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Since 1982.

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Reel to reel tape decks / recorders: Fully Serviced / 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 such as Akai 1710, Pioneer RT-707, Sony TC, for sale, 4 track and other reel-reel decks & tape recorders for sale.

 


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


                      

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        SONY                                                                   SONY
          TC-366                                                                TC-3
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These are a couple decks that we purchased from people who said it "works fine". They did actually FF, REW and move in Play mode, but that's where it ended. We knew they would need work, as inevitably all 20 to 40+ year old tape decks do have a number of things that need to be taken care of prior to being usable (typically 12-18 hours of tech time (sometimes as much as 24 and once we had one require 40 hours to do it justice) + parts), but we don't see too many in as bad a shape as these were (click above photos for details). Again these are decks that came from someone who said they "work fine"! Be careful out there when you're getting excited about bidding on that "good deal" on line @ eb_y, cra_gs_ist or other auction that say's "all functions test fine and deck works as it should". Yeah, right. Just FYI.

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



 
 

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


 

(*UNLESS OTHERWISE LISTED)
 



NOW OUR REEL TO REELTAPE DECKS / PLAYERS / RECORDERS:

 




 
   

              

NEW LISTING 6/25/2022

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RESTORED / REFURBISHED / FULLY SERVICED / WARRANTED
AKAI OPEN REEL TO REEL TAPE RECORDER
AKAI MODEL 1710
ALL TUBE ELECTRONICS

 1/4" 4-TRACK / 2-CHANNEL STEREO or 1-CHANNEL MONO
2-SPEEDS
3" - 7" REEL CAPACITY
OPEN REEL TO REEL TAPE DECK
#...9554
Circa mid 1960's (~1964-67)
MIJ
SOLD 7/13/2022
SHIPPING TO JAMES IN ARIZONA


Original observations / conditions:
"Very dirty outside. 2 small holes in one of the speaker grills (GSW's!). Stiff PR arm. Motor would not start unless 'helped' manually. Playback only from Left channel. Left channel also had very high 'hum' in it's audio. Left channel also not erasing tape. FF transport cam had visible cracks once we removed the face. Typically dirty & intermittent pots / controls. Fast Wind reluctant to start depending on progress thru tape. Once started would 'spill' tape in either 'fast' direction. Once we removed from the case, we discovered that one of the the holes in the grill was also in the speaker due to 22g GSW! Yes, really! The other hit the steel chassis and only left a dent on the steel inside. Bullet that went thru the speaker also took out one of the 12AT7 tubes (Great bit of history, and wish we knew the story, but could make up a myriad of scenarios I suppose). Brakes pretty much 'non-functional'. Upon further inspection w/ front panel removed, 'middle flipper' transport cam had hair-line cracks visible with jewelers loop. Pulley surfaces had rubber build-up causing a bit of flutter in sound as well. Supply reel tire intact, but had cracks / splits."

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

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

 Installed 'tested' replacement tubes (all were originally missing)

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

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

 Transport cams flowed and built-up with liquid steel epoxy to likely add decades to their service life.

 FF cam replaced with rebuilt unit.

 Capstan & flywheel removed, bushings and axel cleaned and re-lubed

 Capstan burnished

 Internal drive wheels / tires removed, and resurfaced

 Both spindle hubs disassembled, both cracked rubber tires replaced (#324) and reconditioned. All four, original & worn-out, felt clutches replaced with special ordered, lambs skin and re-textured, bushings & axles re-lubed and re-assembled. This is necessary on Akai's to eliminate 'chatter' and 'Fast-Wind slowing / slipping' near end of "fast-wind" function on each side. Also speeds up Fast-Wind throughout the length of the tape. Also lubed w/ heavy wt lube to eliminate reel 'chatter'

 Drive motor inspected, partially disassembled, cleaned and re-lubed

 Knurled drive pulley cleaned of old rubber residue

 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.

 500,000 Silicone gel added to adjust Back tension on both reel tables.

 With the exception of the 'multi-element can' capacitor, ALL electrolytic capacitors (six) replaced with new (this much improved recording quality!)

 Brand new, FR 13.4 'Main' drive / capstan belt installed

 Brand new, #046 '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.

 Replaced tire on supply side hub with #324 due to cracks in the original

 Both spindles in perfect alignment, with minimal wobble and no missing fins

 We also adjusted the reel table heights.

 Meter lamps good (as they're very 'cool running')

 Replaced Dual Diode Rectifier with OEM part from donor unit

 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 / Tone control pots cleaned for static free performance

 Replaced GSWV left speaker / driver with OEM part from donor unit.

 So we've done a number of this model and all of them will exhibit 'low' meter response even following restoration (but the actual playback signal will be strong)

 Deck has been calibrated as close to factory manual specs as you can on a 60 y.o. deck, adjusting PB levels, Meter adjustments, Bias / Frequency adjustments (VC1& VC2), and internal record levels, tested, with Nortronics, Panasonic, Sony, Soundcraft, STL, TEAC and BRL alignment / test tapes (see resulting record level listed below). Biased best for Scotch 150 tape but also records decently on most Scotch and Sony tapes from that period. Best performance when recording at +3dB, but some material / tape types may sound good somewhere between +3 down to -6. You'll need to experiment to find the sweet spot for the tape type and music tastes you have  (meters will still likely register about -6-8dB).

 Speed tested to 99.9% accuracy!!! (1kHz = 999kHz)

 Flutter with one of our 'new' speed sleeves tested at 0.15% (two originals tested at over double that @ 0.37%)

 Following the above work and calibration, Recording tests performed with Scotch Tapes.
Heres the results;
Scotch 150 @ 7.5ips. 1kHz @ 0dB = L=-6dB L & R = -6dB (best to record @ +3dB on meters)
(
Ampex GM 456 actually did not perform as well as the Scotch tapes {but they came out over a decade later})

We then tested Scotch 150 with Recorded program from "ddd" source extensively and deck performed well again, recording at about +3, resulted in decent sonics playing back at about -8dB

 This Akai 1710 functions, plays, and records acceptably (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 ~ 23.5+ hours).
____________________________

Looks GREAT & is "Ready-to-go"! Will play / record stereo 1/4" tapes on reels 2.5", 5" & 7" (brakes optimized for 7" reels). 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 does come in carrying case with latch-on lid. And again, following the extensive refurbishment listed above, the deck works and plays well.

Akai 1710 Features include:

- ALL TUBE Electronics
- 4-Track / 2-Channel or Mono-1 Channel Recording and Playback

 - Triple Speed transport, supporting 1 7/8 ips, 3 3/4 ips and 7 1/2 ips (requires included speed sleeve)
 - Built-in stereo amp and dual 4x6 speakers
 - Dual front mounted " Microphone inputs
 - Analog Tape Counter
 - Pause control
 - Variable Output / Volume & Tone controls
 - Tape-Track / Stereo selector
 - Dual Mic / Line level controls
 - Dual Back-lit, analog VU level meters (sets it apart from the Akai 1700)
 - Front mounted Stereo Headphone Jack
 - Rear-mounted RCA / DIN I/Os
 - Dual " External speaker outputs
 - Auto stop for play and fast wind functions
 - Auto Shut-Off of power selector when tape ends


Akai 1710 Specifications:
Motor:
Condenser started induction 2-speed, 1/100HP motor @ 1,740-3,480 RPM (utilizes speed / capstan sleeve to change speeds)
Reel capacity:
Up to 7" reel
Heads (2):
One Erase Head, four Micron-Gap Playback Record Head
Track system: 4-track 2-channel stereo or 1-Channel monaural system
Tape Speed:
1 7/8 ips, 3 3/4 ips and 7 1/2 ips  +/- 3%
Wow & Flutter: 
<0.2% RMS @ 7.5 ips, <0.3% RMS @ 3.75 ips & <0.45% RMS @ 1 7/8 ips
Frequency Response:
40-18,000 Hz @ 7 IPS (80-12,000 Hz 3dB at 7 IPS)
80-10,000 Hz 3dB at 3 3/4 IPS
80-4,000 Hz 3dB at 1 7/8 IPS
Erase Ratio:
>70 dB
Cross Talk:
>55 dB mono and >43dB stereo
Channel Separation:
>80 dB @ 1kHz +3VU
Distortion:
<4% at 1kHz & 0 VU
S/N:
>40 dB @ 7.5 ips
Input Levels:
Mic - >3 mV @ 30k Ohms
Line - >150 mV @ 130k Ohms
Output Levels (Line Out):
0.7V @ max volume utilizing a recorded tape level of '0' dB @ 250Hz
Fast Wind Times:
~120 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 acceptably, AGAIN, record at essentially, +3dB for best playback results (your results will depend on technique and exact tapes utilized).
Deck looks VERY good (just has hole in left speaker grill. see photos above), and again, following the extensive refurbishment listed above, the deck works and sounds great!
Comes with one of our 7.5ips speed sleeves and a pair of rubber reel clamps / stoppers.
Includes a pdf / 'e-copy' download of the Akai 1710 Owners manual and if desired, a copy of the Akai 1710 Service manual. Measures 13.5" wide x 8.5" deep x 13.5" high and weighs 34 lbs unpacked. Includes our standard 90 day limited warranty.
Akai 1710 ALL TUBE Reel to Reel Tape Deck
Cond. 8.5++

SOLD 7/13/2022
SHIPPING TO JAMES IN ARIZONA


(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 plastic, 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)
 


 

 



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Or,

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UPDATED LIST 7/13/2022
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)
Fostex Model 80 (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)
Akai Tube Reel to Reels 1x more 1710 (Tech has finished, awaiting final inspection / testing / sign-off / photos / text)
Akai X-335D (Just in. Untested)
Roberts 5000X (Just in. Untested)
Roberts 1640 (Just in. Untested)
TEAC A-2340R (Just in. Untested)
TEAC A-3300SX (Tech has finished, awaiting final inspection / testing / sign-off / photos / text)
TEAC X-1000R Black (Just in. Untested)


(While we have many more decks in stock or will likely be arriving from our consignors and / or 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 include the earliest of decks 1950's thru early 1960's for 5" and 7" decks and the small 'transistor / pocket' decks from the 1960's thru the 1970's. The speeds on those could be anywhere from 1 7/8 ips thru 7.5 ips, depending on the unit / model. Tapes made on this type of 'tape deck / head / track format' will play on a '4-Track / 2-Channel' deck to a 'usable' degree for the most part (we've done it). You simply 'mute / turn-down / disconnect' one side or the other from the playback deck.

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...




 

Reel to Reel Tape Running Time Versus Tape Length
ie; "How long does a xxx foot tape play?"

 

TIME IN MINUTES
 SIDE A  SIDE B
Speed ips 1 7/8 3.75 7.5 15 1 7/8 3.75 7.5 15
Tape
Length
               
600' 64 32 16 8 128 64 32 16
900' 90 45 22.5 11.25 180 90 45 22.5
1200' 120 60 30 15 240 120 60 30
1800' 180 90 45 22.5 360 180 90 45
2400' 240 120 60 30 480 240 120 60
3600' 360 180 90 45 720 360 180 90

 

 


 


LIMITED PERFORMANCE / AS-IS** / AS-FOUND** / RESTORATION PROJECT R2R DECKS BELOW:
 
    

    

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

for sale

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

Sony TC-500A Features:

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

- Variable Output / Volume control
(one of the most important features on a deck in our opinion. Allows you to match volume level of other sources, allows adjustment for 'best' pre-amp input to avoid distortion, allows you to change the volume of the deck if you have it located remotely from the pre-amp / receiver as I do, and many other applications)
- Dual Mic / Line level controls
- Auto stop for play and fast wind functions

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

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

-True "WORLD AC POWER" allows unit to be operated on 50 or 60 Hz AC and will select voltages from 110v, 120v, 220v and 240 volts AC input.


SONY TC-500A Original Specifications:

 

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

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

Bias Frequency: 80kHz


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

$589. As-Is, entire Unit*
 

~$1800-$2200. If Restored to our normal level depending on record quality and tech time ("theoretical" only, as we're not restoring it due to current tech time resource constraints).


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

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

 

 

    

       NEW LISTING 2/28/2020
 
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VINTAGE SONY REEL TO REEL
ALL TUBE SONY TC-500A PORTABLE REEL TO REEL
#...2130
CIRCA MID 1960'S
MIJ
RESTORATION PROJECT / REFURB CANDIDATE / AS-IS

for sale

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

Sony TC-500A Features:

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

- Variable Output / Volume control
(one of the most important features on a deck in our opinion. Allows you to match volume level of other sources, allows adjustment for 'best' pre-amp input to avoid distortion, allows you to change the volume of the deck if you have it located remotely from the pre-amp / receiver as I do, and many other applications)
- Dual Mic / Line level controls
- Auto stop for play and fast wind functions

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

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

-True "WORLD AC POWER" allows unit to be operated on 50 or 60 Hz AC and will select voltages from 110v, 120v, 220v and 240 volts AC input.


SONY TC-500A Original Specifications:

 

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

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


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

$489. As-Is, entire Unit*
 

~$1800-$2200. If Restored to our normal level depending on record quality and tech time ("theoretical" only, as we're not restoring it due to current tech time resource constraints).


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 


 

 

 

 

 



RECENTLY SOLD UNITS BELOW

 

 

   

 

NEW LISTING 4/16/2022
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VINTAGE, REFURBISHED, FULLY SERVICED
PIONEER REEL TO REEL TAPE DECK  
PIONEER RT-707 RT707
1/4" STEREO
4-TRACK / 2-CHANNEL
2-SPEED / 3 HEAD
2.5" - 7" REEL CAPACITY
#...8879
Circa 1977-85

MIJ

SOLD 4/20/2022
SHIPPING TO DARREL IN OREGON


"Original condition; Rubber pinch roller had perished and bushing was binding, counter belt perished (melted), Playback speed would randomly and intermittently go super fast (almost 'fast wind' speed) and was noisy when doing that, both reel tables pushed in too far causing mis-alignment of tape and 'reel rub', left channel records low. Bias pots intermittent. EOT mechanism sluggish, as well as typical "40-year, no maintenance / 'as-found' condition"

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

 We read quite extensivly on the web that the 'run-away' capstan motor was caused by a loose or corroded Molex connector or circuit board pins. Moving it did definitely seem to affect it and seemed to fix the issue once cleaned and re-seated. HOWEVER, as we continued service on it, the problem would show back up. We would then re-clean and even re-tensioned the connectors in the plug. This then seemed to 'fix' the issue...NOT! My tech finally then removed the circuit board and with a jewelers lens noticed that there was a VERY bad solder joint on one of the pins. When the connector was moved you could see the completely un-soldered pin affecting the motor speed. He re-flowed that solder joint, and the rest of the connector joints. That finally rectified the issue.

 Internal mechanisms, disassembled, cleaned and re-lubed

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

 Reel motor torque adjusted to correct force in grams. All three motors test perfectly.

 We also adjusted the reel table heights. Both spindles in perfect alignment and run 'true'

 We also installed a new counter belt for trouble-free service.

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

 Rubber pinch roller has been replaced with brand new

 Counter belt replaced with brand new

 Capstan / cleaned burnished

 We adjusted the internal playback levels for standard 700Hz @ 0dB as well as the record levels and both VU meters mechanically and electronically w/ factory test tone tapes.

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

 Head-stack alignment / azimuth has been checked for peak performance with factory test tone tape out to 15khz and oscilloscope.

 Heads have typical, normal wear and are all in fine condition with hundreds of hours left.

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

 Both table spindles run 'true' with no run-out

 Bias adjusted for Ampex GM-456 Grand Master tape (same as modern ATR formulation)

 Recording tests performed with Ampex GM456 and Maxell UD (Gold / Black) Tapes and even Scotch 150.

Heres the results;
GM 456 @ 7.5ips. 1kHz @ 0dB = +0.75 dB L & +0.5 dB R in LH+LH positions with very little artifacts
GM 456 @ 7.5ips. 1kHz @ 0dB = -1.0 dB L & -2.0 dB R in LH+LH positions with very little artifacts
GM 456 @ 7.5ips. Recorded program from "ddd" source was "AWSOME". Best in "LH + LH" position. Actually sounded a bit 'brighter' on the top-end.
Maxell UD @ 7.5ips. 1kHz @ -10dB = 0 dB L&R in STD+STD positions with very little artifacts
Maxell UD @ 7.5ips. 1kHz @ -10dB = 0 dB L&R in LH+LH positions with very little artifacts
Maxell UD @ 7.5ips. White Noise @ -10dB = -2.0 dB L & -2.0 dB R in LH+LH positions
Scotch 150 @ 7.5ips. 1kHz @ 0dB = +1 dB L & -1 dB R in LH+LH positions
Scotch 150 @ 7.5ips. White Noise @ 0dB = -3 dB L & -3 dB R in LH+LH positions
Pretty good numbers for a 40 year old classic!


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.  

- Both internal speed pots adjusted to 100% accuracy on either speed independently (with pitch control zero'd) meaning that our 1kHz tape plays back at 1000Hz +/-1Hz.

 (Total time investment in refurb / testing ~32.5 hours).

Original face panel is made of beautiful brushed aluminum, and is in great condition NO marks from ever being rack mounted.
Deck looks and works great!

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Looks GREAT & is "Ready-to-go"! The very sought after Pioneer RT-707 Stereo Reel to Reel tape deck. Will play / record stereo 1/4" tapes on reels up to 7". This is one of the few reel to reel decks we get in that make it to our finished page. 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-707 Reel to Reel Features include:


- 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)
- Variable pitch control
- Auto-Reverse (when using tape with "auto-reverse" sensing foil)
- Dual speeds at 7.5 ips / 19cms and 3 3/4ips / 9.5 cms
- Manual Reverse switches for changing direction with out flipping reels over 
- Repeat function
- 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 "sound-on-sound"
- Left & Right output level controls
- Dual vertical analog VU level meters
- Dual position tape Speed / EQ selector
- End of tape shut off function
- Dual front mounted 1/4" Microphone inputs
- Variable output level controls for each channel 
- RCA & DIN I/O's 


Pioneer RT-707 Reel to Reel Specifications as follows:

Track Format: 4-Track / 2-Channel stereo
Heads:
4 (record, erase, fwd-play, rev-play)
Motors: Direct-drive 3 motors  / FG Servo
Tape Speed: 3-3/4 and 7-1/2
Reel Size: Up to 7-1/2
Wow and flutter: Less than 0.05% WRMS (7-1/2 ips / 19cm/s)
Signal to noise ratio: >58dB
Frequency response:
7-1/2 ips = 20Hz to 28kHz.
& 3-3/4 ips = 20Hz to 20kHz.

Crosstalk: >50dB
Channel separation: >50dB
Input Impedance sensitivity / Impedance: 50mV / 100kΩ
Input Impedance sensitivity / Impedance: 0.25mV / 27kΩ
Pitch-control: +/- 6%
2 VU-meters: dB (+3 to -20)
Output Level at 0-VU: 450mV / 50k Ohms
Recording bias frequency: 125kHz.
Rewind Time w/ 1200 Tape: ~100 sec


Following the above stated bench work / testing, our technician has 'Certified' this deck and it is an great performer sonically and mechanically. As stated earlier we have completely gone through it cleaning, lubing, adjusting, demagnetizing and testing everything. Plays and records perfectly. 707's are direct drive thus requiring no drive belt to wear out. The only belt to wear out or break is the counter belt and this one was replaced with a brand new one. (Since the 707 does not use the counter for "Auto-Stop" sensing, if you ever break the counter belt, the deck will still run fine, unlike some other high-end decks. Just FYI)
Thick & solid brushed aluminum face plate in great condition. Great deck for adding QUALITY reel to reel capability to your audio system (vintage or otherwise), or for archiving / transferring your tape collection to another format such as CD, or hard-drive. Unit includes  an 'e' pdf copy of Pioneer RT-707 owners / users manual. Measures 19" wide x 14.5" deep x 9.5" high and weighs 44 lbs unpacked. Includes our standard 90 day limited warranty.
(Reels & tape shown in photos not included. All are usually available separately if you need them)
PIONEER RT-707 Reel to Reel Tape Deck
Cond. 8.5++++

SOLD 4/20/2022
SHIPPING TO DARREL IN OREGON

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

 
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NEW LISTING 4/16/2022

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RESTORED / REFURBISHED / FULLY SERVICED / WARRANTED
AKAI OPEN REEL TO REEL TAPE RECORDER
AKAI MODEL 1710
ALL TUBE ELECTRONICS

 1/4" 4-TRACK / 2-CHANNEL STEREO or 1-CHANNEL MONO
2-SPEEDS
3" - 7" REEL CAPACITY
OPEN REEL TO REEL TAPE DECK
#...4794
Circa mid 1960's (~1964-67)
MIJ
SOLD 4/25/2022
SHIPPING TO DAVID IN MINNESOTA


Original observations / conditions:
"Very dirty outside. Stiff PR arm. No tubes installed, so we had to install some tested tubes prior to further testing. Playback un-even from L to R with odd, 'delayed' sound from Left channel. Left channel also had very high 'hum' in it's audio. Left channel also not erasing tape. FF transport cam had visible cracks. Typically dirty & intermittent pots / controls. Power switch stuck in 'On' position. Noisy capstan motor. Fast Wind reluctant to start depending on progress thru tape.Once started would 'spill' tape in either 'fast' direction. Brakes pretty much 'non-functional'. Upon further inspection, 'middle flipper' transport cam had hair-line cracks visible with jewelers loop, and O-Ring on supply spindle had multiple cracks (but still holding together). Take-up reel has obnoxious squeal when braking from fast wind. Pulley surfaces had rubber build-up causing a bit of flutter in sound as well"

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

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

 Installed 'tested' replacement tubes (all were originally missing)

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

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

 Transport cams flowed and built-up with liquid steel epoxy to likely add decades to their service life.

 Capstan & flywheel removed, bushings and axel cleaned and re-lubed

 Capstan burnished

 Internal drive wheels / tires removed, and resurfaced

 Both spindle hubs disassembled, both cracked rubber tires replaced (#324) and reconditioned. All four, original & worn-out, felt clutches replaced with special ordered, lambs skin and re-textured, bushings & axles re-lubed and re-assembled. This is necessary on Akai's to eliminate 'chatter' and 'Fast-Wind slowing / slipping' near end of "fast-wind" function on each side. Also speeds up Fast-Wind throughout the length of the tape. Also lubed w/ heavy wt lube to eliminate reel 'chatter'

 Drive motor inspected, partially disassembled, cleaned and re-lubed

 Knurled drive pulley cleaned of old rubber residue

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

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

 Reversed, internal head connections corrected.

 Brake pads cleaned / reconditioned

 Brakes adjusted on fast wind modes also.

 500,000 Silicone gel added to adjust Back tension on both reel tables.

 With the exception of the 'multi-element can' capacitor, ALL electrolytic capacitors replaced with new.

 Brand new, FR 13.4 'Main' drive / capstan belt installed

 Brand new, #046 '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.

 Both spindles in perfect alignment, with minimal wobble and no missing fins

 We also adjusted the reel table heights.

 Meter lamps good (as they're very 'cool running')

 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 / Tone control pots cleaned for static free performance

 Poor erase traced to bias coil core backed out too much (actually almost ready to all out) and was mounted so close-in that it could intermittently touch one of the head signal, RCA cable tips.

 So we've done a number of this model and all of them will exhibit 'low' meter response even following restoration (but the actual playback signal will be strong)

 Deck has been calibrated as close to factory manual specs as you can on a 60 y.o. deck, adjusting PB levels, Meter adjustments, Bias / Frequency adjustments (VC1& VC2), and internal record levels, tested, with Nortronics, Panasonic, Sony, Soundcraft, STL, TEAC and BRL alignment / test tapes (see resulting record level listed below). Biased best for Scotch 150 tape but also records decently on most Scotch and Sony tapes from that period. Best performance when recording at +3dB (meters will still likely register about -6-8dB).

 Speed tested to 98.7% accuracy (1kHz = 1.013kHz)

 Flutter with one of our 'new' speed sleeves tested at 0.15% (two originals tested at over double that @ 0.37%)

 Following the above work and calibration, Recording tests performed with Scotch Tapes.
Heres the results;
Scotch 150 @ 7.5ips. 1kHz @ 0dB = L=-8dB L & R = -8dB (best to record @ +3dB on meters)
(
Ampex GM 456 did not perform as well as the Scotch tapes {but they came out over a decade later})

We then tested Scotch 150 with Recorded program from "ddd" source extensively and deck performed well again, recording at about +3, resulted in decent sonics playing back at about -8dB

 This Akai 1710 functions, plays, and records acceptably (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 ~ 30+ hours).
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Looks GREAT & is "Ready-to-go"! Will play / record stereo 1/4" tapes on reels 2.5", 5" & 7" (brakes optimized for 7" reels). 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 great as does it's carrying case and lid. And again, following the extensive refurbishment listed above, the deck works and plays well.

Akai 1710 Features include:

- ALL TUBE Electronics
- 4-Track / 2-Channel or Mono-1 Channel Recording and Playback

 - Triple Speed transport, supporting 1 7/8 ips, 3 3/4 ips and 7 1/2 ips (requires included speed sleeve)
 - Built-in stereo amp and dual 4x6 speakers
 - Dual front mounted " Microphone inputs
 - Analog Tape Counter
 - Pause control
 - Variable Output / Volume & Tone controls
 - Tape-Track / Stereo selector
 - Dual Mic / Line level controls
 - Dual Back-lit, analog VU level meters (sets it apart from the Akai 1700)
 - Front mounted Stereo Headphone Jack
 - Rear-mounted RCA / DIN I/Os
 - Dual " External speaker outputs
 - Auto stop for play and fast wind functions
 - Auto Shut-Off of power selector when tape ends


Akai 1710 Specifications:
Motor:
Condenser started induction 2-speed, 1/100HP motor @ 1,740-3,480 RPM (utilizes speed / capstan sleeve to change speeds)
Reel capacity:
Up to 7" reel
Heads (2):
One Erase Head, four Micron-Gap Playback Record Head
Track system: 4-track 2-channel stereo or 1-Channel monaural system
Tape Speed:
1 7/8 ips, 3 3/4 ips and 7 1/2 ips  +/- 3%
Wow & Flutter: 
<0.2% RMS @ 7.5 ips, <0.3% RMS @ 3.75 ips & <0.45% RMS @ 1 7/8 ips
Frequency Response:
40-18,000 Hz @ 7 IPS (80-12,000 Hz 3dB at 7 IPS)
80-10,000 Hz 3dB at 3 3/4 IPS
80-4,000 Hz 3dB at 1 7/8 IPS
Erase Ratio:
>70 dB
Cross Talk:
>55 dB mono and >43dB stereo
Channel Separation:
>80 dB @ 1kHz +3VU
Distortion:
<4% at 1kHz & 0 VU
S/N:
>40 dB @ 7.5 ips
Input Levels:
Mic - >3 mV @ 30k Ohms
Line - >150 mV @ 130k Ohms
Output Levels (Line Out):
0.7V @ max volume utilizing a recorded tape level of '0' dB @ 250Hz
Fast Wind Times:
~120 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 acceptably, AGAIN, record at essentially, +3dB for best playback results (your results will depend on technique and exact tapes utilized).
Deck looks VERY good, and again, following the extensive refurbishment listed above, the deck works and sounds great!
Comes with one of our 7.5ips speed sleeves.
Includes a pdf / 'e-copy' download of the Akai 1710 Owners manual and if desired, a copy of the Akai 1710 Service manual. Measures 13.5" wide x 8.5" deep x 13.5" high and weighs 34 lbs unpacked. Includes our standard 90 day limited warranty.
Akai 1710 ALL TUBE Reel to Reel Tape Deck
Cond. 8.5++

SOLD 4/25/2022
SHIPPING TO DAVID IN MINNESOTA


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

 
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NEW LISTING 12/17/2021
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VINTAGE TEAC REEL TO REEL TAPE DECK
TEAC A-1230
(essentially same deck as TEAC A-4010 series, but in a different, simpler case, without the need for umbilical cables)
3-HEAD / 3-MOTOR
2-SPEEDS
4-TRACK / 2-CHANNEL
STEREO or 4-CHANNEL MONO
1/4" REEL TO REEL TAPE RECORDER
NON-SMOKER, ONE OWNER!!!
#...6884
Circa ~1971
SOLD 1/6/2022
SHIPPING TO RON IN LOUISIANA


Notes: This was a 'one owner' deck, purchased at the Navy exchange. He always kept it under it's original, TEAC vinyl cover. Also, and just as importantly, he was not a smoker. This unit is probably THE CLEANEST unit inside we've ever serviced.
Other tech notes;
"Cleanest deck ever encountered. All 'Basic' functions worked pretty well 'out of the gate'. First TEAC of this series, we didn't have to 'heat' the PR arm assembly to remove it."

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

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

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

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

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

 PR mechanism solenoid mounts adjusted

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

 Capstan motor pulley burnished

 Capstan cleaned and burnished

 All 3 motors lubed

 Rubber pinch roller removed and re-conditioned

 Pinch roller pressure checked / adjusted

 New MAIN drive belt sourced and installed (#42-3005)

 Brand new counter belt installed (#042)

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

 Brake bands inspected

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

 Back tension adjusted on both reel motors.

 Transport re-assembled w/ synthetic grease and with 20WT oil on capstan

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

 Internal pots, switches and controls cleaned and tested for noise-free function (initially, of course, had typical static / noise which is to be expected in an 'un-serviced' deck after 45+ years).

 RCA I/O jacks cleaned / burnished

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

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

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

 We adjusted the output amp with proper TEAC YTT-1003 test tape, 'Minimum Input', 'Specified Input', 'Record Level' and Hi and Lo 'Bias' all to spec. (Lo Bias adjusted to recommended Scotch 150 and then further adjusted Hi 'Bias' for Ampex GM-456 {same as new ATR Tape})

 Both spindles in perfect alignment.

 We also adjusted the reel table heights.

 New Meter and Record lamps / bulbs installed

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

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

 Speed tested to 99.4% accuracy following refurb (meaning that our 'verified' 1000Hz test tape now plays back at 1006Hz +/- 1Hz).
 
 Adjusted to record VERY WELL. Biased for *Ampex GM 456 studio tape with the following results:
1kHz recorded @ 0dB resulted in PB @ L= 0dB & R= 0dB w/ Output at about .775 / 2:30.
White Noise recorded @ 0dB resulted in PB @ L= 0 dB & R= 0dB
Also, White Noise recorded with virtually NO ARTIFACTS. That almost NEVER happens!!!

'Real World', DDD CD recorded at 0 = ~ 0dB
* We also had great results with Maxell UD XL (Gold Box) tape as well

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

 Floor noise measured at >-54dB w/ blank tape, L&R

 This TEAC A-1230 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 ~12.5 hours).

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

 Real wood veneer side panels, had a fresh coat of lemon oil.

Following mechanical / electronic refurb, entire unit was cosmetically detailed inside and out. Face is made of beautiful brushed Stainless Steel and is dent free and in great condition. Cabinet covered in real Walnut wood veneer, is in great condition and just had a fresh coat of lemon oil. Deck looks and sound great! 
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Looks great & "Ready-to-go"  TEAC A-1230 Stereo Reel to Reel tape deck.  Will play & Record stereo 1/4" tapes on reels up to 7". This is one of the few reel to reel decks we get in that make it to our finished page. If you're looking for a reel to reel deck to "actually use" then here you go. Only about 30-40% of the used Reel decks out there can be "practically" restored to working order. This one made it through. Playback & transport functions test great and records well! Looks and sounds great too!

TEAC A-1230 Features include:
  

- Up to 7" reel capacity (while you could go down as far as 3" in diameter, the torque and braking on this deck has been optimized for 7"reels)
- 3 Heads for superb recording performance
- 3 Motors for trouble free performance (has a lot to do with it still being a viable piece of gear due to less rubber parts)
- Sound-On-Sound (allows pseudo 'Multi-Tracking' with some practice. Manual covers this extensively and necessarily)
- "Soft Touch" tape transport for control
- Dual front mounted 1/4" Microphone inputs
- Dual speeds at 7.5 ips / 19cms and 3 3/4ips / 9.5 cms (
.5%)
- Separate Concentric mic and line level controls
- Dual 1/4" front mounted mic inputs
- Source / Monitor selector for instantly monitoring record quality
- Left & Right output level controls
- Record / Tape Type / Bias Selector for Normal or High
- Dual analog VU level meters


TEAC A-1230 Specifications as follows (same specs as TEAC A-4010 series):
   

Heads / Track system: X4 Heads / 4-track 2-channel stereo heads for stereo or mono, recording, forward playback, reverse playback & erase heads
Motor: 3x: One, Dual-speed hysteresis Synchronous for capstan and two 6-pole, eddy current, outer-rotor for reel hub drive
Transport Control Type: Electronic-solenoid / Touch control: Fast Forward, Rewind, Play
Output Level: 0.3V, Max Load Impedance: 10K Ohms or more
Maximum Reel capacity: 7" (5" and 3" as well) ( brakes and motor torque optimized for 7" reels)
Tape speeds: 19cm/s (7-1/2 ips) and (3.75 ips)
9.5 cm/s (3-3/4 ips) (.5%)
Fast Wind speed:
~90 secs for 1200 feet (7" reel)
Wow & Flutter: 0.08% at 7-1/2 ips and 0.1% RMS at 3-3/4 ips
Frequency response: 30Hz to 22,000Hz (40-18kHz 3dB @ 7-1/2 ips)
 &
30Hz to 16,000 Hz (40-12kHz 3dB @ 3-3/4 ips)
Signal to Noise Ratio: > 55dB @ 7.5 ips (7 dB better than the A-1200U)
Stereo Channel Separation: 60dB @ 1kHz channel to channel
Crosstalk rejection: 50dB @ 1kHz channel to channel
40dB @ 100 Hz track to track
Input Level (Line): 10mV min @ >50k Ohms


This is probably among the best 2 or maybe 3, TOP performing reel to reels we've EVER had (and I'm lumping in one particular Pioneer RT-909 @ $3499, and an Otari MX-5050B-II @ $3200.00).
This is only the second TEAC A-1230 we have had that has made it through restoration in 24 years. Great machine for playback / archiving your tapes to CD or Hard Drive or, with the above recording results, for recording new tapes. This is a beautiful deck. Entire deck is in near new cosmetic condition with really, nothing out of the ordinary worth mentioning. Performs incredibly well following refurbishing. Face plates,  knobs and all cosmetics fabulous! Measures 17" wide x 15.5" tall x 10" (from tip of back feet-tip of hubs) deep and weighs 41 lbs unpacked. Includes a set of 'fresh' spindle stoppers / reel clamps. Does also come with the removable AC / Power cord. Includes an e-copy / pdf download of the TEAC A-1230 Owners Manual and the Service Manual if you wish as well. Includes our standard 90 day limited warranty.

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

TEAC A-1230 REEL TO REEL TAPE DECK
Cond.
9
SOLD 1/6/2022
SHIPPING TO RON IN LOUISIANA



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


 
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              NEW LISTING 12/17/2021
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RESTORED / REFURBISHED / FULLY SERVICED / WARRANTED
AKAI OPEN REEL TO REEL TAPE RECORDER
AKAI MODEL GX-4000D
 1/4" 4-TRACK / 2-CHANNEL
 STEREO
3-HEAD / 2-SPEEDS
3" - 7" REEL CAPACITY
VERY HARD "GLASS X'TAL FERRITE" HEADS
OPEN REEL TO REEL
TAPE DECK
#...9379
Circa 1975-78

SOLD 1/28/2022
SHIPPING TO BRIAN IN WISCONSIN


Original observations / conditions:
"Very dirty outside. Stiff PR arm. Playback un-even from L to R. Head cover pins 'splayed'. Missing left idler wheel mechanism. Transport cam dogs in good shape. Typically dirty & intermittent pots / controls. Fast Wind reluctant to start depending on progress thru tape."

Our technician has EXTENSIVELY 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 with synthetic lube and reassembled.



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

 Capstan & flywheel removed, bushings and axel cleaned and re-lubed

 Flywheel repositioned on capstan axle as it had moved and was allowing adjusting nut to touch flywheel before the ball bearing did.

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

 Capstan burnished

 Internal drive wheels / tires removed, and resurfaced

 Both spindle hubs disassembled, rubber tires cleaned and reconditioned, clutches cleaned and re-textured, bushings & axles re-lubed and re-assembled. This is necessary on Akai's to eliminate 'chatter' and 'Fast-Wind slowing' near end of "fast-wind" function on each side. Also speeds up Fast-Wind throughout the length of the tape. Also lubed w/ heavy wt lube to eliminate reel 'chatter'

 Drive motor inspected, cleaned and re-lubed

 Knurled drive pulley cleaned of old rubber residue

 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, FR 13.4 'Main' drive / capstan belt installed

 Brand new, #048 'Tape Counter' belt installed

 'Tape Counter' disassembled and cleaned to eliminate typical 'counter rattle' noise.

 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.

 Both spindles in perfect alignment, with minimal wobble and no missing fins

 We also adjusted the reel table heights.

 Meter lamps replaced with new #25-500

 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

 Deck has been fully calibrated to factory manual specs adjusting PB levels, Meter adjustments, Bias / Frequency adjustments (VC1& VC2), and internal record levels, tested, with Nortronics, Panasonic, Sony, Soundcraft, STL, TEAC and BRL alignment / test tapes (see resulting record level listed below). Biased best for Ampex GM456 / ATR Reference tape and records on Maxell UD also very well. Best performance when recording at -3dB (most manufactures test at -20dB).

 Speed tested to .995% accuracy (1kHz = 1.005kHz)

 Floor noise measured at >-74dBu following above procedures

 Following the above work and calibration, Recording tests performed with Ampex GM456 (again, same formulation as new ATR tape) and Maxell UD (Gold / Black) Tapes.
Heres the results;
Maxell UDXL @ 7.5ips. 1kHz @ 0dB = L=-4dB L & R = -1.0dB (best to record @ -3dB on 'Source')
Maxell UDXL @ 7.5ips. White Noise @ 0dB = = L=-3dB L & R = -0.5dB  (engaging "EQ" adds +5dB L&R)

GM 456 @ 7.5ips. 1kHz @ 0dB = L=-2dB L & R = +1.5dB (best to record @ -3dB on 'Source')
GM 456 @ 7.5ips. White Noise @ 0dB = = L=-2dB L & R = -0.5dB  (engaging "EQ" adds +5dB L&R)

We then tested Ampex GM456 with Recorded program from "ddd" source extensively and deck performed well.
I know that a 'copy' CANNOT sound better than the source, but I swear that repeated recordings seemed to be "fuller" sounding than the 'source' material.

 This Akai GX-4000D 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 ~ 15+ 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 a few minor cosmetic issue; A bit of discoloration to the face metal if the light is angled just right, a minor dent in the face panel about 'mid-deck', a bit of dry cracking on one of the rubber reel trims, and the back edges of the side panel, wood grain, vinyl is peeling a bit (see photos above). Nothing too distracting. And again, following the extensive refurbishment listed above, the deck works and sounds great!

Akai GX-4000D 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)
- VERY HARD, "Glass X'TAL Ferrite" Heads
- 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)
- "Sound-on-Sound" for layering multiple tracks. From the owners manual, "For transfer of previously recorded material from one track to another accumulating as many individual recordings on a single track as is desired".
- 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 EQ Selector
- 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 (no need for rubber stoppers / clamps)
- 4-Digit Analog tape counter
- Dual front mounted 1/4" Microphone inputs
- Front mounted 1/4" Headphone jack


Akai GX-4000D 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, GX Playback / One Micron-Gap GX, 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=1004, which is 0.004%!)
Wow & Flutter: 
 <0.08% RMS (7.5 ips) (way better than the MK-II which is "0.15%!!!)
<0.12% RMS @ 3-3/4 ips
Frequency Response:
30-24,000 Hz 3dB at 7 IPS (w/ extended range tape) (1kHz better than the MK-II !!!)
30-16,000 Hz 3dB at 3 IPS (w/ extended range tape)
Erase Ratio:
>70 dB
Cross Talk:
>70 dB mono and >50dB stereo
Distortion:
<1% at 1kHz & 0 VU
S/N:
>60 dB @ 7.5 ips (4dB better than the MK-II !!!)
Input Levels:
Mic - >0.25 mV @ 600 Ohms (50% less required than the MK-II !!!)
Line - >70 mV @ 200k Ohms
Output Levels (Line Out):
0.775V utilizing a recorded level of '0' dB @ 250Hz
Output Levels (Headphone): 100mV @ 8 Ohms
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 essentially, +3dB (your results will depend on technique and exact tapes utilized).
Deck looks VERY good, 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"). Comes with one of our 7.5ips speed sleeves.
Includes a pdf / 'e-copy' download of the Akai GX-4000D Owners manual and Brochure, and if desired, a copy of the Akai GX-4000D 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.
Akai GX-4000D Reel to Reel Tape Deck
Cond. 8.5
++

SOLD 1/28/2022
SHIPPING TO BRIAN IN WISCONSIN


(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 plastic, 7" 'take-up' reel, and RCA patch cables for connection to your system)

 
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NEW LISTING 1/7/2022
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FULLY SERVICED / REFURBISHED / RESTORED
VINTAGE SONY 1/4" REEL-TO-REEL STEREO TAPE DECK
SONY TC-355 / TC355
 #...4004
4-TRACK / 2-CHANNEL STEREO OR 4-CHANNEL MONO
3-SPEED / 3 HEAD
5"
* - 7" REEL CAPACITY
Circa 1967-70

(Does not have adjustable AC power for overseas operation. Only for North American use)

MIJ
SOLD 1/11/2022
SHIPPING TO KAUSHIK IN CALIFORNIA


Original observations / conditions:
"Surprisingly 'clean' inside and out. Stiff PR arm so had to be manipulated manually to test basics of deck. Once pushed up by hand, speed was at 941Hz (vs 1kHz). Playback had decently strong and even levels. Fast wind sluggish / iffy. Fast Wind reluctant to start depending on progress thru tape. Typically dirty & intermittent pots / controls."


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

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

 Entire transport was disassembled down to the chassis, and every mechanical part was cleaned of "varnished" lubes, re-lubed and reassembled. Again, the entire transport assembly was painstakingly disassembled, cleaned and re-lubed as well as the always at issue, 'Pinch Roller swing arm' 'plunge' assembly

New 'Main Drive' belt replaced for trouble-free service.

All three internal drive tires / wheels removed, reconditioned on drill press and solvent cleaned for positive grip

Capstan / flywheel removed, cleaned and burnished. Axle / bushing cleaned and re-lubed

Both reel hubs / clutches removed, disassembled, cleaned and adjusted. Bearing / bushing surfaces re-lubed.

 All hub brake pads have been replaced w/ new suede leather, and their bearings re-lubed and adjusted on fast wind modes.

To eliminate 'loose pack' on tape reels, we added 300,000 Silicone Gel / Lube to both hub axle bearings. Now reels pack properly on both Fast Wind and PB

 Motor re-lubed at both front and rear ports

 Internal power supply adjusted to proper +25VDC. Checked for 'ripple' with Oscilloscope .

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

 Both spindles in perfect alignment.

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

 Pinch roller reconditioned / re-surfaced.

 Auto-Stop mechanism tested for proper 'drop' time

 VU meter illumination and 'Record Indicator" lamps tested as working fine.

 Internal 'Bias', 'Record-Level' and 'Play Back Level' micro-pot levels adjusted (bottom side of lower circuit board).

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

 Tape pressure pad mechanism adjusted properly for 'just enough' tension on all heads.

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

 Both level meters adjusted for even playback level w/ 700Hz STL factory test tone tape.

 Floor noise tested to >54dB w/ fresh, blank tape on PB.

 Plays and Records GREAT w/ 0dB / 1kHz in = 0dB / 1kHz out on Ampex 456GM tape, however, in 'real world' testing, we found that it actually performed great on standard, Scotch "150" tape (also allowed 0dB on both Pink Noise & 1Khz). DDD 'Real World' CD recording sounded GREAT with very little high frequency loss!

 Speed checked to 99.4% accuracy (meaning that a 1kHz test tape PB @ 1006Hz).

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

 Again, Reconditioned Pinch roller and Heads all in GREAT condition.

  
(Total time investment in refurb / testing 21+ hours).

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

SONY TC-355 Features include:
   
 
- Triple speeds at 7.5 ips / 19cms, 3 3/4ips / 9.5 cms and extra long 1 7/8 ips / 4.75 cms
- 3-Heads for instant monitoring of tape levels / record quality while recording
- 5*" / 7" Reel Capacity (*compatible with standard 4-Track / 2-Channel tape format)
- 4-Track / 2-Channel Stereo operation, or 4-Track / 4-Channel 'MONO' operation (meaning it will also play tapes recorded in the early 1960's!)
- Separate L & R input level controls
- Auto-Stop
- Dual analog VU meters for monitoring Playback and Record levels
- "Sound-On-Sound" capable w/ independent L & R record engage switches (Switch / level control located on top of unit in case recess)
- Built-in Sony "Noise Suppression" circuit
- Dual front mounted 1/8" mic input jacks
- 1/4" Stereo Headphone jack
- Mechanical Tape counter
- Pause "Inst-Stop" lever
- RCA and DIN inputs and outputs
-True
WORLD AC POWER   allows unit to be operated on 50 or 60 Hz AC and will select voltages from 110v, 120v, 220v and 240 volts AC input. HOWEVER, "50Hz" use (Europe / Asia / Australia) would require the 'correct' main motor drive pulley (which would be VERY difficult to obtain at this point).
    
Original SONY TC-355 Specifications as follows:
  
Power Requirements:
30 watts, АС 100 V, 110 V, 117 V, 125 V, 220 V, 240 V 50/60 Hz       
Tape Speed: 7.5 ips / 19cms, 3 3/4ips / 9.5 cms and extra long 1 7/8 ips / 4.75 cms mechanically switched with single lever, with automatic switching for equalization changes       
Reels: 1/4" tape on 7 inches оr smaller
Recording Format: 4-track stereophonic оr monophonic
Frequency Response: 20-25,000 Hz @ 7 1/2ips.
                                   30-17,000 Hz @ 3 3/4 ips.
                                   30- 9,000 Hz @ 1 7/8 ips.
Signal-to-Noise Ratio: > 52 dB @ 7 1/2 ips.
Flutter and Wow: < 0.15% @ 7 1/2 ips.
                           < 0.30-50% @ 3 3/4 ips.
Harmonic Distortion: < 1.6% @ 7 1/2 ips.
Level Indication: Dual Analog VU Meters
Record: Calibrated to NAB standard reference level
Playback: Calibrated to 0dB line output level
Recording Time: With 1,800' tape
(4-track stereo)  (4-track mono) 7 1/2 ips  1 hr. 30 min.                  / 3 hr. & @ 3 3/4 ips. 3 hr. / 6 hr.
Inputs: Dual 1/8" Microphone Input Jacks w/ Sensitivity -72dВ (0.19mV) & Impedance 600Ω
Auxiliary Jacks w/ Sensitivity -22 dB (0.06 V) Impedance 560 kΩ
Outputs: Line Output Jacks w/ Output level 0dB (0.775 V) & suitable load impedance >100 kΩ.
Headphone Jack's Output level -28 dB (0.031 V) Impedance 8Ω
DIN Record /Playback Connector: Output level 0dB (0.775V) Impedance 10kΩ & Input sensitivity -40dВ (7.75mV) w/ Impedance 10 kΩ
Heads:  РР30-2902А, RP30-2902, EF18-2902H2
 
 
Again this is an great performer sonically and especially mechanically. This deck has had extensive restoration. It's pretty much had the clock rolled back 40 years on it. Heads are in surprisingly great shape with great 'Hi-Freq' response. Looks great & Ready to go! Can be used standing vertically or laying on it's back horizontally. Comes with one pair of rubber reel retainers and a take-up reel. Includes a pdf download 'e-copy' of the Sony TC-355 owners manual and the service manual if the purchaser wishes. Includes our standard 90 day limited warranty. Measures 15.25" wide x 7" deep x 14" tall and weighs 24 lbs unpacked.
 (Reels & tape shown in photos not included. All are sometimes available separately depending on stock levels.) 

SONY TC-355 REEL TO REEL TAPE DECK
Cond. 8.5
+
SOLD 1/11/2022
SHIPPING TO KAUSHIK 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. This deck will come with a TDK 'Audua' tape that we have recorded on for playback tests, that you may further record on if you desire)
 

 
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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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