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Brand: Ampex

Model:ATR-800 4 track

Category:Mid High Fidelity


Electronics:Solid State

Equalization:NAB , IEC

Country of Manufacture:USA

Release dates:1975 - 1980

Original Price: $10000

Tracks:1/2 Rec/PB

Speeds: 7 1/2, 15, 30

Max Reel Size("): 10.5"

Number of heads: 3

Head Composition: Sendust

Head Configuration: Quad

# Motors: 3

Auto Reverse?:No

Voltage(s): 220-240v

Outputs: XLR, XLR Balanced, 1/4" Headphone

Sound quality rating:10 / 10

Long-term reliability rating: 10/ 10

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The AMPEX ATR-800 was the almost pinnacle of design of a multitrack machine. The downside was the transport was made by TASCAM and the electronics by AMPEX. The electronics fantastic the transport needs a bit of attention by engineering staff to keep it functional. If a full restoration is undertaken a lot of the transport issues can be permanently resolved.   As a studio 4 track the tape handling and operational aspects are unequaled. The autolocator will autosearch within a few notes of a track and reliably every time. Drop in edits are seamless and the machine is a well thought out piece of engineering.  This machine is flawless at any of the 3 speeds available.

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This is a machine I fully restored, about 1100 hours all up to a better state than new. You can search ATR800 on youtube to see my restoration video's and the transfer of a Peter Frampton master tape .

Sound Quality Rating: 10/10
Long-term Reliability Rating: 10/10

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