OT - The Tape Recorder


GeeBax wrote on 5/22/2014, 4:22 AM
[I]The Nagra IV was a great machine. Felt like total quality. FF and RR were a challenge but man these things were state of the art.[/I]

Required two hands to do it properly, one on the switch and one on the reels.

Just got a job this afternoon, requires transferring a bunch of 20 year old DAT tapes to file for work in Vegas. Now, where is that DAT machine?

Oh bugger, I don't have one....
paul_w wrote on 5/22/2014, 6:38 AM
Good luck finding a DAT machine that still works reliably. I recently transferred 20 DAT tapes of my music to hard drive using an optical link into an interface. Had to hire the machine, the first machine didn't work, the second was ok. Ended up using a DTC55es.

John_Cline wrote on 5/22/2014, 6:42 AM
That's the problem with recording to many different tape formats over the years, I am compelled to keep and maintain machines to play all my old tapes. In fact, except for my 1" machine, I usually maintain a pair of machines for each format.
paul_w wrote on 5/22/2014, 7:03 AM
Very wise John :) Wish i had the space!

biggles wrote on 5/22/2014, 5:55 PM
Reading this thread brought back many memories. For me, they don't go back quite as far or run to as exotic as some. I recall having lots of fun with an unknown model Phillips 4-track (I think that was/is the correct terminology) and large reels of Grundig tape. I think I still have a couple of reels of tape in a box somewhere around home.

I also came across my 2 minidisc recorders the other afternoon when I was attempting to clean up my storage area. Cleaning up equals pulling a piece of equipment out, fondly gazing at it, think 'I might use that again some day', putting it back, pulling out the next bit, ... repeat 'n' times :o)
Serena Steuart wrote on 5/22/2014, 7:34 PM
Still have a Nagra and a 16mm/35mm tape transfer machine (to transfer Nagra pilot-tone recordings to sprocketted tape). Of course while functioning they're just taking up space (a lot) in my editing suite, so they're retained as "old loves".
PeterDuke wrote on 5/22/2014, 8:24 PM
"Good luck finding a DAT machine"

If anyone near Melbourne needs to borrow one please let me know. I last used it about 3 years ago. (Tascam DA-20 Mk II)
GeeBax wrote on 5/22/2014, 9:13 PM
I would like to talk to you about that Peter, but I am not able to message you, perhaps you could message me.