Recorder Sales Prices...

Updated: February 18, 2017


> Note: I am NOT updating tape machine prices often -
as prices are fluctuating too drastically to accurately detail any trends....


Listed below are recent actual sales prices I've been told of.
This is not to say that you can buy a recorder at these prices, rather that
some machines in some parts of the country have sold for these amounts
in the recent past.

Of course if you NEED a machine right now, you're going to pay a lot more
than if you can wait until a better deal happens....

DO NOT CONTACT ME ABOUT THESE MACHINES!!!
 
I have NOTHING to do with any of these machines - these are
machines people bought from someone and they've emailed in the price
and estimated condition of the unit to let folks know what the current
'Street Price' is....

If you've bought a machine recently, let me know what you paid for it...
and what condition you felt it was in when you got it...


Also note that any machine that's been checked out and aligned is worth a LOT more than an "As-Is" unchecked machine.
  I've run into machines sold "As-Is' that required hundreds and hundreds of dollars worth of repairs which turned a "good" deal into a "bad" deal.  

So always look for a "Checked Out" (by a good tech!!!) machine even if it's a higher price,
or hire a good tech to look over any machine you're thinking of getting.
  A tech can not 'guarantee' a machine, but at least he can spot major problems
and give you an educated assessment of the machine's condition... well worth paying for!!!

Please read my tips on how to buy a multi-track tape recorder !!!!
go back to the AnalogRules.com main page for the link...

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Tape Recorders

As everyone knows Analogue Multi-Track Recorders are at an
all time low in price.... making them great buys now.
it's a buyer's market, bargain hard!

 

Also... there are a lot of machines out there for sale in "As-Is" condition
without head reports, and where the seller says things like... "it's been stored
for the past couple years", or "I no longer have a studio in which to test the machine"
or "was working fine when last used...a few years ago."   Basically this means
you are buying a machine in unknown condition - and it likely needs repairs !!!
Do NOT buy a machine that you have not personally seen or had a trustworthy tech look at !!!

 
I see too many machines come into my shop that have been sold as 'AS-IS good condition' units
where the actual true condition is poor or worse - needing costly repairs....
and where the seller refuses to make good on his statement or help pay for those repairs.
 
A multi-track with bad heads is worthless !!!
    Heads cost thousands of dollars.   A new Ampex MM 1200 24 trk Repro head is $ 2,000
Otari and Studer heads are far more expensive.... Bad Heads = bad deals
 
  The seller who says "it was working before I put it into storage..." is telling
you that the machine is in totally unknown condition.  

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current Market STREET SALES PRICES for Various Tape Recorders...
as reported to me from various folks who bought these machines...

2017

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Ampex ATR 102   1/4 inch   2 track
Well Used, with original metal Capstan   (which will need to be replaced)
In standard Ampex roll-around.     Machine looks nice.
Sold As-Is, in running but unknown condition.     $ 1,650     Very Good Deal   !!!


Ampex ATR 102   1/2 inch   2 track
Well Used, with original metal Capstan   (which will need to be replaced)
In standard Ampex roll-around.     Machine looks nice
Sold As-Is, in running but unknown condition.     $ 1,650     GREAT DEAL   !!!
One Seller sold both the above machiness as a pair......


Otari MTR 90 mkII 24 track
with 2 NEW pucks, installed and the machine was aligned up by me just
a couple months ago for the original owner so he could sell the machine...
It was in pretty good condition, with fair life left on the heads.
Note: cost of the new pucks alone was over $ 600.00
Original buyer sold the machine for $ 3,000       Fair Deal !!!


Otari MX70   16 track with an extra One Inch 8 track headstack
Needed some work - but buyer says it was in working condition.
Cost   $ 1,600     very good deal !


Revox A77 two track -   low speed version
Sold for $ 800.00     Needed repairs
NOT a good deal !!!!


Studer C 37 vintage Tube 2 track
Bought in England for $ 2,500 US - bring shipped to the USA
Needs repairs - actual condition unknown - seller says it needs work
While the sales price is good IF the machine worked perfectly
Repair costs could easily run well over $ 5,000...
and shipping the deck will be costly...

2016

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AMPEX MM1200     16 Track
Good condition with Search to Cue
Remote and cable, and VSO
Sold for $ 5,000


Otari 5050 mkII 2 track in good condition
Needs a new pinch roller... otherwise in good condition... heads worn but good.
Sold for $ 350     good deal


Nagra 4 mono Location Film Recorder in very good condition
with VSO unit.   Runs and Records great !
Sold for $ 750   a steal !!!


Studer A-827   24 track     $ 7,500
Bought from a Broker who said it was working fine...
But really needed a New Capstan Motor (well over $2,000)
and a New Pinch Roller ( $425) and repair work...
the Broker did NOT reimburse the buyer.... and the Broker
lied about the actual condition of the machine...
AVOID BROKERS !!!!


Studer A-827   24 track
Good condition     Sold for $ 6,000
fine deal....     Great machine !!!


Ampex MM 1200 24 track in great condition   with MPSTC and Servo unit
Sold for $ 3,500     with Remote Cable
Very Good deal....   came with extra audio cards, VSO Unit, remote cable


Otari MX80 24 track     fair condition
sold for $ 3,500     OK deal as it has been recently aligned by a tech
and reportedly runs and aligns fine...   OK Deal


STEAL of the year !!!
Ampex ATR 102     1/4 inch two track
in Roll-Around stand, fair condition, Buyer says it is fully working well
Guy back East bought it for just $ 1,500   !!!
Seller thought it was just a 'parts machine'  
Turned out it just needed basic transport alignment...


Ampex ATR 102   1/4 inch two track
in Roll-around stand, has brand new Athan Capstan, recently aligned (by me !!!)
in good working condition...
Sold for $ 3,500     good fair price

Ampex ATR 102 1/2 inch with very good heads, lots of spare parts
and a second 1/2 inch 4 track parts machine
Bought in Europe for $ 7,000 dollars
OK DEAL !!!

2015

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Otari MTR 90 mkII   24 track with CB 115 Autolocator
Has 1800 hours on the play Timer Meter....
Buyer paid   $ 3,000     an OK deal

Studer A-820 24 track with very good heads, Remote and Autolocator,
with Dolby SR cards, all manuals and a set of spare audio cards.
with New Pinch roller.     Low hours of use.
Sold for $ 12,000    

Studer A-827 24 track - 5,000 hours of use - with head report.
With New Pinch roller, all manuals and Remote and Autolocator.
Bought in Europe for 6,000 euro = $ 6,650us   GREAT DEAL !

Studer A-827     24 track     OK condition   2,500 hours
Sold for $ 7,500     Good Deal !!

MCI JH24     24 track, good condition.   With AL III
Sold for   $ 2,500     good deal

Studer A-827     24 track with AutoLocator
Buyer says it is in good condition.     5K hours use
Sold for $ 7,000     Very good deal if it's in good condition !!

2014

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Ampex 440B 2 track
Very Good Condition, 7.5 / 15 ips   NO roll-around console
Sold for $ 350.00       OK Deal

Otari MTR 90 mkII   24 track
Both Pucks bad   ( $300.00 each for new ones )
and needed minor repairs.... cosmetically good condition
WITH audio remote AND AutoLocator  
Sold for $ 700.00   !!! Great Deal   !!!

Ampex MM1200   24 track   fair condition
no Remote cable, no spares, no manual
Sold for $2,500     OK price

Ampex ATR 102   1/2 inch two track
a "rebuilt" machine from ATR Service,   very good condition
with standard stand and manual, with relapped used heads.
Sold for $ 7,000     not a 'great' deal but OK

Otari MTR 90 mkIII 24 track     no AutoLocator
50% life on the Heads     needed two new pucks   ($350 each)
with EC-101 synchronizer     bought for $1,500   GOOD DEAL

MCI JH 110A 2 track 1/4 inch
with the dreaded Red Sockets which must be replaced!
Good working condition     bought for $450

Studer A80 mkII   1/2 inch two track
With VSO unit, 1/4 inch headstack and spare parts
but needed a capstan rebuild costing $360 which seller
reimbursed buyer for = very good seller !!!
Bought for $3,000     before reimbursment


Ampex MM1200   24 track in good condition
Sold for $2,850


MCI JH110B 2 track     1/4 inch in Roll Around Cabinet
Good condition with lots of life on the heads
Bought for $ 250.00


Otari MTR 90 mkII 24 track     without Autolocator
buyer says it's in fair condition but needs new pucks
bought for $ 2,000


2013

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Otari 5050 mkIII 8 track
bought in Germany for 150 euro     ($200us)
buyer says it needed a new pinch roller
and is in very good condition...     great deal !!

Ampex ATR 104     4 track 1/2 inch
Buyer says the heads are almost brand new
Some minor tech work required on her, new Capstan tach needed
Bought for $ 1,000       very good deal   !!

Ampex MM1200   2