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I remember my dad playing his Grundig reel to reel player to me when I was little. I always remembered the smell of the tapes too as the player used to get very hot. As it ran on valves, it broke down a lot, but the sound was very good. For his birthday, I'd love to buy him some replacement valves for his player, so he can get all nostalgic again. Any idea where I might be able to find them in the uk?
You can get them on ebay donna, or Google reel to reel repairs for places like this Vintage recorders (Vintage Reel to reel tape recorder collection, Sales, duplication and repairs ) (http://www.vintagerecorders.co.uk/)
I used to own a Grundig TK5 reel to reel (among others) when I was 13 - my friend was into radios and stuff! As I remember Grundig was a very solid made machine, but unfortunately ours set fire nearly when one of the transformers broke down. I think you can get replacement valves from Mullard - as i remember rightly, there was a blue/green valve that operated as a sound level? Radio Fairs may be a good source of info? Think they have one at Doncaster (England)
My dad had (and still has) one of these. I think it was Grundig...not sure. He let me loose on it when I was very small to get recordings of me in my prime lol. It had a little light with two green bits that came together when you made a sound. I used to yell to get the two green bits to meet in the middle. The microphone was a big round thing with a mesh front. I can still remember the metallic smell of it when I held it infront of my nose.
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