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seth

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Apr 19 17 7:36 AM

Wow, I didn't realize how big that console is. What an exciting project! I think Brad is correct, that could be a great lure for jazz musicians if combined with a really good grand piano and a great room.

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silvertone

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Apr 19 17 12:01 PM

She is five foot long, two feet deep, two feet high.

Room to add the 2 band passive EQ's I want for each channel plus an extra send and return... or three.

I'm also having Ken add switching for mic or line (right now you have to physically strap (solder) each module for use as only mic or line. Then you have to strap your gain 30dB, 40dB or 46dB. I want everything switchable at the console.

Also I need to have switchable pads installed at the inputs. Strapped at 30, I still need to pad my drum mic's down by another -10 to -15. These old tube gals have some gain! They want ribbon mic's fed into them.

Last is all the wiring is going to a new panel made up of XLR and quarter inch jacks eliminating the long wire runs and making her more flexible.

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waltzingbear

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Apr 19 17 12:59 PM

what? you don't want to use the christmas tree to terminate everything??!!

How many people here even know what a cristmas tree is?? hold up your hands.
http://www.engineeringradio.us/blog/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/christmas-tree-wire-termination.jpg

cheers
Alan

who has worked on too many christmas trees, including ones in old Quad Eights, RCA, MCI, and Collins.

Alan Garren
Waltzing Bear Audio

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Apr 19 17 10:10 PM

I do, I do, my Electrodyne had one (that one stood up like a real Christmas tree :  )  My Quad Eight  Pacifica had one as well.

This old Langevin doesn't have one... but I don't mind. Ha ha.

God bless you guys that work on them there x-mas trees. 

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May 4 17 8:21 AM

So Mark Wilder and I have been communicating back and forth about the Presto as I wanted to find out some actual history. Thanks to Dominick Costanza for showing Mark the pictures of the Presto in my room. Here's the good news...

"Hi Larry,

It’s nice to hear from you.

The picture that Dom shared with me was great. It looks like a nice match.

As for your questions:

01. Where? I got it from the grandson of the original owner. It’s a long story and I’m sure it’s faded over the years, but the owner was a musician, composer in NYC/NJ. He had a partner who was an engineer at NBC and recorded the radio orchestra. The musician wrote some very famous jingles in the 60’s, which I remember clearly. The two put together a production company and he ran out and bought the Presto. When he told his partner he said, No way, we’re only using Ampex and he ran out and bought an Ampex. The Presto basically had zero hours on it when I got it. It sat in a basement from purchase until his death. The daughter wanted it out of the house and the grandson found me through a mutual friend/engineer. BTW, I was told that the cabinet is custom from plans that were purchased from Presto.

02. Never rebuilt. I think I just vacuumed out the cabinet. It did have a cover from what I remember.

03. Never recorded on it. Almost did. I was flagged to do a jazz record and they wanted the very old vibe on it. Cassandra Wilson and Jackie Terrasson. Things fell apart, Jim Anderson recorded and I mastered. I think I tried to set it up for record, but never really printed anything but tone."

So there you have it. The only hours on the deck were to do the Columbia 30th street transfers... sweet. These heads should outlast me. In fact, I'm restoring it so all of it outlasts me.

Hard to believe the guy wouldn't use the Presto, it is built better than the equivalent Ampex 300-3 IMHO. Two engineers who left Presto after Bogen shut down the division in the mid 60's went on to Scully and redesigned their transports. It's why the Scully transports are so nice.

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seth

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May 4 17 8:50 AM

silvertone wrote:

...I got it from the grandson of the original owner. It’s a long story and I’m sure it’s faded over the years, but the owner was a musician, composer in NYC/NJ. He had a partner who was an engineer at NBC and recorded the radio orchestra. The musician wrote some very famous jingles in the 60’s, which I remember clearly. The two put together a production company....

 

Larry, do you know the name of that guy? I worked for some of them when I first moved to New York in the 70's.
Hard to believe the guy wouldn't use the Presto

Hard to believe that someone in the recording business was superstitious about a brand of gear? :-)

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May 4 17 11:09 AM

seth wrote:

silvertone wrote:

...I got it from the grandson of the original owner. It’s a long story and I’m sure it’s faded over the years, but the owner was a musician, composer in NYC/NJ. He had a partner who was an engineer at NBC and recorded the radio orchestra. The musician wrote some very famous jingles in the 60’s, which I remember clearly. The two put together a production company....


 

Larry, do you know the name of that guy? I worked for some of them when I first moved to New York in the 70's.
Hard to believe the guy wouldn't use the Presto

Hard to believe that someone in the recording business was superstitious about a brand of gear? :-)

Hi Seth, Tony Gottuso, lived on Glennwood Road in Tenafly, NJ.  

Not sure of the name of his writing partner from NBC but I'll ask Mark if he knows. 

I've never seen a 57 year old recording deck this clean,  I'm glad they were superstitious. Ha ha

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May 5 17 5:21 AM

morespaceecho wrote:

silvertone wrote:
 The only hours on the deck were to do the Columbia 30th street transfers.



 


this is incredible. as if the thing wasn't special enough already!

Thanks man.  Check out how clean she is. Even the cabling is like brand new... I have to check and see what tubes are in her as they are original as well... 

 
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May 5 17 8:41 AM

It's great to see something like this wind up in the hands of a person who a) knows what it is, b) will appreciate it, c) will take care of it, d) will do all of the above while USING it. Cheers!

brad allen williams

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silvertone

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May 6 17 10:23 PM

Thanks guys, yep I agree Chance, NOS is the best way to describe this piece.

I'm going to try and honor this equipment. A friend who found out I got this was so glad for me as well. He said, you know I've always liked that your a traditionalist. It kind of took me off guard when he said that but he was right. I like to honor tradition, I think it's important to honor tradition.

I'm still amazed Bob sold it to me. He really didn't have to. That said he has a sweet ATR104 with switchable 3 and 4 track head stacks... at the push of a button. So cool. He also has an ATR102 with both the stock and the Aria electronics... so he really has the best tape decks for mastering and reissue work covered.

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