WTB: Alignment/Test Reel for Teac 80-8

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WTB: Alignment/Test Reel for Teac 80-8

Post by Int'l Feel » Mon Jun 06, 2011 7:40 am

The manual calls for YTT-1144 or MRL31J129, but I wasn't sure if other models will get the job done...

Thanks in advance!

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Post by davidollard » Mon Jun 06, 2011 2:32 pm

Well, an excellent starting point is the MRL web site. Here's one particularly useful link:

http://home.comcast.net/~mrltapes/which-cal-tape.html

Your machine is 15ips IEC equalization. The 31J119 tape recommended in the manual is 200nWb/m, which was fine for Ampex 406 tapes. If you are using a more modern tape like Quantegy (Ampex) 456, then I would go for the 31J219, which is the same tones but 3dB higher, which 456 can easily take.

However, these list at $225, and you can save a lot of money by getting one of their shorter tapes. Either the 2 frequency, 3 frequency, or my favorite from the one speed tapes, the 4 frequency. These are all listed at $145 if you go for the 4 minutes version, which is catalog number 341-673-482-103 for the 250nWb/m version.

But do read the papers on the MRL web site and see for yourself.

Good luck!

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Post by kengineering » Tue Jun 07, 2011 8:13 am

Your machine is 15ips IEC equalization. The 31J119 tape recommended in the manual is 200nWb/m, which was fine for Ampex 406 tapes. If you are using a more modern tape like Quantegy (Ampex) 456, then I would go for the 31J219, which is the same tones but 3dB higher, which 456 can easily take.

Good advise!

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Post by Int'l Feel » Fri Jun 10, 2011 7:06 am

Thanks, guys. I did end up getting a MRL tape, so I'm all set.

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