straight2tape – a brilliant new concept of real, up-close-and-personal, music events

‘Being there’ One of the phrases I use most often when reviewing tapes is, I’m afraid, a rather hackneyed one: “it’s almost like being there” (or some variation on that theme). I make no apology for it, because this (for me) is without doubt the most soul-stirring aspect of tape as a format for enjoying … More straight2tape – a brilliant new concept of real, up-close-and-personal, music events

New 7-inch carbon fibre high performance tape reel from RX Reels

“You asked, we listened,” says Kevin Root of US-based RX Reels, who has just released a new 7-inch reel that shares many of the same specs as the company’s 10.5-inch Studio reel. Where Kevin says ‘you asked’, what he actually means is that Ken Kessler pestered him to within an inch of his life! Don’t … More New 7-inch carbon fibre high performance tape reel from RX Reels

Hemiolia Records releases Miles Davis’ masterpiece on tape – and there’s much more to come!

You know those late night conversations that happen among tape lovers, the ones that kick off with someone asking (usually after a few drinks), “if you could listen to absolutely any album on tape, what would it be?”… and you know how everyone then shares – with misty eyes – their list of ‘fantasy’ tapes, … More Hemiolia Records releases Miles Davis’ masterpiece on tape – and there’s much more to come!

Discovering DJ Kerri Chandler’s reel-to-reel set in London

Okay so I’m a bit late to the party on this one – a year late to be honest! But sometimes things hit your radar when they hit your radar and they’re worth sharing anyway, even if the ‘hot’ moment has passed. The moment in question here was in November 2021 – when Kerri Chandler, … More Discovering DJ Kerri Chandler’s reel-to-reel set in London

Audio distributor Absolute Sounds embraces the R2R revival & brings Metaxas & Sins’ duo of decks to the UK hi-fi market

Could R2R be about to enter the mainstream of high-end hi-fi? Wishful thinking perhaps, but a press release just landed on my desk that’s making me smile the smile of a reel-to-reel guy who’s enjoying seeing tape continuing to defy the modernist odds, as vinyl has already done big time. Absolute Sounds, the UK’s leading … More Audio distributor Absolute Sounds embraces the R2R revival & brings Metaxas & Sins’ duo of decks to the UK hi-fi market

Fundraiser for Ukraine: donate and win R2R prizes – including a fully restored Tascam 32!

The good folks at RX Reels, ATR Magnetics and Reel to Reel Heaven are collaborating to raise much-needed funds to help the people of Ukraine. And, for every donation of $20, they’re generously offering you the chance to win some very nice R2R prizes: 3rd place: A ¼” 10.5″ blank ATR master tape with ATR storage … More Fundraiser for Ukraine: donate and win R2R prizes – including a fully restored Tascam 32!

Analog Audio Design now taking orders for new TP-1000 tape deck

Back in the summer we got wind of another brand new tape deck on the way, from French company Analog Audio Design. In an earlier blog in August I promised to find out more and report back. So, here we go… a Q&A with founder and designer Christophe Martinez, perfectly timed to coincide with the … More Analog Audio Design now taking orders for new TP-1000 tape deck

Neville Roberts reviews RX Reels’ carbon fibre tape reels

When I was first asked to review a 10½ inch NAB spool that offered to combine high performance with good looks, I was a little sceptical.  Yes, I can imagine that a well-designed spool can improve the look of a tape deck, but I couldn’t see how it could improve performance.  However, I like to … More Neville Roberts reviews RX Reels’ carbon fibre tape reels

Another tape label to add to the listings: Smart Audio Recording Lab

It’s always a treat to discover a new (to me) recording label that’s issuing music on open reel tape, so I was pleased to hear from Mikhail Mamonov, the founder of Smart Audio Recording Lab. Based in Kirov city, Russia, Smart Audio is a custom-designed recording studio that also operates as a tape label, releasing its … More Another tape label to add to the listings: Smart Audio Recording Lab