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Buying a tape machine: where to look.
Old 21st January 2007
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Buying a tape machine: where to look.

Is there any place you fine cats could recommend I start looking for a good 24 track tape machine. I scour ebay every so often, but was hoping someone could give me some additional info as to where to look.
Old 21st January 2007
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You do know a 2" machine will be a nightmare of line-up and maintenance? Don't you?
Old 21st January 2007
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I agree that........

they are "high maintenance". Ebay is the best. But if you've got the budget and want new, Studer is offering the A 827 gold edition for around $30,000 or less! Available at Vintage King. If that's a little rich for you, sometimes Craig's List is also a good source........oh yeah, music schools or studios sometimes liquidate. "Googling", "vintage 24 track reel to reels for sale USA", works. I know that these machines could be problematic, but that doesn't stop me from looking them up just for the "buzz" , they sure are "perdy" and in my opinion age well, atleast aesthetically!!....good luck
Old 21st January 2007
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Is there any place you fine cats could recommend I start looking for a good 24 track tape machine. I scour ebay every so often, but was hoping someone could give me some additional info as to where to look.
A group of top producers did a blind test in a London studio, hired in session musicians to have a Jam and sought to put the sonic digital V analogue question to rest.
Turns out they all liked radar the best really. Even though the Studer 16 track was freshly aligned by a bloke that had been looking after it for twenty odd years.
Its just mythology these days, spend the money on better converters/compressors or a few good pre's. By todays standards they are really just a nightmare.
http://www.recordproduction.com/mpg-event-june05.html

I had to look after an 800/24 and an MTR 90 MK 11 for bloody years, I don't love them anymore mate.
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