How about something like this?
Thanks for the advice yogiboy & lowrider57,i think i will try the schiit,it looks like I should be able to control the input level at least with this.I have been collecting reel to reels for over 45 years,this & one other Teac are the only ones that come like this,i guess it was made to be used in studios or with mixer.This was the first model 44 & then came the 44-OB which had balanced inputs & oututs + RCA jacks. It also had adjustable inputs & outputs.I also have one of these in my collection.
Right, the 44-OB. @dogsonka , is the original 44 a RCA only deck?
I worked in studios and with a mixer you could record to channels 3 & 4, then bounce those tracks over to 1 & 2 for a stereo mixdown. And then keep repeating the process.
Music was recorded that way for many many years.
Good luck with it. I'm envious of you having a 44-OB.