You knew it was a matter of time before audio tape made a comeback. The folks at Bottlehead (respected tube amp kits) are refurbishing 1/4″ (and 1/2″) reel-to-reel tape decks, outfitting them with high end bearings, improved tape path, and tube electronics to replace the miserable mid-80’s prosumer electronics. Some studio recorders too!
Check it out: http://www.tapeproject.com/machines/machines.htm
What’s next? Will my Tascam 122MKIII be a collector’s item?