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dsk3331/disc rider

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Realizing these are scarce/expensive, I was wondering if anyone has insight into where I might be able to locate true Q4 Quad reel to reel tapes?
 

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Hi. dsk3331/disc
I am a big collector of Q4 Reels and I am helping other people toward ( eBay and jauce Auctions ) to purchase them when I am not bidding on them.
The only thing is the desirable Q4 tapes are more hard to get, than easy listening type music and your going to have to make up your mind to pay for them, they are generally a lot dearer to buy , and it`s a waiting game too sometimes its months or weeks when they appear.

Go to this link...…..( What's the Latest QUAD TAPE Added to Your Pile? Q8, Q4 )
This was from the Japanese Auction sit ( jauce ) This sit operates different to eBay and you can come across rare item here.
As I have said its a big waiting game and a big wallet …..
 

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When Quad reel to reel content gets a nice release on SACD like AF and DV have done, does it make?:

1. The Q4 then appears more often for sale, but prices remain the same
2. The Q4 then appears more often for sale, and drops somewhat in price
3. The Q4 appears for sale at the same rate and price it always has, no difference
4. All of the above three factors come into play, but it really depends on the artist / title
 

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When Quad reel to reel content gets a nice release on SACD like AF and DV have done, does it make?:

1. The Q4 then appears more often for sale, but prices remain the same
2. The Q4 then appears more often for sale, and drops somewhat in price
3. The Q4 appears for sale at the same rate and price it always has, no difference
4. All of the above three factors come into play, but it really depends on the artist / title
I agree totally to no. 4 But I am a vintage collector as well...
BBQ.....
 

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I have to say that I was quite shocked when a Best of The Doors Q4 recently topped $200 US. I guess a few guys must`ve got into a bidding war. Quad Reel is not the easiest way to get discrete Quad - it`s quite expensive and complicated - but also, the Audio Fidelity SACD blows it out of the water in terms of quality. I was hoping to snag it cheap but the price skyrocketted the last couple minutes.

But I have noticed that some other titles have really dropped in price lately. I have seven Enoch Light reels that, I don`t think I`ve paid more than $50 for any of them. The most I`ve paid was for a super mint Jerry Reed`s Lord Mr. Ford and I paid $125. Oddly enough, I had owned this tape before about 10 years ago and has sold it for..... $125.
 

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I have to say that I was quite shocked when a Best of The Doors Q4 recently topped $200 US. I guess a few guys must`ve got into a bidding war. Quad Reel is not the easiest way to get discrete Quad - it`s quite expensive and complicated - but also, the Audio Fidelity SACD blows it out of the water in terms of quality. I was hoping to snag it cheap but the price skyrocketted the last couple minutes.

But I have noticed that some other titles have really dropped in price lately. I have seven Enoch Light reels that, I don`t think I`ve paid more than $50 for any of them. The most I`ve paid was for a super mint Jerry Reed`s Lord Mr. Ford and I paid $125. Oddly enough, I had owned this tape before about 10 years ago and has sold it for..... $125.
I can imagine someone following Q4 prices for many years, taking notes and then bidding (what they think is) accordingly on the Doors... but never noticing and nobody told them there there is (more recently) not only a SACD out of said quad mix, but a BluRay disc as well.
The most I`ve paid was for a super mint Jerry Reed`s Lord Mr. Ford and I paid $125. Oddly enough, I had owned this tape before about 10 years ago and has sold it for..... $125.
The Jerry Reed is one of my favorite Q4s that remains unissued on modern disc. But R2R tapes seem to be duplicated so well, that the common conversion to DVD is a TKO. Same with the Bette Midler, so nice on Q4 that I can relax with the idea that there are many more other more important titles, titles that did not get a Quad Reel to Reel release (only on Q8 or LP) and therefor are personally more pressing concerns.

If $125 was the most you've paid for a Q4 then (I'd think) you've done really well and know your sport of the bidding trigger, and sniper firing shot really well there. I figured you would have topped $175 once in a while, like for a Japan Carpenters, Sabbath Paranoid, ZZ Top, or a Tull (before deluxe box set issued).
But I have noticed that some other titles have really dropped in price lately. I have seven Enoch Light reels that, I don`t think I`ve paid more than $50 for any of them.
Oh, I would have expected the EZ Listening stuff to have fallen well below $50 a pop by this time, $16 - $25 even. And it's not because it's not interesting quad, or changing of the times. I would expect prices to drop because the listening audience being limited means that those folks eventually get those reels, and no longer need them. Also some buy them up only to back'm up digitally, and then flip them and get their money back. After a good decade or two of that process, the non-keepers will reappear. The exceptions are the still sealed boxes with Wollco or F.W. Woolworth price stickers on them or special mark-down $2.98 cutout type pricing +sealed - which can be really nice to come across so long as it is known as a tape stock not prone to being dried out flakes, or screechy players - once anyone tries to thread it up.
 
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dsk3331/disc rider

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Hi. dsk3331/disc
I am a big collector of Q4 Reels and I am helping other people toward ( eBay and jauce Auctions ) to purchase them when I am not bidding on them.
The only thing is the desirable Q4 tapes are more hard to get, than easy listening type music and your going to have to make up your mind to pay for them, they are generally a lot dearer to buy , and it`s a waiting game too sometimes its months or weeks when they appear.

Go to this link...…..( What's the Latest QUAD TAPE Added to Your Pile? Q8, Q4 )
This was from the Japanese Auction sit ( jauce ) This sit operates different to eBay and you can come across rare item here.
As I have said its a big waiting game and a big wallet …..
Besides the eBay and jauce Auctions , can you recommend any other sources for me to connect with in my pursuit of collecting Q4 Quad reel to reel tapes? Thanks
 

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Besides the eBay and jauce Auctions , can you recommend any other sources for me to connect with in my pursuit of collecting Q4 Quad reel to reel tapes? Thanks
Well the other places you can look is (quadraphonic reel to reel tape music | Discogs ) you could pick something up there.
Same thing constant browsing, all takes time...
The other is Amazon you may find something there but not that great...
 
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It can take time to find those certain reels that are either more rare or more in demand or both. But the biggest problem for many is not finding the reel for sale but getting the cash together to fund the purchase(s). I've seen hundreds of Q reels for sale over the years, and I've also seen hundreds being asked for them. As long as disc3331 is prepared to throw down some serious cash, the world is his Q4 collecting oyster.

Many many titles will appear for sale and continue to, as I'd expect some of the original collector folks would be getting out of the hobby, and unloading their stash of tapes.
 

dsk3331/disc rider

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It can take time to find those certain reels that are either more rare or more in demand or both. But the biggest problem for many is not finding the reel for sale but getting the cash together to fund the purchase(s). I've seen hundreds of Q reels for sale over the years, and I've also seen hundreds being asked for them. As long as disc3331 is prepared to throw down some serious cash, the world is his Q4 collecting oyster.

Many many titles will appear for sale and continue to, as I'd expect some of the original collector folks would be getting out of the hobby, and unloading their stash of tapes.
Thanks for your advice on purchasing Quad reel to reel tapes.
 
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