Everything You Need to Know Before Buying an Akai 747
Akai has produced quality reel-to-reel tape recorders for many generations. Its flagship stereo tape deck, the Akai GX-747, has many features that make it one of the most well-respected reel-to-reel tape decks of the 80s. Here are the factors to consider when buying an Akai 747 for sale on eBay:How does the Akai 747 work?
The Akai 747 is a 4-deck 2-channel stereo reel-to-reel tape deck. This means two tape reels of either 7 inches or 10 inches are mounted onto the spindles, or decks, and the tape is threaded through the tape head assembly and attached to the second tape hub. The controls on the deck initiate the motor, running one reel to the other with a variety of settings to determine speed, direction, playback, and recording.What's different between the Akai GX-747 and Akai GX-747dbx?
The Akai 747 and 747dbx are very similar units. The main difference is the regular 747 has an output level of 0.775 v and sets up for modern tape such as LPR35. The 747dbx isn't compatible with modern tapes but has a much lower output level. The 747dbx also has an decoder/encoder, which the regular 747 does not have. The regular 747 has LED bar meters as opposed to the 747dbx's more conventional style VU meters.What should you look for when buying an Akai 747?
Here are the main factors to consider when buying an Akai 747 vintage reel-to-reel tape deck:
- Power up and LED bar: Make sure the unit powers up and has a functioning LED bar.
- Motors: Check that the tape drive motor works and the motors controlling the tension arms are in good condition.
- VU meter: Ensure the digital VU meter works.
- Selection buttons: See that the selection buttons work normally.
- Belts: Check that the belts in good condition.
Some of the unique Akai GX-747 specs to consider over other vintage tape decks are its glass heads, digital and programmable counter, programmable commands, and checking time intervals feature.
- Glass heads: The Akai GX-747 uses glass heads, which are virtually indestructible in their use unlike the heads of other tape decks. This feature alone makes the GX-747 and 747DBX a standout unit.
- Counter: The digital counter of the Akai 747 is programmable, counting up to 5'59.59. The Akai GX-747 is also one of the first stereo tape decks with a digital VU meter.
- Time intervals: The digital counter allows you to check time intervals and also program commands, such as reverse actions, making the deck enter reverse mode after a given time frame.