Vintage Tape Decks

Published: May 4, 2021
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The first consumer tape recorder to employ a tape reel permanently housed in a small removable cartridge was the RCA tape cartridge, which appeared in 1958 as a predecessor to the cassette format. At that time, reel to reel recorders and players were commonly used by enthusiasts, but required large individual reels and tapes which had to be threaded by hand, making them less-accessible to the casual consumer. Both RCA and Bell Sound attempted to commercialize the cartridge format, but a few factors stalled adoption, including lower-than-advertised availability of selections in the prerecorded media catalog, delays in production setup, and a stand-alone design that was not considered by audiophiles to be truly hi-fi.

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Vintage Tape Decks value and price guide

What's your Vintage tape decks worth in 2021? Here are some recently sold items with prices.

Item Title Date Price
general TWO Studer A710 Microcomputer TWO Studer A710 Microcomputer Controlled 07/2021 $ 2 892.79
general Studer A710 Microcomputer Studer A710 Microcomputer Controlled 06/2021 $ 3 086.49
general Pioneer RT 909 4 Track 2 Pioneer RT 909 4 Track 2 Channel Reel To 09/2021 $ 2 777.96
general Nakamichi RX 505 E NEW SERVICE Nakamichi RX 505 E NEW SERVICE NEW Check 08/2021 $ 2 728.90
general Luxman K 05 RARE CASSETTE TOP Luxman K 05 RARE CASSETTE TOP TAPE DECK 07/2021 $ 2 725.03
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