How do you find new reel-to-reel tape decks?


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Find new reel-to-reel tape decks through small boutique manufacturers such as J Corder and United Home Audio. Major manufacturers such as Pioneer, Tascam and Akai no longer product reel-to-reel tape decks, requiring interested customers to purchased used or vintage equipment.

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Specialized audiophile-quality equipment manufacturers such as J Corder and United Home Audio often manufacture and sell reel-to-reel tape decks as made-to-order products. Some of these products are faithful recreations of vintage equipment while others are designed to offer new features and sound quality.

United Home Audio offers a line of reel-to-reel tape decks that include the company's flagship products, the Phase 9 and Phase 11. Of the two, the Phase 11 is the higher-quality device, using pure solid silver wire to transmit the audio signal from the playback head of the deck to the output connectors, resulting in improved dynamics and detail. The Phase 11 costs between $17,000 and $21,000 as of January 2013.

J Corder refurbishes and sells reel-to-reel tape decks, improving internal mechanisms, electronics and circuitry to create new products. The company's decks are typically based on Technics decks and then modified to outperform the original decks' specifications. J Corder bench tests every tape deck it produces and offers a 12-month warranty for each sale.

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