In this day and age I would not look for a bargain with a reel deck unless you are very handy at
fixing them. I would spend what it takes to get an excellent-operating-condition deck with a
satisfaction guarantee. The guy whose eBay auction I linked seems to specialize in Teac/Tascam decks
and has good buyer feedback, as just one example.
-- Tom Fine
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From: "Jan Myren" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Sunday, February 09, 2014 9:32 AM
Subject: [ARSCLIST] SV: [ARSCLIST] Almost new Revox mk IV reel to reel machine
> Hi Tom!
> I have possibility to purchase a Teach X-2000M machine. But the ad tells
> that it may have a problem since it runs (rewind) a bit slow (backwards) at
> the beginning. I don't have it here for testing since the seller is located
> miles away from me and he is selling it from his fathers collection.
> May this be a good purchase or is this a problem with this type of recorder
> that may be expensive to fix?
> All the best
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> Hi David:
> Please fix the reply-to with your e-mail so that when one replies, it goes
> to the ARSC List and not to you.
> Teac X-2000M, wow!
> I was not aware of that deck. It seems to have most if not all of the good
> features of the last-era Tascam pro decks -- the library wind mode, the
> heavy construction, the ample-sized capstan (in this case dual capstan, I
> don't remember if the last era Tascam 32-style machine had dual capstan).
> Built-in dbx NR (for better or worse).
> Jan Myren - you should hold out and buy a deck of this quality rather than
> an old Revox. The transport durability of a late-era Teac/Tascam or Technics
> machine makes it worth the money. Also put Otari MX-5050B or mkII decks in
> that mix because they too have hearty build quality. At this point, you're
> not likely to find many spare parts or qualified service personnel, so you
> need to buy something that's in very good condition and likely to hold up
> for the long haul. I remember Revox
> A77 decks from the dubbing room at Sigma Sound NYC in the 80s. They weren't
> of very hearty build quality. We used them to make 1/4-track dubs for
> clients to take home. I still have some dubs I made for myself and the sound
> quality is quite good, so Revox didn't skimp on heads or electronics as far
> as I can tell. Were the Revox A77 machines all direct-drive? That's an
> important thing because belts wear out and replacements don't come easy. I
> would never buy a reel deck that wasn't all-direct, and I'd probably
> disconnect the counter-drive belt as a default measure today since they are
> almost always worn out and thus cause one mechanical problem or another if
> left intact. Tape counters are so 20th century anyway! ;)
> -- Tom Fine
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> From: "DAVID BURNHAM" <[log in to unmask]>
> To: <[log in to unmask]>
> Sent: Saturday, February 08, 2014 10:35 PM
> Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Almost new Revox mk IV reel to reel machine
>> Those are excellent questions! One other thing you want to check on is if
> it's set up for NAB or
>> IEC eq. When I worked at CBC we had A77s set up for each of those curves
> since we aired both
>> European and American tapes. Many machines are able to be switched between
> the two
>> characteristics, such as the TEAC X2000 M, but the A77 isn't one of them.
>> On Saturday, February 8, 2014 9:48:36 PM, Paul Stamler
> <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>> On 2/8/2014 2:10 PM, Jan Myren wrote:
>>>> I have possibility to buy a almost "new" Revox A77 MK IV. It has been
> stored in a shop for all
>>>> those years, only used for demonstration. That means under 50 hours. The
> price is about 500
>>>> Is this a good purchase, or should I wait for a B-77 machine which is
> newer and have more
>>>1. Is this a high-speed (15/7.5ips) machine, or low-speed (7.5/3.75ipw)?
>>>2. Is it half-track or quarter-track?
>>>3. What do you plan on using it to do?