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Studer A 807 - last orders -- comments

This was just posted to AV-Media Matters mailing list by Dietrich Schueller.

This certainly doesn't bode well for archives with analog audio tape. I apologize for cross re-posting this, but I think it's a very important message. This is one of the last, if not the last, high-end professional tape machines available new for the reproduction of analog archives.

I think that the poster's intent is also very important as we do see 1/4 and 1/2 track tape in a variety of situations. I'm solving that by a separate 1/4-track stereo play head assembly for my Sony APR-5003V.

I also suggest that if you have full-track mono tapes, you try and figure out how to get a full-track mono head. I'm not familiar with the A807 and whether it has swappable head assemblies and registers to remember the setups like the A820 and the Sony APR5000.

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I was informed by Bruno Hochstrasser, Managing Director of Studer, that
production of Studer analogue tape recorders A 807 and A 827 will be
discontinued. However, a last lot will be produced if orders are placed by
31st Augst (local distributers may require an earlier deadline). As the
quantity will be limited, orders will accepted on a first come - first
served basis. Machines ordered will then be delivered by September 2002
latest. Prices will be15% above last list prices.

A 807 is a very attractive quarter inch analogue machine for the replay of
analogue holdings. I am trying to place an order for a replay-only version
with a half-track plus a quarter track head, switchable. The chance to
convince Studer to produce such a special variant would be greater, if a
mumber of such machines will be ordered. Should you wish to join us, please
contact me before 13th August and I will contact Studer on that matter.
Should you wish to order a standard model, please contact your agent.

Please spread this message to other institutions that might be interested.

A 827 multichannel tape recorder is also phasing out (not a real archive

Dietrich Schueller
Chair, IASA TC

(Appologies for multiple information)

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