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Antique Audio Collection
Most people collect
something. I, without realizing it, started collecting antique audio
gear. Of course some of these weren't considered antiques when I acquired them. They were just old.
reel to reel machine is about 40 years old and works well. I got this from
the music department at Ozark Christian College, Joplin, MO
when I was a junior.
This Norelco Stereo
Continental was my dad's first recorder. It still works, with a
little coaching. My earliest memory as a child was singing "Jesus
Loves Me" into the microphone and watching the reel spin. This
is now my machine (I have a second one just like it.) Dad bought it new in
This Wollensak T-1500
was my first working recorder. My uncle Virgil (himself a sound
tech) gave it to me when I was in High School. It (like all other
Wollensak machines I've worked with) likes to slip the tape up and out of the
slot for the heads. So it seldom gets turned on. The amplifier
(10 watts) works great.
While in college, I came across this
classic Ampex 601 mono, full track machine.
It came from a Christian radio station at Ozark Christian College, here in
Joplin Missouri. Further investigation has divulged that the class of 1956
raise the money and purchased this machine for the college radio
club. It was used to record a weekly radio show produced by the club
and a special choir assembled for the broadcast.
The Zenith Allegro
all in one stereo is very cool. I was fortunate to get this machine
from a pile of gear set beside the road in Carterville, Missouri. It
was free! I had to add a power cord and a stylus for the Shure phono
cartrige. It sounds wonderful (discrete circuits) and has a fantastic FM
Of all things, a fellow
contacted me and offered $100 for the Allegro, so I sold it to him. It
cost $35 to ship it.
Laboratory series turntable is a prize. I picked
this one up in high school. It still has an intact celluloid dust
cover. Speeds include 16, 33 1/3, 45, and 78. Now I have a 7 micro
stylus on the Shure cartridge to play 78 records (usually to transfer to CD.)