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Tech: Reel-to-reel recorders

Jim Carroll 21 Jan 08 - 02:27 PM
Leadfingers 21 Jan 08 - 02:46 PM
Ross Campbell 21 Jan 08 - 02:48 PM
GUEST,.gargoyle 21 Jan 08 - 10:40 PM
Bert 22 Jan 08 - 01:57 AM
Mooh 22 Jan 08 - 08:55 AM
Rapparee 22 Jan 08 - 09:15 AM
Schantieman 22 Jan 08 - 11:13 AM
Grab 22 Jan 08 - 12:00 PM
Jim Carroll 22 Jan 08 - 01:10 PM
GUEST,Brenda 31 Jul 11 - 06:15 PM
GUEST,.gargoyle 31 Jul 11 - 09:06 PM
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Subject: Tech: Reel-to-reel recorders
From: Jim Carroll
Date: 21 Jan 08 - 02:27 PM

Would appreciate advice.
We are starting a local music archive in the West of Ireland and have a number of reel-to-reel tape recorders in need of service and repair.
Have tried and failed to find a service engineer here in Ireland, so it looks as if it will have to be UK.
At the present time we need repair work on a Uher Report and a Ferrograph 7, but I'm sure there will be others.
Contact address for reliable engineer would be very much appreciated.
Thanks in anticipation.
Please PM me.
Jim Carroll


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Subject: RE: Tech: Reel-to-reel recorders
From: Leadfingers
Date: 21 Jan 08 - 02:46 PM

Ferrograph


Try this


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Subject: RE: Tech: Reel-to-reel recorders
From: Ross Campbell
Date: 21 Jan 08 - 02:48 PM

Jim - Mr C. Braddock at the Tape Recorder Centre in Blackpool, Lancashire used to keep my Tandberg reel-to-reel and cassette machines working. He usually had Uher, Ferrograph and Revox machines of various ages in stock, so I guess he could cope with any machine you need working on. My machines haven't needed his attention in recent years as they are getting used less and less, but he still appears to be operating from the same shop;-

Tape Recorder Centre, Blackpool

Tape Recorder Centre,
266 Waterloo Rd
Blackpool, FY4 3AF,
Lancs, UK
+44 1253 345049

(in case the above link doesn't work)

Ross


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Subject: RE: Tech: Reel-to-reel recorders
From: GUEST,.gargoyle
Date: 21 Jan 08 - 10:40 PM

From my personal experience.



The tapes tend to be clean. They have been stored in almost optimal conditions...dry...mold-free and have the original material intact.



It is frequently the player/recorder that has a "problem." Whatever was used for the "rubber-trust" has deterioated. Your tape will "gum up" and no amount of "cleansing alcohol" can retreive the five seconds that have become "bubble-gummed" inside your player.



Become creative.



Take the precise (micrometer reading) of your "rubber-wheel." Search, and replace.



Your system is probably good...it is the mechanics (old rubber) that pose a "problem"...you can then change the input/gain coming off the feed.



Sincerely,

Gargoyle


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Subject: RE: Tech: Reel-to-reel recorders
From: Bert
Date: 22 Jan 08 - 01:57 AM

I have found that old reel to reel machines will often 'come back to life' if you play them for a couple of hours or more. It seems to loosen up the moving parts and probably rejuvenates the capacitors a bit.

Give it a try, you don't have much to lose.


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Subject: RE: Tech: Reel-to-reel recorders
From: Mooh
Date: 22 Jan 08 - 08:55 AM

I dearly miss reel-to-reel machines.

Around 1970 I inherited an old Sunbeam with built in speakers and tube amp, and another similar one of forgotten make and model. Learned how to flange, echo, and delay with those machines.

A few years later, I purchased an Akai 10.5" reel with VU meters, stereo and four track mono, and a rare Pioneer rack mount 7" machine for mixing down. They were so "undigital" sounding, easy to record to, could store lots of tunes at slower speeds and sounded great to record at high speeds. Neither one ever gave me an once of trouble and were only abandoned when tape got hard to get, and digital took over.

Thanks for the trip down memory lane...sigh.

Peace, Mooh.


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Subject: RE: Tech: Reel-to-reel recorders
From: Rapparee
Date: 22 Jan 08 - 09:15 AM

I have one and quite a few tapes. I hope to covert them to CD someday, when I have the time. Yes, the recorder works.


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Subject: RE: Tech: Reel-to-reel recorders
From: Schantieman
Date: 22 Jan 08 - 11:13 AM

Now here's a question: Can you record jigs, polkas and slow airs on a reel to reel machine....?

...now, where did I put my coat...?

S


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Subject: RE: Tech: Reel-to-reel recorders
From: Grab
Date: 22 Jan 08 - 12:00 PM

We are starting a local music archive in the West of Ireland

If you're starting the archive now, you're almost certainly better with digital storage. The state of reel-to-reels illustrates why!

If you've got existing reel-to-reel material, there are companies which specialise in transferring this to a modern recording. It's worth checking this, because it might be cheaper than reviving your reel-to-reel and doing the conversion yourself.

Graham.


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Subject: RE: Tech: Reel-to-reel recorders
From: Jim Carroll
Date: 22 Jan 08 - 01:10 PM

Thanks for the advice - will follow up leads so far.
We have several thousand reel-to-reel tapes all in need of digitising
Wish us luck.
Jim Carroll


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Subject: RE: Tech: Reel-to-reel recorders
From: GUEST,Brenda
Date: 31 Jul 11 - 06:15 PM

I just found an old Elpico reel to reel recorder in the actic - I pluged it in without removing the years of dust and it blew every switch in the house.... anyone know where I could get it repaired in Ireland or where I could get the tape converted to digital.

Thanks Brenda (nokbg@yahoo.co.uk)


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Subject: RE: Tech: Reel-to-reel recorders
From: GUEST,.gargoyle
Date: 31 Jul 11 - 09:06 PM

It is WORKING ... amazing linkage.

Well Done MAX

Sincerely,
Gargoyle

The paranoia, of almost a decade ago, has reached fruitian.


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Subject: RE: Tech: Reel-to-reel recorders
From: johnadams
Date: 31 Jul 11 - 10:28 PM

Jim,

my Ferrograph Logic 7 plus a Tascam 32 were serviced by Geoff Kremer at Servicesound.


http://www.servicesound.com/

The Logic 7 also had some mods which he dealt with very professionally.

J


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Subject: RE: Tech: Reel-to-reel recorders
From: Richard Bridge
Date: 01 Aug 11 - 03:17 AM

Very useful link John


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