I know he has some reel to reel tapes that he can't digitize since he no longer owns a reel to reel deck. However I do - so I've been asking him to send me the tapes this winter for me to work on.
That's unfortunate because the HiFi 914 tape is one of my favorites and I know that it was recorded on open reel. I hope we can hear those some time soon.
I don't think that many people are interested in reel to reel these days. I saved an Akai deck from the trash and I haven't found a home for it. It has a problem that a reliable source told me was a simple fix. Soon it will be sitting on the shelf at Goodwill instead of the shelf in my basement.
My understanding is they're still reasonably popular for studio use; a lot of bands or mix engineers will prefer to print material to tape out of preference. Depending on how big music is where you are, you can probably find someone who wants to care for it.
This could all change sometime soon, though. There've been a lot of plugins coming out designed to emulate the sonic characteristics of tape.