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best 2 track 1/4" tape machine? Recorders, Players & Tape Machines
Old 15th September 2014
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Having used a variety of different tape decks and having owned an Ampex 440C, Studer B67 and now an ATR 102 1/4" here are my impressions.

Ampex 440C: Great sounding, colorful discrete electronics. Terrible transport! Can sound great but very clunky and sometimes the wow and flutter is a bit too much for certain types of music.

Studer B67: Great transport and good sound. Not quite as big and open sounding as as the Ampex 440 or ATR 102. Stable, well built tape deck with good sound.

Studer A810: Beautiful tape handling and transport. The electronics sound a little constricted to my ears. They sound decent, but when compared to an ATR 102 or Ampex 440, the sound is a little anemic.

Studer A820: Pretty much the same as the A810 with a slightly more sophisticated tape path. Very difficult to service.

ATR 102: Great sounding discrete electronics and a very nice transport.
Best of both worlds.

Sony APR: Nice sounding, very clean tape recorder. Excellent transport and tape handling. What you put in is what you get out.
Old 15th September 2014
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ATR 102: Great sounding discrete electronics and a very nice transport.
Best of both worlds.
Sorry, so wrong.
Electronics based on LM318 op-amps.
Old 15th September 2014
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If I couldnt get those I would go with an Ampex 102 or 100.
Exactly what are the differences between an Ampex 102 and 100 ?
I've attached page 1 of the manual if that will help.
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Old 15th September 2014
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AMPEX ATR102

end of story
Old 15th September 2014
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Exactly what are the differences between an Ampex 102 and 100 ?
I've attached page 1 of the manual if that will help.
I don't actually know man, although a good handful of mastering guys and specialists maintain that the ATR100's are king, perhaps different electronics and I think the reel hold downs are done electronically with sensors.. not sure but either are top machines
Old 21st July 2018
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IMHO Telefunken M15 or M15A is as good if not better than any Studer and can be bought for almost nothing.
Hi, was just looking and searching the web for these but none under 1500 € so "get them for nothing" don't seem correct here...
Old 21st July 2018
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Hi, was just looking and searching the web for these but none under 1500 € so "get them for nothing" don't seem correct here...
It was true 4 years ago. You just came late to the party
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