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Hi,

I have a Teac r1000, which is 4 track 2 channels, and have restored the transport to good working condition. My plan is to use it as a delay, so am searching for full track mono heads for it.

If I do find compatible heads, would  the circuit in the preamp section of the deck for the three heads most likely need modifications, or could I simply use one of the 2 channels to work with the mono head by making the necessary calibration adjustments?

 

Thanks,

Rodrigo 

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2 hours ago, rosa said:

Hi,

I have a Teac r1000, which is 4 track 2 channels, and have restored the transport to good working condition. My plan is to use it as a delay, so am searching for full track mono heads for it.

If I do find compatible heads, would  the circuit in the preamp section of the deck for the three heads most likely need modifications, or could I simply use one of the 2 channels to work with the mono head by making the necessary calibration adjustments?

 

Thanks,

Rodrigo 

 

Nowhere is the phrase, "It depends" more appropriate -- starting with the specs and operating parameters of both the specific heads and of the preamp circuits. 

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My very fave echo devices: the Binson "Echo-Rec" and the original Klempt "Echolette" were really lo-fi devices, even for the times they were originally sold in.  That's part of their charm, and why people still use them.  I agree--if your tape deck is operational just use it as-is, a wider track won't make any real difference in the sound if you are using the same electronics and transport.

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Glad we reached a consensus. Its does sound nice already when I ran it with a synth, and I still have work to do in the preamp section .

 Also curious about controlling the capstan motor speed, I believe its DC .

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You need a service manual for your deck.  Sometimes they come up on Ebay.  If the machine did not come from the factory with a varispeed control it will be kind of complex to make this work, at some danger to your motor.  We recently looked into this for some fairly expensive vintage hifi decks, and concluded that it wasn't really possible.

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