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Revox B-77 or Akai 635D...price is virtually the same.

Discussion in 'AK Polls' started by brecker, Nov 14, 2018.

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  1. brecker

    brecker New Member

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    Which one would you recommend? Revox B-77 or Akai 635D...price is virtually the same.
     

     

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  2. guiller

    guiller Toscaninichus Australis

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    Welcome to the AK community!
    I'd go with the Revox. Parts and documentation are available and it is well conceived for repairs.
     
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  3. swechsler

    swechsler Frog Whisperer

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    What are your requirements? The Akai is a consumer level, full auto reverse record/play consumer deck. The Revox is also a consumer deck but is probably built more like a pro deck. If you don't need the auto reverse, go for the Revox.
     
  4. brecker

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    I have the auto-reverse now and it's okay...but not a deal breaker...in fact it's given me some problems. I've only owned Akai...but it has to be shipped and the Revox is at my local repair shop...serviced by a tech. Comes with hubs and two metal reels.
     
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    Mainly want to record albums and CD's...as well as play a few pre-recorded tapes.
     
  6. guiller

    guiller Toscaninichus Australis

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    The Revox seems to be the less risky option. Is it possible to try it before making a decision?
     
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  7. kfalls

    kfalls Super Member

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    I have worked with and repaired the Revox B77. Nothing really fancy about the B77. The ones I've used are low-speed versions. The reel motors don't have the sophisticated tensioning as some of our open-reel 1/4" Studers, so W/F is more prominent, especially at the lower speed. But still a very good choice. I'm guessing your version is probably the 3 3/4" - 7 1/2", much better W/F. There's a lot to be said for having available documentation. I work with a lot of vintage broadcast-quality audio and video players. Everything from C-Type open reel, to DVCAM HD. I've had to look long and hard to find some of the documentation. I haven't worked with the AKAIs, but had one in my youth. I had no issues with it but still like the B77 better.
     
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  8. brecker

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    Revox can be demo...not AKAI...it’s a shipped item.

    Now I have an offer for half the price of either the Revox or Akai...for a pioneer RT-1020L...with two 10” reels and hubs email below:

    Counter belt replaced. All electronics were checked and adjusted to be within spec. Electrolitic caps replaced. Cleaned and oiled. All work was done by Magnetic Tape Recorder.
     
  9. swechsler

    swechsler Frog Whisperer

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    According this thread on the tapeheads forum, that Pioneer is a good deck.
     
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  10. brecker

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    Thus making it even harder...the Akai attracts me...mainly because of the nearly indestructible heads...the Revox because it's local, it includes 10" metal reels; Pioneer because of price and metal reels included. Hmmm!!
     

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