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Old 01-27-2005, 09:04 AM
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1963 Ampex Signature V combo unit

Hi all. In 1963 Ampex developed a real cool entertainment system called the http://www.cedmagic.com/history/ampex-signature-v.html 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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Old 01-27-2005, 12:00 PM
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You makey da boo boo when you tried to include that link. Try clicking on THIS

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Old 01-27-2005, 03:24 PM
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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.
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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...!

-Kevin

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Old 02-25-2005, 11:36 PM
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Isn't that a Packard Bell TV?
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Old 02-27-2005, 12:51 AM
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Hi Joel. Fantastic, this VTR is a classic. My mate Richard has one too in his collection of well over 100 VTRs:
http://www.labguysworld.com/Ampex_VR-660.htm

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Old 02-28-2005, 08:32 AM
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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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