Music to wiretap couples by? Ballfinger’s majestic reel-to-reel might look like the main attraction of Francis Ford Coppola’s conspiracy thriller ‘The Conversation’, but its Nixon-era stylings are altogether more above-board. The result of four years of R&D, it’s the first newly-developed analogue tape recorder this century, and everything has been designed to order, from the brushless DC disk rotor motors to the silent servo drives. The only visible nod to modernity? A precision digital counter that marks elapsed time to hundredths of a second. The reel deal, on every level.