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Vintage Vaccum Tube Portable Reel to Reel Recorders - MONO

Portable Reel to Reel decks

had incarnated into two types: portable in the sense that they can be moved form location to location but still depended on AC power and then those decks, that were truly portable as they ran off internal batteries.

Due to being portable, decks were designed as small as possible, which limited the size of reels they could use. Unfortunately truly portable tape decks employ reel sizes of typically 3", 3 1/2" and 5" (Most non portable, or AC dependant portable decks work with 7" reels). To still get a reasonable amount of recording time form the much smaller reel size, portable decks often offered lower tape speeds, so that the audio material would take up less space on the tape. Speeds of portable decks are: 15/16, 1 7/8 and 3 3/4 IPs, where: the smaller the deck, usually the slower the speed. Unfortunately lower tape speeds result in lower recording quality. Some decks to compensate for this somewhat by using the maximum track width. This results in half track or full track recording.

Most truly portable decks only recorded in mono. Tapes recorded on these decks often cannot be played back on home units, or only with difficulty, as most home decks offer only faster speeds (3 3/4 and 7 1/2 IPS).

And: most home decks are designed to work with 7" reels and would provide too much torque for a 2" or 3" reel. Then the issue of being stereo, so there will be a possible miss match in recording speed, reel size and track asignement, when trying to play a tape, that was recorded on a portable, on a home deck..

I shall metion, that I can transfer small reel tapes from portable decks for you to CD, saving you form needing to purchase a portable deck to hear these again . However, if having more than just a few tapes, the purchase of a tape deck will be more economical. More details about tape transfer services here

1950 European made Professional Portable Reel to Reel Recorder
2 Speed Vaccum Tube recorder

Vintage 1950 Professional Portable tube Reel to Reel Deck

Description: This Deck to it's interior date stamp was made in 1950 in Italy and was meant for daily steno work in the office but is also advertised as a recorder for music and speech such as used in the field when recording interviews for the newspaper. The good old days of quality very well manifested hrere! The original carry bag, empty reel, microphone and owners manual are included. The manual advertises a buch of accessories including a powerr convertor to use the deck in the car. I would guess this is probably among the samllest taped decks at the time and it was made all with nice quality parts. It was built to last and it's design implements super heavy duty contruction - All mechanical parts are metal.
I restored the unit so that it is fully and reliably working again. It was pretty hard to work on as quite compact. The unit had jacks of an obsolete size, which I upgraded to standard 1/4" Also: The power transformer in the unit is based on a taped single winding, wich means it does not have a true seconday and that the chassis is not insulated . Thus I added a grounded power chord to ground the chassis with a plug, that can and shoudl only be inserted in the way it is desingedn for, as to keep HOT off the chassis. If using this deck for musical applications: NEVER USE A GROUND LIFT - and: ALWAYS CONNECT to a GROUNDED POWER JACK. Other than that: This lilttle deck is truly amazing!

A very rare and special Find! - Once sold, opportunity to own this beautiful piece is gone!


• Vacuum Tube Based amplfier circuitry
• Tape speeds: 1 7/8 IPS, 3 3/4 IPS
• Reel size: up to 3"
• 1/4" Mic input & 1/4 transformer isolated speaker / aux output
• Blue-Green Magic eye type bar level meter for recording
• Mechanical Input for fast rewind cue function.
• AC synchronous motor
• Speed shifted while playing and works very nicely
• A very professional touch and feel to this deck.

Work performed to present this machine in excellent and fully working condition: Replaced nearlty all capacitors throughout the unit with high quality parts. Completely overhauled mechanical parts. A complete cleaning and lubrication job on all mechanical parts - which inclcuded rework of all rubber parts. All potentiometers and swtiches, trimpots, tube sockets and contacts deoxydized and lubricated, replaced the pinchroller, cleaned and demagnetized all elements in the tape path; upgraded obesolete jacks with standard 1/4". all adjustments checked and tweaked. Thorough and complete test. About 20 hours of labor plus parts went into this deck.

Condition: Excellent working condition - machine recently completely overhauled to fully work in every aspect. The heads of this machine show only minor wear, so perform excellently. However, there is one shortcoming: The main ilder wheel of this deck has a bump in it. While the effect of it in performance is barely noticeable it generates a clatter / running noise when the machien is running. The remedy would be to have the idler wheel re-coated with new rubber, for which I would add about $125 to the cost of the deck. As I already spend way too much work time on refurbishing this wonderful deck - exceeding my asking price by far, I want to leave it up to you whether you wanted to pay for that. Physical Condition: Very Clean and excellent. However: The plastic casing and the plexiglass lid have more or less noticeable cracks as the machine was not packd properly when shipping it to me.
But: Overall cosmetic condition: 9/10

Lot: 1 Geloso G255 StenOtape portable professional vacuum tube tape recorder, original leather carry bag (one handle broken), the original owenrs manual, microphone (replaced chord as cracked and added 1/4" plug), the original Geloso 3" empty tape reel, a 2" tape.

Price: Actual parts and labor to restore this deck: $465.00 OFFERED here for $349.00

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Vintage Solid State Portable Reel to Reel Recorders - MONO

Vintage Portable Professional
UHER Reel ot Reel Tape Recorder

• 4 Speed: 15/16, 1 7/8, 3 3/4, 7 1/2 IPS
• Can handle reel sizes up to 5"
• Records in half track format
• Battery or AC operation

Vintage UHER Professional Portable Reel to Reel Deck

Refurbished !

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Out of Germany came some of the finest presion equipment and this UHER Report 4000-S is no exception. These UHER decks quickly became the standard in the professional world and were used by radio reporters, film proucers and similar. This deck stands out by all metal construction and offersa wide vartiety of features, some of which are: 4 speeds up to 7 1/2 IPS. electronic motor regulation, high frequency response and wide modulation amplifie relectronics for what was the ultimate in sound recording. The unit runs off batteries (with rechargeable battery or 12V DC options) or AC power. The deck is mono and records in half track format. This deck is perfect if wishing to make vintage field recordings and also an excellent choice if wanting to play tapes at the very best quality that were recorded on portable reel to reel tapes. Reel sizes form 2 1/2' to 5" can be used. This tape recorder is MONO.
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Features in detail:
• 117 V AC or battery operation - power supply included
• Phono, Radio and Mic inputs (DIN) - selectable with a switch at the front pannel
• Internal quality speaker and external speaker jack
• Playback and Recording Monitor Level control knob with speaeker mute function
• Tone Control knob with VU meter light switch.
• Record Level Control with switch that temporarely switches the VU meter to monitor battery level.
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Condition: Physical: Very clean with minor signs of usage. Electronics / Mechanical: Refurbished. Reliably working, fully tested. Head in excellent condition with only moderte wear - performs flawlessly.
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Work performed to restore this unit: Degreased and re-lubricated all mechanical parts. Performed mechanical calibrations. Deoxydized and lubricated all controls and switches. Replaced the main drive belts, Replaced electrolytic capacitors throughout the unit. Performed adjustments. Physical cleaning and detail work. Full functional test: OK2008 ultraelectronicactiv.com

Lot: Actually: this decks includes a accessories not very visible in above photo: The UHER Report 4000S tape deck, the original lether carry case with shoulder strap, the original quality Senheise MD405S microphone with motor run control switch, the original owner's manual, The original UHER Z115 AC power supply, 1 empty 5" tape reel. A bag of original parts that were pulled and replaced when restoring this deck.

Price: $375.00

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OR: use below Quick Check Out Shopping cart button. Secure and Easy Payment through Paypal. It will bill you about $485 total ($375 + about $85=Shipping DEPOSIT) for the unit. Payment processed through PAYPAL. With Payment I will: pack, then calculate actual shipping cost to your ZIP code (within continental USA only!), refund the shipping cost over payment (if any), SHIP and e-mail tracking number. Restrictions apply - so: I may cancel this purchase and refund. If need to approve shipping costs, before I ship, please use: Buy/Inquire instead. Please READ and agree to All details before proceding here.

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UHER STEREO Reel to Reel Tape Recorder

(To be refurbished yet)


60's RCA Portable Reel to Reel Recorder
2 Speed
3" Portable Reel to Reel Deck

Battery Operation, or AC with included power adapter

1960's Portable Battery Operated Reel to Reel Deck

Description: ©2008 ultraelectronicactiv.com
From the days in the 60's when cassette tapes were not very common yet, this portable solid stae battery operated reel tape deck was typically used to record "tape letters" that were mailed back home from Vietnam warriors. This portable reel to reel deck will be perfect to listen to or to transfer your old vintage tapes. Hear grandma again, replace your old deck, appreciate vintage technology that was manufactured with great attention to detail,, get into vintage sound, or get into "Lo-Fi" recording. I sincerely hope you will enjoy this classic beautiful piece of vintage gear - now reapaired to fully work again!
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2 Speeds: 1 7/8" and 3 3/4 (Changed via pitch conversion sleeve - included). Records/Plays half tack mono. Reel sizes: up to 3". Top cover removable. Runs on Batteries (4 "C" cells) and has connector for external wall wart type 6V power supply (included). Tape length indicator on the top cover. Operation elements (see picture - left to right): Volume knob, 3.5mm output jack , 3.5mm input jack, 3.5mm Mic jack. 2.5mm remote jack. Push buttons: RECORD, REWIND, STOP. PLAY; recording level meter / battery level indicator; Aluminum handle - can be extended to carry the unit; bottom of case: battery door. .
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Condition: Physical: Very clean, some (monir) signs of use: the silver stripes of the loudspeaker grille are somewhat worn off at the right edge. Other than that: really nice condition - only few minor scratches. ELECTRONIC / WORKING: In order to present this machine in fuly working current condition I did a complete repair job with so\me refurbishement on this deck to insure reliable operation for decades to come. The heads of this machine appear to not have had not much wear and are in excellent condition. Due to the vintage "governor" motor technology (electro mechnical speed control versus "electronic" in modern equipment) there is some motor noise in the audio signal (typical for this type of deck)
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Work performed to restore this unit: All 3 belts were replaced including the obsolete fabric belt of which I had to custom fabricate one from scratch. I also custom mofdified an AC power supply to work with this deck, which is included. All controls and switches were deoxydized with conract cleaner. Heads. pinch roller and elements in tape path were cleaned and de-magnetized; The complete meachinsm was carefully inspected, re-lubricated and re-worked to perform properly.i adjusted the pich rolle rpressure and repaired 2 broken pout screw fasteners at the bottom case. Physical cleaning and detail work. The machine plays and records very well. If I would bill for the actual work that went into this deck it would be about a $245 job. Full functional test: OK2008 ultraelectronicactiv.com
Lot: 1 RCA vintage portable tape deck with lid, as shown and described above, 1 empty 3" tape reel, AC wall wart type power supply (I custom favricated to perfection so that the deck can run off AC)
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Price: $175.00
Micrphone that works with this tape deck - includes a built-in switch to allow to pause motor run of this deck - can be added for: $20.00

OR: use below Quick Check Out Shopping cart button below to purchase this deck as in "lot" (no microphone) for $175 + shipping. Secure and Easy Payment through Paypal. It will bill you about $225 total (=$175 + about $50 Shipping DEPOSIT) for the unit. Payment processed through PAYPAL. With Payment I will: pack, then calculate actual shipping cost to your ZIP code (within continental USA only!), refund the shipping cost over payment (if any), SHIP and e-mail tracking number. Restrictions apply - so: I may cancel this purchase and refund. If need to approve shipping costs, before I ship, please use: Buy/Inquire instead. Please READ and agree to All details before proceding here.

Battery Operated Tape Recorder

Portable battery operated reel to reel deck

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Description: Most folks buy this sort of thing to replace their original machine to play those old recordings again, but this machine won't work for that, as it's based on constant reel speed not on tape speed. It is rather a deck for musicinans who want to record in the ultimate LOW-Fi sound. The deck is really cheezy with tinny crunchy sound, that has character (!) and drags a little, as made cheaply and rubber old - a piece of crap, but includes all needed and was repaired to work as good as it can: A Mic is hardwired and can be pulled out; Someone added input and output jacks at one time (which I re-worked). Operates on batteries only and includes vintage tape + reels. Mono.

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Work performed I spent about $100 in labor on this. If you can, please pay $100. Mojo will reward you. If you can't, I'll take as much as you have, but not less than $55. Below that: make your own tape deck form beer bottles - No way!

Lot: recorder with mic, original box + styrofoam packing. No manual (unit is self explainatiry) and the lid shown on the box is missing. Works, as described and shown above.

Price: 55.00 - Get the ultimate low-fi sound.


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How to convert Reel to Reel Tapes and other recordings to MP3 or CD:©2008 ultraelectronicactiv.com

The BASICS to convert analog media to digital are: A player that will play your medium and a digital recoding device, such as your home computer will be needed. For reel to reel tape to find the right player can be a challenge, as reel to reel decks came with various recording speeds and track assignments and were limited to what reel sized they can work with. Typically Reel to Reel Tape Decks are classified into 3 categories: portable deck, Home stereo decks and Professional decks. It is impossible for one machine to cover the features of all 3 categories, which in other words means: a deck in the right category will be needed to match your recordings. More details about this subject here.08 ultraelectronicactiv.com

The DETAILS: Once a suitable play back device for your media is available, such as an 8 Track player, Cassette Deck, Reel to Reel Tape Deck, Record Player or Turntable, it's analog audio signal is fed into the input of your digital recording device, which will record the signal in digital format and store it as a digital sound file. Once in digital file format, the sound can be edited, processed and output in various different ways. In most cases your already exisitng home computer will provides all that will be needed to record, edit and output digital sound, files and media. For higher sound quality enhanced sound input options are available, such as adding a high quality audio interface to your computer (I sell for $95 - includes software), or more sofisticated editing and compression software can be added to your computer for optimal results. In other words: The player will play your original media - The computer will serve as the digital recoding device and record your audio material digitally.
Alternatively, if wanted, a stand alone digital recorder can be used instead of the computer, which records and creates digital sound files. These sound files can be in MP3format for direct play back on your MP3 player, or can be in a format of a higher resolution for further processing on the computer and for output to CD.
Some of the folks who are coputer fobic prefer to use a good old fashioned audio CD recorder as the digital recoding (and output device), but these are now obsolte and hard to find in well working condition, as their laser assembly wears out with age. If this your cup of tea hower, inquire with me and I might be able to find you one.

The Process of converting analog sound to digital: Connect the output of your source device to the input of your digital recording device. Likely an audio adapter cable will be needed, as computers often have different audio connectors than standard audio devices.
In othe rwords: the audio signal coming form the 8 Track player (or what have you) is sent to the audio input of your computer via an audio cable. (Most computers have audio inputs via the sound card inputs, but you can also purchase a high quality audio interface for studio quality sound ( I sell an audio interface that connects via USB to your computer for $95. It offers also to connect a turntable directly via the interface to the computer to record your old record albums, and the audio interface comes with the software needed to record and edit your recordings).

Once the hardware is all connected one will play the music on your player to use the computer or digital recoding device to record the incoming signal. It may improve the sound quality to insert an equalizer or similar device into the path of the audio signal, but sophphisticated software offers "post processing" of the digital signal in the computer as well. Once your music is digitally recorded: One will edit the recorded sound on the computer by cuting the sound of the entire tape / record, etc. into separate tracks, edit the beginning and endings, and name the resulting sound files so that they are properly displayed by MP3 players, etc.) When all tracks are separate one would convert the digital sound files to MP3 files, (which is to take up less memory space in the player), or one would output the sound files to audio CD with a CD burner / DVD burner. Conversion to MP3, or output to CD is done with software. Most computers come with software to convert sounds to MP3 and the hardware / software to record or burn audio CDs, but such software can also be downloaded form the Internet, for which in many cases the basic versions are free.
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The Needed equipment:
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1) Your source device: 8 Track playerCassette DeckReel to Reel Tape DeckRecord Player Turntable

2) an adapter cable if using the sound input of your sound card to adapt the output connectors of your source device to the input connectors on your computer (or digital recoding device)

3 a) Your computer as digital recording device: an audio interface added to your computer for studio quality recordings ( I sell adio intefaces for $85 - includes software -
Inquire )

3 b) Your digital recorder - If not having a computer, or if wishing not to use it - you can purchase a stand alone digital recorder, which will be in the $200 to $250 range (recorder, plus memory card) - can provide. These recorders usually also have built-in microphones which means that they also con be used to record other sounds as well. sometimes I may have adio CD recorders or digital recorders, please:
Inquire .
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I will be happy to help you with the set-up of your "recoding system", and won't charge extra for that with your minimum purchase of $100, but if wishing to purchase items form other vendors, I will need to get paid for my services and will bill for consulting time, for which details can be found and payments can be submitted here:
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