German brand unveils stunning new reel-to-reel tape machine and turntable

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We often get asked about players for reel-to-reel tapes since we occasionally acquire these from engineers and collectors alike… well here you go (but you will need deep-ish pockets)…

An analogue dream.

German company Ballfinger has unveiled a new selection of stunning analogue audio equipment. Its flagship reel-to-reel tape machine the Tonbandmaschine M 063 combines a minimal vintage aesthetic with components manufactured in Ballfinger’s own factories, including drive motors, servo units and pick-up systems.

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Aimed at industry professionals and “the ambitious music lover”, the M 063 runs all but silently with anything up to 12″ tape reels. As What Hi-Fireports, this is thanks to its “tacho-controlled winding speeds and a processor-controlled drive” which keeps the tape from stretching or looping. Unsurprisingly, it will set you back a few bob, and is reported to cost €27,000 (£23,000).

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  1. And where can the purchaser of this tape deck get new reel to reel tape? All the manufacturers of this type of recording tape have shut down operations due to environmental concerns. This unit is the price of a house. Magnetic recording tape lasts about twenty five years if exposed to air, and then it yellows.

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