Reel to Reel?

Discussion in 'Audio Hardware' started by Spammer, May 18, 2018.

  1. Spammer

    Spammer Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    266
    Likes:
    456
    Joined:
    May 19, 2017
    Location:
    BooBoo
    I just went to an estate sale and picked up a reel to reel player and recorder for $200. It’s the same model as this Akai.

    I don’t know anything about them besides the fact that they look cool. Anyone have an opinion? Should I expand my vinyl collection to reel to reel?
     
  2. GroovesInMiddleAmerica

    GroovesInMiddleAmerica Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    1,693
    Likes:
    5,347
    Joined:
    Jun 11, 2016
    Location:
    Saint Louis
    You can find tapes for them at garage sales, consignment stores, etc. You're already in for 200 so just try to see if it works and clean it up as needed, have some fun fixing the lights and making sure all the mechanics are good, and keep an eye out for tapes and blank reels. They're somewhat of a pain but kinda fun.
     
  3. Spammer

    Spammer Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    266
    Likes:
    456
    Joined:
    May 19, 2017
    Location:
    BooBoo
    I thought vinyl was expensive. Some rare reel to reels go for crazy money. It's off to garage sales for me. This thing is a ton of fun. Sounds pretty good, but I only have re-recorded albums from the previous owner. No original albums.

    The thing seems to be working perfectly.
     
    displayname likes this.
  4. Phaneronic

    Phaneronic Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    2,280
    Likes:
    8,927
    Joined:
    Mar 21, 2017
    Well, the thing is a lot of pre-recorded tapes aren't going to sound very good because whereas with vinyl you only have to master it once and then each subsequent record only takes minutes, a tape has to be duplicated in real-time, so they often did it at high speed, hurting frequency response and increasing wow and flutter. It's almost more fun to listen to what you find on recordable tapes or otherwise recording your own…
     
  5. displayname

    displayname Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    3,602
    Likes:
    14,368
    Joined:
    Oct 14, 2016
    I've heard R2R can be THE way to listen to music, but like others have said it can quickly become insanely expensive. If I had access to some tapes I'd absolutely give it a shot. But if I was in your shoes, and confirmed it all worked correctly, I'd be flipping it and putting that money back into my maintainable vinyl hobby. Granted, I say that now, but I might have a much harder time parting with it once it was in my house.
     
    Spammer, Chucktshoes and Phaneronic like this.
  6. Chucktshoes

    Chucktshoes Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    1,740
    Likes:
    7,202
    Joined:
    Apr 19, 2016
    This is where my head is at.
     
    Phaneronic likes this.
  7. Spammer

    Spammer Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    266
    Likes:
    456
    Joined:
    May 19, 2017
    Location:
    BooBoo
    It’s so cool to watch this beast in action with the wheels spinning. I have a younger friend in his 20’s and he came over and flipped out. Had never seen anything like it in his life. I’m most likely keeping it because it turns out this machine is very high end, looks sweet, sounds great, and is a conversation piece now.

    Getting tapes is my next challenge...

    I’ll probably regret not flipping it when the first piece breaks on it.
     
    Phaneronic and displayname like this.
  8. GroovesInMiddleAmerica

    GroovesInMiddleAmerica Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    1,693
    Likes:
    5,347
    Joined:
    Jun 11, 2016
    Location:
    Saint Louis
    Crazy. Im only a few years out of my 20s and we had one in my house my whole life growing up. My dad has a bunch of reel tapes he recorded right from the radio and would listen to Detroit radio stations from the 70s all the time.
     
    Phaneronic and displayname like this.
  9. djdavedk

    djdavedk Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    796
    Likes:
    1,939
    Joined:
    Nov 27, 2016
    This weekend I picked up two recorders and a box of tapes. Haven’t tested anything yet, I was told both work well. I will probably end up selling one, and perhaps the other, once I am done messing with it.

    66A0466D-9E9F-4AC7-9436-FDECD859B31A.jpeg 9CD8A815-84D1-4CF2-AAE5-88F6502D96C6.jpeg 1B10061D-0EBE-469A-AF6C-C32265764A80.jpeg 96C6E3EE-58FC-4346-86EC-9442AFB09A7B.jpeg
     
    Phaneronic and lee newman like this.
  10. HiFi Guy

    HiFi Guy Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    6,801
    Likes:
    27,251
    Joined:
    Jul 23, 2015
    Location:
    Orlando Florida
    If you were talking one if these (Technics RS-1500) and had money to restore/upgrade it (so probably $3k into the deck) and tapes from somewhere like The Tape Project- one generation real time copies from the master tape- $450 each) then you are talking the very highest quality you can have at home. Better than vinyl. But given the costs involved, I'll gladly stick with second best.

    IMG_2650.JPG
     
  11. topofthedial

    topofthedial Member

    Messages:
    14
    Likes:
    48
    Joined:
    Mar 19, 2018
    Location:
    Denver, Colorado, USA
    Does he have any Electrifying Mojo sets? That's historically important stuff, critical to the development of early techno and house. If you have access to them, there would be tremendous value in digitizing and sharing those sets.
     
  12. GroovesInMiddleAmerica

    GroovesInMiddleAmerica Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    1,693
    Likes:
    5,347
    Joined:
    Jun 11, 2016
    Location:
    Saint Louis
    I have no idea. I'm going home for a few days in a few weeks, I'll ask.
     
    Slimwhit, Phaneronic and djdavedk like this.

Share This Page