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 Post subject: Akai Crossfield 1800sd
PostPosted: Oct Fri 18, 2019 4:14 pm 
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Hello all,

I am a newbie to Antique Radios and just want to comment on the Akai Crossfield 1800sd reel to reel. I was fortunate enough to inherit this machine after my best friend George Lopez died in 2010. The akai 1800sd was cosmetically ok, but it didn't light up let alone play. So it sat in my basement unboxed until 2017, when I decided to see what it would take to get it up and running... Long story short: My friend George Lopez and I both worked for NBC in Washington DC. George was the master control audio engineer and I was a video editor for NBC News. I come from a background as a documentary photographer-shooting 16mm and 35mm motion picture film first for the Air Force from 1973-1976 (Prior to that,I was an Air Force morse code operator in 1972, then cross trained to become a cinema photographer). George, was an audio engineer for Electric Lady Studios in NY City. Yes Jimmi Hendrix's own studio! from 1969 to 1975.

When George died in 2010 his attorney gave me some of George's personal possessions. Several vintage Nikon cameras with various lenses, an antique dentist traveling kit, his reel to reel and a box of tapes labeled "Electric Lady Studios"! This is what spurred me to repair the Akai 1800sd. Mind you, none of these were master tapes however I do recall George saying; he had Tommy James on one of those tapes telling George during a recording: "Maintain George"...(So far, I have not found that).

Anyway I got the akai 1800sd serviced, parts replaced and up and running. It sounded fantastic, even the 8 track worked but unfortunately I used an old 8 track cartridge and it broke. Tried another and it played fine and I decided not to push my luck! I've only gone through a 3rd of the tapes in the box since 2017, because I'd made a major move and put it away for now. But I'm starting to get the itch again and see what's on the rest of those tapes and hoping the machine still works.


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 Post subject: Re: Akai Crossfield 1800sd
PostPosted: Oct Mon 21, 2019 9:21 pm 
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Don't put any more 8track tapes in it until you have the tapes looked at. Most failures I have seen is because the track change tape comes loose on one end and hangs up as it passes the head which then unthreads all of the tape, usually into the guts of the machine.

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 Post subject: Re: Akai Crossfield 1800sd
PostPosted: Oct Tue 22, 2019 2:03 am 
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Thanks c1350rr, will do!


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 Post subject: Re: Akai Crossfield 1800sd
PostPosted: Oct Wed 23, 2019 3:05 am 
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welcome to the forum BTW, I have had several of the 1800SD Akai decks and they all performed well. I like the fact that they have a built in amp and speakers.

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