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Aussie Bloke 01-27-2005 10:04 AM

1963 Ampex Signature V combo unit
Hi all. In 1963 Ampex developed a real cool entertainment system called the which was a colour telly with a helical scan VTR (I assume 2 inch) with record player, cassette deck, AM/FM radio, B&W vidicon video camera etc. which retailed at $30000, 4 were made and only one was sold. I was wondering if anyone might know the existence of any of these 4 combo units by any chance?


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Nat 01-27-2005 04:24 PM

Wasn't that the console featured on the cover of one of the early Stereophiles, posed with an actress who was crossing her eyes? It was reprinted in a anniversary issue a few years ago.

Joel Cairo 02-26-2005 12:03 AM

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It's funny that someone should post about this, becuase I literally just won the equivalent stand-alone VTR in an auction... the Ampex VR-660!

2" quad tape [B&W recording], speed is 3.75 ips, and can accomodate up to 12" reels (almost 5 hours of recording time!)

And did I mention that it weighs 130 lbs....? :)

I'd love to run across an actual tape that was recorded on one of these... considering that the machine was introduced in 1963, there's a lot of stuff that could be on it!

Oh-- and here's a pic of one...!


David Roper 02-26-2005 12:36 AM

Isn't that a Packard Bell TV?

Aussie Bloke 02-27-2005 01:51 AM

Hi Joel. Fantastic, this VTR is a classic. My mate Richard has one too in his collection of well over 100 VTRs:


Telecolor 3007 02-28-2005 09:32 AM

So that was the only console of that type that was manufactured.
I cost about 5-6 Cadillacs at that time?

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