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 […]

Akai M8


The Akai M8 Crossfield Head Recorder Dedication Those who were around in the 1960s will remember the furor caused when this machine came to market. I dedicate this article to my late father Chris whom had one. The Akai M8 was not the best machine out there, neither was it supposed to be at the price point […]



Tubes and Semiconductors – the great controversy. So you finally decided to take the plunge and build or get yourself a tube (radio valve: UK) and discovered to your amazement all the joy that you had been missing over the last 1000 years.  You may be kidding yourself of course. Radio valves have their place. As a […]



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