You always wanted one....brand new reel-to-reel recorder....from Sears!!

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  1. Danny Tse

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    This is truly remarkable. If it weren't for the fact that it doesn't hold 10 in. reels I'd probably ditch my 30-year- old TEAC 3300 with massively worn heads for it. What I don't understand is the reasoning behind offering an obsolete medium. Does it have Dolby NR encoding? Three heads? Sound-on-sound? It's probably a bargain compared to the $450 I paid for the TEAC back in 1973, but so what?

    The marketing angle has me buffaloed. Who, exactly, will buy these things? I guess retro is in.

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    Just looking at that reminds me I do want to own another R-R. I regret selling my Akai 10" machine. I miss having a REEL hi-fi recorder. Makings CD's and MD's in nice but I miss making really hi-fi recordings. I don't miss cassettes but I pine for R-R...
     
  4. Jim Rakowiecki

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    That is on the Sears Canada site. I haven't been able to find anything on sears.com here in the states. What's up with the our nighbors to the north? Maybe there is an abundance of R to R tape available up there.
     
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    Wow. I've got about 50 old aircheck and archive reels from the days I used to work in radio.

    That's a real tempting purchase. [​IMG]
     
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    Wow! what tape speeds will that thing be compatible with? (will it support 7.5 ips and 15 ips?)
     
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    Neat- but why does it have a built-in CD player?
     
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    Cooler if it were a CD recorder.
     
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    Maybe they will come out with 8 Track to follow up [​IMG]
     
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    Like that old Roberts reel-to-reel from the late '60s that had cassette and 8-track. What a device!
     
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    I bought a car in the 80's that had an 8-track deck. A friend loaned me a reel to reel deck that had an 8-track recorder built in. I can't remember the brand, but the 8-tack slot was on the right side panel. I got 10 blank tapes from Rat Shack and made me some tapes off my own R-R tapes. I got some more pre-recorded tapes at the flea market and I was good to go.
     
  12. Tony Kwong

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    I still have Reel-to-reel! Wow!! Is Sears selling new blank tape for that too![​IMG] Now if they just do DCC, elecassette, DAT, CartriVision all over again!
     
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    Truly an anachronism.

    Did they ever make reel to reel tape recorders with digital readouts for, say, the tape counter?

    Reel to reel recorders can capture a wider dynamic range than cassette recorders can, this may be significant when taping CD's.

    Do tapes actually last longer than CD's as archival, seldom played, media? If your original CD rots out, you can burn another one from the open reel tape.

    Video hints:
    http://members.aol.com/ajaynejr/video.htm
     
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    Allan, my last R-R had a digital, well, LED readout for the minute/footage counter. It had a seperate power cord, with wall wart, for the LED.
     
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    The one I have has a LED "Reel-Time-Counter" as they call it.
     
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    They even used the old RCA Logo [​IMG]
     
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    I'd love to see someone make new equipment for playing dead formats- how about a CED videodisc player using up-to-date technology? I've got a few Cartrivision videotapes, and a machine that was taken out of a TV console but I can't get it to work. There was speculation that Pioneer would keep making a basic laserdisc player even after disc production stopped, but it doesn't look like that will actually happen.
     
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    Jesse, it's my understanding that Pioneer stille makes the DVL-919 for both Asia and the U.S.
     
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