24 track 2in tape recommendations for ATR-80?

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  1. atkeys

    atkeys New Member

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    Hi guys - we're just setting up our ATR-80 and looking to source 24 track 2in tape and alignment tape. Does anyone have any recommendations? Thanks!
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    I’ve been using these guys I’m happy with the tape.
    https://www.atrtape.com/

    just went there thought they had all widths of mrl test tape but I don’t see it listed now. 1/4”
    Gotta be another source, I’ve seen it online.
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  3. atkeys

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    Thanks Caveman! Really appreciated, and will check out now. And I'll be on the lookout for 2in mrl tape
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    http://mrltapes.com/pubpl2019.pdf

    Pricey but we’re stuck. I’m afraid of used because of stretch.
    In the end a test tape is worth the $ imho there is a big difference in sound when a machine is set up properly. Like sweet creamy butter made from mother’s milk. :)
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    Thanks again man! Yikes, I see what you mean about the cost, but also agree with your reasoning. We're new to tape-based recording, as the ATR was given to us by a friend at a studio in Germany which has closed down. So we're trying to work things out from scratch.
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    Wow, nice gift! All a friend ever gave me was a broken gtr pick lol I need new friends :)
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    BTW you don't have an ATR-80 user manual do you? I'd be happy to pay for a photocopy if you could PDF one across
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    Sorry no manual. I never owned an atr80 though I’ve read good stuff about them.
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    Sorry - don't know where I got the idea you had an ATR! Thanks again for the comms and have as great a hols as possible during these dark times
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    Hi, atkeys!
    If you are from Europe, then maybe it will be easier to get new tape from France? I'm meaning Mulann, the former BASF factory.
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    ATR Master would be my choice but the SM900 will be good for over there. MRL tape can be ordered through JRF Magnetics as that is how I get mine. 2" tape is going to be expensive as all the tape has to be good as all track have to be perfect in their print.
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  12. atkeys

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    Thanks Skywave. I'm hoping to be in Chicago in September (assuming we can fly by then!) and would be great to drop by to see you guys
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    There is not much to see at my place like some of these guys put pictures up. I am more overloaded and with little room to work most of the time but we can go get lunch if you drop by.
    To take all this equipment in and have a large roomy space like they had at Teac I would need an industrial sized building and then the overhead would sky rocket. I don't think Teac service ever had even 100 unit in back log but they had 4 to 5 technicians. I have about 180 for 1 guy.
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    In some cases where a manual was needed I would get a hold of a fresh looking original and Fed Ex it over to Stereomanuals for it to be reproduced. He does a wonderful job and send the original back so it can go back to the source. I have done this in 2 or 3 decks so far. I did get two reproductions at that time. I asked Rick if he ever sold a 48 deck manual that I had him do and he said he sold like 14 of them so it does the World good to be able to reproduce these.