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Studer A800 2" 24 track!

Discussion in 'Pro Audio Equipment' started by UnboundAudio, May 17, 2004.

  1. UnboundAudio

    UnboundAudio Guest

    I just bought a Studer A800 2" 24 track machine that I have to go pick up in a month! Please anybody tell me anything I should know about this machine, and what your thoughts on it are! Thanks!

  2. TeeME

    TeeME Guest

    You got the cables? When was the last time the heads were relapped? Did you get the power supply and umbilical? Does the remote work? How are the Brakes? Rubber in good condition? Do you have an alignment tape? How many Hours since relapping? Do you have the owners manual and the servicing manual? Is the take-up reel in good shape? Was it used recently?

    Answer all of this for yourself and then you will have a beginners look at the machine!
  3. UnboundAudio

    UnboundAudio Guest

    yes I was prepared for most of this-
    Last time relapped-never (still has 9k hours on it)
    Power supply and umbilical-yes
    Remote work?-no remote
    alignment tape-yes
    hours on machine-11k (20k heads)
    Owners manual-not sure
    Service manual-wouldn't buy it without one
    take-up reel-good
    used recently-only to test it

    So umm, does anyone like or dislike or have any stories about this machine?
  4. Kurt Foster

    Kurt Foster Distinguished Member

    The 800s are great machines. The one question I have is how will you arm the tracks to record if there is no remote?
  5. AudioGaff

    AudioGaff Well-Known Member

    As a guy who owned one for many years, I can tell you it is a great machine capable of great recordings. The punch-in can be a little slow or tricky compared to other decks. And it can be noisy/squeeky enough to be annoying.
  6. sheet

    sheet Well-Known Member

    Great sounding machine! I think it is one of the best deals going in used machines. I have never heard any squeaks/noises. Better buy up on tape. Tape manufacturers are getting few and far between. Last I heard Emtec had none available due to bankruptcy and sale. So what is on the shelf at your local supplier may be it for a bit. Maybe someone else has heard more recent news.
  7. UnboundAudio

    UnboundAudio Guest

    I didn't realize that there was a tape shortage in the near future...I do have one 2" reel of Quantegy.

    I also didn't know that the punch in was that slow in this one, I thought that was more a problem that plagued the A80 not the 800 series, though I could be wrong.

    Thanks for the input guys, anymore specifics or user stories on this machine would be great!

  8. Kurt Foster

    Kurt Foster Distinguished Member

    For all things tape, contact ARCAL in the SF Bay Area ... http://www.arcal.com / info@arcal.com

    They will be able to advise you in regards to the availibility of 2" tape.

    I can't feature that it would be that hard to get. There are a lot of pro rooms that still use 2" tape.
  9. sheet

    sheet Well-Known Member

    Imation bought up the data storage portion of Emtec. I do not know who bought the analog portion. I had read that 3M had, but was told that it was not Emtec magnetics, but Emtec Engineering that was purchased. If anyone knows speak up.

    Emtec/BASF was going under, spun off the analog tape operations, was involved in a class action lawsuit for price fixing the US import stock of pancake tape, closed the Nashville and LA sales offices, said bye-bye at the LA SPARS meeting, and that's all that I know.

    It looks like Quantegy is THE supplier of 2" now that isn't bankrupt.

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