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Sound Rating: 9 / 10 # Owners: 1
Relaibility Rating: 5 / 10 Views: 9

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Brand: Crown

Model:800 B Deck

Category:Super High Fidelity

Application:Consumer

Electronic:Solid State

Country of Manufacture:USA

Release dates:1960 - 1962

Original Price: $1295

Tracks:1/2 Rec/PB

Speeds: 3 3/4, 7 1/2, 15

Max Reel Size("): 10.5"

Number of heads: 3

Dimension: 17.5 x 19 x 8.5

Head Composition: Permalloy

Head Configuration: Stereo

# Motors: 3

Voltage(s): 110-120v

Outputs: 1/4" Headphone

Sound quality rating:9 / 10

Long-term reliability rating: 5/ 10

Weight: 55 Lbs

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A very excellent sounding machine introduced in 1960, The B 800 can be identified by the slightly unusual piano key function switches and the serial number always starts with B. Paired up with 2 RP-3 tube preamplifiers, it’s a really great sounding machine.

This machine has 3 issues or design compromises that would be much improved, on the C deck that followed two years later. The heads are attached to the removable headcover making it hard to do alignment.  There are 2 independent solenoids that operate the pinch roller and the tape lifters which was unnecessary and would be combined on the C production.  The piano key function switches can sometimes be problematic 60 years later and possibly unfixable.

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