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Re: [ARSCLIST] Looking for vintage open reel tape machine

I have a 351 that was mechanically restored and then put into storage about twenty years ago. After that time the brake bands will need to be loosened up, but that's about it. I even had the capstain sandblasted to renew traction. It has 1/2 track heads.

There are electronics that go with it, but the electrolytic capacitors at the very least would need to be replaced in the electronics. I have most of the parts to construct replacement electronics with API op amps if your interested in that. That had been my intention, but life intrudes.

Let me know what it would be worth to you off list.

Bob Cham

Thanks Guys,

Eric, a 351 would be fantastic. I can get my hands on the electronics from the 351 and that into a digital system with an rca 77dx would be a solid option but the artist wants to operate the machine himself and he does not want to use a laptop. It is my job to facilitate his artistic vision. We can transfer from the record deck to a 24/96 dig system each day but I really need to put him in a room alone with a mic and an open reel machine that is going to have some real color. If anyone has a line on a 351 in great working condition I would love to hear about it.

Best - Paul
From: Association for Recorded Sound Discussion List [ARSCLIST@xxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Eric Jacobs [EricJ@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx]
Sent: Saturday, March 07, 2009 9:43 PM
To: ARSCLIST@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Looking for vintage open reel tape machine

Hi Paul,

A vintage mic with a tube mic preamp might get the artist the
sound they want, and then pair that up with a modern (digital)
field recorder for portability - the best of both worlds.

There are tools to mimic tape sound (ie. hiss and a bass bump)
which could be added later to get the desired effect.  Check
out Manley Labs for tube hardware from preamps to mixers and EQ.

On the other hand, maybe the artist will perform differently
knowing that it is being captured with vintage gear.  In which
case you'll need to go vintage.

And I only say the following with tongue in cheek... You could
always hide a digital recorder in a tape machine chassis and
the artist could see the tape and reels turning to get that
vintage recording mood.


-----Original Message----- From: Association for Recorded Sound Discussion List [mailto:ARSCLIST@xxxxxxx]On Behalf Of Mahern, Paul Cantwell Sent: Saturday, March 07, 2009 2:21 PM To: ARSCLIST@xxxxxxxxxxxx Subject: [ARSCLIST] Looking for vintage open reel tape machine

Hello Everyone,

I have a client that is looking for a vintage tube powered open reel tape
machine that is in good enough condition to take on the road and make
recordings for his next record. A full track 1/4 inch would be best. Does
anyone know of someone who sells or rents these in top condition . This is a
major recording artist that is looking to make a record with one microphone
and a tape deck.

Very Best,

Paul Mahern

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