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Any Otari experts in the house?
Old 14th October 2008
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Any Otari experts in the house?


I've been offered the chance to buy an Otari MTR 90 MkII. The machine has been switched off and in storage for about 5 years.

I'm slightly concerned about the quality of the heads, as in I think a couple may be damaged. Not being an expert could anyone please provide me with some helpful feedback please?

Does anyone know of a reputable Otari/reel to reel engineer. I'm based in Sheffield, UK.

Best wishes,
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Old 14th October 2008
Gear Maniac

I'm not an expert about this machine but I know some place with load info about how to investigate Head stack with clear picture for your ref. go here my friend

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Old 14th October 2008
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Thanks for the help!

Anybody else got some advice?
Old 14th October 2008
ATR Services can do a head report for you, as well as relap any worn or damaged heads. It would be well worth spending the money on a head report before investing any bucks in the machine.
Old 14th October 2008
Lives for gear

It looks like someone has cleaned the heads with some Scotch Brite thingie. The heads aren't worn very and it looks like they are dirty. Normally these heads are very shiny where the tape runs on them.
Old 15th October 2008
Lives for gear
JRF Magnetics should be your next call. John French is the god of tape heads.
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