Our location in Huber Heights Ohio. Reel-to-reel to CD Transfer aka Curtis Media Transfer

Reel-to-Reel Tape Transferred to CD
 2016 Pricing

Questions? Call us at 1-800 - 617-TAPE (8273)

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25% Sale!
Until September 30th save 25% off  reel-to-reel transfers. (Sale cannot be combined with any other discounts).

Reel-to-Reel to CD 

3" reel-to-reel to CD* $25   $19
4" reel-to-reel to CD* $30   $22
5" reel-to-reel to CD* $35   $26
7"  reel-to-reel to CD* $40   $30
10.5" reel-to-reel to CD* $50   $38

*Return shipping is $11.00

One output option is included in the price above. A second is $7.00 per tape.

Reel-to-Reel to data is audio transferred to MP3 file (128 kbps default) or WAV (lossless). Price is same as above or $7.00 extra per tape  if it is a second output option. Data can be delivered  on CD or DVD as data, flash drive or external hard drive.

Preview Samples are small MP3 files we email to you so you can hear content and decide whether or not to transfer. Limit 5 tapes per order. Select option on order form.

Special editing is when you request to have tapes combined, changes in content to be made or specific content to be removed etc (Removal of silence and dead-space plus other normal editing is already included in price). Add $10.00 per tape involved. Include instructions on a separate sheet of paper shipped along with tapes. Be sure to number tapes to help with instructions.

Tape Baking (free) is a process to fix tapes that have "sticky shed syndrome" This syndrome will only be an issue if your tapes are from the late 70's through the 80's and are high-end tapes, normally used in studios or radio stations. (Home recordings do not usually have sticky shed). Often they are recorded 2 track or "1/2 track" (head configuration). The brand Ampex is the most common tapes to have sticky shed. We do not charge for tape baking.



Output Options  

Audio CD

Data CD / DVD

Flash Drive

External Hard Drive

Internet Download

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Contact Us

Phone 1-800-617-8273 
Email Info@curtismediatransfer.com

Mailing Address:

Curtis Media Transfer 
7089 Taylorsville Rd. Suite A
Huber Heights Ohio 45424

  • Hours: 
    Monday - Thursday - 10am - 6pm 
    Friday 10am - 5pm
    Saturday 11am - 1:00pm


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Frequently Ask Questions

  1. What kind of reel-to-reels do you transfer?
    All quarter-inch reel-to-reel tape recorded mono, stereo, half-track, 2 track, and four track mono.

  2. Will I be charged if my tape is blank?
    No. If you want the tape back there will be a return shipping fee of $11.00

  3. I don't know what is on my tapes, so I don't know if I want them 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.

  4. How many tapes fit onto 1 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. 

  5. What is "Sticky Shed" and could my tapes have it?
    Sticky Shed Syndrome is a condition higher quality tapes from the  late 70's and 80's can have. Usually, if your reel-to-reel tapes were not recorded in a professional studio, you don't have to worry about sticky shed. If they were, and if they do have Sticky Shed, we will bake your tapes at no cost to you.  After the baking process the tapes will be as good as new. (for 30 days or so). If you think your tape might have sticky shed, do not try to play them! Playing tapes with Sticky Shed without baking them will ruin them. Tapes by the brand Ampex commonly have Sticky Shed. Tapes originating from a studio or radio station commonly have sticky shed.

  6. Do you sell reel-to-reel decks?
    No. You can try A-V Specialist. They also repair decks.

  7. Will my finished CD have track markers?
    Yes. Track placement is determined by the technician who edits your audio. NOTE > If you  have classical music or opera transferred your track markers may not be correct. We do not charge for nor guarantee track placement. Just audio transfer quality. When playing your CD from start to finish you will not know where tracks are. (No space or gap between tracks.) If we get it wrong, don't hesitate to give us a call. We stand by our work.

  8. How much audio can a reel-to-reel hold?
    That is not so easy to answer. Reel-to-reel tape decks did not have just one speed  like cassettes. They played from 1-3/8 inches per second, 3/34 inches per second 7 1/2 inches per second and more. Then, if that's not enough, there was many different sized reels. From 3" to 10.5". Each holding more tape. But wait, one more thing, thickness of tape. Some companies made very very thin reel-to-reel tape and bragged about how much more for your money you could get. And some made thicker tape and bragged about quality. Oh but wait, there was many different ways a tape could have been recorded: Mono, stereo or four track mono or a combination of stereo and four track mono. See, tapes have sides. Side 1 and Side 2.  Then they have tracks. Left and Right Side 1 and Left and Right Side 2. A person could have recorded on left and right together for stereo recordings, or use left and right separately for 4 track mono. So to sum this up, it is really impossible to predict how much audio is on your reel-to-reel tapes. That is why we charge by the reel. Weather your tape takes 6 CDs or 1 to hold all of the audio it is going to be the same price. No surprises.

  9. Do you offer a bulk discount?
    Yes, 10% after15 tapes. 15% after 25 tapes.

  10. How 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: 10 days. If you have many tapes it could take longer.



Privacy Policy

Any information collected in the process of transferring audio at this site,
www.reel2reel2cd.com or www.curtismediatransfer.com
 is strictly confidential.

Any personal information collected is used strictly for communicating and shipping purposes associated with the transaction at hand. Email, names and/or address are never shared with third parties and will not be used again after orders are completed and shipped.

Audio in full or part obtained for the purposes of transfer are also held as confidential and never sold or played for anyone but the person or persons ordering the transfer. All digital copies made in the process of transfer are destroyed after 30 days. Credit card information is destroyed immediately after transaction.

If you still have questions concerning your privacy and Curtis Media Transfer please email us at info@curtismediatransfer.com  or call us toll free at 1-800-617-8273

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Copyright 2016 Curtis Media Transfer LLC

Reel 2 Reel 2 CD Transfer

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. OurReel to Reel Tapes 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 2 weeks. And thanks to 100 year archive technology, generations to come will still be hearing their ancestors voices as well.

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Read some testimonials here.

Call us at 1-800-617-8273 if you have any questions. You can also chat with us live by using the app at the top right of your screen.

Why Choose Us?

  • Easy Pricing

  • 14 day or less turn-around

  • No charge for splicing or repairing your tapes

  • Free samples (optional) of up to 5 of your tapes

  • No extra or hidden cost

  • Over 17 years experience with reel-to-reel transfers

  • All of our work is 100% guaranteed

  • Hiss & noise reduction included

  • 15% off for all U.S. Veterans & active duty

  • Free tape baking if needed

  • Archive quality (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, call for details

  • Photos and text of your choosing printed directly to your CDs ($10.00 set-up for photos)

  • Copies for friends and family just $8.00 each

  • Track separation included

  • International orders welcome

  • Data on flash drives available

  • No minimum order

  • Call us toll free at 1-800-617-8273


Determining What You Have

Reel to reel tape (or open reel tape) came in many shapes & sizes. The How to measure a reel to reel tapemost 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. We transfer all 1/4"  reel-to-reel tape to CD or flash drive.

 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. Our pricing 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.A Typical Reel to Reel Deck. Reel to reel to cd transfer









Determining The Cost

When viewing our pricing please keep in mind that it is all-inclusive. For example a 7 inch reel is $40.00 to transfer. If your tape is longer than 80 minutes (all that a CD can hold) and requires, for example, 3 CDs, you will get a set of 3 CDs but your price of $40 will not change. That also includes tape baking, track marking, splicing, repairing, hiss hum and noise reduction, data CD instead of audio CD, downloading  your tapes instead of CD and more. Taken note: Only one output choice comes with price of transfer. Additional outputs are $7.00 each tape).

Return shipping is a flat $11.00.

Questions? Call us at 1-800 - 617-TAPE (8273)

reel-to-reel to cd transfer
We use only 100 year archival, professional grade CD & DVD media.

 Duplicate CD's for family & friends.

If you would like to get extra CD's to share with friends and family they are only $8.00 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.

Preview Samples

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 Man smoke'n a pipe listening to a vintage reel to reel.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 website". Of course this is totally optional. 

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Shipping 101

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.

  • Do not 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. 
  • Do not 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.
  • Do not 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.



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Curtis Media Transfer
7089 Suite A Taylorsville
Huber Heights OH 45424

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Classic reel to reel deck



Tape to data conversion chart  for estimating flash drive size. (File type: MP3 @ 128 kbps) 1000 MB equal 1 Gig. Common flash drive size is 4, 8, 16 & 32 GB)

150 FT 300 FT 600 FT 900 FT 1200 FT 1800 FT 2400 FT 3600 FT Curtis Media
1 7/8 IPS 30 min 25 MB 1 hr 50 MB 2 hrs 100 MB 3 hrs 150 MB 4 hrs 200 MB 6 hrs 300 MB 8 hrs 400 MB 12 hrs 600 MB
3 3/4 IPS
15 min 15 MB 30 min 25 MB 60 min 50 MB 1 1/2 hrs 175 MB 2 hrs 100 MB 3 hrs 150 MB 4 hrs 200 MB 6 hrs 300 MB
7 1/2 IPS 7 1/2 min 5 MB 15 min 15 MB 30 min 25 MB 45 min 35 MB 1 hr 50 MB 1 1/2 hrs 175 MB 2 hrs 100 MB 3 hrs 150 MB


Tape to data conversion chart  for estimating flash drive size. (File type:  Uncompressed WAV. 1000 MB equal 1 Gig. Common flash drive size is 4, 8, 16 & 32 GB)

150 FT 300 FT 600 FT 900 FT 1200 FT 1800 FT 2400 FT 3600 FT Curtis Media
1 7/8 IPS 30 min 250 MB 1 hr 500 MB 2 hrs 1 GB 3 hrs 1.5 GB 4 hrs 2 GB 6 hrs 3 GB 8 hrs 4 GB 12 hrs 6 GB
3 3/4 IPS
15 min 125 MB 30 min 250 MB  60 min 500 MB 1 1/2 hrs 750 MB 2 hrs 1GB 3 hrs 1.5 GB 4 hrs 2 GB 6 hrs 3 GB
7 1/2 IPS 7 1/2 min 60 MB 15 min 125 MB 30 min 250 MB 45 min 375 MB 1 hr 500 MB 1 1/2 hrs 750 MB 2 hrs 1 GB 3 hrs 1.5 GB