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pursuitofnow
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Seeking Advice on Reel to Reel
07/27/19 at 18:29:57
 
I'm considering purchasing a reel to reel and don't know much about where to start. Would this be a good one? https://www.ebay.com/itm/TECHNICS-RS-1506US-2-4-TRACK-DECK-REEL-TO-REEL-W-ORIGIN...

I would also need to send my zp3 back in to have tape deck mod?
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Re: Seeking Advice on Reel to Reel
Reply #1 - 07/28/19 at 04:25:26
 
That is a beautiful machine, that looks to be in wonderful shape. But in my opinion, overpriced.  What is your budget?

I got a Teac several years ago, and have done hours of research on the subject. I have units split into 3 groups depending on how much you want to spend:

1) Buy new - there are some really awesome units currently in production. But they have a pretty hefty price tag - starting about $7000. If you can afford it, this is the way to go, because the heads (3) would be new and probably properly aligned and calibrated. You want one that is 15 ips. This, as Steve says, is the holy grail of music playback.

2) Buy vintage, FULLY RESTORED  -  there are quite a few companies now that sell nice vintage machines that have been restored to like new condition. Oak Tree Vintage is an example of this. You can get a nice player like this starting around $1500.  Otari, Revox, Technics, Tascam, etc are machines in this category. Once again, 15 ips capable.  Just make sure the heads are new or like new. There should be a long list of things done as part of the restoration process.

3) Buy Vintage, unrestored -  This is what I did. I got a Teac in great shape. Got it on the Reverb site for $500. But what I didnít understand was that it would need to be restored. I spent $800 to get it back to spec. Mine is not 15 ips capable, just 3 3/4 and 7 1/2, but I love it.  I buy new reels of tape ($70) and record on it. I love the results.  Also, sometime in the near future, Iíll need to get new heads ($800-$1000)

So you see, you can save money upfront if you by vintage, but ultimately you will probably spend more in the long run than if you had just bought one fully restored to start with.

Good luck,

Geno
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Reply #2 - 07/28/19 at 05:03:22
 
Thanks so much, Geno. Exactly the type of information I was hoping to get. I'll familiarize myself with the options you provided and see where I'm at. Smiley
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Reply #3 - 07/28/19 at 06:00:52
 
With you living in California, in the vicinity of big metro areas, you may be able to find a nice one fully restored and ready to use within driving distance.
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Reply #4 - 07/30/19 at 02:05:04
 
Pursuit,

This is a great example of what youíre looking for:

https://reverb.com/item/25936422-otari-mx-5050-bil2-silver-black-in-excellent-co...
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Re: Seeking Advice on Reel to Reel
Reply #5 - 07/30/19 at 05:10:01
 
Thanks for sharing, Geno! I was just reading up on the Otari MX-5050 and the Technics RS1500 series over on https://tapeproject.com/machines/. The upgrades over at https://bottlehead.com/product-category/kits/reel-to-reel/ look to be a good value as well.
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Reply #6 - Yesterday at 05:09:07
 
I just bought a similar (RS-1506) machine for about $1,500. I have sent to J-Corder near Seattle to refurb and bring back to factory specs plus a few mods. If nothing else, you might look at their website to see whatís possible. Good luck to you.
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Reply #7 - Yesterday at 16:36:01
 
Thanks! I'll look them up.
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