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FERROGRAPH SERIES 6 REEL TO REEL TAPE RECORDER, 1960's
The Ferrograph was semi professional machine seen many times in films and used by the BBC.
This version of the Series 6 is a half track stereo machine with 8.25 inch reels and using standard 1/4 inch tape. A quarter track version was available. It had three motors, two used for fast forward, rewind and back tension and one, a split phase capacitor induction motor, for the flywheel and capstan. This type of motor is almost immune to small variations in voltage or load and is controlled by the mains frequency after reaching its synchronous speed. Three speeds were provided 7.5, 3.75, and 1.125 inches/second. It was extremely heavy using valve amplification and built on a sturdy frame.
The companies Wright and Weare first produced machines in the late forties and eventually introduced the famous Wearite deck seen here
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- A LATER UPDATE TO MY EARLY LETTER ABOUT A FERROGRAPH 632H AND RESLO MIKES PREAMP,ETC A VERY KIND PERSON SUPPLIED ME WITH THE VERY SAME MODEL AND RESLO MIKES. NOW HERE IS THE LATEST NEWS ,THIS RECORDER WILL BE SEEN ON SKY TELEVISION GOSPEL CHANNEL PLAYING A ORIGNAL RECORDING THE OLD RUGGED CROSS, WE HAVE DECIDED TO FEATURE THE 632H ON OUR PROGRAM "COUNTRY GOSPEL TIME" FROM TIME TO TIME AND WE ARE PLANNING TO USE THE 632H ON THE INTRODUCTION OR CLOSE OF THE PROGRAM SOON THANK FOR USING THE EARLY LETTER FROM ME.
.......... EYRL MCCOLLUM, LURGAN , COUNTRY ARMAGH , 15th of November 2014
- GOT NEW FERROGRAPH 632 H ABOUT 1965 BUILT 2 MIKE PREAMPS TO USE 2 LOW IMPEDANCE RESLO's STILL HAVE ALL MASTER RECORDINGS. WHEN I BOUGHT THE 632H I HAD TO COLLECT IT AT BELFAST AIRPORT THAT SEEMED TO BE FERROGRAH'S POLICY. GREAT COMPANY. I WISH I COULD BUY THE 632H BACK. STILL USE FERROGRAPH 702 FOR TRANSFER OF MASTERs MADE ON THE 632.
.......... EYRL MCCOLLUM, LURGAN CO. ARMAGH NORTHERN IRELAND, 25th of January 2013
- The series six used standard 7 1/2 reels but could take 8 1/2, that overlapped the cabinet. There was also a 15 ips version, omitting the 1 7/8 speed.
I worked at The Ferrograph for 5 years, being the first apprentice electronics engineer they had ever had.
.......... James Walker, Peterlee County Durham, 24th of November 2011