Vintage Otari MX5050 Bii // "Mini Pro" Reel to Reel

SOLD , now part of a Private Collection

The Otari MX5050 is on every R2R collector's list, and nearly every article you'll find online. As far as open reel decks, we put this in the top 5, with more features than the venerable Technics RS-1500. Even without the splic­ing groove machined into the top of the head, the Otari is considered much easier to thread and edit on than a Revox. The most compact professional tape deck at the time, this is a rugged, rock-solid rig built to be used – and it certainly was. If you look carefully, you can see the character marks, particularly on the threading diagram sticker. Most of these you'll find have this sticker removed, but we think it's so cool to keep it – an honest vintage piece. Functionally, this is as good a unit as you're likely to find. If there's one thing that audiophiles agree on, it's that "tape sounds better than vinyl," so if you're ready to get serious about analog, give us a shout.

The Otari MX5050 is on every R2R collector's list, and nearly every article you'll find online. As far as open reel decks, we put this in the top 5, with more features than the venerable Technics RS-1500. Even without the splic­ing groove machined into the top of the head, the Otari is considered much easier to thread and edit on than a Revox. The most compact professional tape deck at the time, this is a rugged, rock-solid rig built to be used – and it certainly was. If you look carefully, you can see the character marks, particularly on the threading diagram sticker. Most of these you'll find have this sticker removed, but we think it's so cool to keep it – an honest vintage piece. Functionally, this is as good a unit as you're likely to find. If there's one thing that audiophiles agree on, it's that "tape sounds better than vinyl," so if you're ready to get serious about analog, give us a shout.



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