Open Reel tape

How to enjoy this format

Open reel, reel-to-reel, R2R, RTR, or whatever you like to call it, was the original medium for recording all music from the 30’s through mid 80’s, when digital media was introduced. This format is the most diverse with four different tape widths: 1/4 inch, 1/2 inch, 1 inch, and 2 inch. Quarter inch tape is the most common. There are options to consider with reel size, tape speed, tape recording formats, equalization and operating level. To learn more about this format, head over to Dave Denyer’s website, The Reel to Reel Rambler for everything you wanted to know about open reel, including news, reviews and musings. 

There is a resurgence in the open reel format partially due to a variety of reasons including the availability of brand new tape and supplies, as well as a strong used market for tape decks that are serviceable. The information on this page is intended to help you get the most out of this analog format if you are considering a jump in, or have taken the leap and enjoying this new audio adventure.

Learn more about this format

The reel-to-reel rambler

Dave Denyer is a self-proclaimed music fanatic with a serious analogue habit. He’s been in the audio industry for around 30 years, so he knows a thing or two about analog tape. Dave’s site is a personal blog that I have found his site very helpful in learning what is so great about the open reel (R2R or RTR) format, with info, reviews, news and musings.

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Tape deck repair & sales

Reel to reel tech

Curt Palme is the tape guru that runs in Surrey, B.C. and has to be one of the best R2R techs in North America. I sent my Akai to him and know first hand that he does a great job. With over 30 years experience, he repairs decks, sells refurbished decks and new tape in 7″ and 10.5″ reels. He works in all size formats from consumer to professional decks. He also offers free tech support and has quite a bit of helpful information for the DIYer.

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Analog Audio Tape & Accessories

Splicit Reel Audio Products

Splicit Reel Audio Products is the nation’s innovative supplier of analog reel-to-reel audio tape supplies and accessories. They carry a full line of audio reel to reel tape, supplies and accessories, including: Capture Series and Recording The Masters tape, splicing blocks & kits, tape reels and boxes, plus cassette tape and supplies.

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About me

I am a designer & craftsman passionate about music and vintage audio gear from the late 60's, 70's, and 80's.

My mission is to help you get the most out of your audio system with custom handcrafted products, and informative resources that help you maintain and improve the quality of your HiFi system.


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