Brand: Lugavox (ACEC)
Country of Manufacture:Belgium
Release dates:1958 - 1961
Speeds: 1 7/8, 3 3/4
Max Reel Size("): 7"
Number of heads: 3
Head Composition: Permalloy
Head Configuration: Mono - Full Track
Frequency Response:(±2 dB): 3¾ ips: 30 - 18,000Hz 1 ips: 30 - 12,500Hz
Wow and Flutter:7(RMS): 0.25% at 3¾ ips
Sound quality rating:5 / 10
Long-term reliability rating: 5 / 10
This unusual recorder features elsewhere on this site under the name Countess and Timbra. Perhaps this is the original version but we can’t be sure. It seems to be dated a year earlier than the Countess so it seems possible.
Manufactured by the Belgian company ACEC, (Ateliers de Constructions Electriques de Charleroi), the 1958 Lugavox 1158 was a bizarre design featuring contra-rotating reels (one on top of the other). This layout made
it possible to produce a recorder using 7-inch spools and yet measuring
only 11¼ x 12½ x 6½ inches. The weight was quite high, 39lbs.,
due to the very robust construction of deck and case and outsize
transformers and motors.
Valve complement: EL95, EL84, 2 X ECC83, EM71 / Semiconductors: OA85 germanium diode, B250 / C.75 selenium rectifier / Rewind speed: 1800ft in 1 minute 35 seconds / Audio output power: 2.5 watts / Inputs: pickup: 300mV – 500Kohms, microphone 2mV at 500Kohms / Outputs: 10Kohms amplifier output, extension speaker / Speaker(s): permanent magnet type 6″ x 4″ elliptical / Dimensions: 13¼ x 11¾ x 7¾” (336.5 x 298.5 x 197mm) / Weight: 30 lbs (13.6kg) / half-track mono