Thorens launches a brand new R2R deck, Dave Denyer reports from Munich and Ken Kessler discovers audiophile cassettes

Catch up with the latest R2R news and reviews over at The Reel-to-Reel Rambler, where David Denyer and fellow hi-fi journalists Ken Kessler and Neville Roberts delve into the world of open reel tape.

One for collectors of vintage commercially-released tapes: the Columbia House Record Club

If you’re a collector of vintage commercially-released tapes, here’s something that might interest you: US-based music lover Kabir Bhatia has compiled a listing of the tapes that were released by the Columbia House Record Club, a division of Columbia Records, between 1973 and 1984.

Still reeling: Ken Kessler discovers audiophile cassettes

In which this self-confessed cassette loather is bowled over by a recent discovery of pre-recorded audiophile cassettes, copied directly from superb quality master tapes.

The High-End Show 2019: the rambler reports on some exciting reel-to-reel happenings in Munich

Dave Denyer catches up with a range of tape movers and shakers at the High-End Show and offers  a round-up of R2R highlights.

Another brand new, modern R2R deck is on its way… check out a preview of the Thorens TM 1600

The renowned Swiss analogue hi-fi brand Thorens, known for its excellent turntables, has recently announced that it is working Ballfinger to launch a brand new reel-to-reel player, designed for home use.

R2R goes mainstream as the ‘return of reel-to-reel’ is heralded in the UK’s Sunday Telegraph newspaper

“It began with vinyl, and cassettes closely followed. But now reel-to-reel tape decks have joined the analogue revival and are making a comeback, as musicians reject new technology for the ‘unbelievable’ sound of the classic machines,” writes Laura FitzPatrick in The Sunday Telegraph.

And if you’re wondering what it’s all about… you’ll also find on The Reel-to-Reel Rambler: a beginner’s guide to tape.

If you have any R2R questions, comments or ideas burning a hole in your brain, do feel free to drop the rambler a line.