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  • New listingAKAI 4000DS Reel To Reel Stereo Tape Deck Recorder with Instructions

    AKAI 4000DS Reel to Reel Stereo Tape Deck Recorder with Instructions Part of my late Father-in-laws collection, it appears to be in full working order, powers up fine and runs well. Some small scratches on top of case (pictured) otherwise In Very Good Condition Comes with the Reels pictured plus a Phillips Magnetic Tape Reel they does not appear to be used. Item is sold as seen and assumed fully working, everything seemed to work ok when we powered it up however we are not experts therefore should the product be deemed to be faulty in any way a full refund will be given. Collection available at no cost.
    £99.00
    0 bids
    £28.55 postage
    Ending 22 Nov at 8:39AM GMT6d 14h
    or Best Offer
    Click & CollectBrand: AkaiType: Tape
  • New listing Ferrograph reel-to-reel tape recorder series 4

    When plugged into the main, the 2 motors for the 2 reels are working but when you go into play mode it short circuit. Could be easily repaired by the right person or used for spares - which would be a pity regarding the good state of the item.
    £99.00
    Brand: Ferrograph
    £40.08 postage
    Type: Tape Recorder
    or Best Offer
  • AKAI 4000D Reel to Reel Tape Deck; refurbished, with tapes

    The deck has a switch (pre-emphasis & equalisation) to alter the recorded/played back sound depending on the tape speed; crudely, it affects the treble. They’ve been wound through to check they are continuous (no breaks, although there may be splices), that the leaders are present/OK, that there’s no “sticky shed”, and that they can be recorded onto OK.
    £165.00
    11 bids
    £19.00 postage
    Ending Saturday at 5:27PM GMT1d 23hClick & CollectBrand: AkaiType: Tape Reel
  • New listingFerrograph vintage reel to reel tape recorder

    Tape recorder, plug microphone, plastic and metal reels
    £100.00
    0 bids
    or Best Offer
    Ending 25 Nov at 12:51PM GMT9d 18hCollection in personBrand: FerrographType: Tape Recorder
  • VINTAGE 1970s SONY SONY-O-MATIC TC210 BATTERY REEL TO REEL TAPE RECORDER + MIC

    Sony tape recorder as pictured, tested using batterys. It will play, fast forward and rewind etc but I do not have a tape to test it. Sony microphone included. No tapes, batteries or mains lead.
    £31.00
    5 bids
    £6.50 postage
    Ending Today at 6:15PM GMT17m 15sClick & CollectBrand: SonyType: Tape Recorder
  • REVOX A77 Reel To Reel tape recorder + Reels + Manual

    The machine is in very good condition, although the wood veneer is flaking slightly on one corner (see picture), otherwise it is very good in appearance. The plastic lid also has a small crack on one corner but has been repaired and is quite serviceable.
    £201.00
    6 bids
    £30.00 postage
    Ending Sunday at 5:38PM GMT2d 23hClick & CollectBrand: RevoxType: Tape Recorder
  • Revox A77 Mk3 Open Reel to Reel Tape Recorder.

    From the serial number I think it is a Mk3 and swiss built. Even though i have 101 cables i cannot find one to fit this. It is old style 2 blade.
    £115.00
    1 bidEnding Sunday at 8:18PM GMT3d 2hCollection in personBrand: RevoxType: Tape Reel
  • Vintage Akai Open Reel

    Akai 4000 DB Open Reel tape deck. I have had this item from new ( July 1976 ) In good condition, no scratches or dents. Play back works & sound quality is good, but have not recorded anything recently. The heads could possibly benefit from cleaning. Item will packed in original box & securely packaged & sent by DPD tracked & signed for. Please see my other items
    £99.00
    0 bids
    £10.00 postage
    Ending Today at 6:52PM GMT54m 31sClick & CollectBrand: Akai
  • Akai reel to reel vintage collectable

    Very collectible. Owners manual downloadable. Weight = 7.5 k.
    £81.00
    29 bids
    £12.50 postage
    Ending Today at 8:23PM GMT2h 25mBrand: Akai
  • Ferrograph Seris 6 Reel To Reel Tape Deck

    £35.00
    1 bidEnding Saturday at 4:57PM GMT1d 22hCollection in personBrand: FerrographType: Tape Reel
  • Ferrograph Tape Recorder Test Set RTS, audio signal generator, millivoltmeter

    Ferrograph Tape Recorder Test Set RTS.
    £75.00
    0 bids
    £20.00 postage
    Ending 19 Nov at 8:13PM GMT4d 2h
    or Best Offer
    Brand: FerrographType: Tape Recorder
  • New listingFostex Model 80, Reel to Reel, Analogue Tape Machine. 8 Track

    NO RESERVE. I will provide a take up reel with the sale. I have loved this little machine and done loads of great recording with it. I think the machine is in good condition for it's age but I guess I have to say sold as seen.
    £21.00
    3 bidsEnding 24 Nov at 6:01PM GMT9dCollection in personType: Tape Reel
  • AKAI 4000DS Reel to Reel Tape Recorder + Accessories

    Excellent condition with 5 tapes
    £67.00
    2 bids
    £19.00 postage
    Ending 19 Nov at 6:55PM GMT4dClick & CollectBrand: AkaiType: Tape Recorder
  • Sony TC-765 Reel to Reel Tape Recorder

    Used but in beautiful condition Have had it working and all seems to be ok but I'm not an expert on these things As you can see it's in its box and has no scratches or bangs that I can see Comes with power cable and other cable Any questions please ask will answer to best of my knowledge Please see my other listings
    £360.00
    28 bids
    £28.55 postage
    Ending 19 Nov at 7:39PM GMT4d 1hClick & CollectBrand: SonyType: Tape Recorder
  • BASF REEL TO REEL LH PROFESSIONAL SEVEN INCH METAL SPOOLS IN CASES

    These date from the early 1980s. The tape has been used and there are splices. It’s long play tape, so around 1,800’ per spool. On spooling each through and back there was slight oxide deposit remaining on the tape path, however there was no screeching, so it did not seem to be shedding oxide to a serious degree.
    £36.00
    16 bids
    £4.15 postage
    Ending Today at 7:31PM GMT1h 33mType: Tape Reel
  • JOB LOT AKAI REEL TO REEL TAPE RECORDERS PLAYER 4000DS 1710W

    SPARES OR REPAIR.
    £52.00
    21 bidsEnding Friday at 7:35PM GMT1d 1hCollection in personBrand: AkaiType: Tape Recorder
  • AKAI 4000DS Mk II HiFi Stereo Reel to Reel Tape Recorder in Great Working Order

    The classic AKAI 4000DS MKII HiFi Stereo Reel to Reel Tape Recorder. 7" maximum reel size. Auto shut off at end of tape. Tape counter. full working order and sounds great.
    £17.00
    10 bids
    £9.00 postage
    Ending 21 Nov at 5:12PM GMT5d 23hBrand: AkaiType: Tape Recorder
  • Sony TC - 377 Reel To Reel

    Classic Sony Reel to Reel tape recorder complete with power lead and two spools. Ideal for a home studio.
    £44.00
    0 bids
    £15.00 postage
    Ending 20 Nov at 7:48PM GMT5d 1h
    or Best Offer
    Click & CollectBrand: Sony
  • 1 MAXELL & 1 EMI 10.5" Reel to Reel tape

    £51.00
    13 bids
    £7.50 postage
    Ending Today at 8:29PM GMT2h 32mClick & CollectBrand: MaxellType: Tape Reel
  • New listingFIVE REELS OF QUARTER in TAPE ON 7 in REEL TO REEL RECORDING TAPE.

    £9.95
    Click & Collect
    Free postage
    Type: Tape Reel
    or Best Offer
  • 18cm 7" Inch Reel-to-Reel Recording Tape Empty Take Up Spool, New

    This is a single item of unused empty 7" recording tape spool as seen in the picture.
    £5.95
    Click & Collect
    £1.90 postage
    Type: Tape Reel
  • Tascam 38 8 Track reel to reel recorder needing TLC

    One of the tape guide rollers is also missing the screw cap. (this can be seen in the photos) There are a lot of spares for these machines still available. This is sold as spares or repair but I don't think there can be a lot wrong with it.
    £99.00
    1 bid
    £35.00 postage
    Ending 20 Nov at 7:12PM GMT5d 1hClick & CollectBrand: TASCAM
  • New listing'AKAI' Reel To Reel Spool. 7".

    An AKAI 7" spool. Super, used condition. (I have no idea of tape content. ).
    £9.99
    0 bids
    £3.95 postage
    Ending Sunday at 4:29PM GMT2d 22hClick & CollectBrand: AkaiType: Tape Reel
  • AMPEX 456 GRAND MASTER Studio Reel To Reel 1/4" Inch Mastering Tape - USED ONCE

    AMPEX 456 GRAND MASTER Studio Mastering Tape. USED ONCE for Recording. These were taken from professional studio which has now closed.
    £20.00
    Click & Collect
    £4.50 postage
    Brand: AmpexType: Tape
  • AKAI GX-4000DB Stereo Tape Deck Recorder Reel to Reel

    AKAI GX-4000DB. This Machine has the GX Glass & X`Tal Ferrite Heads. Stereo / Mono Tape Deck Recorder. Reel to Reel. Heads: (3): 1 GX playback head, 1 GX recording head, 1 erase head. Akai GX-4000DB Reel to Reel Tape Recorder.
    £325.00
    Brand: Akai
    £14.00 postage
    Type: Tape Recorder
  • Revox A77 half track dual speed reel to reel machine Type 11102 Very Low Mileage

    Sounds superb stereo or mono.
    £103.00
    3 bids
    £14.39 postage
    Ending 20 Nov at 3:16PM GMT4d 21hBrand: RevoxType: Tape Recorder
  • SONY TC 377 twin reel tape made in Japan 2nd of 2

    I have 2 of these in identical condition see my other listings Previously owned but never used Stereo tape deck vintage sony TC-377 Made in Japan Been in storage for 20 plus years Never been out of box as new This is an opportunity to own an excellent piece of engineering comes with all leads and a spare metallic reel and cables
    £107.00
    2 bids
    £28.55 postage
    Ending 19 Nov at 7:23PM GMT4d 1hClick & CollectBrand: SonyType: Tape Reel
  • Akai X-5000L Reel To Reel Tape Recorder

    In very good condition and working order.
    £50.00
    1 bidEnding 20 Nov at 5:49PM GMT4d 23hCollection in personBrand: AkaiType: Tape Recorder
  • Thermionic Reel to Reel vintage tape recorder wooden case model T 3000 rare item

    Model Thermionic T3000. Hi, This is a very old reel to reel tape recorder. all original, wooden case. however I've searched everywhere and can't find the power lead to test - (small round 3 pin). it is complete otherwise with all internal components intact and still has an old tape in place.
    £12.50
    9 bids
    £19.85 postage
    Ending 21 Nov at 4:24PM GMT5d 22hType: Tape Recorder
  • Revox A77 Rare half (2) track, high speed 15 IPS version

    What is included is the machine itself and a genuine Revox power lead. So if that is less than I paid for it then so be it.
    £156.00
    25 bids
    £28.00 postage
    Ending 19 Nov at 4:58PM GMT3d 23hBrand: RevoxType: Tape Recorder
  • Akai 4000DS reel to reel tape deck recorder

    £63.00
    6 bidsEnding Saturday at 4:45PM GMT1d 22hCollection in personBrand: AkaiType: Tape Recorder
  • EMPTY 10.5" CINE SPOOLS FOR 1/4" TAPE

    Two empty spools.   10.5" with cine centre.   One grey 'Revox' and one grey BASF.  Post free.
    £16.00
    Click & Collect
    Free postage
    Brand: Revox
    or Best Offer
    Type: Tape
  • 10.5" Agfa Reel of 1/4" Tape NAB in Box

    The tape on it is old - no idea of state of it.
    £7.00
    0 bids
    £3.60 postage
    Ending 20 Nov at 7:05PM GMT5d 1hType: Tape
  • Vintage Retro Ferrograph Reel To Reel Tape Player

    It’s a lovely piece that we had on display.
    £11.50
    3 bidsEnding Friday at 10:41PM GMT1d 4hCollection in personBrand: FerrographType: Tape Reel
  • 10.5" Agfa Reel of 1/4" Tape NAB in Ampex 456 Box

    The tape on it is old - no idea of state of it.
    £8.00
    0 bids
    £4.50 postage
    Ending 20 Nov at 7:13PM GMT5d 1hBrand: AmpexType: Tape
  • akai 4000d reel to reel

    Akai 4000d reel to reel this is a nice working machine. but i have lost the rubber reel keepers but you can probably get them.
    £145.00
    Click & Collect
    £24.00 postage
    Brand: Akai
    or Best Offer
    Type: Tape Reel
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  • SONY TC 377 twin reel tape made in Japan

    Previously owned but never used Stereo tape deck vintage sony TC-377 Made in Japan Been in storage for 20 plus years Never been out of box as new This is an opportunity to own an excellent piece of engineering comes with all leads and a spare metallic reel and cables
    £155.00
    2 bids
    £28.55 postage
    Ending 19 Nov at 7:17PM GMT4d 1hClick & CollectBrand: SonyType: Tape Reel
  • UHER 4000 Report IC portable reel to reel tape recorder with case

    A retro portable tape recorder from one of the most famous brands. This UHER 4000 Report unit comes complete with case and adjustable strap. 4 speed operation with a DIN style output connection. The unit was in working playback/fast forward/rewind order when last tested a couple of years ago (see photo)-please note there is no mains power unit supplied with this item and a replacement battery cell would need to be fitted if the unit is to be used on location. A sturdy bit of kit for any recording enthusiast.    
    £10.50
    2 bids
    £6.89 postage
    Ending 22 Nov at 10:48PM GMT7d 4hClick & CollectType: Tape Recorder
  • 10.5" Agfa Reel of 1/4" Tape NAB in Box

    The tape on it is old - no idea of state of it.
    £7.00
    0 bids
    £3.60 postage
    Ending 20 Nov at 7:10PM GMT5d 1hType: Tape
  • Vintage GRUNDIG Reel to Reel STENORETTE SL DICTAPHONE + Microphone + foot pedal

    The Stenorette was an office dictation machine introduced by Grundig in 1954, and successfully sold internationally.
    £2.99
    1 bid
    £8.00 postage
    Ending Today at 6:37PM GMT39m 14sBrand: Grundig
  • Sony TC-252 Portable Reel to Reel Tape Recorder And 17 Tapes

    Sony TC 252 reel to reel and 17 tapes. 12 tapes are of unknown content 5 have cards with them but I haven’t tried them personally. The machine turns on and plays but I haven’t tried recording. It does have spare belts and has had new belts fitted recently. Bought by myself in error so I just want it to go to someone who knows this stuff. Would prefer collecting but can meet within a reasonable distance of Leeds if it helps or you can arrange a courier. It will weigh a bit!! Any questions I’ll try my best to answer Happy bidding
    £25.00
    0 bids
    or Best Offer
    Ending Saturday at 11:31AM GMT1d 17hCollection in personBrand: SonyType: Tape Recorder
  • New listingAKAI GX-630D Three Head Stereo Tape Deck with 2 Reels & Dust Cover

    As is well known, the core of Akai's GX Head is made of crystal ferrite and is mounted and set in glass. The superior magnetic properties of the head material and special processing allowed the formation of a perfectly lineal shallow head gap, an acute head surface angle contour, and focusing of the magnetic field into a sharp oblong radius.
    £300.00
    0 bidsEnding 25 Nov at 5:04PM GMT9d 23hCollection in personBrand: AkaiType: Tape
  • New listingRevox A77 remote control perfect condition original box used couple times only

    £17.00
    0 bids
    £6.83 postage
    Ending 22 Nov at 11:05AM GMT6d 17hClick & CollectBrand: Revox
  • Vintage Sony reel to reel tapecorder

    £50.00
    0 bids
    or Best Offer
    Ending Sunday at 1:43PM GMT2d 19hCollection in personBrand: SonyType: Tape Recorder
  • Box of reel to reel recording tapes Lot B , maybe some interesting recordings ?

    Box of reel to reel recording tapes Lot B in assorted sizes, various lengths from various sources. I pulled this lot randomly from a large pile of tapes I have.
    £13.00
    Type: Tape
    £5.49 postage
  • Vintage High End Open Reel To Reel Hifi Philips 4418,3head 3 Speed.95%restored

    Also had a new power switch. Has its lid as well but has a corner broken at the very bottom left.not even seen when standing up.Otherwise good condition. low start so it can find its own value. New power amp transistors x4.
    £53.00
    18 bidsEnding Today at 7:21PM GMT1h 23mCollection in personBrand: Philips
  • SONY TC 330 REEL TO REEL & CASSETTE RECORDER

    This recorder was serviced by servicesound in NOV 2016. the speakers are ok it's the socket at the back of recorder. more information can be found on the internet. Takes up to 7" spools 3 speeds 1.7/8 3.3/4 7.1/2.
    £67.50
    0 bidsEnding 24 Nov at 3:59PM GMT8d 22hCollection in personBrand: Sony
  • Vintage Sanyo RD-2310 4 track Reel To Reel Tape recorder tested & working

    No tapes included.
    £24.99
    0 bids
    £15.00 postage
    Ending 20 Nov at 5:32PM GMT4d 23hClick & CollectType: Tape Recorder
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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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