Akai X-100D

Like some of my other acquisitions, I bought this deck on a bit of a fluke. As I am prone to do, I was checking out the local CraigsList when I came across this machine. It was really a rarity in that I just don't see many reel-to-reel machines for sale in my area. The seller was asking something like $100 and I toyed with the idea of making contact but thought better of it. A week or two later, the price dropped to $75. I still did nothing. While waiting for a friend to show up at a local brewery I killed some time by checking out that ad and saw that the price had dropped to $50. Well, I couldn't let it go to someone else at that price so I made the contact.

The seller got right back to me and after a few exchanges we agreed to meet the following afternoon. The address was in a nice part of town on a street I was quite familiar with. Before heading over there, I looked up the address on Google StreetView and thought I recognized the house. When I drove up a few minutes later and saw the owner mowing the lawn, sure enough, I had been here before. I had coached his daughter in high school cross country and had been over there several times for team dinners. It's a small world here.

He had bought the deck some time ago and thought that his son would be interested in taking it off to college. When that didn't happen he decided to downsize some hi-fi equipment and this, along with some Sansui speakers, were put on the list to go. I checked out the deck and it was in fine working order so we closed the deal and I added it to my collection.

Unfortunately it did not come with the reel hold down clips. I want to use the deck in the upright position so I made two from rubber plumbing plugs. They work quite well.


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Updated November 2020.