Mara Machines have been completely restored, aligned and adjusted to meet the exacting needs of any engineer. If you want to cut to tape, you’ve got four tracks to play with, if you want to warm up some in-the-box tracks and have been longing for some analog lovin’, then this will certainly fit the bill. The Mara Machines MCI JH110 1/2" Four Track series has separate adjustments for all speeds so you can align it for 7.5, 15 or 30 IPS and toggle between all three speeds in order to compare the difference before committing. It’s also great for printing in-the-box mixes as well, and it will be aligned to have slightly different frequency response between tracks 1&2 and 3&4 to give you a couple of options as you print mixes.
- Totally restored
- Relapped Heads with head report (New Reproduce Head)
- Comes aligned for ATR Tape at 15 & 30 IPS
- Repainted deck
- Wide-track format
- Support for first-time tape machine owners
- Six-month parts warranty - 90 day labor
- XLR I/O
The Restoration Process
"We achieve the same level of restoration for each machine by tearing the machines completely down to the frame, and re-assemble as each Molex connectors and other stress points are resoldered. This takes place in the power supply, transport and audio boards. Roughly 500 solder points and 80 IC chips are reworked, re-soldered or cleaned... and that’s on the two track machines. The total number of solder points and connectors multiplies quickly as tracks are added.
All of this happens before the machine is even turned on. Everything is resoldered to help insure that future problems are headed off at the pass.
After that, every transport adjustment is made - lifters, brakes, tensions, etc., then on to the audio. All audio channels are aligned at all speeds. Certain capacitors get replaced, like the capacitor that controls the accuracy of the counter. We recap certain capacitors on the audio cards We strive to have a complete restoration, yet meet an affordable price point.
After all of that we burn them in and stress test each machine by running through multiple alignments so no other issues pop up before they go out the door. If there should be an issue, every machine comes with a six month warranty and our techs can help via Skype.
The beauty about the MCI decks is that they are very, very modular. Each channel is broken up into separate cards to handle the different tasks of the channel. If a problem is to occur, we can diagnose it together by swapping cards and the problematic card can be shipped to me for repair or replacement. The same goes for the transport and power supply. Many parts are compatible between the JH110 and JH24 series making learning and maintaining these machines very easy and user friendly, even for people new to tape machines!"
-Chris Mara | Mara Machines
Stock Photo used - Actual item will be in similar condition
Please note: These are authentic vintage tape machines which are tediously restored on a 'per order' basis. Raw machines may not always be available for restoration, so please contact us today for availability and lead time.