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Akai Home Audio Cassette Tape Decks

Vintage Hi-Fi Cassette Deck Stereos on the Secondary Market

If you are a Hi-Fi audio enthusiast, you may have a collection of vintage cassettes and need a tape deck to play them on. One very popular brand is the Akai cassette deck because of the options to have to adjust the relative levels of the tracks and create a quality playback experience. This brand founded in 1946 in Tokyo Japan and continues to produce electronic audio equipment.

What Are Some Popular Vintage Model Tape Decks from Akai?

The compact cassette first appeared in the 1960s, and when it was introduced, it was primarily for dictation and records, but in the 1970s it took off as a medium for music distribution. Music on cassette tape has its heyday in the 70s and 80s, but sales continued into the 1990s.

  • CS-34D Cassette Stereo Tape Deck (1976-1978) - This stereo cassette deck has a 4-track, 2-channel stereo track system and can be a recorder. It has two tape decks and one record/playback head and one erase.
  • GX-M10 Two Head Stereo Cassette Recorder (1979-1978) - This model has a head cassette deck with the ability to record a compact on a two-head system. The front panel comes in either a black or silver finish, and the unit is compatible with LN, LH, CrO2 and metal tapes. It features Dolby noise reduction.
  • GXC-310D CassetteTape Deck (1976) - This tape deck has a 2-head single compact cassette deck and a 4-track system with 2-channel stereo. It has a hysteresis synchronous motor and is compatible with tape types I, CrO2, and FECR.

How Do I Take Care of a Vintage Tape Deck?

No matter what the age of your tape deck, if you like to use it for playing vintage tapes, there are a few basic care steps you should perform to keep it performing well and from harming your tapes.

  • Cleaning the heads, guides, metal rolling tensioners, lifter arms and capstan - Apply Isopropyl Alcohol (95 percent or higher) with a Q-tip or lint free cloth and rub off the oxide build up on affected parts. For cassette decks, do this every 10 to 30 hours of playing/recording. For reel-to-reel, you should do this for every 6 to 10 hours of use. So not use this on any rubber parts.
  • Degaussing for tape recording - Also known as demagnetizing, this process calls for taking great care. Make sure that your recorder is turned off first. make sure the demagnetizer has a plastic tip, because you do not want metal to touch metal. Starting three feet away from deck, move slowing toward it waving back and forth and into the tape path without touching the heads, and the slowly back to three feet away.

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