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Pro-Tips: Reel to Reel Buying, Playing & Optimizing the Tape Experience

by Kevin Root October 03, 2022 9 min read

We get asked a lot of questions about reel to reel players. These range from how to buy one to recording, playback and the maintenance of both tapes and decks. We thought it would be helpful to assemble a list of tips and suggestions from our reel to reel community as well as some notable experts around the industry.
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Ken Kessler's Review of RX Reels 7 inch Carbon Fiber Reel

by Kevin Root September 22, 2022 7 min read

Running a finger over the spooled tape reveals no unevenness, no ridges. It made me think of (and I compared them to) fresh blank tape as it arrived from the factory. For this alone, anyone who uses 7-inch spools on a regular basis should purchase at least one for critical playback of treasured tapes.
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UKRAINE REFUGEE FUNDRAISER - THANK YOU TO ALL WHO DONATED!

by Kevin Root April 29, 2022 1 min read

Our final donation to the World Central Kitchen to help feed the Ukrainian Refugees after transaction fees came to $6,035.85. Thank you so much to everyone who donated!

We had over 300 $20 donation/raffle tickets purchased by over 100 different people from 8 different countries!

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A Definitive Guide to Reels for Open Reel Tape Decks by Neville Roberts

by Kevin Root December 17, 2021 8 min read

“What’s in a reel?” you may well ask. Well, a lot more than simply being a device to store audio tape – Neville Roberts delves into the detail!

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HI-FI World's Martin Pipe Reviews RX Reels | Spool's gold!

by Kevin Root August 27, 2021 4 min read

Martin Pipe takes up his tape with this superbly-made reel from the USA.

Thanks to RX Reels careful balance, fast-winding is quieter than with lesser articles due to a considerable reduction in vibration - which is itself a good thing, for the life of your deck's reel motors. The lack of physical noise during playback isn't the only audible benefit - I also found that the stereo image was more solid and better defined. Quite frankly, it's highly unlikely you'll find a better spool for your deck.

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Where to Find Quality Pre-Recorded Music on R2R Tape

by Kevin Root July 20, 2021 6 min read

Whether you are an avid collector or just getting into reel to reel, it can be challenging to figure out where to buy quality pre-recorded music on reel to reel tape. 

Here is a list to help out.

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