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Technics RS-1700 Auto Reverse Stereo Reel to Reel Player - Fully Restored

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Technics Rs-1700 Auto Reverse Stereo Reel To Player - Fully Restored Tape Deck

Technics RS-1700 Auto Reverse Stereo Reel to Reel Player - Fully Restored

RS-1700 Unit Only

SkyFi 479

Pickup currently unavailable

479 South Broad Street
Glen Rock NJ 07452
United States



This Technics RS-1700 received a ground up restoration resulting in a machine capable of exceeding factory specification.

It looks and works like new, super smooth and sounding incredible.

The head block was modified to improve recording capabilities.

It was also upgraded with machined aluminum legs, replacing the cheap plastic units that originally came stock.

This RS-1700 is also available with an OPTIONAL and super rare *wireless* remote control for and additional $1500. Simply select the drop-down option in this listing if you wish to include.

Included with your purchase is the RS-1700, felt cover, two hub adapters, two take up reels (as pictured) and a printed manual. Please see our last photos for full technical specifications from the original vintage RS-1700 sales brochure.


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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.  



Original Box

Not Included


Yes Included


Yes Included


Yes - Power Only

Physical Condition (Info Here)

10 / 10

Working Condition

10 / 10

SKU: 103724