Saturday, August 30, 2008

DES: Teac 7" metal black reel

That reel is unusual. Black metal reel with the TEAC logo painted in gold. I think that only existed the 7" version and wasn't made in 10.5" with the same design.

It has three holes off-set and uses four philips anodized screws and has a slot to hold the tape.

A pair of reels like this makes a good visual result with a TEAC black faced deck, as the X1000 or X2000.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

DES: Pioneer PR-85 7" metal reel

Now is the turn of one of the most wanted 7" metal reels, the original one that came with the Pioneer models RT-701 and RT-707. However, it was also sold separately.

It has six holes "in line" with three screws and it's very light because the holes are really big and between each one, there is a radius that goes to the center hub. There is also present a single slot to hold the tape.

The aluminium is very delicated because of the size of the holes. The central hub has three marks to hold the spindle in the right position while pressing the reel.

Here are some shots of this beauty:


Closer look

Running at 9.5 cm/s

With the reel full of tape

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

DES: TDK AR-7M 7" metal reel

TDK 10.5" metal reels are found usually, both two and three holes design, but the 2 holes version in 7" size is not so usual, so, here is.

I bought this one one year ago more or less, and was unopened, perfect condition in all ways. This is the only one that I've found for sale in some years looking for it.

Here are some shots in a Pioneer RT-707 together with a Revox 7" metal blue reel.


Closer look

"TDK 178". The size in milimetres.

Running at 9.5 cm/s

Monday, August 25, 2008

MOV: Point Break

Release date: August 1991

Teac A-3340S

Internet Movie Database Link

Saturday, August 23, 2008

MOV: Almost Famous

Release date: February 2001

Thursday, August 21, 2008

VID: Pioneer RT-909 playing "Doctor Who"

In this video, the Pioneer RT-909 is playing back one of the most famous TV themes of all times: "Doctor Who", originally composed by Delia Derbyshire.

tape was recorded at 7.5 ips - 19 cm/s loaded into one the smallest reel I have and uses the original NAB hub adaptors and the original metal take-up reel.

Friday, August 15, 2008

TV: MacGyver

Release date: January 1987

Episode 2x13: Soft Touch

Revox A77 MKIV. Really, it's a MKIV but with the silver face of the MKI version. A Frankenstein A77?


I've just realized that the supply reel in the closer frame isn't the same that the shown in the rest of the frames. In the general shots is a Scotch and in the closer shot is an Ampex.

Internet Movie Database Link

Thursday, August 14, 2008

VID: Pioneer RT-707 playing Jazz

This was probably the best of the 7" reel to reel decks ever made, built like a tank.

It has three motors (all direct drive), four heads (erase, record and forward and reverse playback), two speeds (7.5 and 3.75 ips / 19 and 9.5 cms) and is autoreverse in playback mode.

The unique belt the machine has inside is the used for the counter. All transport functions are activated by solenoids and has big and real reading VU meters.

Has a switch for bias setting (STD and LH) and another for EQ setting (STD and LH), independent record channel modes, pitch control, autorepeat function and line and mic input knobs with mix signal function. In the backside, it has independent output volume knobs.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

TV: Dexter

Release date: October 2007

Episode 2x05: The Dark Defender

Concord 550

Release date: November 2007

Episode 2x06: Dex, Lies & Videotape

Concord 550

Tascam 32

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

VID: Teac X-2000R transport functions

The Teac X-2000R was the top of the line of the reel to reel tape recorders made by Teac and dedicated to the HIFI enthusiasts.

It has a computerized transport control which allows to do some functions like make a cue point, go to the cue point, go to zero and the repeat function.

A cue point is a virtual mark in the tape. The repeat function works between the zero and the cue point. The deck goes from the zero point to the cue point and after that, it rewinds and starts from the zero point again and again and again until repeat button is depressed.

In the next video is shown how the repeat function works, but also the pitch control, the speed change and the direction change.

Monday, August 11, 2008

DES: ReVox 7" metal golden reel

Previously I did the entries for the blue and red ReVox 7" metal reels. Now is the turn of the golden "champaign" reel. Identical to the other ones, except the color.

Friday, August 8, 2008

AN: I want to know your opinion

It's anybody out there?

After more than nine months online, I'd like to know the opinions of the readers about this blog and which posts do you prefer (videos, recognize reel to reel players in movies and series, descriptions... etc).

Do you think there are some missing type of posts that could be interesting to include in the blog?

This time is your time, the time where you can write and tell me your opinion. To do this, just click over the word "comments" that is located at the end of each post and type your text where it says "Leave your comment". You can signature your comment selecting only one of the types of identity (google/blogger, OpenID, Name/URL, Anonymous).

Thanks in advance.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

TV: Depeche Mode

Release date: late 1981

Teac A-3440

Sunday, August 3, 2008

VID: Pioneer RT-1020H

Recording from CD in first place and playing back later. The sound is not good and the image is mid quality because all was captured using a webcam.

Cool blue reels spinning!