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Well, theoretically any tape deck with varispeed would do the trick. You
will have to monitor the recording and adjust it on the fly. The widest
range I've seen is the ATR100 that has -200% to +300 with the vs-10. Hope
this helps. I do not use the VS-10 much but it is a godsend when I have
some really weird tapes that come in. The last one was a tape that was
purposefully recorded at 18IPS.

Cheers
Shai Drori
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On Fri, Jul 12, 2019 at 11:40 AM J. D. Mack <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> I'm looking for some advice/info.  I sometimes transfer reel-to-reel
> tapes to CD or digital files for my customers.  Frequently, I receive 3
> inch tapes from the 1960s that start at one speed and gradually speed up
> or slow down substantially as the tape plays. The speed range is usually
> between 1 7/8 and 3 3/4, but never landing on either speed.  I can
> correct for this using Adobe Audition's gliding stretch, but it takes
> quite a bit of trial and error.  What sort of tape player would I need
> to hunt down to play these tapes correctly without having to resort to a
> software solution?  My customers never have any idea what brand and
> model was used to make the recordings.
>