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Old 06-01-2012, 01:05 PM
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Reelspin Pioneer RT-901 vs. 909

Having trouble digging up what the differences are between these decks; I see a few folks here have one or the other, but not both (or did I miss something somewhere...?). Also, would the main belt for a 909 work in a 901?
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Old 06-01-2012, 01:16 PM
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One is auto reverse isnt it? Like the 701/707?
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Old 06-01-2012, 01:32 PM
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One is auto reverse isnt it? Like the 701/707?
Oh, is that the only difference? I have absolutely no idea, so I'm going to take your word for it.

Anyway, I got it for $300 on ebay. Looks to be in excellent cosmetic shape, and comes with owner's manual and schematic, as well as the original hub caps. Seller says the pinch roller feels sticky, and that he can see the belt remains flapping in the breeze as the motor turns, so those sound like exceptionally minor issues.
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Old 06-01-2012, 01:52 PM
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The RT-901 has three heads and plays just in one direction. The RT-909 has four heads and plays in forward and reverse mode.

The capstan belt of both is the same.
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Old 06-01-2012, 01:53 PM
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Uhhm..... awesome deck dood.
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That's it, the 901 is the forward-only version. There's a few different parts in the 701 vs 707, so I'd imagine some of the circuits are going to be different, like you won't have a reversing switch or a second playback head.

Belts, pinchys and other mechanical parts will interchange.
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It looks to be a very nice deck and well worth the investment of a few dollars to get it into ship-shape condition. It will be a pleasant contrast to see more silver amongst your Pioneer Elite gear.

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The 9-series machines represent the pinnacle of Pioneer over-engineered elegance. Form following function is why these are so sought after today! Check out the writeup on the vintageknob.org! You got a good price and the bits that need sorting out are readily available for a reasonable sum. Enjoy!
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Reelspin Thanks everyone!

My girlfriend laughs at me (in a good-natured way) whenever I wax so enthusiastic about TapeHeads, but this particular thread just proves how much fun and educational it can be.

Thanks for everyone's input on my 901! I just ordered a couple of replacement 909 belts. It's been several eons since I messed around with my dad's Vietnam-era Teac R2R when I was a kid, so it will take me a bit to remember all the maintenance tricks, but I'm sure what I can't recall I can find here. And this 901 comes with an owner's manual, so I should be okay.
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It looks to be a very nice deck and well worth the investment of a few dollars to get it into ship-shape condition. It will be a pleasant contrast to see more silver amongst your Pioneer Elite gear.

Nando.
Man, I have NO idea where this is going to go! A colleague of mine thinks I'm starting a Pioneer Museum, and I may very well have to find a room in the house to convert. I can see it now: row upon row of stacked Urushi Reference and Elite gear to my left, row upon row of stacked Urushi Reference and Elite gear to my right---and the RT-901 gleaming under a spotlight on a pedestal in the center. HA!
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And you'll impress your girlfriend even more when she has a listen to a tape played on your Pioneer RT-901. It can be a little mesmerizing with a glass of Malbec in hand.

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And this 901 comes with an owner's manual, so I should be okay.
A service manual would be more helpful, but it's likely to be an easy job. Pioneer is one of the few manufacturers that actually thought about ease of service.
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A service manual would be more helpful, but it's likely to be an easy job. Pioneer is one of the few manufacturers that actually thought about ease of service.
Just found one on...ebay, where else?
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The RT-909 service manual ( which should help in most procedures for your RT-901) is avaliable right here on our site courtesy of Njord:

http://www.kallhovde.com/pioneer/rt-909sm.pdf

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Anyway, I got it for $300 on ebay. Looks to be in excellent cosmetic shape, and comes with owner's manual and schematic, as well as the original hub caps. Seller says the pinch roller feels sticky, and that he can see the belt remains flapping in the breeze as the motor turns, so those sound like exceptionally minor issues.
Sweet deck and a killer price..substantially lower than the original msrp by about 1000$ at least when the deck was new. The milled aluminum machined face plate and the Flouroscan meters made that one of the hottest prosumer deck's of the end of the reel to reel days, not to mention it's killer sound, specs, and as previously mentioned, well thought out design for your common maintenance needs.

You are a lucky man indeed. The only thing missing is MORE PICTURES inside and out! A definitive jean creamer of a machine. And nice unmolested examples are extremely difficult to find at any price point these days.

For sure the only other open reel I will purchase in the future to add to my Pioneer 1011, which sounds as good as or better than my X1000RBL and my A2300S.

Congratulations on a hell of a deck!

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Man, I have NO idea where this is going to go! A colleague of mine thinks I'm starting a Pioneer Museum, and I may very well have to find a room in the house to convert. I can see it now: row upon row of stacked Urushi Reference and Elite gear to my left, row upon row of stacked Urushi Reference and Elite gear to my right---and the RT-901 gleaming under a spotlight on a pedestal in the center. HA!
You need to find the somewhat rare
Pioneer rack mount cabinet unit for all the industrial looking spec-type series gear..talk about spectacular looking top to bottom rack mounted pioneer silver or black faced gear!
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Yes, the Spec Racks were hot stuff!

I had a dealer in southern VA who had a complete and mint Spec system (been 15 years since I was down there, so not sure which model year). It was near the main entrance where you had to stop and admire it every time you came and went.
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The only thing missing is MORE PICTURES inside and out!
Rest assured I will be taking plenty of pictures once it arrives. Since I will be replacing a belt, I will snap as many of the guts as I can without getting too deep and into trouble.

I will let everyone here know when the pics have been added to my galleries.
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Yes, the Spec Racks were hot stuff!

I had a dealer in southern VA who had a complete and mint Spec system (been 15 years since I was down there, so not sure which model year). It was near the main entrance where you had to stop and admire it every time you came and went.



Something like this. Someone local is selling this one and I am really thinking about it.





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Something like this. Someone local is selling this one and I am really thinking about it.





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Yeah, that's the ticket!

I'm betting it's at the price where it's doable...but exceedingly painful.
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