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Re: [ARSCLIST] Looking for vintage open reel tape machine
For a truly portable (as opposed to 'transportable') recorder, I
concur with others that the Ampex 601 might be adequate.
A machine to absolutely avoid would be the Ampex PR-10. (A later
version whose model number I cannot recall was manufactured with
'solid-state' electronics.) My experience is that even with a great
deal of care lavished upon it, one could not be made to pull tape
past the heads in a stable fashion.
In my opinion, a Nagra IV represents THE golden age in analog
recording. Through the 1980s, NPR engineers often used them (and
even more frequently their mic preamps) when making studio
Remember how you could link the electronics of a pair to give you
four mic driving two transports? I remember that Minnesota Public
Radio used to do that and record the announcer for concert series on