Vintage hits: Hi-Fi News reviews four ‘new’ open-reel decks (new in 1978, that is!)

Each month, Hi-Fi News magazine raids its vault to bring you an article from its vast archive of features and reviews from yesteryear. The December 2020 issue ran a review from way back in June 1978, in which Martin Colloms put four ‘new’ top-quality open-reel decks to the test.

Ah, those were the days eh. If you’re not a subscriber, fear not, as the folks at Hi-Fi News have just kindly put the full article online: From the Vault – Reel-to-Reel Recorders.

If you’re feeling nostalgic… in other news, 1978 also saw Wings’ Mull of Kintyre finally get knocked off the top of the UK singles charts after a record-breaking 9 weeks at number 1; Kate Bush burst onto the music scene with her mould-breaking Wuthering Heights; The Bee Gees’ Saturday Night Fever became the biggest-selling album of all time (until 1983), and The Sex Pistols played their final show before hanging up their bondage pants (sadly followed, eight months later, by the deaths of Sid and Nancy). At the movies we saw Grease and Superman. Ipswich Town won the FA Cup and Argentina the World Cup. And the world’s first IVF baby was born. Seems like forever ago and also like yesterday… funny old thing, the memory.