Anybody know where I can get a good 2 channel 15 IPS reel to reel tape deck?

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  1. KaatheSnake

    KaatheSnake Well-Known Member

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    Hi everyone,
    I'm looking for a good 2 channel tape deck that runs at 15 IPS I can use for mixing down and mastering four channel recordings made on my TEAC A3340S down to a 15 IPS 2 channel master. I have a 16 channel Electro Voice mixing board, and all the stuff I need to master with, but not a deck I can make the "master tape" with. I've searched on eBay, and found some stuff I'm thinking I like there. What kind of 2 channel 15 IPS deck would you recommend for mastering use is what I'm asking for in the long run.
    Kind regards and thank you,
    KaatheSnake
     

     

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    Teac 3300SX 2T?

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  4. KaatheSnake

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    I'll try that one.
     
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    Otari 5050MX
     
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    Revox B77
     
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    Otari 5050MX is good
     
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    Good and readily available -- although condition varies greatly in the wild.
    Many of these were radio station machines and as such were rode hard and put away wet. (as some folks would say)

    http://tapeproject.com/machines/

    My half-track high-speed A77 is a very good performer, but the A77 is a bit idiosyncratic.

    There is someone now doing essentially "new" rehabbed vintage decks. Pricey but a good option.
    I can't remember the name but will update here if I do manage to find it.
     
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    The A80 is a fine machine. Any that hasn't been rehabbed will need a fair amount of TLC, though. I say this knowing one of the local hifi gurus who's been working on getting his up to snuff for a long time.

    EDIT: This may be what I was thinking of:
    http://www.unitedhomeproducts.com/reel_to_reel_hq_tape_decks.htm
    (but there may still be another resource that's still escaping me)

    EDIT^2: Naah. It was these guys I was trying to remember:
    http://maramachines.com/

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  11. edwyun

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    Particularly the MX5050 BIII. Another option is the MX55N. :)
     
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  12. KaatheSnake

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    I'll try an Otari. I'll get some good mastering quality out of it.
     
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  13. KaatheSnake

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    Pretty sure the Revox B77 is a 3 3/4 and 7 1/2 IPS recorder.
     
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    The MX55N handles tape better than the MX5050, even though the former is an older model. Plus, in a pinch, you can record at 30ips :)

    But as already noted, many were run hard. Not that they couldn't handle such abuse but the heads/guides, etc., may need to be restored. Figure a few hundred for a full service from a well known tech.

    Also look for Otaris with the 2/4 heads. They can record 2-track but play 2-track and 4-track.
     
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  16. KaatheSnake

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    I don't buy heavily used tape decks. My TEAC A3340S I just got was NIB, recapped, calibrated, oiled, and mechanically repaired. The machine doesn't have a single scratch, dent, chip, or fingerprint on it. I just need a deck I can transfer my quad multitrack recordings down to a 2 channel stereo master. I would like a 15 IPS machine, and 30 IPS would be very nice. The heads on the A3340S were tested for frequency response, and here's how they rated: 20Hz-24kHz at 15 IPS, and 25Hz-20kHz at 7 1/2 IPS. That's exceptionally good sound!
     

     

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    Greetings from RojoLand!

    Many were (mine is). But B77s were made with different speed combinations (as well as in 2-track and 4-track). The HS (high-speed) version runs at 15 and 7-1/2 IPS. A slow-speed version (1-7/8—3-3/4) and slower-speed version (15/16—1-7/8, for radio-station logging etc.) were also made.

    I have a Tandberg 10X two-track which runs at 3-3/4, 7-1/2 and 15 IPS (does a nice job, too). But I don't think I'd recommend one to you, since they can be a bit fussy, and parts aren't common. I recapped mine (which was given to me).

    Others have suggested a Teac A-3300SX-2T. Second that, though I don't have one. Teacs are high on my list. I do have a quarter-track A-6300, and would also recommend its cousin the A-6100 which is 2-track, runs 15—7-1/2, and also has a quarter-track playback head so you can play either type. (Records only two-track.) My A-6300 is the only one of my decks that can truly make a 3-3/4-IPS pre-recorded tape sound good (and it isn't even recapped yet).

    Take care,

    J. E. Knox "The Victor Freak"
     
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  18. KaatheSnake

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    Thank you for the advice! What about a TEAC A-7030?
     
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    Greetings from RojoLand!

    A Teac A-7030 is similar in function to an A-6100 but is several years older. Take that into consideration. Older electronics will definitely require recapping, may have older type transistors which will be harder to replace. (I'm starting a recap of my 1967-vintage A-4010S; it's full of PNP germanium transistors that were obsolete almost right out of the box.) Older Teacs are also more likely to have Suzuki oil-type capacitors used as switch/relay/solenoid snubbers, and they like to fail short and go BANG! MUST be replaced.

    I found this page on the A-7030: http://stereonomono.blogspot.com/2012/01/teac-7030.html

    Take care,

    J. E. Knox "The Victor Freak"
     
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  20. KaatheSnake

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    Okay. I'll see if I can get one.
     

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