Please fix the reply-to with your e-mail so that when one replies, it goes to the ARSC List and not
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]>
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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?