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 Post subject: Re: Talk About A Reel-To-Reel Addiction...
PostPosted: Feb Fri 21, 2020 2:16 pm 
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TDK is suffering from Loss of Lubricant. More and more TDK reels with lots of white powder.


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 Post subject: Re: Talk About A Reel-To-Reel Addiction...
PostPosted: Feb Mon 24, 2020 9:31 pm 
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Looks like a company called "Recording the Masters" out of France still makes analog tape. I ordered a 5" and 7" reel to give it a try.

https://www.recordingthemasters.com/

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 Post subject: Re: Talk About A Reel-To-Reel Addiction...
PostPosted: Feb Tue 25, 2020 5:13 pm 
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I was hoping that the former Quantegy manufacturer was back in business. But alas, id doesn't see so.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quantegy

With patience, you can always buy some NOS or even seldom used tape on the auction site.

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 Post subject: Re: Talk About A Reel-To-Reel Addiction...
PostPosted: Feb Wed 26, 2020 1:40 am 
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I have several reel-to-reel sets but no instructions (and no electronic smarts -- a bad combination!)

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 Post subject: Re: Talk About A Reel-To-Reel Addiction...
PostPosted: Feb Wed 26, 2020 5:23 am 
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I know from my years ('93- '08) of excessive ADAT recording use that the Ampex/Quantegy SVHS tape of the late '90's, early 00's was poor quality and shedded... I remember reading at the time that the ¼" tape made by them at that time had similar issues.
The two companies that made SVHS I recall sustaining the most abuse and still working (sounding good, not shredding or error 7) with tracking, overdubbing, remixing, back then were BASF and Fujifilm,
not sure whether both made ¼" RTR tape at that time, but worth checking into...

Perhaps check as well the several tape recorder forum sites that are out there (or were) and see what the diehards are using for reliable ¼"tape today.
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 Post subject: Re: Talk About A Reel-To-Reel Addiction...
PostPosted: Mar Wed 11, 2020 12:29 am 
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I ordered some "Recording the Masters" brand tape. Apparently they purchased the old BASF formulation and are manufacturing the tape in France. I received the 5 inch reel and I'm really impressed with the quality...I've been recording music off my Amazon music account direct into the TC-630 and it sounds amazing on playback :lol: The 7 inch reel I ordered from them is still on back order.

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 Post subject: Re: Talk About A Reel-To-Reel Addiction...
PostPosted: Mar Sun 22, 2020 1:48 am 
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ATR Services sell new tape. 80% of my repair biz is working on R-to-R machines as I work mostly in recording studios where the format is still very strong. It's still considered to be the best sounding format available.


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 Post subject: Re: Talk About A Reel-To-Reel Addiction...
PostPosted: Mar Mon 23, 2020 9:57 pm 
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I finished reassembling the TC-630 and posted some videos on YouTube here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sIrpYbVaAcM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ddTvuZB86F0


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 Post subject: Re: Talk About A Reel-To-Reel Addiction...
PostPosted: Mar Tue 31, 2020 6:01 pm 
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harley1176 wrote:
ATR Services sell new tape. 80% of my repair biz is working on R-to-R machines as I work mostly in recording studios where the format is still very strong. It's still considered to be the best sounding format available.

That's part of my biz, too. I work on Ampexes, MCIs, and the occasional Studer. Lately it's been difficult to get consistently good quality tape. Although the ATR Services tape is generally good, I have had problems on & off with both ATR and the "Recording The Masters" brand - uneven slitting, oxide shedding, etc.


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