Category:Super High Fidelity (Reserved for top-end recorders)
Country of Manufacture:United Kingdom
Release dates:1961 - 1964
Speeds: 7 1/2, 15
Max Reel Size("): 10.5"
Number of heads: 3
Head Composition: Permalloy
Head Configuration: Mono - Full Track
Frequency Response:( 3 dB): up to 19kHz at 15ips
Wow and Flutter:0.06% RMS. total
Signal-to-Noise Ratio:62 dB Below Peak level
Sound quality rating:5 / 10
Long-term reliability rating: 5 / 10
From the collection
of Stuart Blacklock (UK)
This Leevers Rich was built in Croydon, London in 1961 and Stuart brought
it from a friend in Tottness, Devon. Prior to that it was owned
by the BBC (British Broadcasting Company) as an “out on the field”
machine and as they were replacing the older Leevers with TASCAMS and
STUDERS, Stuart’s friend snapped up this unit.
On finding that it did not work properly, he sold it to Stuart for 75
pounds, (who has now almost got it fully working but still needs a new
motor). This was a professional machine whose rivals at the time
(in Britain) were Ampex and Studer.
The Series E was first introduced in about 1957 and available in various
configurations. console, portable and rack-mountable.
Total harmonic distortion: 0.2% between 40Hz and 18KHz / Start time: 900ms to rated wow & flutter / Valve complement: ECC81, EF86, ECC83 / Rewind speed: 2,400ft in 90 seconds / Crosstalk: 45 dB minimum / Tape speed stability: 0.2% from one end of the reel to the other / Outputs: +22 dB at 600ohms / Bias frequency: 60 kHz / half-track stereo