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In Reply to: RE: Viking anyone? posted by Awe-d-o-file on May 26, 2016 at 18:34:01
Viking! Holy camoly, there's a name I had nearly forgotten!
Per my memory of the consumer decks (which most of them were), they used "felt like" pressure pads to push the tape up against the heads when playing/recording. Non starter today.
Did make an impressive looking large reel, 15ips, rack mounted "pro deck" that I saw in a high school AV setup.
The use of pressure pads would qualify the Viking as a good choice for playing 4-track tapes with ripple.
My college had a Viking 88 in every library listening room. The playback head was physically switchable to play 2- or 4-track tapes. They sounded great. The console in which they were mounted had an H. H. Scott amp, a manual Garrard turntable with that miserable GE stereo cartridge, and unidentified speakers.
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