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Hello all,
I am about ready to setup my Tascam, but, I am thinking about replacing the playback head. After speaking with Mr. John French, I found out that the original heads on my tape deck are very low output. I was not aware of that initially. The present heads are all TEAC's. What I am wondering is whether these are the same heads on the Tascam BR-20? If so, is anyone using their deck with an outboard pre amp, and if so, are you having any problems with low output, hiss or hum?

Mr. French suggest I check out the Nortronic 400mH heads. He notes there should be a significant increase in gain without and increase in hiss levels. The problem is whether my tech will be able to mount the Nortronic in the tape head shoe on my deck. Right now, my tech has to send the TEAC head off to Mr. French for matching. We will see what happens. Again, I am wondering if any other Tascam user have problems using an outboard pre amp and if so, what are the problems? I plan to post a photo once I am set up and ready to go. Thanks so much all.

bob w.

General Discussion / Re: JRF MAGNETICS
« on: May 15, 2013, 06:22:54 AM »
Good Wed Morning Listens2Tubes,

I certainly hope you can get a shift there with Mr. French. There would be so much to learn and to apply to your own tape deck situation. You would be like the proverbial rabbit thrown in the briar patch (LOL). With your growing collection of tape decks there is much to be gained spending time with Mr. French. Go for it audio friend.


General Discussion / JRF MAGNETICS
« on: May 14, 2013, 03:00:10 PM »
Good afternoon all,
I had the unique opportunity to contact JRF Magnetics recently and what a surprise I got. I've read here about the special qualities Mr. French has but really did not think he would be so special. I wanted to get Nortronic tape heads for my Tascam 42B tape deck. The present tape heads on my deck are all original and the playback head is of the very low output variety. Since I have an outstanding tech who is able and has the testing tools to properly install and align tape heads, I did not have to send the head block from my tape deck. I also did not know there is more than one kind of Nortronics tape playback head. When I called and spoke with Mr. French he was most kind and gentle. He took the time to explain what he would have to do to match the Nortronics head to my tape deck. He also explained that Nortronics made 200 and 400mHy tape heads. After a very thorough explanation (5 minutes) I decided to go with the 400mHy heads. Actually, I had to insist Mr. French return to work as I felt guilty he spent so much time with me. Bottom line, this man epitomizes great customer care and service. His is one of the reel to reel services I will use and won't hesitate to tell others how impressed I was. Thank you Mr. French.

Bob W.

General Discussion / Re: All That Jazz
« on: April 16, 2013, 05:42:08 AM »
Good Tuesday Morning Steve,
As always, great to hear from you. Thanks for this additional info. Wouldn't it be great if the master tapes could be used to generate all of this great music. You and yours have a blessed day.

bob williams

General Discussion / Re: All That Jazz
« on: April 15, 2013, 05:43:18 PM »
Mr. Ream,
You know I missed Joan Baez as well as Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young. These are some of the great ones I listened to back in the 1970's. Thanks for the reminder.

bob williams

General Discussion / Re: All That Jazz
« on: April 15, 2013, 05:37:08 AM »
Good Monday morning Mr. Steve Williams, thank you and you hit the nail on the head. I was not looking for quality but it was great hearing so many awesome musicians I had not heard for so long. As much as I love choral music, Bach, Berlioz, Verdi, etc, I have a much more difficult time listening to any of it on YouTube and such because of poor quality. However, there is a treasure trove of music and musicians on YouTube along with other stuff. I've even found YouTube presentations of my tape decks and other audio equipment. There is some value in YouTube and I guess that's why it's so popular and I understand it's FREE!

bob w.

General Discussion / All That Jazz
« on: April 14, 2013, 03:38:06 PM »
After church this Sunday I decided to check out YouTube for Art Blakey And The Jazz Messengers. And what do you know, I found myself fixated for over an hour listening to music. As much as I hate listening to music on my computer speakers I kept finding musicians I had not heard in years or had forgotten about. I had totally forgotten about Soft Machine, Jaco Pastorius, Carter Jefferson, Weather Report and Jeff Beck. I also heard music by a very young Wynton Marsallis, Woody Shaw and John Coltrane. What a music session. I only wish I could have heard these great musicians on reel to reel rolling at 15ips over my Magnapan speakers. Oh Well!

bob williams

General Discussion / Re: The Year That Changed Jazz 1959
« on: April 05, 2013, 10:40:21 AM »
Dear Steve,
Thank you again for a time I remember well as a black man. Well do I recall the music and the times. I began to really get into jazz in 1954 when I went into the US Army where racisim was rampant. I was arrested in Danville VA when a white friend and I would not go to the back of the bus. This while we were both in our army uniforms. Many times when I returned from military duty while in South Carolina I would find my jazz LP records in the trash. My love for jazz and classical music was what kept me going during those terrible times.

I am familiar with each jazz group represented in this YouTube Video and loved the music. As a matter of fact, I wanted to play alto like Paul Desmond. I loved the Dave Brubeck Quartet and more that proud of his stand regarding the race issues back then. This YouTube musical presentation brought back so many memories and I am so thankful that many of them are good memories. I am so happy that jazz and I continue to thrive. Thanks again Steve and I am so very thankful that times have changed regarding music and race relations which continue to move forward.

bob williams

General Discussion / Absolute Sound Mag Mentions Tape Deck
« on: February 06, 2013, 09:09:30 PM »
Hello Forum Members,

Just got my copy of the Absolute Sound "Editors Choice Awards" mag and what do you know, there is a very brief mention of UHA-Q Phase ll Tape Recorder (see page 111). It's a short piece but I longed to see the mention of tape decks. I hope this is the start of something a little bigger. Maybe we will next see tape head pre amps and, shall I say it, pre recorded reel to reel tapes? I wonder how much better can it get. I will continue to send in letters and other medium urging them to do more.

bob williams

« on: December 24, 2012, 08:34:17 PM »

To all my dear friends here, please, you, your family and friends all have a blessed Christmas and prosperous New Year. Thank you all for the assistance you've provided and you've provided plenty.

bob williams

General Discussion / Re: 2012 All Analog Album
« on: December 13, 2012, 06:45:39 PM »
Hello Nick,

Remember, family comes first and work second.

bob williams

Reel to Reel Tape Machines / Re: Otari MX5050 BII Brake Issue
« on: November 23, 2012, 06:47:24 PM »
Good evening Mr. Ahbez,

Reel happy you got the Otari running right. It is an excellent tape deck and treated right it will be with you and provide great service for a long time.

bob williams

Reel to Reel Tape Machines / Re: Tascam 42B To Shop For Modification
« on: October 25, 2012, 04:25:55 PM »
Hello Listens2Tubes,

The tech/engineer who will be working on my deck will also build my tube tape head pre amp. We are looking at how to run the wires so that I will have proper connection to the pre amp. The concern I have presently is, the signal level of the play back heads of my tape deck. However, the fine gentleman working on my stuff is tops in what he does. I am satisfied he will do an outstanding job. I've told him to "take his time" even if it runs into months. I have the Tascam 32-2B which is switchable between IEC/NAB so no problems. I continue to have the ability to play tapes, but, without an outboard pre amp. I am indeed very excited about how this will turn out. Thanks for chiming in sir.


Reel to Reel Tape Machines / Tascam 42B To Shop For Modification
« on: October 24, 2012, 09:20:16 PM »
Good evening all,

Tomorrow I will be taking my Tascam in for changeover from NAB to IEC. We will also take a look at whether additional RCA's can be install on the rear of the deck so that I can use internal and external electronics. Although it doesn't look like there is room for additional RCA's we'll see. I am still hopeful that the playback heads will produce the kind of signal that will permit a tape head playback pre amp to provide high volume even with my modified Magnapan 1.6 speakers. I am very excited.

bob williams

General Discussion / Re: What Tubes Are You Using In The Repro and Eros?
« on: September 27, 2012, 07:17:28 AM »
Hello Steve and thank you for referring me to that great piece you did back in the day. It was not only complete but very informative. I really enjoyed the read and got lots of great stuff from it. Thanks much sir.

bob w.

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