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    Buying A Used Tape Machine

    Advice on acquiring and maintaining reel-to-reel recorders

    The sound of analogue tape is still revered, but acquiring and maintaining your own machine presents a unique set of challenges.

    Sound Advice Mar 2010
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    Q. How do I maintain my tape machine?

    Hugh: It's strange. A few years ago I used tape machines almost every day, but now it is something of a...

    Sound Advice Nov 2007
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    Q. How do I hook up my reel-to-reel tape machine?

    I recently purchased a second-hand Tandberg reel-to-reel tape machine and I'm having difficulties connecting it to my external hi-fi...

    Sound Advice Sep 2005
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    Q. What is different about the varieties of Dolby noise reduction?

    Could you explain the subtle differences between all the different variants of Dolby — A, B, C, HX and SR?

    Sound Advice Aug 2005
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    Q. Can you explain how the 'Track Expansion Method' works?

    Back in 1986-7, there was an ad for an amazing and inexpensive technique which, it claimed, added many more audio tracks to your eight-track reel-to-reel tape machine. How did it work?

    Sound Advice Jun 2005
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    Q. What kind of reel-to-reel tape recorder do I need?

    A friend of mine has a couple of old stereo tape reels which he'd like to transfer to CD. I've seen stereo reel-to-reel tape machines for sale and I'm considering investing in one, probably a Studer or a Revox, not only to help out my friend, but also because I'm interested in experimenting with tape loops and tape saturation effects. Are old machines by these manufacturers reliable?

    Sound Advice Jul 2004
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