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A Little Treat For the Reel to Reel Guys


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I've got one of the Sony right in the middle with the slant front.  You can flip it around in the box and use it (mostly) horizontal as well.  I have no idea if it'll even power up - it's been almost 30 years now since I've used it for anything.  Not an especially high-end unit...

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My favorite engineer/repair guy, picked as "the best in the Bay Area" by the Bay Guardian, had a very large fire axe hanging on the wall, labeled, "Akai Repair Kit".


I had Ampex (cheap), Teac, and Crowns.   The Crowns were the best.   I always lusted after 35mm full coat magnetic film recorders.  Better S/N, frequency response, output level, less print through, higher speed of travel than 15 ips (often 22 ips), and probably lower distortion.

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I have an Akai X 360D. Got it from a lady whose husband got it new. He died in a car accident a few years ago and the hasn't been powered up for a loooong time. Can't afford to spend more money on it now... so it sits. I'll have to unload this at some pont, proba ly for very little money.



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