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  • Audio Research Tape Electronics

    Just came across this. Early Audio Research. Wonder if they'll consider reintroducing it?

    pic by jdza, on Flickr

  • #2
    what do you know about it? Electronic industries was the name used for Bill Johnon's earliest gear before ARC was founded. This piece looks like its for recording and playback and probably NAB only. Rich Brown modded the phono section of an SP-3 for NAB eq not sure if he posts here but maybe he can shed some light on this piece.
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    • MylesBAstor
      MylesBAstor commented
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      I invited Rich but he hasn't joined.

    • JDZA
      JDZA commented
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      I know no more about it than what Myles posted below.

      The incorporation of a microphone input and 3.75 ips makes one think it is more aimed to the Enthusiast (Fred Thal's word) than the Pro market . On the other hand 15 ips and Bias monitoring (but no adjustment on the front panel ?) may point to Pro. I also wonder what transport/heads it was intended to be used with.

      Looking at the separate L/R recording and monitoring facility ,creative Enthusiasts at the time may have found the seeming lack of sync a little frustrating

      I have little doubt that it was NAB only.

  • #3
    Originally posted by Rob View Post
    what do you know about it? Electronic industries was the name used for Bill Johnon's earliest gear before ARC was founded. This piece looks like its for recording and playback and probably NAB only. Rich Brown modded the phono section of an SP-3 for NAB eq not sure if he posts here but maybe he can shed some light on this piece.
    Not much here.

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    • #4
      It looks cool though. Reminiscent of the Ampex 350s in stereo form.
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      • #5
        I can’t prove it, but my hunch is that this was primarily intended for use with a Crown deck. I believe that Clarence Moore of Crown, Bill Johnson of EI/ARC and Bob Fulton of FMI were all friends. It looks a lot like a vacuum tube replacement for Crown’s own solid-State CX electronics. See pic of my CX unit. The cosmetics, controls and speed choices suggest the CX, as does the rack size and the dual meters. I would love to come across one of these units. This could have been a one-off or one of very, very few.

        BTW, the CX electronics sound very, very good. Alive, smooth and punchy. Better, I dare say, than Studers that use the 5532/5534 opamps everywhere.
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        • #6
          Old thread that I've not seen before today. I did modify an ARC SP-3A1 for tape about 6 years ago. I brought it up to Ki's place and we listened to his completely stock and original Marantz 7 hooked up to his Nagra T-Audio head. The Marantz I remember to be outstanding. I have no recollection of how the modified ARC sounded on tape. The Nagra T head is very suitable for a tube preamp.
          The SP-2 had NAB tape head input.

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