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otari 8 track MK5050 or MX505
Old 26th September 2006
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otari 8 track MK5050 or MX505

I've been offered an Otari 8 Track and I am interested in getting a tape option for my studio. The questions are...

The owner says it's an MK5050 1/2" but I'm guessing that it's an MX5050. Does an MK5050 exist? What's the difference?

How much is it worth assuming it's in good cond.?

What should I look for when I go to check it out?

Would I be better off waiting for another machine? I want something that is going to work and not just be misery. How does it compare to fostex m80 / tascam38? Price is an issue so a Studer is probably OUT.

Thanks for any advice.
Old 26th September 2006
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I've got one and really like it but haven't really put it to good use in a couple of years. They are very well built but as I am sure you know tape requires tender love. Do you have the time in your work flow to deal with tape?
Old 26th September 2006
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I guess my main idea is to use it for processing and/or recording in old/retro styles.

Tubes and Tape seem to have "ghosts" in them. That warmth.

How much work is a reel to reel to maintain if I don't use it alot?
Old 27th September 2006
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Anyone got anything to say about Otari MX5050's?
What price should I pay?
Old 27th September 2006
i recently got one here on GS for 650, it was a great deal!

i also have Tascam machines, and while i prefer them for live shows, the Otari is much more of a tank - and you can calibrate it which is a big plus. better suited for studio...

it's probably an MX5050 MK III, which brings the X/K confusion.
Old 27th September 2006
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Thanks for that!

Is there a big difference between the Mk Is IIs and IIIs?

I saw one going for 300 US Bucks (probably a Mk II?)
Old 27th September 2006
i'm not familiar with the other MKs, i have two MX5050 MKIIIs...

two things to know about with these machines:
1- they're wired pin2 Hot, you'll probably need to rewire one end of your cables to conform with the rest of your rig, and
2 - the pinch roller on these things gets old in a nasty way, ie the rubber disintegrates. it could ruin a tape and most likely it would happen to a tape you want. you can get a special pinch roller from JRF Magnetics, recommended for these machines.
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