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 X-300 10.5" 1/4 track (standard consumer format) reel to reel tape deck that came out around 1966 and was produced until 1969. It was the first 10.5" tape deck that Akai made, and is a testament to the quality that Akai put into their decks. The deck will accept standard 1/4" tape reels, from 5" to 10.5", and has a variable tape tension selector switch to suit various tapes.
The deck used crossfield head technology that Tandberg made popular, by increasing the magnetic field of the record head to 'pull' the audio through the tape, resulting in a better frequency response than a non crossfield head system. This deck also used electronic braking, and had a 3 motor design. The fast wind functions are insanely fast, and rival that of the Revox A77 that was made around the same time.
This deck came to us on trade from Innovative Audio in Surrey BC, that we do a lot of horsetrading with.
Overall the deck was in good shape, and the transport worked fine short of some tape path cleaning.
The audio portion was another story. The deck hummmmed badly, due to bad filter caps, so we changed all of the main filters on the audio boards and power supplies. We then found that the right channel's internal amp had leaking germanium output transistors, so we ordered a new old stock set, and installed them, and the right channel came back to life.

The deck is flat to 21Khz with ATR MDS-36 tape, and to around 18Khz at 3 3/4 as shown. We've test run the deck for 10 hours, recording and playing tapes, and the deck is flawless.
The X-300 is a very compact reel to reel, slightly smaller (but a bit deeper) than a Revox A77. It has an internal 10 watt per channel amp, with internal speakers, which can be turned off as desired.
The deck has 1/4 phone inputs and outputs on the side of the deck, and simple 1/4 phone to RCA connectors can be used to convert them to RCA jacks.

Cosmetically, the deck has a few minor blemishes, but is overall in good condition for its age. There is a latching front cover to the deck that comes with the deck (not pictured), and we are including a new 10" metal takeup reel as well as two Revox clone NAB adapters.
As a nice vintage deck for some amazing tape sound, the deck is great to digitize your tapes, or to bounce tracks to and from your DAW.


We know how to pack these decks, and it will be double boxed, so that it arrives in great condition. Shipping quoted is the worst case, and any excess shipping will be refunded upon shipping.

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Reeltoreeltech

Blaine, WA, United States
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