fairly sure that a tape plug in just slightly over driven would be fairly authentic and
"bed it in" will also thicken slightly, you will get some gentle mush on the loudest
sections. I rate VTM but needs iLok which is not everyones cup of tea (or sometimes not
practical), I succumb to iLok cause for mix duties it is hard to go wrong with Slates
offerings price vs sound.
Maybe the Ampex jobby from UAD ? Also Check out
U-he Satin demo.(no dongle copy protection) PSP old timer might be worth a demo under GR
it mushes things up somewhat, though you might not it squashed simultaneously.