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Old 01-13-2016, 05:30 PM
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Otari MX-5500S

Does anyone have experience with this reel recorder? NOT the MX-5050
There's little information on it. I read that it's an older model (1972 or so).
Is it worth $100 in good working condition? Quality wise, would it compare to a Teac A-2300S?
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Old 01-13-2016, 06:46 PM
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Hi Flo777

Boy, you're right. Zip on the web about that model. Saw you've been looking here and there. I was able to pick up the fact (from an Italian site) that it might be auto reverse which puts it in 1/4 track configuration. I found a couple of pictures... It looks like a high end consumer or prosumer offering. It might have been the forerunner or a derivative of the MX-55 which is an incredible machine.

Bottom line: BUY IT! For $100. you can't go wrong. Be the first on this forum to own one -- or admit to owning one. You can always buy Teacs.

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Old 01-13-2016, 07:03 PM
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Quite rare, looks like it may be an auto reverse machine at that.

Never saw one myself. For 100 bucks, I'd grab it.
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Old 01-13-2016, 07:15 PM
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This is what I found (seems to be from the mx5000 series):
http://audio-heritage.jp/OTARI/player/mx5000.html

Specs seem similar to the teac a-2300s, but was more expensive than the teac at the time (119,000 yen vs 99,000 yen)
There is also a teac a-2300s in my area for a bit more, they seem to be good decks since everyone is taking about them.
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Old 01-13-2016, 08:15 PM
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The plot thickens...

http://forum.videohifi.com/discussio...tari-mx5500/p1

http://aucview.aucfan.com/yahoo/g145821829/ wait for the pictures to load on this link

Buy that machine and post some pics...

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Old 01-14-2016, 01:49 AM
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>>>they seem to be good decks since everyone is taking about them.<<<
"everyone" talked about Hitler and Bundy (Ted, not Al) - didn't mean they were 'good'.


WHERE/HOW DO YOU FOLKS SEARCH ???
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Old 01-14-2016, 07:51 AM
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I have seen that post, but there is no info or review about the unit itself.

Would like to know how it compares (in terms of sound and build quality) to a teac a-2300s, as they seem to have similar specs.
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Old 01-14-2016, 10:44 AM
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It is NOT an auto reverse unit. I have one. It's also a TUBE unit.
Will have to take some photos and post them here once I get Home.
1/4" four track 7" reels
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Old 01-14-2016, 11:18 AM
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I didn't know it was a tube unit... I assume maintenance can be an issue then?
How do you like it?
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Old 01-14-2016, 07:49 PM
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I might need one if it's a tube unit. Looks like a nice 7" machine.
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Old 01-14-2016, 07:56 PM
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I didn't know it was a tube unit... I assume maintenance can be an issue then?
How do you like it?
Well, you can call it maintenance, or you can call it an opportunity to roll your own.

An Otari with tube electronics? Yes, please. As the man said, you can buy Teacs all day long.
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Old 01-14-2016, 08:53 PM
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Hey Ottermel,

How about those pictures and other revelations about your MX-5500? What's the tube lineup? Were there different iterations of that machine? I have seen several pictures of Otari "prosumer" decks from the late 60's to the mid 70's. I had it ballparked into the MX-55 era which was SS which I know for sure since I own one. Mine was from the pro line preceding the 5050 series as far as I know.
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Old 01-15-2016, 10:13 AM
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Firstly, I was wrong (haven't looked inside in along time), it is NOT a tube deck.
here are some pictures!
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Old 01-15-2016, 11:48 AM
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Thanks for the pictures!
How do you like it? I have the opportunity to get one, or a teac a-2300s, as my first reel to reel.
Want it mostly for recording from vinyl, but also play pre-recorded tapes.
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Old 01-15-2016, 12:57 PM
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Well, Teac 2300S is a newer deck but MX-5500S has more features for recording lice sound-on sound, echo, bias adjustment, tension adjustment.
I would venture to say that servicing the Teac would be easier with parts being more readily available. I don't think any part are available for the Otari (other than electronic components).
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Old 01-15-2016, 01:15 PM
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I thought that both the teac 2300s and the otari 5500 date back to 1972.
I think teac sold much more of those units hence parts are available.

How does the otari 5500 sound? do you have other reels to compare it to?
Give more options for recording, I would image it would sound better than a 2300s (also since it was aimed at the professional market?)
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Old 01-19-2016, 11:11 AM
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Ottermel, would you recommend the MX-5500s to start with?

Do you know how it compares to the more known mx-5050 in terms of build or sound quality?
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Old 01-20-2016, 10:24 AM
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I would not!
It's too old and parts may not be available at all. I worry that when the capstan belt goes, there will be no more use for it (don't know if Marrs has a belt for this one).
I'd say MX-5050 BII or newer would be the way to go if you can get a "clean" one!
I have an MX-5050 Mini Pro in mint condition and got the belt from Marrs and that one is my go to deck.
The rest of my decks are all Teacs: 2300SX, 3300SX-2T, 3300S and 3300SX
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Cross Fingers Info wanted

I am starting the search for Info on the Otari MX5500.

So far I have not found schematics, or much of anything.

Anyone know about the 5500?

Thanks for any help.
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Old 11-14-2017, 10:48 AM
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Sorry, can't help you there.
I have no schematics or any circuit diagrams for it and don't know anyone who has!
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