Relatively speaking a cassette deck will be of a low fidelity. Ideally you
would use the same model tape machine that was used to record the tapes
If you get a deck that is adjustable, your intern would need to be able to
adjust the decks on a tape by tape basis and worse yet your interns would
have to be able to recognize if the tape playing is out of phase or not in
true stereo. It is unreasonable to have those expectations.
You either should just go with the Marantz deck and don't worry about
quality or outsource the job to a professional such as Essential Sessions
Studios in St Paul MN. We have plenty of experience and can usually
accommodate a tight budget for non profit institutions.
Good Luck with your project. It sounds like a lot of fun and full of
Feel free to call if you have any additional questions.
Essential Sessions Studios
On Mar 3, 2014 10:09 PM, "Teresa Tjepkes" <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> I am looking for advice on cassette decks for an archival digitization
> project. I'm currently taking an MLIS class on archival digitization
> project management, and as a part of that class we are creating a
> digitization plan for an institution that has approximately 3,000 cassettes
> that it wants to digitize in-house. This institution is hoping to use the
> cassette deck it already has: a Marantz PMD101. I would like to know if
> anyone could tell me what kind of quality we could expect using this
> I would also like to know if anyone can recommend a double capstan deck
> that has automatic azimuth adjustment in case the institution decides it
> can buy a higher quality deck. I have seen recommendations for the
> Nakamichi Dragon and the Nakamichi CR-7A, but I would like to provide them
> with less expensive alternatives if possible.
> Ideally any cassette deck we would recommend for the institution would have
> to be fairly easy to use, as the actual digitization will be done by
> Thanks for your help,
> Teresa Tjepkes