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  1. Spectreman

    New to Nagra!!

    Nice reels, but you might want to get a 5 inch take up reel too so you can close the cover if you want. Yes, the film take up reel is a definite no go, especially if the reel is made of steel, which it not good to use with magnetic tapes.
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    New to Nagra!!

    Yep, that cable should do it. The sound quality of the Nagra III is pretty good, considering its age. Great looking Tascam 48 ! Very happy with my 42 deck, but it did need a lot of cleaning & maintenance to get working correctly, and a new capstan motor that had worn bearings. Lucky I got it off a friend for pretty cheap. I use it a lot for recording & playback.
  3. Spectreman

    New to Nagra!!

    Very nice looking digital decks there, dela. I know the Nagra D, but the other two I am not familiar with. The only digital unit I have is a Mix Pre 3.
  4. Spectreman

    New to Nagra!!

    Cool. Pioneer gear is very nice. But my main tape deck is actually a Tascam 42 2-track, this is bigger & a lot heavier than the Pioneer deck ! I have a Nagra III and Nagra E also, but the Nagra III still has a few issues...
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    New to Nagra!!

    Wow, fantastic collection there, Dela ! Like the cat too ! Gustavo, you have a terrific Pioneer setup there too ! I have the Pioneer RT-1050 2 track deck myself, it works very well.
  6. Spectreman

    Purchasing first Nagra deck

    Fair enough question. I would love a Nagra IV-S, but they are just too expensive now ! Don't worry, I do have other great stereo decks, a Tascam 42 and a Pioneer RT-1050. Also, I happen to be deaf in one ear, from when I was very young, so I cannot properly hear stereo anyway, especially with headphones, so a mono machine suits me just fine ! The Tandberg 11 cost me $100 AUD, by the way. Cheers, Chris.
  7. Spectreman

    Purchasing first Nagra deck

    My Nagra E is still working fine, it just needed some basic maintenance. I bought a counter roller for it too. Also, Jay above mentions the Tandberg 11 portable deck, I now have one of these in excellent condition, working very well. It sure is well made, definitely more solid overall than any Uher deck I had (the Uher decks are all gone now !). Cheers, Chris.
  8. Spectreman

    Nagra Stories Sound-men won’t ever tell

    Damn, a Nagra IV-S is for sale locally here in Australia for a very good price. Wish I had the money right now for it, cheapest one I have seen so far..... Bad timing for me, would have enough money in a few months time, but will be long gone by then of course, damn....
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    Nagra Stories Sound-men won’t ever tell

    Yes, a lot of the Nagra decks are very expensive indeed on Ebay. Very glad I bought my Nagra E & Nagra III for $300 AUD each, but the Nagra III did need a bit of restoration work done on it. My favourite portable reel to reel decks for sure...
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    Nagra Stories Sound-men won’t ever tell

    Yes, this was my thought about cleaning it too. I have tried using a small amount of creme cleaner on a rag, it works fine on the top plate, the black pen marks are totally gone now. Just need to do the rest of the top plate now, will take some time...
  11. Spectreman

    Nagra Stories Sound-men won’t ever tell

    Hi. The top plate of my Nagra III is pretty dirty with grime from lots of use. Plus there is some black pen writing that has been partly cleaned off. Can someone recommend what type of cleaning agent or material to use to get it nice and clean again ? I don't want to disassemble the unit to be doing this either... Thanks, Chris.
  12. Spectreman

    New audiophile (?) portable reel-to-reel recorder coming?

    I do love my two Nagra decks, use them a fair bit for music mix tapes. But my Sound Devices MixPre 3 is certainly better suited for my field recording activities, much easier to upload recordings onto the web, and the sound quality is fantastic.
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    Nagra Stories Sound-men won’t ever tell

    Hi guys. I finally got my Nagra III (the one with the deleted serial no) working ok ! Really pleased, did not waste my money after all. It plays back fine, have not tried recording yet, really only interested in playing tapes on it anyway. Unfortunately, the internal speaker is stuffed, the cone is totally destroyed, no idea how this could have happened, as if someone has deliberately wrecked it ! So will need a new speaker at some stage. Now running it in more, these old decks improve after awhile of running I find. The caps in it need to be regenerated, ha ! I will post another better photo in the morning, is kind of late here now....
  14. Spectreman

    Nagra Stories Sound-men won’t ever tell

    Thanks Mr Bond for the comments. I have made some progress, so there could be hope for it yet ! The battery contacts have cleaned up ok. But more importantly, I have fixed the capstan bearing. The steel bushing had been pushed up and half out of place from the aluminium holding bracket on the top plate, this of course is what broke the plastic piece on top. I have pushed it back into place, and all seems good for the capstan now. Next to fix the disconnected wires & test the electronics.... Cheers, Chris.
  15. Spectreman

    Nagra Stories Sound-men won’t ever tell

    Hi all. Just bought a Nagra III for a reasonable price, so I have two Nagra decks now ! However, it needs some work to be operational again... The main issue is the top capstan bearing plate (the plastic part) is broken, half is missing, so the capstan will not run correctly at all. I might try making up a replacement plate for this. Does anyone have a nice close up top view photo of this piece they could share with me ? Also, the motor leads and the Modulometer leads have been disconnected, someone has been trying to fix it previously... I will try & get the electronics/audio section working first, after fixing the damaged from corrosion battery contacts in the battery compartment. Yes, it does have several issues !! It would make a good parts unit if I really get stuck. At least it appears no other parts are missing. Pity it has no serial number, someone has erased this from the front panel, scratched out ! Cheers, Chris.
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