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    how do I use the same surround sound speaker system for different devices?

    Hello, Welcome! Usually a surround sound system has a central component, usually a surround sound receiver, that acts as the control center and power source for the complete system. In all likelihood this component might have the ability to add another source (such as the stereo unit) as...
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    An appreciation of an Ampex 351 tape deck

    Hello Jerome, Thank you for your comments. Dave is a great guy to work with, he reconditioned the capstan motor I use and did a great job. He also helped integrate the Tentrol with the Ampex control box by providing a box with cables attached so I could see what was involved. The change of the...
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    An appreciation of an Ampex 351 tape deck

    I have nothing but a great deal of respect for the engineers who designed this machine and the people who built it. I'm not sure how the transport compares to more recent decks, but the 351 transport reaches correct playing speed within 1/10 of a second with no tape bouncing at all. When the...
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    An appreciation of an Ampex 351 tape deck

    The transport weighs 50 lbs and each electronics chassis weighs 18 lbs, Ampex offered this model as a portable version in two road cases. Not too much weight to lug up three flights of stairs to a remote recording location, I guess. Recording engineers were tougher in those days. Or, they had...
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    An appreciation of an Ampex 351 tape deck

    Thank you, I appreciate your comments. To answer your question, sigitask, yes there are conventional steel rack type rails attached to the insides of the enclosure. I was very fortunate that the bottom section was exactly the needed dimensions for mounting the two electronics sections and that...
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    An appreciation of an Ampex 351 tape deck

    I decided to change the cosmetic appearance of the cabinet, so I had a local woodworking shop create new upper and lower panels.
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    An appreciation of an Ampex 351 tape deck

    The rear of the cabinet showing the Tentrol constant tension attached to the side.
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    An appreciation of an Ampex 351 tape deck

    Thank you, I appreciate your comments.
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    Advent 100A Dolby B noise reduction.

    Thanks for your comments, Charles. I believe Integrex made both a discrete and IC based unit, I have the later and it sounds quite nice especially if it remains on all the time. In my opinion what contributes a great deal to the sonic differences between various manufacturers is their post...
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    An appreciation of an Ampex 351 tape deck

    Since the playback electronics of the 351 uses an output transformer to provide a balanced output and to reduce distortion I wanted to find out what improvements could be made using a different transformer. I ordered two transformers from the Electra Print company using silver wire for all of...
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    Advent 100A Dolby B noise reduction.

    Thank you for your suggestions, I've started looking at the 6922 and what I would need to do. Any thoughts on how a 5751 in place of the 12AX7 would do? I think I have some black plate RCAs in my Conrad Johnson I could try. Again, thanks!

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