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    Items currently for sale by Phantom Productions, Inc.  •   Reel2ReelTexas.com

       

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    Reel2ReelTexas.com and MOMSR's goal is to help preserve the history of the development of the reel to reel tape recorder and recognize those persons who provided the innovations along the way.  In spite of its relatively short history (1930's to the 1980's), the reel tape recorder enabled folks for the first time to capture sound with ever increasing levels of quality. Whether it be the musician preparing for the studio, broadcasters documenting a major event, or just capturing granddad interacting with the kids, reel tape recorders preserved the moments.

     

    PLEASE NOTE: All Phantom Productions items for sale will be described to the best of our ability.   Do to the age of most of these items, they are sold "as is."  However, please check our ebay feedback for the itemswe've sold.  Since 1999 we've had100% positive feedback with over 1900 transactions.  Items may be paid by PayPal, Money Order, or Check (checks must clear prior to shipping).  We will usually ship large items via UPS Ground.  THANK YOU FOR CONSIDERING OUR USED EQUIPMENT! All Phantom Productions, Inc./Reel2ReelTexas.com photos on this web site are copyrighted ©2012.  We are often asked for permission to use our photos.  Each request is unique.  However normally we charge $25 per photo for one time usage.  If the use is "for profit" we will negotiate a reasonable fee.  Please contact us if you wish to use one of our photos.

    We often secure duplicate items to upgrade our collection of reel to reel recorders, microphones and accessories. Some of the replaced items will be listed on eBay or will be made for sale on this page.  Please check back if you don't find what you're looking for.

    Also, be aware that we have a permanent collection of vintage reel to reel equipment which is NOT for sale.  The only items that are for sale are those listed on our sales pages or on eBay listed under our ID "phantomprod."

         
     
     

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    Magnasync vintage 16mm sound film Recorder, Amplifier & Speaker 1950's

     

                   

    Magnasync vintage 16mm sound film Recorder, Amplifier & Speaker 1950's

    Our private collection is selling items that are no longer going to be retained in our permanent collection. This 1950's Magnasync 16 mm magnetic film audio recorder, amplifier and speaker are professional units and incredibly well built. Our Museum bought these units as display items to reflect film's contribution to magnetic recording. These units have not been powered on due to their age, so they are being sold "as is." They all look in very good shape and are serious heavy duty pieces of equipment.

    The three boxes will be shipped together. Local pickup preferred. UPS packing charge will be in addition to shipping charge.

     

    Magnasync vintage 16mm sound film Recorder, Amplifier & Speaker 1950's

    $645.00

    SOLD

     

         

    New capstan motor for the Ampex AG-500

           

    New capstan motor for the Ampex AG-500 professional reel to reel tape recorder. We bought it for a previous older AG-500 and instead ended up purchasing a newer working model. So this is still in its original packing.

    New capstan motor for the

    Ampex AG-500

    $95.00

    + Packing and shipping

    contact us

         

    Sparta Broadcast Console Model A-20B & power supply for parts/repair

                        

    Sparta Broadcast Console Model A-20B & power supply for parts/repair

    Our private collection is downsizing and selling items that are not going to be retained in the permanent collection. This Sparta Model A-20B radio broadcast console & power supply was purchased for "display" purposes only. We hoped it would end up in a "broadcast" section of our museum, but it was never funded. The console had been removed from a radio station and unfortunately they cut the power supply cord (I guess for quick removal). It is not possible for us to test the console and as you can tell from the photos, it's missing knobs and knob covers and shows heavy wear. We are selling this console "as is" for parts. We prefer to have this picked up locally. However we will take care of packing or the buyer can pay to have UPS pack it up.

     

    Sparta Broadcast Console Model A-20B & power supply for parts/repair

    $195

    SOLD

     

     

         

    Ampex/Teac PR260 instrumentation Data multi-track reel to reel tape recorder

             

     

     

    Our private collection is downsizing and selling items that are not going to be retained in the permanent collection. This Ampex/Teac PR260 instrumentation Data multi-track reel to reel tape recorder was purchased for "display" purposes only. We hoped it would end up in a data/instrumentation section of our museum, but it was never funded.


    While many Ampex and other reel tape recorders went to recording studios and broadcast stations, a large percentage went to data recording (especially Ampex & Magnecord). This Ampex/Teac PR 260 uses 1/2" tape and runs at speeds from 15/16/ to 30 ips. This is a closed loop, however we don't have any additional sales info.  We include an Ampex PR-260/280 manual and the tapes seen in the photos. The pressure roller has deteriorated. When the machine is powered on, the meter reacts, however the recorder will not go into any of the play, record, or wind modes.  This Ampex PR260 is being sold "as is" for parts or repair.

    We prefer local pickup. If shipped we will have UPS pack the recorder.

     

    Ampex/Teac PR260 instrumentation Data multi-track reel to reel tape recorder

    $175.00

    SOLD

     

         

    Toshiba PT-884 4 channel reel tape recorder Needs Work

                 

    Toshiba PT-884 4 channel reel tape recorder

    We are downsizing our reel tape recorder collection and selling items that are not going to be retained in the permanent collection. This sale is for the Toshiba PT-884 4 channel (Quadraphonic) reel to reel tape recorder. It is very well built and finished. This unit originally sold for $500 and came out in the 1970's. We purchased this recorder to demonstrate the Quadraphonic tapes in the collection.


    This recorder looks great except for scratches on the control mechanism. This unit will require someone who is willing to to work out the problems described below. Unfortunately, I do not have the time, nor repair resources to tackle the problems with this 40+ year old tape recorder.

    The control of the tape mechanism uses a single handle.  It turns left or right to go into forward play. The turn to the right is a bit finicky, however turning to the left goes into play okay. I found that if I turn the "Play" lever hard right, or hard left, it goes into play with no problem. The control is pushed down and turned left or right for rewind and fast forward. However the brakes on both directions allow the reels to spill tape, so these need adjusting.  The unit plays and records and sounds except for the right front channel which is weak. 

    We do not have the Service, nor Owners manuals, however you can view the specs on the photo of the cover of the Service Manual in our listing. This recorder has both RCA and DIN plugs on the back. It also has independent 4 channel bias controls on the back. The Toshiba take up reel is included.

    So issues:
    Control lever needs contact cleaning to clear up the hesitation to engage.
    Rewind and fast forward dump tape which is a braking problem. The brakes will need adjusting.
    The tape counter is not working and probably just needs a new belt.

    All four channels of the tape playback work, but the right front channel is weak

    The meters are not responding in playback. In "Record" the meters go to the mid position and don't fluctuate with the sound input. I may not be doing something correctly in record. However with a mic plugged into each channel, sound is heard in "source" on all channels. All the channels playback the mic, except, as mentioned the right front is weak.
    Tape and Source switches needed to be exercised to provide a clean sound, so those contacts need cleaning.

    This recorder will be well packed by the UPS Store, so please note the handling charge for UPS packing and shipping. 

    The unit is solid and very clean. There are some scratches on the control decorative plate. The cabinet is in perfect shape, except for a couple of nicks. Due to its age the recorder needs serious adjusting and maintenance. As with all our vintage sales, this Toshiba is being sold "as is." Please understand if you purchase this recorder, you are acknowledging the problems listed above and realize there may be more areas that require attention, cleaning, or repair. It's a good project candidate.

    FREE local pickup available. No international shipping!

     

     

    Toshiba PT-884 4 channel reel tape recorder

    SOLD

    $175.00

    + Packing and shipping

    contact us

     

         

     

    There are 323 electric motors in the 151 reel tape recorders in our collection.

    Phantom Productions, Inc. vintage recording collection began in 1998 with a 1904 Edison cylinder player.  It has since grown to the many recorders noted on this web site.  We've produced a video tour of our vintage recording collection.  There are approximately 151 reel to reel tape recorders and other unique items related to recording. This is 7 hour set that also includes a brief history of sound recording and a segment on how the tape recorder works.  Also we include a segment on our on-location  recording work around the State of Texas.

    Most of the videos are dedicated to the profile of the reel tape recorders that came available in the US in the late 1940's through the 1980's.  We also include a profile of our wire recorders.  While we don't go into great depth, we demonstrate the many working units and provide some base information on when they were manufactured and what they cost new.

     

     

    7 Hour - download set covering Phantom Production, Inc's vintage recording collection, a brief history of sound recording and on-location recording in Texas

    View a 10 minute overview of the 7 hour download

     

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    The most comprehensive information about the open reel, or analog reel to reel tape recorder! 

    This 7 hour + vintage recording content is available and may be bought and downloaded from the internet.

    Special Offer! ORDER THE VIDEO FILES ON LINE - was 14.95

    NOW only $9.95

    There are 50 QuickTime H264 854 X 480 files in this download.  They have been tested on Win XP and Win 7 and play well with the FREE Apple QuickTime for PC application. 

    Some videos are small and will download quickly.  Others are large and my require 5 minutes or more on broadband (longer on other connections). 

    We have set the system to provide 48 hours during which to download the files. After that the file access will expire.  Once the files are downloaded they are yours to keep.  If you have a problem, please let us know.


    Below you may also order some of the video files independently without the full 50 files.  All the individual files below ARE included on the download and in the 50 file download above. 

    These are individual files about a specific brand in our collection

    The History of Sound Recording & How the Tape Recorder Works

    by Phantom Productions  $6.95 - 41:00 min

     

    The  Akai Reel Tape Recorder  $3.95 - 9:19 min

    The Ampex Tape Recorder  $4.95 - 38:18 min

    The Berlant Concertone Tape Recorder  $3.95 - 13:23 min
    The Magnecord Tape Recorder$3.95 - 8:09 min
    The Roberts/Rheem/Califone Tape Recorder $5.95 - 23:03 min
     The Sony Tape Recorder   $4.95 - 26:44 min
    The Studer ReVox Tape Recorder   $3.95 - 11:39 min
    The Teac Tascam Tape Recorder   $6.95 - 38:10 min

    The Webster Chicago Wire Recorder &
    The Webcor Tape Recorder    $3.95 - 11:44 min

     

     

     

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    Please take a look at our VINTAGE PRICE DATA   Here are some comments about our service:

    "Thank you so much! Wow and I was ready to sell them for a few hundred."  Jason R

    "I started to contact you first, however went ahead and sold my Akai.  I now know it went for 25% of the average over the past few years. It was a good unit and might have brought me 6 times what I received. Arrgghh!!!"  Jim K.

    "I didn't have a clue what the Sony was worth.  Thank you!" Michael

    "Wish I'd known about your resource earlier.  Just sold for less than 50% of the average..."  Cary

    Our database provides price history information on most vintage reel to reel tape recorders.  Make knowledgeable offers, bids and set sale prices.

    PLEASE NOTE: We can only provide data from the list of items we have tracked.  If items are requested that are not on the list, we still must charge for the research time.  Go to the Vintage Price Data Page .

     

    The disclaimer...Please note that Phantom Productions, Inc. is a production company with a private collection of reel to reel equipment and is not a reel to reel restoration facility. We strive to describe the recorders and other items we sell as accurately as possible, noting any problems we've found. We check out mechanical operations when possible, however do not have a service staff in house. Most of the items we collect are 20 to 60 years old and it is very rare that they will meet original specs. As with all our recording equipment auctions, we are selling these items "as is" and offer no returns nor refunds. Shipping is set for large items is normally UPS Ground shipping in US. Other options will be considered, please contact us with questions.

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