Unusual/Unique Recording Items - page 2
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This is a list of our vintage open reel, analog reel to reel tape recording collection for Unusual/Unique Reel Tape Recording Items As time permits we'll be building links to more pictures, a bit of history about our items, catalog listings and some recent pricing information. PLEASE NOTE: None of the Phantom Vintage Museum pieces are for sale.
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Interesting listing from other sources
These are pictures from sale listings and other sources and not from analog tape recorders in our collection, nor that we have owned. We greatly appreciate the folks who have sent us these pics. Please let us know if you have pictures that would add to this collection of photos.
Please note none of these items are in our collection, nor are they for sale on our site!
Studer at Austin City Limits • AES meeting at ACL • Martin at Abbey Road Studios
3M Professional Recorder 2 track
3M M23 3 Track
3M 8 track
1971 Phil Spector In John Lennon's studio working on the Imagine Album
3M 16 Track
3M 24 track '79
AEG B2 Magnetophon
AEG Magnetophon FT4 David Winter - Paris
The FT4 is an improved FT3 machine. It is operated by the remote controls. Manual operation is also possible, but limited to fast forward/rewind and stop. The switch on the right of the transport selects the manual or remote operation. Unlike the FT3, the FT4 does not have a built-in speaker: it is external like the K1/K2 series, but the amplifier is built in the machine. The amplifier uses three tubes: AZ1, AF7 and AL4. The restoration of the amplifier is somewhat difficult because it uses several capacitor blocks which must be removed and emptied to place new capacitors inside.
As can be seen on picture 4, the capstan is smaller than the K series. As a matter of fact, the FT machines were used to record long speeches, so the tape duration was increased to a little bit more than one hour by a reduced speed of 25cm/s. Therefore, the motor speed was reduced to 680rpm and the capstan diameter was reduced to 7mm in diameter.
The rotary head assembly is same as the K1/K2 machines: either the playback head is selected and touches the tape, or the erase (DC bias) and record heads are selected. This is done by an electromagnet which triggers the assembly.
The gauge on the left allows checking the amount of remaining tape. A very light lever touches the left reel with very low pressure to avoid damage, which is almost impossible here considering the low speed. However, a higher speed like 76cm/s would have increased the friction with the tape, and therefore, eventually caused minor damage like microscopic scratches, although the sound would not have been altered by this.
AEG FT4 1939
Akai GX-400D & Akai GX-400D-SS
Ampex MM1000 2" 16 track
Ampex custom control on 601
Ampex APR 5000
Ampex AG-440 b & c
Awia NHK M-17 ribbon mics
1940's Japanese Broadcast Ribbons (NHK is like BBC or CBC)
These are true multipattern, with band pass adjustment on the bottom,
just like the RCA they were modeled after.
SONICALLY, they are perfectly matched.
Crown 701 see also the Crown 3M in our collection
Crown CX-744 see also the Crown SS 700 in our collection
1957 EMI L2B Portable
Magnasync/Movieola see also the Magnasync Nomad in our collection
Nagra NTA 3 TCR
Nagra E Full Track
Otari 4 track
Phillips Pro 12
Pioneer RTU-11 - RT-2044
ReVox C 278
Roberts in Console
Russian ReVox Olimp MPK-005S
Sony PT-5A (EM-3)
Teac rack 7030
Technics RS 1500 with case see also the RS-1700 in our collection
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