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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 is the Akai GX202D-SS 2 and 4 channel reel to reel tape deck. It was released in the mid 1970s for the then popular 4 channel market. The deck can play 4 channel tapes via 4 discrete outputs, or it can double as an auto reverse 2 channel deck if desired. The deck runs at the two popular consumer tape speeds, 3 3/4 and 7 1/2 IPS.

We received this deck in on a trade deal we did with Hawthorne Stereo in Seattle (a great bunch of guys!) that sell new and vintage audio equipment. Since there's no RTR techs in Seattle, they opted to sell their remaining decks to us, which we are now working on. It needed a bunch of work:

-all controls and switches cleaned with DeOxIt

-new pinch roller

-tape counter lubrication, as it was squealing

-minor repairs to the transport, as the tape shutoff wasn't working properly

-test run for 12 hours to ensure long term reliability.

The frequency response is good to 20 Khz at 7 1/2 IPS, and to 17 Khz at 3 3/4, typical for this era of Akai decks. There's about a 6db boost at 17Khz with new ATR MDS-36 tape, which stands to reason, as that type of tape wasn't out yet in the mid 1970s. We've left the response that way, as older tape like Scotch 150 or Sony PR150 will be flatter based on the tape type. All 4 channels are consistent within 2db of each other for uniform sound.

Cosmetically, the deck is in decent shape, save for one scrape mark on the top of the right wood side panel as shown, and one small chip out of the left panel. From the front, the deck presents itself very nicely, and makes a great addition to any stereo. For digitizing, it will provide great sounding output to your computer or DAW.

We know how to pack these decks, however shipping has gotten extremely expensive in the last 3 years. The shipping quoted 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
  • GX202-DSS


Blaine, WA, United States
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