Look on eBay and you’ll see a few thousand reel-to-reel tape decks for sale, mostly decks that were made in the 70’s and 80’s. So, what’s going on here? Didn’t reel-to- reel enthusiasm die when digital took over?
I’ve considered the trend, and even bought a vintage tape deck myself to play some of my remaining collection of reel-to-reel tapes. I’ll tell you what’s available, who is buying them and what they are doing with them. I’ll also profile some newly produced high-end decks that are selling as fast as they can be made.
Remember, the conventional wisdom was that the LP was dead, and now turntables and new pressings of classic recordings are flying off the shelves. Will reel-to-reel have a similar rebirth?
I’m anxious to share my findings, let you know about the available software and newly manufactured blank tape, and what you might be getting into if you decide to jump in to the reel to reel world.
Look for my exploration of the surprising interest as reel-to-reel becomes a high-end object of desire.