deck is now in overall, GREAT condition!!!
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GREAT performing Sony TC-560 'SELF POWERED', 1/4", Open Reel stereo tape deck with 3-Speeds, Auto-Reverse & 'Bi-Directional Recording! This is the first "Self Powered, WITH Speakers' Reel to Reel we've decided to restore / refurbish in 23 years of having the website. Great 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!
 *E.S.P. Auto Reverse is a system that 'looks' for a section of 'un-recorded' tape to trigger the 'reverse' mechanism. It assumes that a space that long will only be at the 'end' of a tape side. Maybe. Maybe not. Even if an 8 second space is sensed, E.S.P. may not react to it. The type of tape and quality of 'previous erasures' can also have an affect on it's function. You can 'manually' reverse the deck at any time, but sometimes the E.S.P. system may be desired and possibly effective. We've had a few of these decks and they've all functioned similarly. Just an FYI. Just another "FYI", it's easiest to load the tape (ie; "see what you're doing"), with the head cover pulled off / removed. That's my personal opinion anyway. Also, the transport selector needs to be moved with 'authority', and not 'gingerly' on 560D's and 560's. Again, just more FYI.

Sony TC-560, POWERED Reel to Reel Tape Recorder Features include:

- Self Powered (Built-in Amplifier)
- Input selector for AUX, Tuner, Microphones and Phonograph
- Separate Bass and Treble
- Stereo / Mono Selector
- Built-in Speakers

-
1/4", 4-Track / 2-Channel Stereo or 4-Channel Mono capable Tape Head format
- 3-Speeds
- E.S.P.* Auto-Reverse
- 'Bi-Directional' Recording Capability

-
3" / 5" / 7" Reel Capacity (*compatible with standard
 4-Track / 2-Channel tape format, although other track formats may work sufficiently)
- Triple speeds at 7.5 ips / 19cms, 3 3/4ips / 9.5 cms & 1 7/8 ips / 4.9 cms
-
Separate L & R input / microphone level controls
-
Auto-Stop
- Noise Suppression Selector to reduce 'Hiss' (aka; 'High Filter')
- Dual analog VU meters for monitoring Playback and Record levels
-
Dual front mounted 1/8" mic input jacks
-
1/4" Stereo Headphone jack with dual, 'Dual Position' output level control
-
Mechanical Tape counter
-
RCA inputs and outputs
- Variable speed / 'Pitch Control' possible with optional (and not available from us) Sony RM-6 Remote Control
(Someone slightly 'technical' could likely 'build / rig' a potentiometer of the correct value, wired to the correct plug and make their own speed / pitch control. If I were utilizing it for myself, I would attempt it)

-
300 Watt, 'Switched' 'Convenience' AC outlet

Original SONY TC-560 Specifications as follows:
  
Power Requirements: 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
Motors
:
F.G. Servo-controlled capstan motor
Drive Design / System
:
Dual Capstan, Auto-Reverse

Reels:
1/4" tape on 7 inches оr smaller
Recording Format:
4-track / 2-Channel stereophonic оr monophonic
Frequency Response w/ Standard Tape:

30-18,000 Hz @ 7 1/2ips
30-14,000 Hz @ 3 3/4 ips.
30-10,000 Hz @ 1 7/8 ips.

Flutter and Wow:
< 0.07% @ 7 1/2 ips.

                           < 0.1% @ 3 3/4 ips.

Signal-to-Noise Ratio:
> 52dB @ 7 1/2 ips. w/ standard Tape.
Harmonic Distortion:
< 2% @ 7 1/2 ips. @ 'normal pb level'
Bias Frequency:
85kHz
Level Indication: Dual Analog VU Meters

Line Input
(AUX input): Max Sensitivity 61mV / Impedance 100kΩ
Mic Input
:  Impedance 600 Ohms / Sensitivity 0.2mV / -72dB
Outputs: Line Output Jacks w/ Output level 0dB (0.775 V) & suitable load impedance100kΩ
Fast Wind Time: 140 sec / 1200' (fast wind is relatively 'slow' on the "560" series)

Amplifier / Speaker Specs:
Rated Amplifier Output: 20 Watts / Channel
Load Impedance
:
8
Driver size:
5.25"
Magnet: AlNiCo

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 18+ hours of tech time. Restored, extensively tested / played, then re-benched after 'burn-in' to double check performance / adjustments.
As stated earlier, this is the FIRST 'Self-Powered' reel to reel tape deck we've restored / refurbished since starting the website some 23 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'.
Looks good & Ready to go! Comes with a take-up reel. Again, GREAT for burning your tapes to CD or Hard Drive or for a 'media transfer business'. Also handy for archiving / researching / revisiting your tapes prior to 'digitizing' them.
Comes with a pair of original, and proper for this machine, rubber spindle stoppers / reel holders.
Also comes with
a pdf 'e' copy of the Sony TC-560 Owners manual (
courtesy " www.hifiengine.com "). Includes our standard 90 day limited warranty. Measures 20.5" wide x 8.5" deep x 17.5" tall  (main unit only, not including speakers) and weighs 50 lbs w/ speakers attached unpacked.
 (Reels & tape shown in photos not included. All are sometimes available separately depending on stock levels.) 

 SONY TC-560 AMPLIFIED WITH SPEAKERS, REEL TO REEL TAPE DECK
 Cond. 8.5
++
$1199.
SOLD 4/16/18
SHIPPED TO RHODE ISLAND


(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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RESTORED / REFURBISHED / FULLY SERVICED
VINTAGE SONY 1/4" REEL-TO-REEL STEREO TAPE DECK
SONY TC-560D / TC560D
#...7655
4-TRACK / 2-CHANNEL

3-SPEED
E.S.P. AUTO-REVERSE*
BI-DIRECTIONAL RECORDING
2.5" thru 7" REEL CAPACITY

Circa 1966-71

SOLD 5/14/18
SHIPPING TO
MAINE

 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.

 VU meter illumination lamps / bulbs check fine.

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

 Heights adjusted on both reel tables.

 'Forward / Reverse' Selector switch painstakingly adjusted (no easy process)
 Main Drive, both reel belts and both counter belts replaced for trouble-free service.

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

 Tape heads and entire transport cleaned and demagnetized.

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

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

 Plays very well

 Adjusted to record @ a very good, -2dB @ 1kHz on Ampex 456 GM tape

 Floor noise measured at >-57dBm w/ blank tape, L&R

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

  We really put them through the paces, testing both with well mixed, recently recorded CD material and CD recorded / factory test tones looking for correct head Azimuth and speed accuracy). Pinch roller and heads all in GREAT condition.

  All internal speed pots adjusted to 99.9+% accuracy on each speed independently, via cir bd micro-pots, utilizing 'factory' test tapes meaning that 1Khz tape plays back at 1000Hz +/-1Hz!

  Following electro/mechanical restoration, unit received a cosmetic
 cleaning / detailing. About the only cosmetic issues remaining are a few 'minor battle scars' to the head cover (see photos above).

(Total time investment in refurb / testing ~ 17+ hours).
Deck is now in overall, GREAT condition!!!
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  GREAT performing Sony TC-560D 1/4" Open Reel stereo tape deck with 3-Speeds, Auto-Reverse & 'Bi-Directional Recording! Great for all-around Playback and recording of reels up to 7" in diameter.
 *E.S.P. Auto Reverse is a system that 'looks' for a section of 'un-recorded' tape to trigger the 'reverse' mechanism. It assumes that a space that long will only be at the 'end' of a tape side. Maybe. Maybe not. Even if an 8 second space is sensed, E.S.P. may not react to it. The type of tape and quality of 'previous erasures' can also have an affect on it's function. You can 'manually' reverse the deck at any time, but sometimes the E.S.P. system may be desired and possibly effective. We've had a few of these decks and they've all functioned similarly. Just an FYI. Just another "FYI", it's easiest to load the tape (ie; "see what you're doing"), with the head cover pulled off / removed. That's my personal opinion anyway. Also, the transport selector needs to be moved with 'authority', and not 'gingerly' on 560D's and 560's. Again, just more FYI.

Sony TC-560D Reel to Reel Tape Recorder Features include:

- 1/4", 4-Track / 2-Channel Stereo or 4-Channel Mono capable Tape Head format
- 3-Speeds
- E.S.P.* Auto-Reverse
- 'Bi-Directional' Recording Capability

-
3" / 5" / 7" Reel Capacity (*compatible with standard
 4-Track / 2-Channel tape format, although other track formats may work sufficiently)
- Triple speeds at 7.5 ips / 19cms, 3 3/4ips / 9.5 cms & 1 7/8 ips / 4.9 cms
-
Separate L & R input / microphone level controls
-
Auto-Stop
- Dual analog VU meters for monitoring Playback and Record levels
-
Dual front mounted 1/8" mic input jacks
-
1/4" Stereo Headphone jack with dual, 'Dual Position' output level control
-
Mechanical Tape counter
-
RCA inputs and outputs
-
300 Watt, 'Switched' 'Convenience' AC outlet

Original SONY TC-560D Specifications as follows:
  
Power Requirements: 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
Motors
:
F.G. Servo-controlled capstan motor
Drive Design / System
:
Dual Capstan, Auto-Reverse

Reels:
1/4" tape on 7 inches оr smaller
Recording Format:
4-track / 2-Channel stereophonic оr monophonic
Frequency Response w/ Standard Tape:

30-18,000 Hz @ 7 1/2ips
30-14,000 Hz @ 3 3/4 ips.
30-10,000 Hz @ 1 7/8 ips.

Flutter and Wow:
< 0.07% @ 7 1/2 ips.

                           < 0.1% @ 3 3/4 ips.

Signal-to-Noise Ratio:
> 52dB @ 7 1/2 ips. w/ standard Tape.
Harmonic Distortion:
< 2% @ 7 1/2 ips. @ 'normal pb level'
Bias Frequency:
85kHz
Level Indication: Dual Analog VU Meters

Line Input
(AUX input): Max Sensitivity 61mV / Impedance 100kΩ
Mic Input
:  Impedance 600 Ohms / Sensitivity 0.2mV / -72dB
Outputs: Line Output Jacks w/ Output level 0dB (0.775 V) & suitable load impedance100kΩ
Fast Wind Time: 140 sec / 1200' (fast wind is relatively 'slow' on the "560" series)

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 18+ hours of tech time. Restored, extensively tested / played, then re-benched after 'burn-in' to double check performance / adjustments.
Looks good & Ready to go! Comes with a take-up reel. Again, GREAT for burning your tapes to CD or Hard Drive or for a 'media transfer business'. Also handy for archiving / researching / revisiting your tapes prior to 'digitizing' them.
Comes with a pair of original, and proper for this machine, rubber spindle stoppers / reel holders.
Also comes with
a pdf 'e' copy of the Sony TC-560D Owners manual (
courtesy " www.hifiengine.com ") and a copy of the Sony TC-560D service manual if the purchaser wishes. Includes our standard 90 day limited warranty. Measures 16.5" wide x 6.75" deep x 16.5" tall and weighs 29 lbs unpacked.
 (Reels & tape shown in photos not included. All are sometimes available separately depending on stock levels.) 

 SONY TC-560D REEL TO REEL TAPE DECK
 Cond. 8.5


SOLD 5/14/18
SHIPPING TO
MAINE

(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 2/28/18
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 SONY REEL-TO-REEL 1/4" STEREO TAPE DECK
SONY TC-377 / TC377
4-TRACK / 2-CHANNEL
3-SPEED / 3 HEAD
"LOCKING SPINDLES"!!!
3"- 7" REEL CAPACITY
#...0390
Circa 1972-77

SOLD 4/20/18
SHIPPED TO MARYLAND
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, as well as 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.
(technicians note: "heads appear 'un-used'. They're the best we've ever had on a deck and look NEW!")

- Head alignment / azimuth has been checked for peak performance with factory test tone tape and oscilloscope at 1kHz and 10kHz.

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

- Floor noise tested to -60Dbm w/ fresh, blank tape on PB.

 Plays and Records GREAT @ 0dB / 1kHz on High Bias tape (Ampex 456 Grand Master).


-
Speed checked once 'warmed up', to 99.99% accuracy
. (Meaning a 'factory' 1kHz tape plays back at 1000 +/- 1Hz!. The last on of these we had in 2014 tested to just over 95% accuracy, which is just at the limit of passing our bar)

- 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 ~ 15 hours).
Cosmetically in fabulous condition!
 
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GREAT performing Sony TC-377 1/4" Open Reel to Reel stereo 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.
As stated earlier our technician noted that the heads were in essentially new condition. He further stated on the work sheet, "overall, the deck shows little use, and was remarkably, actually functional prior to tear down." (a 45 year old deck that still functions prior to a restoration, would be classified as "remarkable")
Sony TC-377 Features include:
   
- Triple speeds @ 7.5 ips / 19cms, 3 3/4ips / 9.5 cms and extra long 1 7/8 ips / 4.75 cms
- 3-Heads for instant monitoring of tape levels / record quality while recording
- Plays up to a 7" reel as well as 3" & 5" reels
- Playback / Recording of either stereo or mono 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)
- Separate L & R Signal Input level controls
- Separate L & R Microphone level controls
- Auto-Stop
- Dual analog VU meters for monitoring Playback and Record levels
- "Sound-On-Sound" capable w/ independent L & R record Source / Monitor engage switches
- Tape 'Echo' effect capable
- Built-in Tape Type selector for normal or "Low Noise / Extended Headroom" tapes
- Dual front mounted 1/4" mic input jacks
- 1/4" Stereo Headphone jack
- Mechanical Tape counter
- Variable Output level control located near I/O ports
- Lockable Pause "Inst-Stop" lever
- Mic Attenuator selector
- RCA inputs and outputs
- Spring loaded tape hub spindles (no need for rubber reel retainers)
- Can be mounted in cabinet for 'vertical' orientation (as currently installed) or inverted for 'horizontal' use.

   
Original Sony TC-377 Tape Deck Specifications:
 
(All with Sony SLH-180 type tape)
 Power Requirements:  117 VAC, 30 watts, 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
 Frequency Response: 30-25,000 Hz @ 7 1/2ips.
                                  30-20,000 Hz @ 3 3/4 ips.
                                  30- 9,000 Hz @ 1 7/8 ips.
 Signal-to-Noise Ratio: > 55 dB @ 7 1/2 ips w/ high bias tape
 > 52 dB @ 7 1/2 ips w/ normal bias tape
 Flutter and Wow: < 0.09% @ 7 1/2 ips.
                          < 0.12% @ 3 3/4 ips.
 Level Indication: Dual 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: Dual 1/4" Microphone Input Jacks and dual RCA jacks
 Outputs: Dual RCA jacks
 Output Impedance: 10kΩ
 Line Input Sensitivity: .06 Volts
 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 typical restoration. It's pretty much had the clock rolled back 45+ years on it. With the exception of small veneer chips on the front edge, and 'light' scuffing from the perimeter of a previously installed metal reels on the face, (see photos above) the units looks fabulous. Again, over and above our standard restoration, this deck has virtually NEW heads!
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. Comes with an 'e' copy / pdf of the Sony TC-377 owners / users manual. Includes a take-up reel. Includes our standard 90 day limited warranty. Measures 16.25" wide x 8.5" deep x 15.75" tall and weighs 24 lbs unpacked.
(Reels & tape shown in photos not included. All are sometimes available separately if you need them)
 
SONY TC-377 REEL TO REEL TAPE RECORDER / DECK #...0390
Cond. 8.5
(only due to small veneer chips)

SOLD 4/20/18
SHIPPED TO MARYLAND


(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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RESTORED / REFURBISHED / FULLY SERVICED
VINTAGE
HITACHI REEL-TO-REEL 1/4" STEREO TAPE DECK
HITACHI TRQ-730D
4-TRACK / 2-CHANNEL STEREO
3-SPEEDS / 3-HEADS
3"- 7" REEL CAPACITY
 #...1270B
 Circa 1972-77
"WORLD AC POWER"
(HAS A 50Hz CAPSTAN SLEEVE, SO UNLESS YOU'RE ONLY GOING TO BE MAKING TAPES ON THIS MACHINE, AND PLAYING THEM BACK, EXCLUSIVELY ON THIS MACHINE, THEN ONLY FOR SALE TO NON-AMERICAN LOCALES. MUST HAVE 50Hz POWER FOR PROPER PLAYBACK OF FACTORY PRE-RECORDED / PREVIOUSLY RECORDED TAPES)
MIJ
SOLD  4/6/18
SHIPPED TO WAYNE W. IN NEW ZEALAND


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Great performing Hitachi TRQ-730D, 3-Speed, 3-Head, 1/4" Open Reel Stereo tape Record / Play deck. Great for all-around Recording and Playback of reels up to 7" in diameter (again, we were able to get at least +1dB recordings!!!). Also has all three consumer reel speeds as you will see listed below. 3-Head monitoring allows you to make the best quality recordings with no second guessing of tape levels since you can instantly check the recording a split second after it is made. Cosmetically it has a few scuffs / scratches to the face, but nothing too distracting (see photos above). Following it's extensive refurbishment, this deck works great, sounds wonderful, and looks fine!
 
Hitachi TRQ-730D Features include:
- Triple Speed transport supporting 1 7/8 ips, 3 3/4 ips and 7 1/2 ips
- 3-HEAD tape monitoring (a high end feature for checking recording quality as the tape is actually being recorded)
- Plays up to a 7" reel as well as 3" & 5" reels
- Separate L & R input level controls
- May allow Sound-on-Sound recording (as it has independent record switches)
- Auto-Stop
- Dual analog VU meters for monitoring Playback and Record levels
- Separate L&R Line input level controls
- Dual front mounted 1/8" mic input jacks
- 1/4" Stereo Headphone jack
- Mechanical Tape counter
-
Variable Line Output Level control (mounted on side near I/O jacks)
- RCA & DIN inputs and outputs
 -True WORLD AC POWER allows unit to be operated on 50 or 60
* Hz AC and will select voltages from 110v, 120v, 220v and 240 volts AC input. (*60Hz would require a different capstan sleeve)
 

Again this deck has been completely gone through and everything works great! This deck sounds AMAZING for a "nothing fancy & inexpensive" reel to reel deck reiterating that we got at least +1dB in 'real world' recording tests. Exceptional performer sonically in both playback and record modes (and we are pretty critical). With the exception of a few minor scuffs the deck looks fabulous. Can be used standing vertically or laying on it's back horizontally. Comes with one pair of NEW rubber reel retainers. Includes our standard 90 day limited warranty. 
Measures 16.20" wide x 7" deep x 13.3" tall and weighs 24 lbs unpacked. (Reels & tape shown in photos not included. All are usually available separately if you need them)
Hitachi TRQ-730D REEL TO REEL
Cond. 8.5
SOLD  4/6/18
SHIPPED TO WAYNE W. IN NEW ZEALAND

Again, this is a 50Hz deck, so unless you are only interested in playing tapes you record on this deck, it's only for sale to 'non-American' locations ("Non-American" meaning 'North', 'Central', or 'South America as the 'West' is mostly '60Hz' AC power)


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