Ampex Type A Format. 1" tape, 1 head, alpha wrap. Manufactured by Ampex
of Elk Grove Village, Illinois in the late 1960s. High / Low band operation
with color capability in the high band mode.
is heavy! On the scale, it weighed 103 pounds! (49 Kilos!) It is 29" wide,
18" deep, and 15" high.
playback, an external playback adapter was required. This color adapter
is shown in the last photo. The Ampex part number of the color adapter
is: 7017-924. This adapter was used to stabilize the color signal during
playback. No adapter is required for color recording. The color adapter
uses a "pilot tone" that is derived from the original color signal. The
pilot tone is then used to subtract the timing errors from the color signal
|Starting in the second photo,
moving left to right, the various controls are as follows: Low Band / High
Band select. Audio Input select. Audio and video record level pots. Audio
and video record level meters. Audio playback level and Video tracking
pots. (third photo) Across the top, tape mode selector, threading gate
open and close selector, and tape counter. Bottom, record button, audio
and video record enable selectors. Main Off/On switch.
powers up, but has no mechanical action. I have not looked yet, but the
belts are probably turned to tar. Stay tuned!
WANTED: Service manuals, operators manuals, advertisements,
magazine articles, belts, idler wheels, and tape(s) for this machine. Contact
me if you have any of these items available. Let's haggle!