CHERRY VINTAGE AUDIO / objets d'art (Since 2014) 

CHERRY VINTAGE AUDIO / objets d'art (Since 2014) 


Stereo Tape Decks / CD / Misc

Revox A77 MK3 

('71-'73)  $1200 (reel-to-reel stereo deck, one owner unit)  

Obtained from the original owner, this professional Revox A77 MK3 reel deck has been extensively serviced and is in excellent cosmetic and operating condition.  The deck handles reel size up to 10.5" and tape speeds of 3.75 or 7.5 IPS.

The deck was well taken care of with little wear but, since we had no idea how much time elapsed since it was serviced, we had to perform the usual restoration work (minus the belt and tire replacement required by certain other machines).

Service work performed included head alignment, demagnetize and clean heads, lube motor bearings, test recording and playback, etc. 
After this type of service is done, they are known to be very reliable and perform beautifully. Essentially, this deck is a very good performer at home and has the durability to put up with heavy or professional use as well.

At the time of its release, the Revox A77 MK lll was the best recorder that Revox had ever made.  With its unique synthesis of reliable electronics and precision mechanics, it set a new standard in tape recorder design and performance. While fully capable of meeting the most rigorous studio demands, its ease of operation also makes it the perfect choice for the serious collector of high quality vintage gear.

The essence of this deck is its ergonomic design for (instinctive) operation with its operating elements systematically laid out and functionally grouped such as:

~Feathertouch push buttons (relay controlled) for all Transport functions
~All functions can be remote controlled (remote not included) 
~Accurately calibrated backlit VU meters (with special lights to indicate record mode)

More information regarding parts and accessories here:

Test report summary:

"The A77 MK3 tape recorder is perhaps the panzer of open reels. It is very heavily built and well designed. It is a 3 motor machine, with both capstan and reel motors being direct drive, so the only belt is a counter belt. These are 10.5" reel capable and record and play in only one direction. Revox strove for performance and reliability rather than bells and whistles like auto reverse and such. The A77 came in quarter track or half track and could be ordered with various speed configurations, the most common being 3 3/4 ips and 7 1/2 ips, though occasionally, machines with 1 7/8 ips or 15 ips capability do show up. These decks have very few electronic failures, so the most important components to be sure of on one of these is how much headwear there is and the condition of the brake hubs and bands. They have an optical auto stop which requires an incandescent bulb."

Essential specs:

Motor: 2 x reel, 1 x capstan
Reel size: up to 10.5"
Equalization: NAB, IEC
Tape speeds: 3 3⁄4  7 1⁄2 ips
Wow and flutter: 0.08% (7 1⁄2 ips)
Frequency response: 30Hz to 20kHz (7.5 ips)
Signal to Noise Ratio: 62dB
THD: 0.6%
Crosstalk: 45dB
Input: 35mV (line), 0.15mV (mic)
Output: 1.2V (line)
Output power: 8 watts
Dimensions: 16.25"W x 14"H x 8.5"D
Weight: 34 lbs

From Revox-online:

"The Revox A77 is still one of the most widely used semi-professional analog tape machines. Worldwide, about 450,000 devices were built in innumerable variations.The device is considered particularly robust and service-friendly. The professional design, with three motors and three sound heads, was well received not only in home use, but was also used by many small recording studios and broadcasters."

About Revox...(From a Revox brochure - 1972)
Willi Studer and his Revox tape recorder have gained an en enthusiast following reminiscent of the veteran car era and such names as Bugatti, Bentley and Duisenberg. His machines have been characterized by their advanced design, precision engineering and by their clean dynamic sound; the result of low distortion and wide frequency response.

The first machines (designated T26) were made in 1949. Many still operate today and are already valued as collector's items - a distinction that few electronic products can claim. The T26 continued until 1955 when the 36 series was introduced, and with it the international recognition of Revox as the tape recordist's recorder.

As production increased, new marked areas could be supplied and by 1967 distribution was functioning on a worldwide basis. However, even with five factories Revox has barely adequate production and marketing has to remain restrained or demand would soon outstrip the production capability which is dependent on skilled craftsmen. The Revox is still largely handmade.

Parallel with the development of the Revox line, the Studer range of machines was created for broadcasting and master recording purposes. Studer machines are now used almost exclusively throughout Europe in the respective fields of studio work and are known as the standard by which others are judged.


Marantz 5220

Marantz 5220

Marantz 5220 

stereo cassette deck  ('74-'77)    $1200 (recapped, restored, WC-15T case)

This Marantz 5220 deck has been completely and professionally recapped, calibrated and fully validated against factory specs.  All of the mechanical and electronic functions are in perfect working order. 

The cosmetics are pristine and the original Marantz WC-15T walnut case is included.  All of the complete and itemized data sheets for the restoration process along with a series of before / after photos and old parts are also included.

The Marantz 5220 was first released in 1974 with a list price of $350 and had a successful run of three years. 

The main features are 2 heads, 3 digit tape counter and memory stop, manual tape type selection capable of handling normal, chrome and ferro-chrome tapes, belt driven single-capstan transport.

Other features include: 
~Two large backlit VU meters that monitor the relative recording and playback level of each channel.~On the front panel are four independent slide-type input level controls and a stereo master level control. 
~Bias/EQ selector switches select the proper bias and equalization to suit the three most common types of cassette tape.
There are many other features, too many to list here but, fortunately, there are many sources online concerning the 5220

Obviously, the 5220 is one of Marantz' highly sought after decks but, to get one in this restored condition is very rare indeed.

NOTE: If interested in the beginning and evolution of the "compact cassette", here is an excellent guide:


Kyocera DA-610CX

Kyocera DA-610CX

Kyocera DA-610CX  

CD player  ('86-'87)  SOLD

In excellent cosmetic and working condition, the Kyocera DA-610cx CD player comes with the original wood side panels and remote control.  It features a zirconia ceramic track for the laser pickup mechanism, an extremely smooth and durable surface for maximizing freedom of laser head movement.  

Four non-resonant fine ceramic supports are used, contributing to the reduction of harmful vibration.  The multi-function display indicates the various and detailed mode information.  The three-laser-beam tracking system keeps the laser beam on track, the center beam reading the music and the other two beams monitoring and correcting for mistracking.

Disc Format: CD
Digital Converter: CX20152, 16-Bit
CD Mechanism: KSS-121A
Frequency Response: 5Hz To 20kH
Total Harmonic Distortion: 0.0005%
Dimensions: 18"W X 4"H X 12"D
Weight: 11 Lbs

About Kyocera...
The company acquired electronic equipment manufacturing and radio communication technologies in 1979 through an investment in Cybernet Electronics Corp., which was merged into Kyocera in 1982. Shortly afterward, Kyocera introduced one of the first portable, battery-powered laptop computers, sold in the U.S. as the Tandy Model 100, which featured an LCD screen and telephone-modem data transfer capability.

Kyocera gained optical technologies by acquiring Yashica Co., Ltd. in 1983, along with Yashica's prior licensing agreement with Carl Zeiss and manufactured film and digital cameras under the Kyocera, Yashica and Contax trade names until 2005, when the company discontinued all film and digital camera production.

In the '80s, Kyocera marketed audio components, such as CD players , receivers, turntables and cassette decks.  These featured unique elements, including Kyocera ceramic-based platforms, and are sought by collectors to the present day.

At one time, Kyocera owned the famous KLH brand founded by Henry Kloss  though Kloss and the original Cambridge design and engineering staff had left the company by the time of the Kyocera purchase. In 1989, Kyocera stopped production of audio components and sought a buyer for the KLH brand.


Kenwood KX-1030

Kenwood KX-1030

Kenwood KX-1030 

stereo cassette deck  ('77-'80)  $300

In near perfect cosmetic condition, this beautiful Kenwood KX-1030 deck has the very rare factory walnut case and all new belts (installed Sept 2023).  The unit is also in excellent working condition as well.  Near the top of the line for cassette decks in the late 70's the KX-1030 is certainly a top shelf, well built and reliable deck.

The Kenwood/Trio KX-1030 features three ferrite heads.

Sound that is actually being recorded on tape can be checked by one-touch operation, ensuring optimum recording at all times.

Fine Bias adjustment controls are provided for setting optimum bias for proper use of every type of tape currently available on the market.

The use of a Dolby noise reduction system greatly reduces hissing noise which is inherent in cassette tapes.

Type: 3-head, single compact cassette deck
Track System: 4-track, 2-channel stereo
Tape Speed: 1.78 inches per second
Heads: 1 x record, 1 x playback, 1 x erase
Motor: electronically controlled DC
Tape Type: type I, FeCr, CrO2
Noise Reduction: B
Frequency Response: 25Hz to 20kHz  (Cr02 tape)
Signal to Noise Ratio: 67dB  (dolby B)
Wow and Flutter: 0.06%
Dimensions: 17"W x 6.5"H x 13"D
Weight: 17 lbs


Nakamichi Dragon

Nakamichi Dragon

Nakamichi Dragon 

cassette deck ('82-'94)  $1800

In absolutely pristine cosmetic condition, this "holy grail" *Nakamichi Dragon is completely and fully operational in all of its many functions including playback and record.  The heads have been aligned, cleaned and demagnetized.  The meter and *azimuth calibration has also been done.
Also included are the original owner's manual, full-color brochure, catalog and two sealed premium cassette tapes.

*NOTE:  A perfect adjusted azimuth exists only in theory. In real life, on a certain cassette, this azimuth can vary. A good player will have easy adjustable azimuth ( Nakamichi plastic gears on 480 and other three headers),so you did right when adjusting for your ear, if you have a good ear and you do it properly. After all, you are listening to the cassette and it is all about your ears. Nakamichi understood this and did a nice job by using quantization by clicks on play and record head separately, also automatic azimuth on top deck, adjusting dynamically (Dragon). Many cassettes are out of perfect azimuth due to tape wear or imperfect shell, so, for perfect listening of a certain tape, you sometimes need to adjust for the specific tape. This make the Dragon unbeatable as a player.

Here's an excellent website that discusses the Dragon's design and back story:

When comparing the Dragon to the other legendary Nakamichi ZXL deck, there are a few plus/minus for both but the Dragon did have a few functions above and beyond the ZXL.

The DRAGON was the ONLY deck Nak ever made with dual direct drive capstans. All other direct drive machines they ever made, from ANY era, only drove the take up capstan and the supply capstan was belt driven off the take up. Even the mighty ZX-9 did this. So that right there is one serious advantage to the DRAGON transport. Many people put a properly operating DRAGON transport probably in the top three of the best performing W+F of any deck, anywhere, from any manufacturer, from any time. Yes, it's that good.

The other big advantage of the DRAGON over the ZXL is NAAC. Basically it automatically corrects azimuth alignment for any tape on playback, optimizing every single tape to perform its absolute best. The ZXL will do this on recording with its ABLE system, but it does nothing for playback or tapes recorded elsewhere. So that's two advantages of the DRAGON.
One more item for the Dragon: Auto Reverse in play mode...

Auto azimuth adjustment
Auto reverse replay
Manual calibration
Dolby B and C

Type: auto reverse, 3-head, single compact cassette deck
Track System: 4-track, 2-channel stereo
Tape Speed: 4.8 cm/s
Heads: 1 x record, 1 x playback, 1 x erase
Motor: 2 x capstan, 1 x reel, 1 x auto azimuth, 1 x mechanism
Tape Type: type I, CrO2, Metal
Noise Reduction: B, C
Frequency Response: 20Hz to 22kHz  (Metal tape)
Signal to Noise Ratio: 72dB  (dolby C)
Wow and Flutter: 0.04%
THD: 0.8%
Dimensions: 17.8W x 5.4"H x 12"D
Weight: 21 lbs

About Nakamichi...
Nakamichi was founded in 1948 by Mr. Etsuro Nakamichi, starting from a small research institute in Tokyo, Japan that provided R&D for major brands, government entities, universities and organizations. Since then, it has established itself as a trusted creator of high-quality audio products, such as the Nakamichi 1000, the world's first 3-Head cassette deck. Nakamichi's product lines are driven by an intense scientific curiosity, the passion for audio, and commitment to uncompromising quality and performance.

The Nakamichi Shockwafe represents a fundamental disruption in home entertainment. We have successfully blended plug-and-play simplicity with high-end surround performance. Our suite of hybrid soundbar systems allows you to enjoy a cinematic experience at home, with minimum effort. To date, the Nakamichi Shockwafe has been rated the best Dolby Atmos soundbar by both audio critics and users.