Akai GX-747 Reel to Reel in Rare Dark Gray Finish

$5,499

Fantastic Akai GX-747 in rare dark gray finish. We've seen plenty of silver units come through the shop but this gray one is the first!

The use of glass heads that are virtually indestructible make this one of the most desirable reel to reel decks.

While they require maintenance every 20 years or so, they are very well built and a pleasure to work on.

This machine was well cared for and maintained which required little work from us. We just did a light calibration and checked alignment.

There were six total versions of the GX-747 originally available for purchase from 1981-1985:
- GX-747 with Analog VU meters (silver or dark gray/black)
- GX-747 with LED VU meters (silver or dark gray/black) = This Listing
- GX-747dbx (silver or dark gray/black) only available with VU meters and very rare

This particular machine is the later edition with the LED VU meters. 

Condition is very very good, overall very clean and with no noticeable scratches. 

The dark finish with wood side panels is simply striking, making it one of the best looking machines on the market.

Your purchase also includes two metal take up reels and two hub adapters (Brand of both may vary from photos).

Also included is a rare Akai acrylic dust cover in great condition with no cracks or deep scratches.

Click below to add our recommended matching cables from Kimber Kable, all brand new as SkyFi is an official Kimber dealer.

Kimber Kable - RCA Interconnects - Better

Kimber Kable - RCA Interconnects - Best

Click here to read more about this piece from our friends at The Vintage Knob (the last image in this listing is from The Vintage Knob)

PDF copy of the original Operator's Manual

PDF copy of the original Service Manual

Specifications:
Track system:
Auto Reverse, 4-Track, 2-Channel, Stereo System

Heads:
2 x GX Record
2 x GX Playback
2 x Erase

Motor:
2 x Reel Drive
1 x Capstan

Reel Size:
Up to 10.5 inch Reel

Tape Speeds:
3-3/4 ips
7-1/2 ips

Wow and Flutter:
0.03% (7-1/2 ips)

Frequency Response:
25 Hz to 33 kHz (7-1/2 ips)

Signal to Noise Ratio:
65 dB

Total Harmonic Distortion:
0.4%

Input:
70mV (line)
2mV (DIN)
0.25mV (mic)

Output:
0.775V (line)
0.3V (DIN)

Dimensions:
17.32" x 19.01" x 10.07"

Weight:
46 lbs

The SkyFi Testing Process for Tape Decks and Reel to Reel Machines:

First steps are performed to determine if the unit is a candidate for our full restoration process or if its just in need of a light service.

We first do a  basic functionality test to ensure proper playback fast forward and rewind.  We look for smooth operation of the motors, transport engagement and associated rolling parts.  

We then do an internal physical inspection to ensure the belts and rubber consumable parts are up to spec.  

Internal components are checked to make sure that there are no signs of heat stress or damage particularly in the power supply section.  Capacitors are checked for telltale signs of predictive failure including bulging, shrunken wrappers, or physical leakage. We also inspect the PCBs for discoloration from resistors or transistors that may have been running hot. On vintage units we often spot check select capacitors for value and ESR. 

A light service will involve replacement of belts and rollers, external cleaning of heads, mechanism and boards and basic record and playback tests.  

A full restoration will often include disassembly of the drive system and replacement of all consumable and wearable parts including pinch rollers, belts, brakes, bearings.  We then clean lubricate and re-assembly the drive and perform basic mechanical alignment to ensure proper tape path and head alignment. 

Final calibration will involved adjustment of playback erase and record heads and optimization of the bias for a specific tape type.  We do this with the aid of a  Soundtech 1510A tape deck analyzer and a Nakamichi T100 unit and reference calibration tapes.  

Final listening tests are done while monitoring with our reference Grado HP1 headphones and a variety of factory and custom reference recordings.  We find that there is no better system for critical listening on tapes than the headphones specially when comparing a live feed to a recorded feed.  

Item

Included

Original Box

Not Included

Manual

Yes Included

Remote

Not Included

Cables

Yes - Power Only

Physical Condition

7 / 10

Working Condition

10 / 10

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