Playing with the Sony TC-580 R2R

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Congratulations, she's a peach!
 

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Hi Perry: What's the story on how you came upon the Sony R2R?

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Hey Nando........ not much of a backstory. One of the local gear hosers I do a lot of work for (he owns a few of my WOPL's and some pre's, and a few speakers I built, plus more), found a new Teac in the box at the thrift store sitting next to the Sony and bought them both for like $52. So he came by and gave me the Sony and kept the Teac in the box.... he took it home a year go and its still in the box. The Sony I had in the shop and I used it to test amps and preamps out. I am definitely going to upgrade asap.
 

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Hey Perry, I used to have that same deck and it went to someone in Canada many years ago. If you need a good deck, LMK. I have a Teac A-2300SD Dolby deck I am not using now. It was refurbed a few years ago and cosmetically is gorgeous to boot
 

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If it used 10.5" reels, I'd jump on it in a heartbeat. I'm looking for a 10.5" with a higher speed (15 IPS).
 

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That's an exceptional find by your friend. My first foray into open-reel was about 14 years ago. Similar story, as I saw two R2Rs at the local mini flea market. I bought the first one for $50 and headed back to pick up the 2nd one the same day, but it had already sold. The one I got was an Akai GX-747, and the other was a 10.5 Teac, but I can't remember the model #. I later found out who bought it and he is someone I worked with in the past.

I sold the GX-747 for good coin a few years back to fund another vintage audio component.



Nothing beats having a big 10.5" open-reel deck humping along at 15 i.p.s.. I recently upgraded to a Pioneer RT-2044.



Good luck on your next purchase, Perry. I'm sure you will find something that meets your expectations.

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A guy here (well, 200 miles up the road in Phoenix) has a beautiful 2044 like yours. What a gorgeous rig. I want it......

Thanks Nando.
 
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Just added this to the stable. I need some NAB hub adapters, a couple 10.5" reels and figure out which tape to buy. She'll get a recap, a lube and cleaning, some pinch rollers and if it needs work, off she'll go to get the big service. I got a good deal on it so I can spend a few to get it right.


Tascam 42NB

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works nice, great shape too. She's got a dingy in the side but otherwise nice.



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I picked up a couple of 580's a few years ago. One was a parts deck. The better of the two needed its heads lapped and it had a broken board. Finally the tech ended up with one nice running deck. That's also a nice Tascam you picked up. Good luck with it. Hope it served you well.
 

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Just got the Tascam 42NB off the FedEx truck..... I'll open the box in the morning...... Keeping my fingers crossed. The Sony TC-580 needs service and a good cleaning. Time to dig up a Service manual and a screwdriver.
 

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I should have the service manual for the 42NB tomorrow. I pow-wow'd with the Expert on the Tascams and he gave me some pointers. He said to skip the recap, he said they were made with all top notch stuff. I did look it over for a minute or 2. It needs pinch roller re-rubber since they are getting gooey. As soon as I finish this 4000t and WOPL for a customer, which will be complete in the next couple days, I'll devote some time to the R2R. I got a lot of reading to do. Actuslly, I should have read the specs and seen how much that bitch weighs... I almost loaded the proverbial drawers when I had to move it... 70 plus Lbs... And me with a bum shoulder....
 
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