Why would anyone buy a Nagra (reel-to-reel recorder)

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KrisAK Contributing Member • Posts: 813
Why would anyone buy a Nagra (reel-to-reel recorder)
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Ebay's apparently questionable algorithm just tossed me an ad for a Nagra 4.2. Price: $3800.

Why? I oversaw the budget at a film school for nearly 10 years, and the most we paid for a Nagra 4.x was $1200.

Price-wise, an old Leica I can understand, since film is film, but why the upsell on old audio tech? Beyond nostalgia, it there a genuine tech advantage? I mean, who here even remembers the nightmare of Pilottone? Crystal sync vs AC sync? Not to mention the transition to 59.94.

Just curious, as usual.

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