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Thread: Is United Home Audio the BEST tape deck there is? Other than $$$, why choose another tape deck?

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    I have immense respect for what came before...
    Studers, ATR's, T-funks, Nagras, Stellavoxes, MCI's, Sonys, et al.,
    and were employed in rigorous professional environments.

    I may be different than others here in that I record, too.
    UHA is yet, another option.

    Vive la difference!
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    Quote Originally Posted by srs148 View Post
    You can buy a newly rebuilt ATR102 with warranty and replacement parts will be readily available for a long time to come from ATR Services for far less than the UHA upper-end machines. I'm guessing at this point low to mid-teens for an ATR - the UHA machines approach $20-25k depending on which options you go with.
    The UHA machines start at $6500
    I've had 2 ATR's with one having Aria electronics at over $20k. I never really warmed up to them. The Studer transport is a better transport, so this is why I started to use them in the studio. The Studer, ATR, Nagra-T and MCI are large format professional recorders. I will put money up against any prosumer deck saying it will never surpass the tape handling capabilities of the UHA.
    The only stock part of a UHA deck is the case. Everything else is custom made.
    I've seen prices of Studer A820's reach as high as $60k!! WTF??

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    Another advantage to a real pro machine is that you can play 1/2" tapes. Major disadvantage is that they take up a big chunk of real estate (spoken knowingly, since I have two ATR-102s and am not running a studio), so for many, a prosumer machine like the UHA's makes a lot of sense. UHA machines and JCorders, even the Technics 1500 series are also quite attractive, while most real pro machines are not.

    Larry

    PS. I think ATR Services rebuilt machines are currently in mid teen's and higher, approaching the UHA machine. Of course the ATAE Studer A820's are double and more the UHA machine. (Correct me if I am wrong on these prices) That said, most people acquire used Ampex ATR-102's and Studer A820s for much less, and have them serviced by the many (particularly true for Ampex in the US) fine techs. I think a similar statement can be made for the big Studers in Europe.
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    you can buy a fully checked telefunken/ new heads (with guarantee ) i think you d have to check what he has in store , i know a wbf member in thailand had bought one

    http://www.hilpert-audio.de/audio/index_e.php
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    Independently of all the other factors that had been referred by WBF members there is a strong point for Studer - all the technical and service manuals in several languages are easily and freely available at ftp://ftp.studer.ch/Public/Products/Recording_Analog/.

    Also most genuine spare parts are easily available from eBay sellers, particularly for the A80.
    Under construction around a pair of Wilson XLF's and a DCS Vivaldi 2.0 stack.

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    I agree.
    and since I have 2 identical A80 RC its always easy to swap cards and compare for possible faults etc
    1 is set up for pure 2 and 4 track repro and the other for recording...
    real estate in the living room was an issue, but my wife is a gem and understands.......

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    BTW, it is mandatory if you want to take the A80 from the trolley ...
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    Under construction around a pair of Wilson XLF's and a DCS Vivaldi 2.0 stack.

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    ha-ha....I lift it by hand...good practise.....I pull it forward in the trolley, tilt it up 90 degrees and grab in the frame on the sides....

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    another issue...I find it much easier to work with a horisontal machine......

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    Quote Originally Posted by microstrip View Post
    BTW, it is mandatory if you want to take the A80 from the trolley ...

    Geez! Are you serious?
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