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Re: [ARSCLIST] 1/4" tape player
You're just prejudiced 'cause you helped design/QA these wonderful
machines <Big Grin>.
The challenge with this question--and why I didn't answer it the
first time around--is that we know nothing about the application nor
the support infrastructure in Darren's location.
The other answers to this question include, Studer A807 and Studer
A810 as well as even some Otari models that I wouldn't suggest...in
fact, I'm hard pressed to even suggest the Studer A807 over the A810
or the APR-5002, but many archives are doing good work with them, and
their fine for exploring and tirage, with critical transfers done on
But, is Darren wanting to play 1/4-track tapes? If so, few, if any
off-the-shelf APRs, A807s, or A810s are properly equipped to play
these, as you know. Are 1.88 in/s tapes involved? Full track mono tapes?
So, perhaps the real answer to Darren's question is, please tell us
more about your collection and your goals...and also remind him that
getting a machine off eBay and then attempting to play tapes without
a thorough going-over is a greater risk than I'd want to take.
Then there is the choice of A-D converter (and as you may have
noticed, Scott, for the field recording application, I've suffered
much angst when I found a particular piece of gear (MOTU 8Pre) was
below the standard of the rest of my gear, but subtly so, that it
wasn't noticeable at first)
And, of course, we could mention that there are many of us here who
can undertake the transfers in our specialty built transfer
facilities and provide digital files.
Merry Christmas to all!
At 10:37 AM 2007-12-24, Scott Phillips wrote:
Sony APR-5002 or 5003
Can someone recommend a 1/4" tape player that comes on its own trolley
(I know what I want when I see it, but cannot recall the name). The
player sits at an angle to the operator. Ideally XLR/balanced
output but all considered. Googling for keywords and checking eBay etc
doesn't give many clues to this clueless searcher!
Many thanks, Darren
Richard L. Hess email: richard@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Aurora, Ontario, Canada (905) 713 6733 1-877-TAPE-FIX
Detailed contact information: http://www.richardhess.com/tape/contact.htm
Quality tape transfers -- even from hard-to-play tapes.