We keep spare parts around so you don't have to. Once you're a Mara Machines owner, you'll have access to a lifetime of tech support to ensure your machines are always up to speed. We're available for consultations and video calls to help guide you through any issues you may have.
10 YEARS OF
We've got a deep client list including artists like Pete Townshend and Donald Glover, engineers like Ryan Freeland (Ray LaMontagne, Bonnie Raitt), Eric Heigle (Arcade Fire), and Greg Kurstin (Adele, Beck), to colleges and universities - all around the world!
SUMMER NAMM 18: MaraTapeCal FEATURED ON SOUND ON SOUND
"Mara Machines founder Chris Mara has been restoring MCI tape machines for years. Now, he’s dragging them into the 21st century with a few nifty updates. The first is an iOS app that walks you through the calibration of a tape machine. He’s also unveiled a couple of interesting new retrofit options for Mara Machine tape systems: a wireless remote control and an API-style output stage."
DOWNLOAD OUR NEW APP
Use MaraTapeCal to align your tape machine just like our in-house techs - but without confusing equipment, diagrams or second guesses! The app is designed with Mara Machines owners in mind, but geared for any tape machine make or model! Simply answer questions regarding your tape formulation, speed, MRL, and reference levels, then our app will walk you through all the necessary steps!
MARA MACHINES ON NPR
A Niche In Nashville’s Evolving Music Industry — Reel-To-Reel Repair
"Fundamentally, I think there’s a lot of magic in there," [Chris Mara] says. "It’s really fun to take a machine that wasn’t doing anything, and restore it, and sell it to somebody, and they’re making music with it, and it’s part of their new experience."
WHAT OUR CLIENTS ARE SAYING
"Chris Mara has single-handedly revived the reputation of the great Jeep Harned's American MCI JH series of tape machines. These have survived in large enough numbers to make a business out of their restoration and the Mara rebuilt machines are top quality, great sounding, easy to keep lined up, and smooth running. We have all been pleasantly surprised that the MCI gear they are based on has lasted so well. They were so much better built than anything made today."
- Pete Townshend - The Who
"My Mara Machine MCI JH-110 1/4” is as sonically beautiful to listen to as it is aesthetically attractive to look at. Aimee Mann’s Mental Illness was mixed through my Mara Machine and won me my fifth Grammy. It subtly helped glue the final mix together and added some magical fairy dust. With it’s unassuming charm and stalwart support my Mara Machine adds the sort of sonic love I’d rather not mix without."
- Ryan Freeland - Engineer - Los Angeles, CA
"My preferred method of working is to record basic tracks to my Mara MCI JH 110 1" 8 track then transfer to Protools for overdubs. For mixdown is use my Mara MCI JH 110 1/2" 2 track. With that combination you can't go wrong. Solid machine and a solid support team!"