Advice on purchasing a reel to reel deck.

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  1. FrostEOne

    FrostEOne Active Member

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    Wanting to purchase a reel to reel deck, looking for recommendations.
    Haven't had one since the Teac I purchased back in 1970, wish I still had it!
    Thanks in advance, Mark B
     

     

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  2. ETLS

    ETLS metacarpophalangealcranium Subscriber

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    Bartertown. It's the only place on AK where one can post a *want to buy* ad.
     
  3. FrostEOne

    FrostEOne Active Member

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    Excuse my title, let me clarify, looking for recommendations on what features to look for as I'm out of touch when it comes to reel to reel.
    Pretty sure I want 3 motors, don't like belts. As for reverse play, not a necessity, but not counting it out. Forgot everything I once knew about the heads, know more is better so each have their own function.
    Beyond that, need recommendations so I can make a somewhat educated decision.
    Bartertown will come later.
     
  4. Celt

    Celt Peanut Head Staff Member Super Mod

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    This is the place to ask for advice...or in Dollar and Sense about values of certain models.
    Good luck and carry on....my wayward son....there'll be pizza when you are done...
     
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  5. TR6man98

    TR6man98 Well-Known Member

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    Teac machines would be fine since you have some experience...
    Do you want 7" or bigger 10" reel machines? I am partial to A series players.
    I really love my A6300 but smaller brother A4300 is also great if you only play 7" reels. Older 3300/2300 are also fine and I worked on them all; fairly similar with few problems like that n need of oiling, stucked roller mechanism due old grease and such.
    Some people stay away from X series (I have great X-10R) due to complexity and delicate motores that can fail and expensive to replace. BTDT.
    BTW forgot to mention A6300/4300 are auto reverse units so no flipping reels needed for playing revers side. Great feature!

    Good luck
     
  6. FrostEOne

    FrostEOne Active Member

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    In my searching, I've found a Teac A2300SR for what I think is a reasonable price.
    This looks a lot like the deck I used to have. https://postimg.cc/image/7ng8ifqcl/
    And a Teac A-3300SX 2T https://postimg.cc/image/564hb71b9/
    Would the 2 track be a compatibility issue with 4 track if I got a tape from someone else?
    Always thought most were 4 track.
    Thanks for the information, Mark B
     

     

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  7. blhagstrom

    blhagstrom Mad Scientist, fixer. Subscriber

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    When considering a deck, do a close inspection of the heads. Head wear is a real concern.

    Most decks are 3 motor but some reel motors run belts to a flywheel reel hub. Stay with direct drive reel motors to avoid belts.

    I think most units have some sort of belt from capstan motor to capstan. Except for the really junky units, of the 100 or so I’ve parted out, I don’t remember any direct drive capstan motors. What I have seen is units with old belts that work well and units with belts that turned to tar. They, of course, don’t work at all.

    FWIW, I once picked up a small Akai at a thrift store just because I needed to test a bunch of tape, I thought. Anyway, I picked up a belt from Ebay from a seller that included directions on how to install it and sent an Oiler and how to use it. Best damn thing I ever bought on Ebay. Simple and easy with the instructions and the Oiler was great. I think they are still selling on eBay.

    I would point out that “the bigger they are, the harder they fall” is a problem with shipping a deck. If you really want a big deck, shop locally.
     
  8. FrostEOne

    FrostEOne Active Member

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    Found a nice looking A6300
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    Do these heads look acceptable?
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    Thanks in advance, Mark B
     
  9. blhagstrom

    blhagstrom Mad Scientist, fixer. Subscriber

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    Those heads seem par for the course from what I’ve seen. I think they’ll do fine.
     
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  10. FrostEOne

    FrostEOne Active Member

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    Thank you, this is indeed helping me make a decision.
     
  11. TR6man98

    TR6man98 Well-Known Member

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    This looks like a great deck, however I can't see pictures of heads.it says images are removed.
    I would trust blhastrom's judgemen, though.
    Also, he is correct about shipping cost and headaches of large units so I hope this is local to you. In that case you should go for it.
    Without specifying the price, I can note that NAB adapters and metal take up reel increase the value of you find.
    Good luck.
     
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  12. Numone

    Numone Member

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    A6300 is a great deck and I wish I could get my hands on one too. Personally, I'd get it, but just be aware and be prepared to spend money servicing it by a tech who has the age and experience to do so.
     
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  13. FrostEOne

    FrostEOne Active Member

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    Haven't bought it, decided I don't want to have it shipped. Going to do some local looking starting at the pawn shops and working up. I know a good recently retired Electronics Technician, will start there for service.
    Yes I'd also like a A-6300, but I'm prepared to accept anything down to A-2300S if I can find it local. Used to have a A-2300S long ago.
    Regards, Mark B

     
  14. Jonny Ramone

    Jonny Ramone Super Member

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    Craigslist is a good place to look.
     

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