Country of Manufacture:Germany
Release dates:1969 - 1972
Speeds: 3 3/4, 7 1/2
Max Reel Size("): 8"
Number of heads: 4
Dimension: 610 x 400 x 190mm
Head Composition: Permalloy
Head Configuration: Stereo
# Motors: 4
Frequency Response:30Hz to 20kHz 7 1⁄2 30Hz to 16kHz @ 3 3/4 ips
Wow and Flutter:0.1% @ 7 1⁄2 0.15% @ 3 3/4 ips
Sound quality rating:7 / 10
Long-term reliability rating: 8 / 10
Weight: 25 kg
A very futuristic and ambitiously-designed from the late 1960’s, it seems that the Saba 600 SH was never exported to either the UK or USA.
Selling for almost 2,000 DM in 1969, the 600 was not that well known by consumers, even in Germany, where retailers that stocked higher end decks like the Philips Pro 12, did not dare to market the super expensive 600. It featured 5 heads, based on a 2 track system with an option for a wired remote control. Not surprisingly it used two Papst motors for the supply and take up with relay-controlled drive. Precision-made in cast aluminium and wood, the 600SH was twice as expensive as its Revox equivalent, the G36. Logic controls were provided for transport with the entire drive-assembly noise extremely low. The machine featured auto-reverse record and playback (half-track stereo) but thanks to an additional playback head, quarter-track replay was also possible.
Braking (Three versions)
The first iteration has 2 small brake shoes that are about 6-8 cm away from the plates. The second version has brake shoes that sit almost directly on the plate and are slightly curved, with 3x as much braking surface. The final production used brake bands like certain Tandberg models like the 20a.
Some other variations on the 600 were 600 SH-1, 600 SH-1S and the MS 2-38, a studio recorder
Half-track stereo, auto reverse (quarter-track playback) 5 Heads- 3 x Rec/ PB, 2 x Erase
Max Reel Size 9″ or 22cm
42 transistors, 22 diodes,
Distortion factor 3% at 330 Hz full-scale 7 1/2 ips, 5% at 330 Hz full-scale 3 3/4 ips
Remote control socket on rear panel
Voltage/fuse 110-150v 1 Amp, 220-250v .5 Amp