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Jon Goodman
06-24-2013, 08:17 PM
From the late 1960s, here's an Akai M-10 Crossfield Reel to Reel tape recorder. This is something that definitely needs to be sold to somebody living in the DFW area because it is very heavy. How heavy you ask? I've carried grown goats that weighed less. Oh sure, they kicked and bleated more, but they were lighter. Seriously this is a 4 track recorder with 3 motors, sound-on-sound, auto reverse, button reverse, auto shut off, etc. So whether you're a guy or a girl, here's your chance to thumb your nose at MP3 players and cutesy "apps" that broadcast music and show your true stuff. I bought this in Fat Boy's Pawn Shop on Oak Lawn in 1974 and know very little of its life before me. The pawn broker thought it came back from Vietnam. I had it repaired once along the way...although now I can't remember who did the work or what was wrong.

I haven't used it in a while, hence it is part of the downsizing. That's the rule around here. Don't use it and you lose it. Now having said that, I put on a tape and fired it up and...it seems to be doing just fine. As I'm typing, I'm listening to Marvin Gaye singing up a storm back there, in fact. Oh, Marvin finished and now I've got "Look Through Any Window". Man does that take me back to another time.

This has some small chips in the veneer on the corners, etc but basically it still looks very good. Think of it as a time machine: Get a 7 inch reel (and I'll include for free all the reels of tape I have--at least ten 7 inch reels I think, all in boxes), record your favorite music at 3 3/4, mix a popular drink from the past...maybe some Harvey Wallbanger's or just get a bottle of Mateus Rose or wait...something Hemingway would have enjoyed (like Pernod for example) and then you and your significant other shoot the afternoon listening. Just listening and thinking and whatever comes naturally. Within a couple of hours you won't have any idea what year it is and you won't give a red rat's ah, that is to say...you won't care.

$100 for a bona fide time machine. Local (DFW area) sale only, please. No PayPal.

If questions, please ask.

Jon

tony lockerbie
06-24-2013, 10:33 PM
Wonderful John, I used to have wet dreams about the M10..or was that Suzy Quattro? Anyway, what a fabulous machine...something really cool about a reel to reel.

Jon Goodman
06-24-2013, 11:08 PM
Thanks...if you dreamed about Suzy, you probably don't want to watch Anna: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5GvZlX5kFgU
Remember don't watch. Just look the other way and listen. Terrific song with great lyrics originally recorded by Mina in the sixties. But don't look.
Jon

PS...did the Miranda arrive yet?

Zathras
06-24-2013, 11:24 PM
Hi Jon, do you think you could move to California so it would be a local pick up for me? :laugh: I forwarded this link to an old Navy buddy of mine down your way. He was into cassette taping in a big way, don't know about R2R, but I thought I'd let him know just in case. He's a former USN Photographer's Mate who I knew on the USS John F. Kennedy and a pretty good guy.

Mike Sullivan

tony lockerbie
06-25-2013, 12:19 AM
Thanks John, she's really...a good singer, I didn't look. Miranda hasn't turned up yet...maybe tomorrow.

dorff
06-25-2013, 02:18 AM
Hi Jon, what happened to your $8.10 anywhere in the world deal :D?

CollinB
06-25-2013, 05:27 AM
Never heard the M10 before. At one time I had the pleasure of owning a the GX-747. So nice.

Ming Rider
06-25-2013, 06:24 AM
Thanks...if you dreamed about Suzy, you probably don't want to watch Anna: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5GvZlX5kFgU
Remember don't watch. Just look the other way and listen. Terrific song with great lyrics originally recorded by Mina in the sixties. But don't look.
Jon

PS...did the Miranda arrive yet?

I looked. Couldn't help myself. Sorry.

Jon Goodman
06-25-2013, 07:20 AM
1.) I'd be happy to move to California. I'm tired of summer in Dallas anyway. However I'd have to leave my wife here and that would not be a smart idea.
2.) The $8.10 anywhere in the world deal...well, in this case I think it is $810.00 Same numbers, though.
3.) The M-10 may have been the first 3 motor recorder made, and it was introduced prior to all the gimmicky stuff (like 4 channel stereo and echo and other things). This was an impulse buy. Long story, but my income varied night to night then. I was heading back to my apartment as Fat Boy's was opening, I stopped to see what people had defaulted on and walked out lugging this.
4.) I was kidding, but I think you know that. You should always look at Anna. I hope you liked her. Did you know that for about 5 years France owned Texas? If you like French, you may enjoy: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zq6YPbcMyNk
Jon

agnosticnikon
06-25-2013, 11:06 AM
This is such a cool item! I would love to play with it, as I had a r2r for a while, but you're still a little far away. I was one of those nerds in the 70s that had an Akai 8 track recorder! They were challenging, because if you made a mistake, or if the record skipped, you had to wind the entire tape through and start over. But then cassette tapes and Dolby noise reduction came along, and the 8 track became history. Was a fun ride while it lasted. (still got my Thorens turntable and vinyl though)

GRHazelton
06-25-2013, 11:42 AM
agnosticnikon metioned 8 track. Oooooooooo, I remember buying the virtual ultimate in self-destructing machinery: A USED 1971 Fiat 124 roadster with an indash radio/8 track player, plus a few ancient tapes! Talk about stylin' down the road! The 8 track packed it in soon, and the Fiat was fun to drive when it was running well. Fiat back then stood for: Fix It Again, Tonio. I learned a lot about auto repair before the old girl ate its oil pump and serenaded me with the dreaded ratatatat of lunched bearings.:(

Jon Goodman
06-25-2013, 12:38 PM
I wish you were closer also. 8 Track was one of those things I never...well, that's not entirely true. For a while I owned a car that a prior owner had left a deck in (along with some misc tapes). I worked at night in a part of town that wasn't the best and one evening somebody broke the side window and stole it. I was much more upset to lose the window than the tape deck.
Jon

MattKing
06-25-2013, 12:43 PM
I wish you were closer also. 8 Track was one of those things I never...well, that's not entirely true. For a while I owned a car that a prior owner had left a deck in (along with some misc tapes). I worked at night in a part of town that wasn't the best and one evening somebody broke the side window and stole it. I was much more upset to lose the window than the tape deck.
Jon

I nominate the thief as a new contender for the title: "Greatest Loser Ever"

Breaking into a car for an 8 track deck????

StoneNYC
06-25-2013, 01:17 PM
I nominate the thief as a new contender for the title: "Greatest Loser Ever"

Breaking into a car for an 8 track deck????

Haha hey now 8 track sound was way better than cassette's as I've read just like beta max was better than VHS, does anyone know why 8 track lost? I know betamax lost because of the porn industry, but why 8 track?


~Stone | Sent w/ iPhone using Tapatalk

StoneNYC
06-25-2013, 01:17 PM
Also if this were free and near me I would love to use it in a photo project as a prop :/


~Stone | Sent w/ iPhone using Tapatalk

MattKing
06-25-2013, 01:28 PM
Haha hey now 8 track sound was way better than cassette's

Stone:

You are clearly very young :).

8 track sound was awfull!!!! Especially compared to good quality cassettes.

Think Disc film vs 35mm

agnosticnikon
06-25-2013, 01:38 PM
I wish you were closer also. 8 Track was one of those things I never...well, that's not entirely true. For a while I owned a car that a prior owner had left a deck in (along with some misc tapes). I worked at night in a part of town that wasn't the best and one evening somebody broke the side window and stole it. I was much more upset to lose the window than the tape deck.
Jon

Aint life a grin? I too had my 8 track player stolen from my van.... along with my brand friggin new Nikkormat ft2!! They couldn't have been after the camera, because it was hidden under my jean jacket on the rear floor. They took my jacket too, which was weird, as it was long before they became trendy. Losing the 8 track was no big deal, I still had my radio, and soon replaced it with a cassette deck. But man, my camera! It was the only camera I had at the time, and my auto policy wouldn't cover it as it wasn't part of the car. Fortunately my home owners policy covered it because it would be something normally found in the home. (insurance is still a bit of a mystery to me)

mweintraub
06-25-2013, 01:47 PM
Hm.. $100 + cost of divorce.. na. I'll pass... But I really want it!

Jon Goodman
06-25-2013, 03:25 PM
I nominate the thief as a new contender for the title: "Greatest Loser Ever"

Breaking into a car for an 8 track deck????


Yep and about a month later somebody (and I hope it was the same person) stole an electric shaver from the same car. You plugged it into the cigarette lighter socket. No big deal there because (a) I won it in a poker game and (b) the way it worked was that it didn't cut your whiskers as much as it just jerked them out by the roots. But you could not go to sleep at the wheel while using it. Fortunately for me I had stopped locking my car so that I wouldn't have to keep replacing windows.
Jon

Jon Goodman
06-25-2013, 03:39 PM
PS...I'm getting ready to erase these reels. The one I was playing yesterday was ok, but I just heard Captain & Tennille singing "Muskrat Love" and I almost lost my lunch. Sorry if that is your favorite. Now Gino Vannelli is starting to sing "I Just Wanna Stop." So I'm going to grant his wish.
Jon