Not Sure What's On Your Tapes?
Curtis Media Transfer
Monday - Thursday - 10am - 6pm
Frequently Ask Questions
kind of reel-to-reels do you transfer?
All quarter-inch reel-to-reel tape recorded at any speed. We transfer all head configurations including mono, stereo, half-track, 2 track, or four track mono.
I be charged if my tape is blank?
No. If you want the tape back there will be a return shipping fee of $9.95
I don't know what is on my tape, so I
don't know if I want it
transferred. What can you do to help?
With our free preview service we can email you short samples taken from your tapes. If you decide not to have your tapes transferred after hearing the samples there is no charge at all other than having your tapes returned to you. And that is optional.
many tapes fit onto one CD?
First, a CD can hold 80 minutes of audio. So as long as a reel-to-reel tape is under 80 minutes it will fit on one CD. In many cases, a reel-to-reel tape is longer than 80 minutes. This depends on the size of the reel, how much tape is on the reel, the speed the tape was recorded at, the thickness of the tape, and, how the reel-to-reel tape was recorded. (Mono, stereo, 4 track mono, both directions .) These factors all play into the over all length and quality of your tapes final transfer. Of course you do have the option of having your reel-to-reel tapes transferred to flash drive or external hard drive.
my finished CD have track
Yes. Track placement is determined by the technician who edits your audio.
you offer a bulk discount?
Yes, 10% after15 tapes. 15% after 25 tapes.
long does it take?
A: First I would like to say we are always willing to work with your deadline. So if you have a special need please call us and let us know and we will work with you. We enjoy helping people make an occasion special for a loved one. Now the standard answer: 14 days. If you have many tapes it could take longer.
Why Choose Us?
Easy Pricing .
14 day or less turn-around .
No charge for splicing or repairing your tapes .
Free samples (optional) of your tapes (up to 5 per order).
There is no extra or hidden cost .
Over 15 years experience with reel-to-reel transfers .
All of our work is 100% guaranteed .
Hiss & noise reduction included .
All U.S. Veterans & active get 15% off .
Free tape baking if needed .
Long lasting (100 years) Taiyo Yuden CDs .
High quality transfers using pro quality equipment .
30 day back-up for safety & re-orders of your reel-to-reels .
Bulk discounts available.
Photos and text of your choosing printed directly to your CDs ($10.00 set-up for photos) .
Copies for friends and family just $7.00 each.
Track separation included .
If a reel is not full of tape we price according to amount of tape.
International orders welcome.
Data on flash drives available.
No minimum order.
Call us toll free at 1-800-617-8273.
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Two weeks only
30% off regular price
Cannot combine with any other discount.
Sale runs from 1/29/16 thru 2/14/16.
Sale applies to reel-to-reel tape transfers only and does not apply to duplicate CDs, or any other service or product we offer.
Reel-to-Reel to CD
3" reel-to-reel to CD*
4" reel-to-reel to CD*
5" reel-to-reel to CD*
7" reel-to-reel to CD*
10.5" reel-to-reel to CD*
*Return shipping is $9.95
Current turnaround : 2 to 2 1/2 weeks (Our hands to yours)
Reel 2 Reel 2 CD specializes in transferring Reel-to-Reel to CD or MP3 files. We make it possible for our clients to hear and preserve audio recordings that were made 40, 50 even 60 years ago. Our experience and expertise in this field enables us to handle each and every transfer with ease and confidence with no surprises. Any speed, any head configuration; if it was recorded on quarter-inch magnetic tape, you and your family will be listening to it in about a week. And thanks to 100 year archive technology, generations to come will still be hearing their ancestors voices as well.
Call us at 1-800-617-8273 if you have any questions.
Determining What You Have
Reel to reel tape (or open reel tape) came in many shapes & sizes. The most common to the average consumer was 1/4" tape. Reel-to-reel tape also came in other sizes but was reserved mostly for the professional recording market. To determine what you have, simply measure the tape, the actual tape not the reel. It should measure 1 quarter of an inch in width. (Not thickness). We transfer all 1/4" reel-to-reel tape to CD.
The Reel Size
Next, reel-to-reel tape came on many different sizes of reels. Most common among these are 3 inch, 5 inch and 7 inch. Larger 10 1/2 inch reels were also made but not as common to the home user. Recording studio demo tapes and radio/ television programs more commonly used these sizes. Here at Curtis Media Transfer we transfer all reel sizes. To determine what size reel you have, lay it down on a table and measure across the surface of the reel as close to the middle as possible, as if you are measuring a plate. Your measurement may not be exactly the measurements above but it will be very close to one of them. (See photo) Pricing here at Curtis Media Transfer is based primarily on reel size. Reel-to-reel tapes that are not full of tape are priced by how much tape, not how big the reel is.
We use only 100 year archival, professional grade CD & DVD media.
CD's for family & friends.
If you would like to get extra CD's to share with friends and family they are only $7.00 each. Also, if you want to make the copies yourself go ahead, we do nothing to your CDs to prevent you from making your own copies.
Choose this option on your order form and we will email you a short 3-5 minutes sample of your tapes. (5 tapes per order). Please describe what you are looking for and our techs will try to send samples of that content.
To receive preview samples you must:
Have an email address
Be able to receive MP3 files as attachments
Be able to listen to sound on your PC/Mac or device.
Is There Anybody Out There?
Once you have decided what you have, and decided you would like to have it transferred to CD, go ahead and fill out the order form. If you have any questions or concerns give us a call at 1-800-617-8273.
Even if you don't have any
questions calling may help you feel better about sending your tapes off to "some
course this is totally optional.
Now for shipping. First we want you to know right up front that no reel-to-reel tapes have ever been lost in transit to us or from us. Also, after we digitize your reel-to-reels for the first time we keep a digital copy of your reels on hard drives here for 30 days. This means if something was to happen on the return trip or you needed additional copies, we could simply pull up our back-up files and remake the CDs.
Also, when you fill out your order form we receive an electronic copy right away in our email. So we know who is sending what. If something doesn't arrive in a timely manner we investigate.
Safe Shipping Tips: We understand sending your irreplaceable reel-to-reel tapes to us for transfer can be a scary task. With a few steps of caution your reel-to-reel tapes can arrive just as safely as driving them across town. In over 16 years of doing mail order business we have never had a clients reel-to-reel tapes lost or damaged in the mail. The purpose of this information is to share with you what we have learned over the years. These are not just our opinions.
use envelopes of any kind to ship your reel-to-reel
tapes. They are prone to rip open during delivery. This includes the
Priority envelopes the post office gives out. It seems like the logical
choice for just one reel-to-reel or small reel-to-reels but please
refrain. The post office will give you free boxes when shipping
Priority mail, use them.
use "Media Mail". "Media Mail" is third class mail
the post office uses for shipping books, tapes and other forms of
media. Your reel-to-reel tapes would qualify for this type of
transportation but we do not recommend you use it. Considering what you
are mailing, this is no time to pinch a penny.
forget your Return address. Please make sure you
have supplied a legible return address on the outside of the box. You
should also have our order form on the inside of the box with your
contact information. It is important to have an address on the inside
and the outside of the box. If something was to happen to the box that
left the outside label unreadable, the shipper will open the box and
look for a shipping address inside. It is very common for clients to
forget to include their info inside the box ,so please, don't forget your's.
Use Priority Mail. We highly recommend the Priority Mail service offered by your local post office. They will even supply you with a free box. This is a great way to ship your tapes. In most cases your tapes will arrive to us in 2 days. The less time your tapes have to travel the better.