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HI! Welcome to my AKAI REEL TO REEL'S Photo's Page...

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Here is a picture of an early vintage 1700 Series unit the 1700:

Here is another picture of the 1700:

Here is a picture of an early vintage 1700 Series unit the 1721L:

Here is a picture of an early vintage 1700 Series unit the 1722:

Here is a picture of an early vintage 1700 Series unit the 1722W:

Here are pictures of early 4 Channel Surround Sound Quad machines, most in the 1700 Series, also the 202D-ss, not sure why the break with the numbering tradition on that one... three pictures of the 1730D-ss:

Next is the Model 202D-ss, which reminds me of the GX-210D, but it is Quad. It obviously has autoreverse, and works in 2 Channel or 4 Channel modes.

Here is a picture of an early vintage 1800 Series unit the 1800:

The early sets, in the "M" series, the "X" series, and the four number series, like the 1710, 1722W, 1731, and 1800-SD, used the soft metal permalloy type of heads, some with the 1 Micron Gap, which showed extended frequency response. Some sets had moving head assemblies, the "M" and the "X" series used the Crossfield Head concept which Tandburg had made popular in Europe, which uses an additional head applied on the reverse side of the tape, to supply just the "Bias Signal". While the Crossfield technique was also used by others, it posed certain alignment problems over the life of the unit, and I suspect was largely abandoned by the late 1960's / early 1970's. Some early Akai's had "Compute-O-Matic" a sort of motorized compression feature, that turned down excessive recording levels automatically. Still other sets, like the X-1800D had a cassette recorder, or the X-1810D which had an 8 track tucked away in the side of the set.

Here is a picture of an early vintage X-1810D unit:

The AKAI X-1810D is a Crossfield design, with three motors, but still used the two function knobs as found in the 4000 Series. Also note on the "X" knob, choice of tracks (3-2 Track, Stereo, and 1-4 Track), it was a three speed design, (7 1/2, 3 3/4, 1 7/8), with the SRT and an 8 Track Recorder in the right side. It weighed in at almost 50 pounds.

Here is a side view showing the 8 track unit:

Go to the next Akai Vintage Photo Page: The 4000 Series Page

Go to the prior Akai Vintage Photo Page: The X Series Page

This page is under construction ( Like software, the job is never done!....)
Prior Update - 10-18-2002 1:30 AM.
Current Revision -- November 2nd, 2010 @ 8:31 PM.

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