AKAI 4000DS - Mk2 Reel to Reel Tape Recorder

End Price: GBP 215
(USD 317)
Start Price: GBP 15
End Date: 2005-06-07
Start Date: 2005-05-31

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Number of bids: 21
Country: Great Britain
Auctioned at:     ebay

AKAI 4000DS - Mk2 Reel to Reel Tape Recorder



Akai 4000DS - Mk2 Reel To Reel Tape Recorder



Serial Number 11002 - 03058



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For sale is this stunning 4000DS Mk2  tape machine that's in outstanding condition with all it's original parts.


This model is the later version with the sprung spool retainers and detachable head cover.

These machines when new, gave the opportunity to copy music with virtually no loss of sound quality hence their huge popularity in the 70’s.



This tape recorder is supplied with 2 x 7” metal spools, 1 full & 1 empty and there are 4 additional boxed Sony 7 inch 1800ft - SLH -7-550 Low Noise Hi output tapes on black reels.

A copy of the manufacturers instruction manual is also included.


The machine has 2 speeds: 3.3/4 & 7.1/2 ips.

3 x heads - suitable for 'off tape' monitoring.

4 x track stereo 'sound-on-sound' recording facility.

Headphone output socket & left and right microphone inputs.



On the 3.3/4 speed with a 3600ft’ tape, the machine will record or play over 3hrs of music without having to be touched. By turning over the tape will give an additional 3hrs of time over 6 hrs in total.




I have checked all the mechanical & electronic functions and they operate as they should including spooling, recording and playing back.

The mechanical condition of this machine is excellent as it has just been serviced & lubricated.

VU meter illumination in good order too.


The overall cosmetic condition of the wooden case is pristine, just a few slight marks here and there but nothing major.


Technical specifications

Track Format:  4 track, 2 channel stereo/mono

Reel Size:  up to 7’’ spools

Tape Speeds:  7.1/2 and 3.3/4 ips

Wow and Flutter:  less than 0.15% RMS at 7 1/2, less than 0.2% RMS at 3 3/4

Signal-to-noise ratio:  better than 50dB

Erase Ratio:  better than 70dB

Bias Frequency:  100 kHz

Cross-Talk:   better than 70dB (mono), better than 50 dB (stereo)

Heads: (3) 1 micron gap playback head, 1micron gap recording head, 1 erase head

Fast forward and rewind time:  150 seconds using a 1200 ft. tape

Motors:  1 4-pole induction motor

Power requirement:  220-240V, 50Hz

Dimensions:  406(W) × 314(H) × 194(D) mm


All in all a lovely machine! 

Please contact me should you have any questions.


I wish you well in the bidding!


On 04-Jun-05 at 07:16:59 BST, seller added the following information:Just to confirm that this tape deck also comes complete with a set of Phono & 5-pin Din interconnecting leads. Thanks. 
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