I just got an Ampex AX-50 reel-to-reel for $25. Neat. It's a 1/4" machine, methinks. I've never owned a reel-to-reel before. I found a bunch of stuff on ampex machines in the forum (not necessarily related) and have been able to find little about them online.
here's a picture of one in the movie Casino
Are these any good? (vague, I know). I read that they were the "home" models and may not be that great overall, but I'm excited to learn how to use it. any advice for what to do to make sure it's running optimally? links to appropriate threads would be cool, too. There are two pages of ampex threads, but most of the stuff relates to larger machines.