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Reel to Reel Tape Machines / Re: Stephens linky
« on: October 13, 2010, 10:27:39 PM »
Yes, thank you for the images. Those are great!

Reel to Reel Tape Machines / Re: 3" Tape anyone?
« on: October 13, 2010, 10:27:08 PM »
MCI was developing this idea as a push to get more tracks with an analog recorder.
I believe Ampex made the 3" tape for testing purposes for MCI, and the machine was actually shown at the AES convention but could not roll tape.
The weight of the tape turned out to be more than thought, and as Mike Spitz mentioned, the quality was very difficult to duplicate.
Steve Sadler of Blevins Audio had told me about this on more than on occasion, as he was head service technician MCI in the later years of MCI and transition into Sony/MCI era.

Then of course John Stephens making a 2" 40trk tape machine was another story, being a complete success and high respected sounding machine.

Service Resources / Allen Sound - 3M mincom parts and service
« on: September 26, 2010, 03:05:56 PM »
Hello everyone,

I've been reading this forum for awhile just getting a grasp on the resurgence of analog playback in the Hi-Fi world.

Little about myself:
I own one of the largest collection of 3M parts and pieces in the world. I'm based out of Nashville, TN.
My experience started with being mentored by Randy Blevins and Steve Sadler, whom I still work closely with.
The 3M machines were always a fascination of mine, though I do really enjoy MCI machines.
I find a lot of tape machines also. The 1500 technics you all love, MCI's, 3M's, Ampex ect.
Please visit for more of what I do and who I work with.

I deal a lot with John French, as I feel all tape recorders sold need to have head reports. John French is an incredible resource and one of the best people in the entire recording industry.

If you ever want to talk about different machines, I would love to talk and help you find a nice working tape machine that can serve your purposes.

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