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 Post subject: Two new Akai R2R decks added.
PostPosted: Sep Sun 17, 2017 10:13 am 
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Last Saturday I picked up the GX-265D for $5 at a local swap meet. That one had a bad TIP48 transistor that controlled the capstan motor speed. That has been repaired and is working perfectly. Will need to replace that 2SC458's in it soon.

Yesterday, I picked up the GX-280D-SS for $10. That one needed to have a relay disassembled and cleaned for the reverse playback audio to work correctly.

I particularly like those mid 70's Akai decks with the glass heads.


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 Post subject: Re: Two new Akai R2R decks added.
PostPosted: Sep Sun 17, 2017 2:41 pm 
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Those are nice units. Now you can start your own radio station and play Mantovani non-stop. :D


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 Post subject: Re: Two new Akai R2R decks added.
PostPosted: Sep Tue 19, 2017 1:50 am 
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Yes, the glass heads that did not wear out, or the Sony equivalents that were ferrite or something, are great, as new tape heads are really impossible or expensive for old decks. However if the wear is not really severe, you can have tape heads relapped or do it yourself if you are adventuresome. They used to do that at work with a sheet of glass, and some 3M abrasives that had colored plastic film backing. I think they used alcohol for the lubricant, so to speak. I never did get to lap any heads but did scarf some of the film for polishing metal bits like knife blades.


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 Post subject: Re: Two new Akai R2R decks added.
PostPosted: Sep Mon 25, 2017 1:56 pm 
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I have an AKAI GX-255 and it is arguably the best sounding reel to reel I have ever had. Think those heads make all the difference.

Would be nice if all reel to reels had the heads that didn't wear out.


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 Post subject: Re: Two new Akai R2R decks added.
PostPosted: Sep Mon 25, 2017 8:04 pm 
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I took the GX-630 out of the rotation yesterday and put the GX-265 in it's place and then ran a tape that had Artie Shaw on it. Forgot that I had wanted to put foil tape on one end of the tape but forgot, so I had to rotate the reels. In any case, I was surprised at how good it sounded because this tape was made Saturday from an mp3 to the deck.


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 Post subject: Re: Two new Akai R2R decks added.
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I have an Akai GX 1820 D...with a built in 8 track player. Not sure if the 8 track has the glass heads, but they sound pretty good considering the format.
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 Post subject: Re: Two new Akai R2R decks added.
PostPosted: Nov Mon 13, 2017 8:34 pm 
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Wouldn't surprise me if it did have the glass heads as it would have been easy enough to do.


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