So, fool that I am, I was looking at a reel to reel machine today.
High quality analog source! Plenty of selections used. Unusual equipment in the audio stack!
Interesting. Maybe I should look into it.
Today, I was in a repair shop, and they had a TEAC 3340S, serviced and with a warranty for $500. I also found a Pioneer RT-1050 on an auction site for less than $200. Not serviced but well kept and local to me so I can pick it up and not destroy it in shipping.
Looking at what tapes are, there seem to be three things to be concerned with:
Tape Speed: 3 3/4, 7 1/2 and 15 inches per second.
Reel Size: 7", 10"
EQ: There's "IAC" and "NAB" at least, possibly more.
There's more speeds, and larger reel sizes, but those two should handle the bulk of common tapes.
The Tape Project apparently has fabulous tapes, if you have a 10", 15ips, half-track, IEC machine.
Lots of commercial recordings are NAB, and both 3 3/4 and 7 1/2 ips.
I can't tell if most tapes are half or quarter track. I think most prerecorded tapes are half-track.
Now, most machines are pretty clearly labelled or you can guess for speed and reel size. Nobody seems to describe the EQ in descriptions.
Question: Are there any other key features I've missed?
Question: Are all of these really important?
Question: Is there a single machine that can handle all the options? Better yet, a common, affordable machine?
Question: Is there a more appropriate place to discuss this? Should I finally break down and get an account over at AK?
Any information you can point me at would be valuable.