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mother lode of open reel decks!

Post by biasvoltage » Thu Jan 20, 2005 5:45 pm

someone must have heard about quantegy and just given up:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?Vi ... 89510&rd=1

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Post by Milkmansound » Thu Jan 20, 2005 5:57 pm

wow - what could you do with all of those at once? Make like a super mellotron or something...
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Post by Judas Jetski » Thu Jan 20, 2005 6:15 pm

What would I do with those? Secure the fate of my marriage.

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Post by Knights Who Say Neve » Thu Jan 20, 2005 6:31 pm

You could make the world's largest Frippertronics setup...
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Post by syrupcore » Thu Jan 20, 2005 7:58 pm

a multimultitap delay if you had a gym to line them up in.

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Post by radiationroom » Thu Jan 20, 2005 8:10 pm

SoftSupply wrote:someone must have heard about quantegy and just given up:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?Vi ... 89510&rd=1
]Nah.... Old Akai and Roberts decks are consumer items and are not worth anything other than as collector's items. I wouldn't freek over this auction. Now if it would be a room full of MTR-90's and A-827's, I'd be bidding.

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Re: mother lode of open reel decks!

Post by Punkity » Fri Jan 21, 2005 6:32 am

Holy Crap!

I have a friend who used one of those (I can't remember which, but there are at least 4 in the pictures) as a pair of preamps. It was colored to be sure, but it had a beautiful tone; describing it is the only time I would say "warm tube sound" with a straight face. There is no other way of putting it.

If I had the money I'd buy the lot, find the 3 or 4 best sounding for preamps, and resell the rest for what I paid for the other 40.

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Post by Dave Nutz » Fri Jan 21, 2005 6:38 am

maybe organize a pool and split them up via lottery?

anyone got a basement to temp. donate?
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Re: mother lode of open reel decks!

Post by KennyLusk » Fri Jan 21, 2005 8:57 am

Carli wrote:
SoftSupply wrote:someone must have heard about quantegy and just given up:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?Vi ... 89510&rd=1
]Nah.... Old Akai and Roberts decks are consumer items and are not worth anything other than as collector's items. I wouldn't freek over this auction. Now if it would be a room full of MTR-90's and A-827's, I'd be bidding.

73's - Carli

The sound of those old tube consumer decks is extremely pleasing and I use them for preamps for many things. The color is amazing and the warmth is extremely desirable.

I agree they're not worth anything but I disagree they're not worth their weight in gold to a TapeOpper. Even the solid state units are nice with their purely analog path. Fewer IC chips and transformer balanced in's and out's instead of opamps. Yummy!

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Re: mother lode of open reel decks!

Post by aurelialuz » Fri Jan 21, 2005 9:57 am

the electronics from those tube akai and roberts decks can be converted to a tasty guitar amp very easily. just pull the electronics and solder a mains chord to the transformer. supposedly this is the richie blackmore sound.
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Post by Scodiddly » Fri Jan 21, 2005 11:10 am

Reminds me of the Roberts stereo deck I had in high school... I sliced and diced and looped on it, and it not only had speakers, it also had a slot for 8-track cartridges in the side.

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Re: mother lode of open reel decks!

Post by Cojonesonasteek » Fri Jan 21, 2005 1:59 pm

I still use the preamps from my dad's Vietnam War-era Akai X360 (my first reel-to-reel with "Sel-Sync", which let me do mono overdubs and bounces before I could afford a Tascam multi-track). It's got some cool vibe. I also use it for tape slap echo (as you can change the speed from 1-7/8 to 3-3/4 and 7-1/2 IPS) and did tape loops when I was younger and had more patience.

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Re: mother lode of open reel decks!

Post by GLEA » Sat Jan 22, 2005 10:50 am

there was a time I was desperatly searching for a good home deck to play all the bootleg stuff I have on reels. People started clearing out their closests and giving me machines. I think I had three or four, but none worked. I'm sure the garbage men thought they were hitting the jackpot...
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Re: mother lode of open reel decks!

Post by Zeppelin4Life » Sat Jan 22, 2005 11:04 am

Im pretty sure that was the guy who I got my revox from back in the day
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Re: mother lode of open reel decks!

Post by analogcat » Mon Jan 24, 2005 4:13 am

Doesn't anyone here read??

This auction is the collection of Phil Van Praag, his entire collection was made the subject of his book "Evolution of the Audio Recorder."

You can bet these machines are in good condition and I would advise watching further auctions of his, look what he's sold already.

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