Stereo Reel to Reel Tapecorder (1975-76)
Track system: auto reverse, 4-track, 2-channel, stereo/monaural system
Heads: 2 x playback, 2 x reverse, 2 x erase
Reel size: up to 7 inch reel
Tape speeds: 3 3⁄4 7 1⁄2 ips
Wow and flutter: 0.05% (7 1⁄2 ips)
Frequency response: 20Hz to 30kHz (7 1⁄2 ips)
Signal to Noise Ratio: 56dB
Total harmonic distortion: 1.2%
Input: 60mV (line), 0.2mV (mic)
Output: 0.43V (line)
Dimensions: 458 x 425 x 213mm
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Reviewed Sep 08th, 2015 by mobay
Built to last forever ( most are over 40 years old ), Solenoid controlled transport, full weighted meters, the fastest rewind or fast forward in the universe.No annoying capstan belt to replace except the counter one which is no sweat to replace
Bought mine for $40.00 which is about normal. This deck was very well made by Sony and the fact that so many still are around is testament to the level of build quality.
The only things that prevent it getting a 10 is 1) that the long switch on the bottom of the deck needs cleaning every 2-5 years or else when in reverse the output level will be low. Use DeOxit on the switch. 2) the dang pinch roller assembly is supposed to switch positions( go from one side to the other ) for Forward or Reverse tape handling but on 90% of older units this feature does not happen and the pinch roller only stays in one position. To be frank, I've yet to see anything adverse as far as recording or playback because of this bug. The VU meters are accurate and sensitive.. use them!.
Other than that, these are great decks that certainly produce great tapes. If you buy one lube it where needed and clean the heads THOROUGHLY, and also lube the little metal rollers near the heads. as these are Vietnam era decks and need a little initial TLC. A new pinch roller is about $35.00 and is a great way to get 3 1/4 ips to work again without wow and flutter (mine is that original and does that but 7 1/2 ips is fine )
These were just wonderfully , quality made decks with just the two gotcha's! listed above and the cleaning of the switch is easy once you gain access to the bottom of the deck. If you find a plastic plate covering the PCB circuit board mark the side with conductive material with a marker and put this plate back THE WAY YOU FOUND IT.
Good luck with yours.