Best Cassette Recorder? Hidden Gems?

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MidnightArrakis

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Hey guys, hope everyone is doing well.

I want to start my own record label, instead of buying the new 500$-700$ cassettes decks that came out these last years, I want to drop 100 bucks or so, or much less, and just get rolling men. I know about the breakdowns of these old units, the maintenance that has to be done, the risk of not finding replacement parts and all that bag. That is just as important. The replacement parts most of all. And about the love of music that one has to have to start a cassette record label in 2022. All of that is covered. I can get my hands dirty and repair them.

I found these on my local used store. I know close to nothing about cassette deck models. I have studied reparation, maintenance, inner workings of cassette decks and how different types of cassettes work. The different types of cassettes (the tape in itself) and their analogous deck. I'm curious if the first two reel machines are **usable** in a studio setting. I'm not looking for a Studer sound, just some distinct flavor to the sound. As well I don't want to buy something that it's simply not worth it, you know, instant trash. Just a little something will get me a long way. As I'm just starting out on this endeavor.

Here's the list of reel tapes decks, maybe there's a hidden gem in there:

Reel Tapes:

1 - Reel Akai M-x2000sd
2 - TEAC A-2340R 4 Channels

Cassettes Decks:

3 - Sony Stereo Cassette Deck Tc -w3 Ac
4 - Philips Dcc900 Digital Cassette Deck
5 - Sony Cassette Tc-K5 (1978)
6 - Sony Deck El-5
7 - Yazumi1850 Cassette Tuner Am/fm Stereo
8 - Sony Cassette Deck TC-206SD Stereo
9 - Yazumi Cassette Deck Pro System 2580
10 - Yazumi 1850 1800 Cassette Deck and Tuner Am/fm

Any of these will do the trick? What are your considerations on these units?
Here is a short list of brand-new cassette decks that are being introduced into the market:









Hope this helps!!!

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TimG

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Hey DIY Cassette Label Calling.
Shipping looks like about $50 for this one but might be useful? Looks solid.
3 at a time...

Sony Audio Cassette Duplicator-Model CCP-1300​

 

TimG

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Hey DIY Cassette Label Calling.
Shipping looks like about $50 for this one but might be useful? Looks solid.
3 at a time...

Sony Audio Cassette Duplicator-Model CCP-1300​


TMI - my DIY friends in the late 80's had this cassette only label WGNS, putting out compilations of DC bands.
WGNS eventually became a DC recording studio I was a parter in for a while.
Their releases are preserved below from the cassette masters.
They all had cool hand made xerox covers from confederates in the Kinko's Copies of the era.

(I'm on WGNS9 "The Halloween Cassette" (1984) Hahaha.)
 
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