Model:76 'Stereo Compact'
Category:Mid High Fidelity
Country of Manufacture:USA
Release dates:1962 - 1965
Speeds: 3 3/4, 7 1/2
Max Reel Size("): 7"
Number of heads: 2
Head Composition: Permalloy
Head Configuration: Stereo
Frequency Response:7½ ips: 25Hz - 16kHz
Wow and Flutter:0.2% RMS
Sound quality rating:5 / 10
Long-term reliability rating: 5 / 10
Made by the Viking company of Minneapolis, the model 76 was a quarter-track, stereo tape deck with two heads and a two-speed transport utilising a single motor.
The single rotary function knob can be seen at the top right of the deck showing Rewind, Stop, Play and Fast forward positions. Other controls included record volume for each channel, twin VU meters for recording level, speed selector switch (in between the reels) a stereo/mono
switch and an On/Off, Play or Record selector control.
A third (optional) playback head could be added.
This unit was designed for custom installations and used 5 valves (tubes).
Replaced by the 77 ‘Compact’ in 1964.
Total harmonic distortion: less than 2% / Valve complement: 12AX& (ECC83) x 4. 12AU7 x 1 / Rewind speed: 70 seconds for 1800 feet / Inputs: microphone & tape head (front panel), high-level input (back) / Outputs: playback & monitor (for optional 3rd head) / Dimensions: panel size: 13 x 13 x 6½” (326 x 326 x 165mm) / Weight: 28 lbs (12.7 kg) / quarter-track stereo