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ID:	36308 My wife has ordered that for every new piece of equipment I get, one old one has to go. Over the past year I bought two R2R machines (two Ampex ATR-102 pro monsters). So I am selling my older R2R machines. One has already gone, and I am selling the other - a great machine for someone who wants to get started in tape, without a big investment.

    This is an Otari MX5050 BIII, dating from the 1990's. I bought it in 2009 from a person who had bought the contents of an FM station that had closed. The machine was one of four R2R they had and was the newest and least used - in really fine shape. I had it checked over by my local tech, and had the heads relapped by JCF and a new pinch roller installed by Athan Corporation. It works great and plays 2 track and 4 track tapes in both IEC (e.g for Tape Project and most other current tapes) and NAB equalization at both 15ips and 7.5ips. It records 2 track, but not 4 track. Both record and playback electronics are fine and it sounds very good. I did not have the electronics bypassed, since within a year I bought a tricked out Bottlehead Technics play only machine with a BH external prepro. So most of the time it has been used to rewind tape and do some dubbing.

    Price - $800. I will include a sturdy road case with it and also a couple of super nice 15ips 2 track tapes (PM me for details). Prefer local pick up in the SF Bay Area, but will ship if needed.

    Larry
    Last edited by astrotoy; 12-19-2016, 08:38 PM.
    Analog- VPIClassic3-3DArm,Lyra Skala+MiyajimaZeroMono, 2xAmpex ATR-102,Otari MX5050B2,Merrill Trident Master Tape Pre,Herron VTPH-2A
    Dig Rip-Pyramix,IzotopeRX3Adv,Mykerinos,PacMicroModel2
    Dig Play-mchNADAC, LampiPac, Roon, HQP, Oppo105
    Electronics-Doshi Pre,CJ MET1mchPre, Cary2A3monoamps
    Speakers-AvantgardeDuosLR,3SolosC,LR,RR
    Other-2x512Engineer/Marutani Symmetrical Power, AudioDiskVinylCleaner,AirTightRecordFlat, Scott Rust Interconnects,
    Music-15KRecs(90%classical),1.7KR2Rtapes,50TBrips

  • #2
    This is a great deal and a great way to get into tape at low cost.
    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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    • #3
      this should go quickly, its a great deal for someone. I believe the 5050 has balanced outs too, useful for someone that desires continuity in their set-up.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Rob View Post
        this should go quickly, its a great deal for someone. I believe the 5050 has balanced outs too, useful for someone that desires continuity in their set-up.
        Yes, balanced in and out. Of course you can use a balanced to RCA out to play and the reverse to record if needed. Larry
        Analog- VPIClassic3-3DArm,Lyra Skala+MiyajimaZeroMono, 2xAmpex ATR-102,Otari MX5050B2,Merrill Trident Master Tape Pre,Herron VTPH-2A
        Dig Rip-Pyramix,IzotopeRX3Adv,Mykerinos,PacMicroModel2
        Dig Play-mchNADAC, LampiPac, Roon, HQP, Oppo105
        Electronics-Doshi Pre,CJ MET1mchPre, Cary2A3monoamps
        Speakers-AvantgardeDuosLR,3SolosC,LR,RR
        Other-2x512Engineer/Marutani Symmetrical Power, AudioDiskVinylCleaner,AirTightRecordFlat, Scott Rust Interconnects,
        Music-15KRecs(90%classical),1.7KR2Rtapes,50TBrips

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        • #5
          Nice deck...I'm confident you've maintained the 5050 in good repair.
          with the sale.
          Vbr,

          Sam

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          • #6
            Originally posted by c1ferrari View Post
            Nice deck...I'm confident you've maintained the 5050 in good repair.
            with the sale.
            Thanks Sam. Just added a photo in the posting. Larry
            Last edited by astrotoy; 12-19-2016, 08:39 PM.
            Analog- VPIClassic3-3DArm,Lyra Skala+MiyajimaZeroMono, 2xAmpex ATR-102,Otari MX5050B2,Merrill Trident Master Tape Pre,Herron VTPH-2A
            Dig Rip-Pyramix,IzotopeRX3Adv,Mykerinos,PacMicroModel2
            Dig Play-mchNADAC, LampiPac, Roon, HQP, Oppo105
            Electronics-Doshi Pre,CJ MET1mchPre, Cary2A3monoamps
            Speakers-AvantgardeDuosLR,3SolosC,LR,RR
            Other-2x512Engineer/Marutani Symmetrical Power, AudioDiskVinylCleaner,AirTightRecordFlat, Scott Rust Interconnects,
            Music-15KRecs(90%classical),1.7KR2Rtapes,50TBrips

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            • #7
              Sold! Thanks for looking. Larry
              Analog- VPIClassic3-3DArm,Lyra Skala+MiyajimaZeroMono, 2xAmpex ATR-102,Otari MX5050B2,Merrill Trident Master Tape Pre,Herron VTPH-2A
              Dig Rip-Pyramix,IzotopeRX3Adv,Mykerinos,PacMicroModel2
              Dig Play-mchNADAC, LampiPac, Roon, HQP, Oppo105
              Electronics-Doshi Pre,CJ MET1mchPre, Cary2A3monoamps
              Speakers-AvantgardeDuosLR,3SolosC,LR,RR
              Other-2x512Engineer/Marutani Symmetrical Power, AudioDiskVinylCleaner,AirTightRecordFlat, Scott Rust Interconnects,
              Music-15KRecs(90%classical),1.7KR2Rtapes,50TBrips

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