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Reel to Reel Tape Players

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  1. colcolt

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    Why would anyone want one these days? I don't know-but, I've been looking at a couple that are pristine. I always wanted one in my Army days like the Teac or Akia but couldn't afford them back then. They had the best sound available then and played forever. I don't know that you can even find the tapes anymore and especially pre-recorded music. Still, I'm looking at a great Grundig TK-46.

    Anyone have experience with these or still own one?

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    Yes! In the early 1970's I bought a great Teac reel to reel which I kept until good cassette players came out.
    It was a high end model that enabled me to record 5 voices on top of each other - so I was able to be my own Baroque choir and doo wop group. I really loved that machine!

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    You hit it on the head cajun,
    most reel to reel tapes have all but disintegrated.
    good luck finding anything anywhere.

    Great platform though....

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    This is the one I'm looking at. Looks new. It's the Grundig TK 46 I mentioned.

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    Don't know anything about that deck but Grundig made good equipment IIRC. I owned three reel to reels way back when,including a "Quadraphonic" Sansui.
    Here's one source of tapes-- http://www.fullcompass.com/category/Reel-To-Reel-Tape.html

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    I owned a Teac, that was awesome then. As you said it was the best sound at the time, and would play for 8 hours straight. However CD's have as good a sound now, and most of my 60 Gigs of music is on an external hard drive. Its easier to find what I want, when I want. And you can set up a play list in a few minutes, thats completely different from anything prerecorded.

    Just saying that they were the best, but are out dated now.

    I'm not complaining.
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    Why would anyone want one these days?

    Collectors? I can't see any other reason.

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    Many people who grew up in the heyday of RTR machines think the sound is spectacular. There is one company still making high end audio RTR machines and are still releasing recordings for them.
    http://www.tapeproject.com/

    Some people have made on site recordings of local groups/orchestras through the years and have that only means to play back the recordings. I love the mechanical side and the asthetics of them and hope one day to own one of those classy looking Technics decks like the one in the bottom picture.

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    I guess I'm trying to talk myself into it but really don't know why other than it's something I wanted many years ago. However, technology has surpassed the reel to reel decks and other than just looking plain cool I doubt it would sound any better than CD's and you can play/record those easily. Pre recorded tapes are just not that bountiful either.

    This guy has it all and does it all.

    http://www.ultraelectronicactive.com/elx/Vintage-Records+Recordings.html

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    There are also quite a few listings on Ebay for recorders and pre-recorded tapes.

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    I must be going through a late life crisis. I don't think I had a mid life one so maybe that's what's happening now. I don't recall the last time I was interested in reel to reel, maybe back in Army days when we use to see Akai and Teac recorders in Playboy magazine. A guy I knew when we were in Hanau had an Akai his parents sent him, best I remember and it was great. I couldn't afford one then but I can now.

    I've always had an interest in electronics and I guess lately I've awoken a sleeping giant with all the radio interest and now reel to reel tape decks. I did a lot of research and decided to get this one.

    What the hell. You're only here once.

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    One of the first stations I worked at, we had to edit phone calls on RTR. To this day I still occasionally have nightmares about grease pencils and razor blades.

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    In the Navy I was practically glued to the AN/TNH-24 (so much so that I remember its model number 20 years later). Those things were indestructible.

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    I played with one when I was a kid in the early 80's. they can take a beating. It probably still works if one of my parents dogs hadn't chewed through the power chord.

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    They seem to have a sound all their own. With a 10 1/2" reel, like the one shown in the pictures of the one I got, you can have 96 minutes of music on each side!It also accepts the 7" reel. I have a lot of CD's and vinyl records I plan on transferring to this machine.

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    After you get that done, your next task will be to (again) transfer your library using one of these bad boys ---->

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    What is it? Looks like a fancy equalizer.

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    It's an old school 4-track recorder. Logo says Tascam, but I thought I remembered my first one being a Teac.

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    It seems I've seen some equipment that had Teac/Tascam on it...maybe on ebay while I was looking for decks.

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    colcolt...excellent choice of machines...I'm proud of ya.

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    Well, here it is. I feel like putting on my gold/black smoking jacket and matching ascot, firing up my favorite pipe and listening to some Dean Martin on this thing. I'm having fun with it although it was a pain in the ass getting up seven steps. I had to take it out of the box as I couldn't maneuver it. I kept trying to figure a way to connect it to my A/V system and finally did with some help for a few audiophiles.

    I'll be doing some taping tomorrow. I actually got it with the reels and there was an owners manual with it...a rarity. Those are 10" reels. You can get 196 minutes of taping on those bad boys.

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    Thanks for the extra pictures of it, looks to be in great shape, and is likely fun to watch in action.

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    It's a blast. I haven't figured where I'm going to put it yet. My entertainment center is full and I wouldn't trust it to hold a near 50 pound component like this one. It's going to take it's own table...sturdy table, might I add. I'm going to do some taping today. i ordered a pair of Pioneer CS-99 speakers(vintage 80's I think). My Klipsch speakers are tied up with home theater.

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    Also get some tape head cleaner. The recoding and playback heads will need to be cleaned often since the tape used will be older and perhaps oxidized more.

    When you are thinking about connecting to different equipment just think the sound is like water. You want it to flow Out of one area and Into another area

    I hope you enjoy your new recorder.

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    For cassette decks I've always used either 90% alcohol or denatured alcohol. I suppose that's still ok for these decks. I've used it on the heads and rollers.

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    I think that should work well. I remember using bottles of stuff that were colored red and blue in the past. I think I got them from Radio Shack but that was over 30 years ago.

    I am sure the product in those.bottles was mostly alcohol.

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    I remember the colored alcohols...never did buy any, however. I still have about 1/4th a bottle of denatured alcohol. It goes a long way! I've probably had it 20 years.

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    Awesome recorder for sure. You are bringing back memories of the good ole days. I had a Teac RTR back in the early 70's late 60's. They were great machines. Don't forget the head cleaner like another poster said, and also a head demagnetizer!!! LOL And keep those tapes away from your big old speakers or you'll pull all the magnetism out of them.
    I'm amazed that magnetic tape is still available for sale these days.

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    doc-Glad you reminded me about the speakers. Right now I have th edeck sitting on the floor within maybe three feet of my Klipsch Heresey speakers. The deck is so heavy I haven't found it a permanent place yet and have it on the floor.

    I still have a de-magnatizer bought way back in the early 80's for cassette decks. Ebay has tons of rtr tapes for sale, some blank and some fwith recordings on them. Maxell, TDK, BASF, Ampex, you name it they have it.

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