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    With being gone for work for a week or two each month there has not been a lot of time to play with the Otari MX5050 BII

    You may recall I reworked the power supplies and critical regulators as well as did direct out for the heads and had the heads serviced by J. French.

    After all that I had some further pesky intermittent gremlins play havoc with the control logic. First a dual nand gate chip then the edit switch which gates the control voltage for FFW and RW.

    Well I finally had some time to sort it all out . These 30 yr old decks need much TLC. It is sounding great direct out to the deHavilland and Hugh Maskela- wow.

    I don't have much of a tape repertoire but I will order another tape or two this year. It is a bit of a novelty I am enjoying this weekend. It only took about 5 months to get it sorted with my lack of spare time. Those of you that have trusted techs for your decks- cherish them- these are bears to work with overall and I wouldn't do it for anyone but me Click image for larger version

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    Phono: Aesthetix Io Eclipse with 2 Power Supplies and Volume controls
    Brinkmann Balance & RonT Tube Power supply with Kuzma 4-point ,FR64S, Brinkmann 12.1 , .Koetsu Jade Platinum,Koetsu Rosewood Signature Platinum, Lyra Atlas Lamda, Lyra Etna SL Goldfinger Statement, KLAUDIO RCM, HRSM3X
    Amps: Custom Direct Drive, Wyetech Topaz, Futterman H3 Quad II,Citation II, Marantz 8b, 5 ,2. Bedini 25/25
    Pre-Amps:Marantz 7, Marantz Model 1 Consolette Pair
    Speakers: Beveridge Model 3 Direct Drive amps, REL S/2 x 2, Quad ESL pair
    Otari 5050BXII, DeHavilland 222

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    looking good. R2R is so sublime, I am constantly amazed but I have to be judicious about the tapes (cost) we're def playing in the big boy leagues in more ways than one.

    To your point, I found a great tech in So, Cal that specializes in prosumer decks and his assistance has been invaluable, in fact, he was recommended to me by Jeff Jacobs of J-Corder.

    recommended tape techs would make a great resource page for AN if Myles will post one as sticky we can all add our own recos for tape techs in No. America. and beyond.

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    • kcin
      kcin commented
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      Great idea on the tech resource listing

    • Afveep
      Afveep commented
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      +2 for a sticky on recommended techs

  • #3
    Glad you were finally able to enjoy your Otari, I have the same deck all modded and I am also using the Model 222 tape pre. I also have the Bottlehead Tube Repro which I used with my destroyed Studer 810 but, that's another story. I really enjoy my Otrai it has been a gem to this point and trouble free, that's why I think I am gonna just keep it and not get another Studer. I am gonna be listing all the extra's I have for my Studer if anyone here is interested once I find the time to go through it.

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    • #4
      Project complete. Good news. I've been following.
      You may recall I reworked the power supplies and critical regulators as well as did direct out for the heads and had the heads serviced by J. French.

      After all that I had some further pesky intermittent gremlins play havoc with the control logic. First a dual nand gate chip then the edit switch which gates the control voltage for FFW and RW.

      Well I finally had some time to sort it all out . These 30 yr old decks need much TLC. It is sounding great direct out to the deHavilland and Hugh Maskela- wow.
      It looks good sitting there with both meters lit.

      -Steve

      webmaster at The Analog Dept.
      system list:Classe' CAP 151 integrated, Carver TX-11b Tuner, NHT 2.9 Speakers, Thorens TD124 ( plus other Thorens models), Otari MX-5050 BII-2 R2R, Jolida JD100 cd player, ML-9600 digital recorder

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      • #5
        KC-Curious as to why your AP Reel is on the left side of your deck.
        Micro Seiki SX-8000 table with flywheel, SME 3012R arm, SME 312S arm, Lyra Etna SL and Dynavector XV-1S cartridges, ARC Ref 3 phono stage, Otari MX-55 tape deck, Ampex 350 repros, Roon Nucleus Plus server, PS Audio DSJ DAC, ARC Ref 6 pre, ARC Ref 75 amp, JBL 4345 speakers, and Def Tech Ref subs.

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        • #6
          Rob,
          Who is the tech that was recomended in SoCal?

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        • #7
          Originally posted by mep View Post
          KC-Curious as to why your AP Reel is on the left side of your deck.
          Long story.. don't lend your AP tapes to friends.... all good..
          Phono: Aesthetix Io Eclipse with 2 Power Supplies and Volume controls
          Brinkmann Balance & RonT Tube Power supply with Kuzma 4-point ,FR64S, Brinkmann 12.1 , .Koetsu Jade Platinum,Koetsu Rosewood Signature Platinum, Lyra Atlas Lamda, Lyra Etna SL Goldfinger Statement, KLAUDIO RCM, HRSM3X
          Amps: Custom Direct Drive, Wyetech Topaz, Futterman H3 Quad II,Citation II, Marantz 8b, 5 ,2. Bedini 25/25
          Pre-Amps:Marantz 7, Marantz Model 1 Consolette Pair
          Speakers: Beveridge Model 3 Direct Drive amps, REL S/2 x 2, Quad ESL pair
          Otari 5050BXII, DeHavilland 222

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          • mep
            mep commented
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            Got it!

          • mep
            mep commented
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            You can always spool the tape back to the reel correctly.

        • #8
          Originally posted by kcin View Post

          Long story.. don't lend your AP tapes to friends.... all good..
          he he

          Thank goodness no damage.
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