Originally Posted by tuc70021
I do wonder how your reels sound after all these years. I think the quality of the tape mattered a lot. I know guys who have reggae reels from the 70s and they still play (not superbly, but it's fine), meanwhile I know musicians who've pulled their old reels out of their closets and they were basically dust. Then again, they probably bought shitty tape from some drug store to record their garage band while professional producers would buy actual good quality stuff.
That is another good question. I have never looked into trying to do a digital transfer from a reel. I sent off some Laserdiscs for replication because they were really hard to find, and I wanted to have Digital to Digital recordings of whatever was on there (as opposed to grabbing audio from a VHS).