Technics RS-1520 Tape Recorder

: Unavailable

: Reel-to-Reel Tape Players & Recorders

: Alter Ego Appearance

Regular price £40,019.00

OpenReelToReel Present Virtual High-Fidelity Reel Tape Recorder Exhibition Enjoy THIS ONE and ONLY: TECHNICS RS-1520 - Oh, Yeah!! Fully, rebuilt by Craftsman...


Have a Question?

Be the first to ask a question about this.

Ask a Question

OpenReelToReel Present Virtual High-Fidelity Reel Tape Recorder Exhibition

Enjoy THIS ONE and ONLY: TECHNICS RS-1520 - Oh, Yeah!! Fully, rebuilt by Craftsman Aleksandr Dorin and Restored by Alter Ego Appearance

The Technics 1520 has long been regarded as one of the prized tape decks. Impeccable consideration to the points only the most meticulous of audiophiles would understand. Below is a description of this one-of-a-kind rebuild.

TECHNICS RS-1520 Reel Tape Recorder Virtual High-Fidelity Exhibition


The reel motors totally disassembled. Plastic tridents, which are subject to breaking easily, are replaced with metal tridents made from non-magnetic aluminium bronze. Bronze bearings inside the motors were cleaned and filled with lubricant.
Brake drums were removed from the shaft, and old paint was stripped. Repainted with glossy hard scratch-resistant high temp paint. The quality of this paint is crucial for proper brakes. Table painted to base machine colour. Shaft assembly with brake drums and tridents balanced. Motors assembled.

The Capstan motor was disassembled, and cleaned. The aluminium cup was removed and replaced with another one made from nonmagnetic aluminium bronze. Precisely machined and polished.
Bearings replaced with original NOS NSK(made in Japan) bearings. Incredibly silent.
Capstan assembled, and installed.

Old aluminium background sheets were removed. Scanned with the precision scanner. A new graphic file suitable for laser engraving was created. Replaced with non-magnetic copper sheets, laser engraved, painted to base machine colour. Graphics 24K gold plated.
The black paint from the arrows was removed, arrows were painted with fluorescent paint (0xBD09F5 color).

Head block disassembled. Plate stripped, cleaned, and painted to base machine colour. New metal letterings and some metal accents were applied. Heads had incredibly low usage, relapsed & polished under water. Resoldered, realigned. The head block was reassembled. 4t-2t switch disassembled, cleaned, reassembled.

Large 128x22px screen with bright YELLOW pixels. Powered by SSD1305 and Teensy4.0 (600MHz) controllers. Auto-scaling with speed switch on the left panel. With memory on power off. Prewired for future installation of WiFi remote control and programming block. Screen installed on totally reengineered counter and cue plate, 3D printed on Formlabs3+ printer from high temp resin, powder coated to base machine colour. A new reset switch and precisely machined button were installed. CUE functionality is untouched.

Control buttons block disassembled, Plastic buttons replaced with CNC machined aluminium, powder coated to the base color. REC, PAUSE and PLAY buttons have light bulbs which are visible in the corresponding mode through symbols.

All bearings were replaced with the original NOS NSK. All parts were polished, replaced with non-magnetic aluminium bronze where possible, and realigned. Some decorative parts were added.

All back connectors were replaced with gold plated. AC cord connector added.
All visible metal parts are hand-made from non-magnetic aluminium bronze polished.

A FEW words about METAL.
Aluminium bronze C62400 composition contains up to 11.5% of aluminium, which creates a protective oxide film almost immediately after polishing. Will remain shiny for a long time. The color is slightly darker than gold by design.
Needless to say, all letterings are made from the same metal, 0.75mm raised.
Splicing block is fully functional with spring-loaded levers.
Cuts for blades are made for 22.5 and 45 deg for right and left-handed people. Insert for lower panel levers also CNC machined from C62400, polished.
Also, needless to say,, the deck is fully recapped and readjusted.
All old Philips bolts were replaced with new HEX just to make future maintenance easy.
Lubricated, aligned.

Side panels are made from African Rosewood AKA Palisander (while machining smells like roses it's funny). Treated with special blend oil, polished. Each flange on side panels has the engraving "Technics RS-1520".

For photos, video and complete details visit - Sold by Ryan at Reel to Reel Haven in the USA 

SOLD SOLD SOLD Collection unavailable and impossible at all, don't ask, too late, sorry!

The return of the most delicate, but most considered, kind of audio format for a true audiophile. The most dubious audiophiles know the truth about reel-to-reel tape.
The truth is that it just sounds better than vinyl. The ultimate reel-to-reel tape is the latest retro-trend for audiophiles, it has a greater dynamic range than vinyl, is capable of producing extraordinary sound for the treble and bass and there is less signal processing which is the enemy of a hi-fi extraordinaire.

Listening to music on reel-to-reel tape will allow you to discover details in the music you were never able to hear before.

Nothing sounds better than music on audio reel-to-reel tape.

ITEM DELIVERY: Delivery times vary widely based on destination.

Terms of Sale: In principle, we can't accept returning and refunding but, we can accept only for defective products.

International Buyers - Please Note: Import duties, taxes & charges are not included in the item price or shipping cost. Please be aware of these are buyer's responsibility. Please check with your country's customs office to determine what these additional costs will be prior to bidding or buying.

  • Standard delivered 4-5 Days
  • Express delivered 2-4 Days
  • Worldwide tracking delivered 4-14 Days

Orders are processed and delivered Monday-Friday (excluding public holidays)

Our customers enjoy top class customer services and 30 days returns.

  • Item Returns:

  • We want you to feel happy with your purchase, so if for any reason you are not, you may send your item(s) back to us within 14 days for a full refund or exchange free of charge.

    Item Returns: We want you to feel happy with your purchase, so if for any reason you are not, you may send your item(s) back to us within 14 days for a full refund or exchange free of charge.

    Please note, postage costs are non-refundable except in the following circumstances:

    * the item you receive is different to that ordered.

    * OR the item you receive is damaged or faulty.

    In the above cases, a full refund/exchange will be issued including any additional postage costs incurred by the buyer.

    *Please note, we can only refund up to the minimum postage amount required to send your item(s) back to us. Therefore, we always recommend that items be returned to us using the royal mails 2nd class service with recorded delivery for insurance purposes.

    All items must be returned to us in their original condition within 14 days of receipt. Please let us know beforehand why you are planning on sending an item back to us and remember to include this information in your return. It is also vital that you include your user id & item number so we can deal with your request for a refund or exchange as quickly as possible.

    All refunds will be issued via your original method of payment and normally take up to 3 working days to process.

Technics RS-1520 Tape Recorder

Regular price £40,019.00