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Old 01-08-2017, 08:15 PM
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Why didn't Nakamichi ever make a R2R??

Ok Nak fans, there has been a question burning for me. With all the mastery of cassette decks, why didn't Nakamichi ever make a line of reel decks? One theory I have is that R2R decks were a bit long in the tooth and they were looking for compact design without compromising fidelity, but I would think that with the degree of tape finesse that they would've come up with at least one open reel deck.....thoughts?
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Old 01-08-2017, 10:10 PM
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Because they were making cassette decks that rivaled open reels performance. They had a niche market and did well with it. Why mess with being the name to go to for the ultimate in cassette performance? The point was to take cassette to audiophiles, which they did.
Old 01-08-2017, 11:00 PM
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They did. The exact model I do not longer remember, but it may be found browsing/searching this forum.
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Old 01-08-2017, 11:01 PM
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Nakamichi was a wellknown R2R manufacturer in th 50-60ies. The brand called "Magic Tone", later "Nakrei":

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Old 01-09-2017, 10:12 AM
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Nakamichi also made the electronics for the KLH models 40 & 41 decks.

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Old 01-09-2017, 02:52 PM
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Nakamichi reel to reel

I believe they made a 3 head open reel machine under their own name in the late 50s. I have also heard that they produced machines in the early 60s for Ampex.
Old 01-09-2017, 02:54 PM
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History link

Wow - thanks for the history link - looks like they made machines for many manufacturers.

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