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Title : JVC TD-V661 Tape Calibration with 1996-97 Maxell XLII Cassette Tape
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i bought a really cheap beat up denon DR-M11 about five years ago and put it in storage without even checking to see if it powered on. got around to trying it today: cleaned the exterior, heads/tape-path & cassette-well (this was disgusting; one of the worst i've seen). came out very nice -- the top cover isn't wonderful, but that doesn't matter in a shelf stack. anyway, i figured there'd be some stuff that needed fixing, but after a quick test, couldn't see any obvious speed or mechanical issues beyond a couple of scratchy pots. isn't that odd for a deck from c.1984? of course, i've no idea of the machine's history...
all that to say, now that i have a working deck set up, enthusiasm level is off the scale . . . (and now, a bit more on-topic for this video) just spent something like four hours experimenting, making recordings, trying the different noise-reductions, adjusting the bias... it's like a game, attempting to get as close to your source as possible. the 2-head process of audition-record-playback-repeat didn't get tiresome and i was eventually able to dial in what i consider to be pleasing results from a lowly maxell-UR. seems like i had to use quite a lot of negative bias to get there. never had a deck with a bias-adjust before. think i'll need to post up a little list of settings nearby if i'm going to be making a lot of recordings on different tapes.
well, that was my first real step back into the taping world in around 15 years... this is going to be fun.