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Raw Tape / New R2R Tape still available today
« on: January 07, 2020, 06:53:14 AM »
Just out of interest I thought I would list the makes and Types of New tape still available today
Or the ones I know about, if you know any more please post

Recording The Masters RTM (France ) formally Pyral & RMG, BASF formulations
Excellent quality Tape and readily available in Europe, these are my favourite tapes .
SM-900 - premium High Output Studio Master tape ( superb quality)
SM-911- High Output Studio Archive tape
SM-468 – Standard output studio & archival
LPR-90 – 1 mil Long play version of the SM-900 (this my favourite tape for home recording)
LPR-35 – 1 mil Long Play version of the SM-911

ATR Magnetics USA
Master Tape Superb quality high output studio master tape, similar to SM-900
MDS-36 – 1mil Long play version of the Master tape

Capture - I haven't used any of this tape so dont have an opinion of what its like, seems to be popular on, Is available at Splicit
Capture 914 High output Low noise tape 1.5mill thk
Capture 930 High output Low noise tape 1.0mil thk long play

Besides the manufacturers home page, tape is available from

Calibration Tapes Reel2Reel only these are excellent cal tapes Cassette alignment


Reel to Reel Tape Machines / Re: PLL Capstan Light on A810
« on: January 07, 2020, 06:48:10 AM »
I know this is an old thread but I had the same problem with a blinking PLL light and I solved it so this is just for information 
After removing the Motor control board I found that one of the transistor BU522 was loose on the heat sink and it had failed.
So I replaced the BU522 with new insulating washer and heat sink compound.
Leaving the motor and control board out of the machine I ran through the check's in sec 3.5.9 of the service manual using an oscilloscope and multi meter and adjusted the pots to give the required readings, they were a little out of spec so good job I checked.
Reinstalled the capstan and control board into the A810 and its working perfectly now and sounding superb :D happy days !

I believe the cause of this problem could be that the transistors were not tightly fastened to the heat sink and Q1 has overheated or shorted on the heat sink?.
I replaced this with the BU-522B which is a higher voltage rating than the original which may be beneficial as they do get hot in use I noted after the testing.

20170516_175555 by Alan Towell, on Flickr


Reel to Reel Tape Machines / Re: Finally a Tascam BR-20 for me
« on: November 16, 2013, 11:18:51 AM »
beautiful looking and sounding tape machines the Tascam BR20
I have one as well, I recently took it to a Bake off of audio and digital equipment and it blew all the other sources away IMO

Tascam by 337alant, on Flickr


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