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They just keep coming... not sure why, but I am more and more falling in love with them. So this is the current state of my office desk, with mint Tandberg 11 on its way, together with yet another Uher 4200 Report Monitor.
The infamous Watergate Recorder, the Sony TC-800B (model, used by Nixon to record office conversations) is quietly hiding under the desk, and Sony TC-158 doing its light duty in the basement workshop.
Should I spray them with something, so they would stop multiplying?
This one is work in progress.
I noted that you don't have a 1960s Wollensak in your "portables" photo.
Nor a Stellavox Sp7.
There - no one can say there hasn't been any activity on Tape Trail lately.
I don't think it's shown here, but I'd guess the group on this thread can identify it. I'm honestly curious.
You can watch it here:
Thanks! I was halfway joking when I asked, but I'm a believer now!
Is it a good recorder? I mean, if you're more interested in, say, live music recordings than serial killer interviews, will it get the job done?
Thanks, Victor - much appreciated!
I would just love to be doing live recordings, someone like John Coltrane would work very well for me, thank you! :)
There is little chance I will be able to compare the Sony with other notable portables, all I can say that it feels very smooth, and the dubs I have done using it sounded very good.
I'll look after them for you. ;^)
"... only a very few individuals understand as yet that personal salvation is a contradiction in terms."
When aligned and adjusted optimally, it will be your best performing tape recorder. I owned two of them and I knew that machine inside and out. It's a winner!
I owned one many years ago, and now have that one. It is in perfect condition, with its heads virtually untouched.
I also have two B77's and a PR99. The B77 is little easier to work on, but all of them are so far superior to anything else available at that time, it is almost funny.
Here is a beautiful internal photo of B77 - it doesn't get any prettier than this.
If you appreciate the look of a well laid-out piece of equipment, you might enjoy this youtube video.
One of my favorite YouTube series; 'The Post-Apocalyptic Inventor' includes this episode in which an analog Rohde & Schwarz analog frequency counter is torn down for salvage.
It saddens me that the unit is being torn down; as you can see in the video, its construction is the height of analog design and build quality. However, as the teardown proceeds, one can view the incredible attention to every detail in each aspect of the system and it is truly impressive.
The series, btw, includes a lot of interesting episodes on a variety of topics - lots of electronic and electromechanical enjoyment inside!
I had been inside many units of that era, of course this is one of the most complicated - amazing how they actually made all that mess work! :)
All along I had that funny feeling - the guy with an intention of experimenting with tubes - isn't that a bit like learning to read? :)
Victor I think you need an intervention :)
There must be something wrong with me for not having something wrong.
It does stand to reason that the Watergate deck would be in hiding , right?
Oh, and in seriousness... you need a Stellavox. You know you do.
all the best,
...do tickle my fancy, but they priced themselves out. $5-6K for a clean one, just to sit on the shelf... not this week. :)
Fortunately, there is plenty of nice smaller fish for a collector.
I've been impressed by the Stellavoxes I've seen and heard, though.
all the best,
...you can get great sound with machines far less expensive that the Stellavox or Nagra. Their main plus is their portability and undeniable physical beauty.
Otherwise, a nice drive - something of the kind of Studer 810 or Tascam BR20 - coupled with a good all-tube head preamp will deliver better overall result.
As far as collectible Nagras, I like the idea of model III - it is the first "true" Nagra, with all the right features and looks, and since it is a mono, it is usually reasonably priced.
Holy cow Victor,
I thought I had the worst case of open reel disease, but you may have outdone me.....:-)
In my case this is the third bout. :( The first one was in Russia, where I dreamed, designed and built R2R's... Then, after coming here, I was able to afford some nice machines, until realizing there was no good material available for them.
And now... with all the good pre-recorded tapes available it just behooves one to get sick again. :)
BTW, my new Tandberg 11 just arrived, and I am already enjoying it!
Your growing collection of portables put me to mind of both Frank Zappa and of my son. The latter is a big, big fan of the former and a big, big fan of photography (particularly using film) and of fine old cameras and optics -- and a mathematics professor on the side :)
He can somehow bring all of those into focus -- the photo from his 'maths prof' website put me to mind of your collection (or maybe vice versa ).
At any rate, you've given me an excuse to post this photo -- and to brag a bit about my son, of whom I (we... Mrs. H and I both) are most proud :)
Thanks for your indulgence.
all the best,
You have good reason to be proud!
Am I correct, that the middle photo is reversed? Nice little portable, there is some family resemblance with my Watergate machine - pictured.
If anyone could name that model in Zappa's picture, I will be on a lookout for it. It is so much easier to move these portables around, compared to 80lb machines. :)
I do know it is a Sony; I think the hive mind that is the internet has sussed it out.
all the best,
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