Find open-reel, also known as reel-to-reel, tape recorders through sites such as eBay.com, OakTreeVintage.com, Amazon.com and Criagslist.org, as of 2015. Each site contains a different selection and quantity of recorders, as most companies no longer manufacture the machines. As such, buyers should also check the condition of each unit before purchasing to identify any issues or damage.
Auction site eBay.com contains listings for open-reel tape recorders from private sellers in addition to various types of businesses, each of which features a seller rating for the user posting the item. Seller ratings consist of feedback and reviews from other site users with actual experience buying from that party, and thus allow new users to understand the reliability of each seller.
OakTreeVintage.com specializes in refurbishing vintage reel-to-reel tape records, meaning that its inventory varies significantly over time according to its ability to procure and restore the units. If the company does not have any units currently in stock, it is possible to contact it and inquire about making a preorder for an upcoming model.
Amazon.com features a variety of tape recorders and accessories, many of which come from third-party sellers using the Amazon Marketplace program. Buyers need to check the seller details on each item to understand the coverage available in the event of a faulty product.
Criaglist.org allows users to search for listing within a specific area, typically the largest cities and counties within each state, and deal directly with sellers on purchase details.