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We are one of the only facilities in the Pacific NorthWest that buys, sells and restores reel to reel tape decks. We have over 35 years experience working on these units, and have the tools and test equipment to properly align and bring these decks to life.
We use MRL calibration tapes, and are dealers for ATR tape. We work on everything from mono tube machines to 2" 24 track studio decks. We are reeltoreeltech dot com!
We stock many types of ATR tape from 7" reels to 2", in several formulations. We have about 350 decks in stock at all times. If you haven't yet checked out our website, please do so. Under the 'about us' tab we have a bunch of articles regarding the 'great barn finds' that we've come across this year, netting us well over 100 decks and tons of parts.

This deck doesn't come up too often. It's the top of the line 3 head Akai GX-570B MkII cassette deck dating from around 1978 or so. It comes from the era of quality Akai metal construction, no plastic in this 20lb deck! It features touch controls (improved on by using chips in the MkII compared to the original version), back lit touch buttons, large VU meters, normal, FeCr and Chrome bias and eq positions (this deck is too early for metal tape capability), calibration for Dolby, and of course, tape and source monitoring.

This deck had been sitting in our shop for a few years before we finally got to it a month ago. We changed:

-burned out 'play' button light.

-new belts, capstan, and the one for the motorized door

-new Dolby chip for the left channel, as the original had distortion in it.

-calibration to Maxell UD and UDXL tape.

-speed calibration (it was off by 1/2 %)

-cleaning of all controls and switches

-test run for 10 hours to ensure long term reliability.

The deck sounds great, and is a testament to Akai's engineering skills, as 1977/1978 was more or less the point where cassette technology matured, and became a significant threat to reel to reels. The deck is flat to 20Khz with both chrome and normal bias tape, and sounds great. The reel motors are direct drive, so fast wind is super fast right to the end of the tape. This also reduces the amount of components in the transport, and increases reliability.
Cosmetically, the deck is in great shape, with minimal marks as shown. The deck will make a great addition to your current stereo or your vintage one. If you're looking for a deck to digitize old cassettes with, this is a perfect candidate for long running periods.

We know how to pack these decks, and will overpack, with lots of bubble wrap. We'll also fully insure the deck for the purchase amount. The shipping shown is worst case to the East Coast. Shipping in the West will be less, and any excess will be refunded upon shipping.

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Listed2 months ago
ConditionExcellent (Used)
Excellent items are almost entirely free from blemishes and other visual defects and have been played or used with the utmost care.learn more
  • GXC-570D MKII
  • 1978


Blaine, WA, United States
Joined Reverb:2017

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