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does anybody listen to vintage as well as new release open reel tapes?

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  • does anybody listen to vintage as well as new release open reel tapes?

    Seems like you would need two tape machines as the older tapes are mostly quarter track 7.5 ips, while the newer ones are 2 track 15 ips.
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    Two tape machines? Are you sure that's all you need?

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Ki Choi View Post
      Two tape machines? Are you sure that's all you need?
      Well, at least two....
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      • #4
        Originally posted by JCOConnell View Post
        Seems like you would need two tape machines as the older tapes are mostly quarter track 7.5 ips, while the newer ones are 2 track 15 ips.

        Not really. I chose to set my Technics machine up with only two track (by eliminating the 2<--->4 track switch on the headblock) because that's all I listen to. But as long as you have the four track heads, one can throw a switch and listen to either format. Just that four-track tapes are really a big step down in sound and IMHO you are better off buying the LP.
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        • #5
          Originally posted by MylesBAstor View Post


          Not really. I chose to set my Technics machine up with only two track (by eliminating the 2<--->4 track switch on the headblock) because that's all I listen to. But as long as you have the four track heads, one can throw a switch and listen to either format. Just that four-track tapes are really a big step down in sound and IMHO you are better off buying the LP.
          wouldn't using 4 track heads compromise 2 track performance? regarding 4 track tapes, the limitation is how they were made, home made 1/4trk tapes sound wonderful in real time, and the vintage tapes vary from poor to excellent. Sometimes the vintage tape is as good as the lp and cheaper due to grade rarity of the LP. I STILL COLLECT LPS HOWEVER.
          I have about 80 vintage classical reels I got in a deal in the 90's, mostly all on Columbia, and they sound better than Columbia LPs(which isn't saying much) after I cherry picked em.
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