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How do play both sides if what looks like a reel to reel tape that has a side 1 and side 2 ? My Akai 1722II does not have auto reverse . Thanks

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You take the spools off and put the right spool on the left and the left on the right.

The link also explains, but i started on reel to reel in the late 60s. :>)

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Good video here

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