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I’ll have to live vicariously through you.So this is a Gene Walls restored Otari MX-5050 BII. He tears these down to the frame and rebuilds them. Not a cheap proposition, but if you want a deck that will outlast you? Calibrated and completely sorted, you pay the piper.
My recording capabilities are not up to my own personal standards so I will be acquiring tapes as the fun fund allows. The fact that my gear purchasing has slowed down considerably as I settle down for the foreseeable future makes this somewhat possible. But I have been inquiring about tape to those that are into the medium and am always on the hunt for sources of quality tape.Very nice ! So is this to make ultra HQ needle drops or are you sitting on a stash of pre-recorded reel tapes ?
I bet his info is in my picture thread from that day. Will have to go back and look. I had forgotten all about that. I bet he charges a premium for them though. That seems to be the norm for quality tape. I knew this going in so I am not complaining….much.Very cool! Did you run into the guy at the 2019 NYC audio show who was developing a reel tape business ? By his own accounts, he somehow "owns" a warehouse full of Euro LP master tapes from a pressing plant and was selling tape dupes along with some very expensive restored machines. Wish I had written his name down but I'm sure you can find it with some google-fu.
He was partnered with the giant Chinese field-coil horn setup in the big ballroom. I sat and listened through a Joe Jackson album on reel that was pretty stellar.
This format has me on such an emotional roller coaster. When it’s bad…it’s awful. But when it’s good…? It’s the best sound I have ever heard. But one thing is constant, it’s a tangible media that is a boat load of fun….and money….Le sigh.
To the two of you; “Get behind me Satan!”The best audio I've ever heard has been tape, every damn time.