I directly asked both companies. Will report back if I get any facts.
Nagra, maybe. They are smaller so they can think a bit more out of the box. But it seems like they
wouldn't have the capital to get back into complex analog tape machines. Are there enough
audiophiles out there? And, they specialized in small-reel portable machines whereas the upscale
tape market is 15IPS 10" reels. So they'd need to redesign their mechanics.
Meanwhile, Studer might well have the tooling in place to get right back into a tape machine,
perhaps something like a B67, which could be sold for a few thousands dollars and be right in that
Prediction -- if Studer and maybe if Nagra gets back into analog tape machines, Tascam may not be
far behind (although they are now controlled by Gibson guitars and may or may not be in a capital
position to get back into manufacturing mechanically complex analog products). I think Otari is
still able to produce MX5050B type machines, special order.
-- Tom Fine
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From: "Timothy Wisniewski" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Thursday, May 22, 2014 3:15 PM
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Studer getting back into analog tape machines?
> On Thu, May 22, 2014 at 3:12 PM, Tom Fine <[log in to unmask]>wrote:
>> What other "famous Swiss tape recorder brands" are there?
>> -- Tom Fine
> Timothy Wisniewski, M.L.I.S.
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