They have four Ballfinger machines, starting at about $15,000 and heading north to $36,000. Read more at Bloomberg. Why? To make high-quality/low noise mixtapes that could run for two solid hours without any human intervention! Cassettes suck!), a German company wants to bring back the romance(?) of high-end two-track reel-to-reel machines. Back in the 50s, 60s, and 70s, all the coolest home audio systems had a reel-to-reel tape machine. The company doesn’t sell many–about 200 a year–but at those prices, it makes financial sense. When I was a kid, I wanted this TEAC. (And you can still find them today.)
Now that vinyl has made its resurrection and with hipsters pushing a revival of the cassette (Give it a rest, people! Behold the products of Roland Schneider Precision Engineering of Dusseldorf, Germany. And let’s not forget that many labels offered albums on reel, too. How quaint, right?
Forget vinyl and cassettes. The new retro hipster format is reel-to-reel