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Technical Details

Brand: Tascam


Category:Super High Fidelity


Electronics:Solid State

Equalization:NAB , IEC

Country of Manufacture:Japan

Release dates:1983 - 1987

Tracks:1/2 Rec/PB

Speeds: 7 1/2, 15

Max Reel Size("): 10.5"

Number of heads: 3

Dimension: 18¼ . x 6¼ . x 20½ " (465 x 160 x 520 mm)

Head Composition: Permalloy

Head Configuration: Stereo - Stacked

# Motors: 3

Auto Reverse?:No

Voltage(s): 110-120v, 220-240v

Outputs: RCA

Frequency Response:40Hz-22kHz at 15 ips (+-3dB)

Wow and Flutter:.06 at 15ips

Signal-to-Noise Ratio:68 dB at 15 ips

Sound quality rating:7 / 10

Long-term reliability rating: 8/ 10

Weight: 44.1 lbs (20Kg)

Additional Details


In 1983 Tascam introduced the 30 series of recorders.
The 32 was a half-track 10½ ” master recorder featuring two speeds (15ips (38 cm/s) and 7½ ips (19 cm/s) with a 12% pitch control, digital tape counter, cue capability & dump edit functions.
This was more of an entry-level machine designed with some pro features but not for mastering or high end studio use. Decent sound at an affordable price.  The more serious machines released were the Model 34 – A four- track recorder with full frequency response in Sync Mode at an inexpensive price.
Model 38 –  A half-inch, eight-track, 10½ ” reel-to-reel recorder with an introductory price of under $3,000 the Model 38 filled a niche for the serious entry level recordist.

Additional Info

– Four digit display tape counter with memory auto-locate (only works in rewind mode)
– pitch control +- 12%
– Edit the take-up reel motor is disabled by pressing play to hear unwanted sections of music to be spliced out.
– Sync monitoring and recording so either channel can be recorded independently

-12-pin input for optional RC71 remote control
¼” headphone jack for remote punch-in/out using an optional footpedal (record mode engaged)

Optional DX-2D DBX noise reduction which automatically switches the dbx unit from encode to decode record/playback depending on function selected

Rewind speed: less than 90 sec for 10.5″reel, 2400ft tape  / Speed adjustment: ±12% /  Total harmonic distortion: less than 0.8% 1kHz, 0 VU, 250 nWb / m /  Inputs: RCA, unbalanced / Outputs: RCA, unbalanced

Service issues that have been reported

– Capstan motor failure. It uses the same DC servo motor as the Pioneer RT-909,Realistic TR-3000, and Teac X series decks.
– Mother board problems.
– Heads had to be close to new to align well – Tascam has run out of the bias coils that constantly went bad with heat.
– Tension arm and tape lifter assembly must be cleaned to provide proper movement
– Noisy headphone output.
– The bipolar capacitors all need to be changed. The caps right off the head leads fail often.


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