Otari was one of the last brands to manufacturer a new tape deck. Founded by Former Teac Engineer, Masayuki Hosoda in 1964, his company produced some of the best tape decks ever made. It may sound funny but Otari is widely considered by industry professionals as the Toyota Tacoma of tape decks! The reason why is that they learned the hard lessons from Studer/Teac/Tascam etc and as a result built one of the best tape decks out there. Also, because of this, the availability of parts is much more widely available; not to mention the serviceability of this deck is much better than say a Technics. One of our favorite decks!
*Key point. We love this deck for the new or experienced listener... why? Because it has the versatility to playback both 1/2 and 1.4 track tapes. This way you don't loose out if you have a 1/4 tape collection.
*Key Point. The bottle head guide can be considered an improvement. BUT, our ethical bones want to make sure you understand the tension arms cannot be jostled or bumped or otherwise "hit". It can cause tape scrape, misalignment of tape etc. We can put the original tension arm guides on upon request.
Summary of Restoration work... 1 year warranty provided (on non-customer related issues)
Installed relapped head assembly
Installed athan corp pinch roller & set pressure
Rotated static guides and lifters
Installed Bottlehead roller guide kit +1.5hrs
Cleaned all controls
Disassembly / reassembly for cosmetics +1hr
Aligned all 3 speeds repro, set for 15 & 7.5 ips record, biased for ATR Master tape (MID flux 250nWb/m)
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