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Posted On: Jan. 31 2007, 2:36 AM
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A friend connected me with some folks who are disposing of a spotmaster broadcast console, going to get it right now, looks something like the one in the picture below, will post a pic ASAP:

http://www.arpstudio.com/images/WOKEInterior-01.jpg
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Skip to the previous post in this topic. Posted On: Jan. 31 2007, 6:54 AM
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Well, it's a Broadcast Electronics 8S100A, 8 channel broadcast board with 8 stereo preamps cards with big transformers in them.  I also got a Tascam 4 track R2R and some miscellaneous stuff.  

Pictures tomorrow.  :)
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Skip to the previous post in this topic. Posted On: Jan. 31 2007, 12:53 PM
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Sweet !
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Skip to the previous post in this topic. Posted On: Jan. 31 2007, 1:43 PM
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Don't that look great..  The one you're getting..   What vintage would you say it is?  Give us some idea of it's weight..  

   Bill..
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Skip to the previous post in this topic. Posted On: Jan. 31 2007, 6:04 PM
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1979, in pristine condition, well maintained by a very good enigneer, weighs about 20 pounds I'd say.  I can't find a manual for it, although BE has a manual posted for the succesor model, the 150, on their website.  

I have a feeling this is really going to sound good.  The preamps are on separate cards, 8 stereo preamps, as I said, with big trannies.  gonna find some schematics so you experts can tell me what to do.  :)
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Skip to the previous post in this topic. Posted On: Jan. 31 2007, 7:38 PM
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Looking at that picture made me think a little... I bet they've replaced the "cart" machines and a whole host of other goodies with a PC or other dedicated hardware digital box. I use to "help" a buddy of mine DJ the night shift at a little AM station. We had a ball making all kinds of spoof commercials and gag recordings and slipping them in the cart machine during the wee hours when we felt sure the station manager would NOT hear them! :D

Have fun Tom. You are the ultimate scrounger man. You probably won every scavenger hunt you've ever entered... right? ;)

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Skip to the previous post in this topic. Posted On: Jan. 31 2007, 8:09 PM
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this area is the greatest place to scavange in ever.  :)

I got two cart machines as well.  Cheap tape delay units, perhaps?  :)
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Skip to the previous post in this topic. Posted On: Feb. 01 2007, 1:20 AM
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Bill, that is exactly what they were doing - going to computer based automation.  

So, here's what I know about the board.  I will have pictures in a few minutes, but I'd sure like your input, Bill (or whoever).  

The preamps are stereo, 8 of them, based on the LN748CN op amp.  The trannies I saw are actually in the line amplifier and headphone amplifier cards (which look identical to me - is that possible?).  

Data sheet on the LN748:

http://www.national.com/pf/LM/LM748.html#Datasheet
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Skip to the previous post in this topic. Posted On: Feb. 01 2007, 1:42 AM
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Pictures - what can you tell me, Bill?





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That sure looks well made.  I don't fully understand the terminal strip in there, but...whatever.  Stereo I/O was pretty standard on broadcast boards.  Beyond saying "cool", I can't comment too much.

The cart machines are more than likely two head, and if so, they won't work as delays.  You need separate record and repro heads, and you need to be able to monitor record and repro independently for a delay.  Many of those machines only have a sync head (record and repro on a single head).  That 1/4" machine though...that's a tape delay waiting to happen.  If I do wind up seeing you in the next few weeks like we talked about, I'll bring my 1/4" MRL and a few other tools and we could spend a little time dialing that thing in if you want.  I like making old tape machines live again, and I especially like tape delays...
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