Akai M8 Schematic - head and motor switching.


The Akai M8 Schematic Note that we have also details on this marvellous amplifier and deck on our sister website’s pages:  Analog Ian So just what makes this tape recorder so iconic? To be honest, I don’t know. Sentimentality definitely. The fact that it has a tube amplifier in it – just possibly. The fact that it […]

M8 Left Channel


As promised we move on to the inner workings of this single motor transport deck and tube amplifiers. Note that we have also details on this marvellous amplifier and deck on our sister website’s pages:  Analog Ian Restoring an Akai M8 This tape recorder came onto market about 1965 sometime (HiFi Engine lists this as 1963). It […]

Otari MX80 Professional - sophisticated bias control


Before attempting to repair any tape deck or RTR one needs to understand one of the most critical aspects to magnetic recording – actually two: Tape Bias and the Tape Path Although a tape recorder is a relatively simple device there are a few criteria which has to be met to reproduce good quality recordings. The decks […]

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