На многих фотографиях 70-80 годов на сцене около Ричи Блэкмора можно нередко заметить катушечную деку. Для чего она использовалась Блэкмором?

Ritchie Blackmore
("Guitar Player", December 1997)

       "...It's my preamp, which is an old souped-up Aiwa reel-to-reel tape recorder that I originally used as a tape delay. It has an input and an output stage, so I plugged into it and noticed that it gave me a fatter sound - about a 3-watt boost. I used it from that day on. If I don't use it, the sound is too shrill. It seems to calm the sound down and give it more midrange. I just thought it was a normal tape deck, but now it's become this little soul on the side of the stage. It's like my little friend."