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  • Revox A77 Two Track Stereo Reel to Reel Tape Recorder & B77 Instructions

    I have photos of the recording heads in better quality.
    4 bids
    £20.95 postage
    Ending Today at 5:27PM BST6h 55mBrand: Revox
  • Akai GX-77 Stereo Reel to Reel Tape Recorder

    Heads: 2 x GX record, 2 x GX playback, 2 x erase. Stereo Reel to Reel Tape Recorder. Looks and works great for every types tape. Tape speeds: 3. Frequency response: 25Hz to 33kHz(7. Signal to Noise Ratio: 63dB. ).
    Brand: Akai
    £15.00 postage
    or Best Offer
  • Vintage Akai 4000DS Tape Deck - Well Cared For

    17 bids
    £9.79 postage
    Ending Today at 4:22PM BST5h 50mBrand: Akai
  • Vintage AKAI 4000DB  Dolby Reel to Reel Tape Deck, used; serviced good condition

    1975 - 77. A Tape Monitor Switch and three heads facilitate instant comparison of the recording being made. Easy confirmation of recording quality results in a more professional recording. The micron gap tape head is responsible for an important difference in tape recording.
    11 bids
    £2.95 postage
    Ending Today at 9:00PM BST10h 27mBrand: Akai

    This machine seems to function, it fast forwards, rewinds, plays, records. But when it plays I can't seem to get a sound out of it. Sound comes through in monitor mode from an external source but not in play, I'm not sure if it was the tape I was using though. The volume pots crackle a bit. The whole thing could do with a good service, but I don't think there is too much wrong.
    5 bids
    £6.99 postage
    Ending 28 Apr at 6:36PM BST6d 8hBrand: TEAC

    The both of these machines work as they always have and have both been fully cleaned regreased & serviced. It's a bit slow at rewinding but does go with a little help I think it may be down to a weak belt.
    6 bids
    £2.95 postage
    Ending 23 Apr at 1:29PM BST1d 2hBrand: Sony
  • Brenell mk 5 M reel to reel tape recorder

    Tested on record and playback. FF and REW good.
    £12.00 postage
    14 watching
  • Refurbished Akai 4000D stereo, 4 track reel to reel VGC c/w leads & instructions

    The deck will be supplied with a plastic take up spool and a couple of used reels of unknown quality. Deck is in full working order with new belts fitted. All switches have been cleaned and lubricated, heads have been thoroughly cleaned and de-gaussed.
    13 bids
    £20.00 postage
    Ending Today at 8:35PM BST10h 3mBrand: Akai
  • Vintage Valve Reel to Reel Tape Recorder. Rare 'Gaumont British' 732

    Rare 'Gaumont British' 732. This classic British made valve tape recorder is now very rare. It has a huge 0.2HP motor. (Not the one shown in the photos.). It can be used as a straight through amplifier.
    0 bids
    £20.00 postage
    Ending 25 Apr at 10:28PM BST3d 11h

    1 bidEnding 26 Apr at 10:58PM BST4d 12hCollection in personBrand: TEAC
  • Revox Koffer 'briefcase' for A77 Tape recorder with amplifier boards

    All that's needed to convert a Revox A77 to a portable.
    1 bid
    £16.00 postage
    Ending 26 Apr at 6:40PM BST4d 8hClick & CollectBrand: Revox
  • Sony TC-377 Vintage Reel to Reel Tape Recorder

    This is a Sony TC-377 Reel To Reel Tape Recorder.
    Brand: Sony
    £18.00 postage
    or Best Offer
    22 watching
  • Revox A77 Mk IV

    Cash on collection. Collection preferred as very heavy.
    0 bidsEnding 23 Apr at 9:59PM BST1d 11hCollection in personBrand: Revox
  • Vintage Sony Reel to Reel Taperecorder TC-399

    This item connects directly to your amplifier as part of your hi-fi system. This item weighs in at 30 lbs (about 14 kg).
    11 bids
    £15.00 postage
    Ending Today at 4:25PM BST5h 53mBrand: Sony
  • Leak Stereofetic FM Tuner - Stereo - works and sounds great - needs cleaning up!

    In view of this it is supplied with no mains plug fitted and the fuse removed and taped to the back panel. Great stereo sound and it tuned in all our local stations. The quality was very good and hiss free using our rooftop FM aerial, but it does need a strong signal.
    0 bids
    £7.19 postage
    Ending 30 Apr at 7:22PM BST8d 8h
  • AKAI X-330D Reel To Reel Front panel plus head covers. Very Nice Condition!!

    Hi there, here we have an Akai X330 front panel, with its head covers and screws. It is in very very nice condition with only one very small dent around left hand reel opening (please see picture 4). Probably the best you will see and rare as hens teeth if you have one of these to restore. Photos are actual item you will receive, what you see in the photo you will get. Thanks for looking and good luck. Please, UK only, thanks
    0 bids
    £2.95 postage
    Ending 27 Apr at 7:21PM BST5d 8hBrand: Akai
  • Revox A77 1/4 Trk MkIV with Nabs,reels, Acc's Serviced + 60 Day Warranty

    The heads show nominal wear so lots of life still left to faithfully reproduce that warm analogue sound so distinctive to the Revox range. Head azimuth has been checked and adjusted for maximum coarse and fine performance.
    Brand: Revox
    £30.00 postage
    or Best Offer
    14 watching
  • AKAI 4000DS MKII Vintage 1/4in Reel To Reel Tape Recorder & Player

    This machine is lovely and plays and records very very well. It's in daily use its in above average condition for its age see photos for the minor marks it has. Il be sorry to see this go but needs must so it's gotta go.
    2 bidsEnding 23 Apr at 5:34PM BST1d 7hCollection in personBrand: Akai
  • New listingVintage Akai 4000DS Tape Deck - For Refurbishment Reel to Reel Stereo 1970s HiFi

    There is nothing else included - just what you see in the photos.
    0 bids
    £10.00 postage
    Ending 28 Apr at 8:35PM BST6d 10hBrand: Akai
  • Rare Bang & Olufsen Beocord 1200 (Type 4207) Reel to Reel Tape Recorder

    The Beocord 1200 was important for two reasons. Firstly, it was the first B&O tape recorder that was specifically designed as part of a system of matching components. Secondly, it was the last open reel tape recorder that B&O would produce in quantity.
    0 bids
    £12.00 postage
    Ending 24 Apr at 8:00PM BST2d 9h
    or Best Offer
  • Sony TC270 3 speed stereo tape recorder with speakers - working but with faults

    Sony TC270 3 speed tape recorder with speakers. Rear case and socket panels are fine. The speakers fasten onto the main unit with no problems. The sound quality was surprisingly good through the lid speakers which both work fine.
    0 bids
    £9.59 postage
    Ending 30 Apr at 12:56PM BST8d 2hBrand: Sony
  • Ferrograph Series 7 (724) with all sorts of additional Paraphernalia

    For sale is this rare Ferrograph Series 7 reel to reel recorder. The unit powers up fine as can be seen in the photos. The motors work although we have had to remove the reels as the small rubber wheel to the right of the tape heads (can be seen in place and removed in the photos) had perished.
    Brand: Ferrograph
    £35.00 postage
    or Best Offer
  • UHER SG561 Royal Stereo Reel to Reel Boxed + Instructions 4 speeds-1/4" Tape

    Integral Amplifier and built in speakers can be used with any input source. Off tape monitoring. Operates horizontally or with integral handle acting as support when used vertically.". Has had a few years ago a full professional service--this guy was very keen amateur.
    0 bids
    £19.34 postage
    Ending 30 Apr at 9:25PM BST8d 10h

    0 bids
    £20.00 postage
    Ending 28 Apr at 4:35PM BST6d 6hBrand: Akai

    0 bidsEnding Today at 1:06PM BST2h 34mCollection in person

    We are selling this AKAI 4000DB Reel to Reel,Dolby System.One-Micron Gap Head Three Head.I am selling this as Spares or Repairs only because I haven’t got a clue how to use it so can’t say for sure how well it works.It powers up and fast forwards and rewinds but I don’t know what else to do with it.It has had the lead extended but it doesn’t look very safe to me,so it will need a plug put on safely.It has a chip on the top as I have shown in the picture.This is for pickup from Sunbury on Thames.You are welcome to arrange your own courier.Thankyou
    0 bidsEnding 26 Apr at 8:22PM BST4d 9hCollection in personBrand: Akai
  • New listingQuantegy 478 7" x 1200ft (x16) Reel to reel tapes

    16 x Quantegy 478 Low Print Audio Tape. 7" Plastic Reels 1200ft. The asking price is just over £11.00 a Reel. I have owned these from new & used them on my Studer A810. I no longer use 7" reels so these have to go!
    Click & Collect
    Free postage
  • AKAI 4000DB REEL TO REEL Tape Deck VINTAGE HI FI (1975-77) - NO RESERVE!!

    AKAI 4000DB REEL TO REEL. A Tape Monitor Switch and three heads facilitate instant comparison of the recording being made with source signals. Easy confirmation of recording quality results in a more professional recording.
    18 bidsEnding Today at 8:38PM BST10h 6mCollection in personBrand: Akai
  • Akai GX-280D-SS 4 Channel Reel to Reel Tape Recorder

    (Seems to be working, but I have no tape to test it with & so cannot be certain. There are a couple of minor bits of silver trim missing. it’s 2 or 4 channels only).
    2 bidsEnding 25 Apr at 7:51PM BST3d 9hCollection in personBrand: Akai
  • Ferguson 3232 Reel To Reel Vintage 1960/70s Fully Working Tested

    Here is a Ferguson 3232 vintage reel to reel , all works fine tested . Top has very light surface marks , it has a little piece missing on the left hand side at the front .See pics .all the buttons work fine, overall in great condition for its age . Any questions pls ask . Many thanks.
    0 bids
    £11.99 postage
    Ending Today at 3:04PM BST4h 32m
  • AKAI DS 4000 MK1 REEL TO REEL - working and in very good condition + 6 tapes!!!!

    The recorder is in good working condition. The front of the recorder is a bit loose but it's probably just missing a screw. I'll have a look and try and rectify it but I don't think it's much of an issue.
    1 bidEnding 27 Apr at 1:08PM BST5d 2hCollection in personBrand: Akai
  • Revox B77 Service Setup and Calibration

    Initial operation of machine checked. Run Motor capacitors efficiency evaluation. Channel mixing facility check. End of tape operation check. Input frequency response check. Overall frequency response tests and analysis report.
    Collection in person
    39 watching
    Brand: Revox
  • Ferrograph Series 4 Reel To Reel Tape Recorder.But Needs some tat.L.C

    Where to start ,This is a very old very heavy tape recorder .It belonged to my father and found in a old cupboard when clearing house .I haven’t tried so don’t know if it works .The mike and all the leads are there also the original instructions and a instruction manual.It is still in its original box but a lot tatty and worn .There is also14tapes but once again don’t know if any good .Because of the weight it would be pick up only where you could check it out .
    0 bidsEnding 27 Apr at 3:30PM BST5d 4hCollection in personBrand: Ferrograph

    Missing one head. Rest of the Word: We have an account with DHL so our prices are competitive. for £25.00.
    0 bids
    £12.50 postage
    Ending Today at 11:39AM BST1h 7mClick & CollectBrand: Sony
  • Revox pr99

    Vintage revox AsC Version PR99. Working, but not used for a few years. Comes with Trolley. Cutting marks on panel, some scratches.
    0 bids
    £100.00 postage
    Ending 24 Apr at 7:35PM BST2d 9hBrand: Revox
  • Sony Quadrophonic Reel To Reel

    Full working order.
    2 bids
    £28.55 postage
    Ending 23 Apr at 11:52PM BST1d 13hBrand: Sony
  • Teac A-3440 in Very Good Full Working condition

    Brand: TEAC
    £25.00 postage

    Taken from a working machine.
    0 bids
    £3.60 postage
    Ending Today at 11:31AM BST59m 30sClick & CollectBrand: Ferrograph
  • Webster Chicago Wire Recorder Mod 18-3. 210-240 Volt Version

    Webster Chicago Wire Recorder Mod 18-3. 210-240 Volt Version. Complete with a Spool of Recording Wire this unit operates (although a little sluggish) in the Play /Record and rewind, with the record head moving up and down to aid correct spooling of the wire.
    0 bids
    £12.00 postage
    Ending 26 Apr at 10:42PM BST4d 12h
  • vintage reel to reel tapes

    Ihave a collection of reel to reel tapes over sixty in total, most are used with various music on them and a few new ones. Could be a gem among this lot.
    0 bids
    £10.00 postage
    Ending 24 Apr at 9:00PM BST2d 10h

    16 bids
    £41.20 postage
    Ending 26 Apr at 10:04PM BST4d 11hBrand: NAGRA
  • ReVox G36 Stereo, 2-track, 3 3/4 & 7 1/2 ips. Complete. Pure tube analogue sound

    This REVOX G36 is a stereo machine with stacked erase heads, separate recording heads separate replay heads, six audio pre-amplifiers. and a push/pull power amplifier. RECORD on the right. REPLAY on the left.
    Brand: Studer
    £85.00 postage
    or Best Offer
    11 watching
  • New listingTeac X1000 Reel To Reel with Piano Black Case, Accessories.

    Teac X1000 Open Reel Deck. A Genuine Pair of Teac TZ612 NAB Hub Adaptors. A Genuine Teac RE1003B Take Up Spool. A Genuine Teac Dust Cover. The Heads on this unit are the factory Teac originals and show very little wear indeed.
    0 bids
    or Best Offer
    Ending 28 Apr at 12:41PM BST6d 2hCollection in personBrand: TEAC
  • Akai GX-625 Reel To Reel Tape recorder In Excellent Condition

    In good cosmetic condition and good working order. Would benefit from a service as the line recording dial sometimes needs fiddling but once set records perfectly. Apart from that everything works fine. Comes complete with good racal zonal spools and hubs. Also photo copied instructions
    16 bids
    £28.55 postage
    Ending 25 Apr at 9:31PM BST3d 10hBrand: Akai
  • Reel To Reel Tapes X 12 Various boxes and reels

    LOT OF 12 Reel To Reel tapes 10.5 “ Plus1x 7in. May not contain Tape indicated on boxes or reels.
    2 bids
    £12.95 postage
    Ending Today at 5:05PM BST6h 32m
  • Ferrograph Reel To Reel Series 6

    Also included is a spare reel and a used Ferrograph reel and box as well as a Ferrograph defluxer. Due to it's weight this is collection only from Buckingham area.
    1 bidEnding 26 Apr at 7:41PM BST4d 9hCollection in personBrand: Ferrograph
  • AKAI 1710 reel to reel

    Good condition.
    Click & Collect
    £10.00 postage
    Brand: Akai
    or Best Offer
  • New listingFOSTEX B-16 REEL TO REEL

    0 bids
    or Best Offer
    Ending 28 Apr at 4:50PM BST6d 6hCollection in person
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Vintage Reel-to-Reel Tape Recorders

Before tape cassettes and compact discs, reel-to-reel recorders were used by professionals and enthusiasts alike to record sound. The better reel-to-reel tape recorders ran tape at high speed which meant fewer drop-outs and less background noise and even today these machines are used by those who appreciate sound quality and want near perfect recording.

Buying Reel-to-Reel Tape Recorders

Vintage reel-to-reel tape recorders are older models which means that parts may be worn or nearing a breaking point. With no major manufacturer making reel-to-reel tape recorders today, spares are becoming increasingly rare and expensive. That said, there are some excellent vintage reel-to-reel tape recorders available at prices to meet the needs of collectors on even the most limited of budgets.

Tape and Parts

When choosing a reel-to-reel tape recorder, it pays to check whether tape is available for it. In addition, parts such as motor bearings, tape guides and rollers, pinch wheels, brakes and tape heads are basically consumables and will inevitably have to be sourced at some point. Some canny buyers purchase a working tape recorder along with an identical model sold for spares and repairs, with the obvious advantage of cost savings in the long run.

Don't Forget the Manual

Reel-to-reel tape recorders are complex machines requiring all kinds of calibrations, both electronic and mechanical. What's more, especially with professional reel-to-reel tape recorders, their use can be especially complicated. If the machine is unfamiliar it is highly recommended to insist it comes with its original manual, or that it has a manual that can be downloaded from the internet.

Other Considerations

Due to the age of some vintage reel-to-reel tape recorders, some modifications to the power system may need to be made in order for the machine to work. Additionally, a close inspection should always be undertaken to ensure there is no damage to the recording heads, wiring or other key parts.

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