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Old 01-08-2012, 03:37 PM
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Ampex AX-300

i dug out my ampex ax300 today. i bought this machine used as a teen in the late 80's. paid $300 and was happy to get it. it's a 6 head machine. 3 in each direction so it does auto reverse without some goofy head flipping mechanism like some other 3 head auto reverse machines.

i put the machine in storage in 2002 based on the dates of the balled up newspaper i packed it with. i powered it up and it behaved like it used to. i'm gonna give it a cleanup later tonight and hook it to my system.

somewhere in the early 2000's i ran across another ax300 at a hamfest and snatched it up for $10! i never powered that one up though and its stashed at my moms place.

hopefully all will be well with my ampex-o-saurus (weighs like one) and i can start transferring the hundred or so reels of 50's doowop i recorded from a public radio station during the late 80's-early 90's using this very same machine.
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Old 01-08-2012, 03:42 PM
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Old 01-08-2012, 05:15 PM
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Nice! 6 heads, auto reverse.
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Old 01-08-2012, 07:01 PM
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That is really neat!!
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Old 01-08-2012, 07:27 PM
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Old 01-08-2012, 08:08 PM
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the day i finish digitizing my last the ampex machines *might* get sold but it will be a long while!
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Old 01-08-2012, 09:01 PM
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Love the looks of that machine. Glad you've brought it back to see daylight!

I've never heard of a light Ampex deck, my back winces at the thought of bringing my 440B back up the stairs...
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Old 01-09-2012, 07:56 AM
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I had one of those new, wish I would have kept it. Nice machine..


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Old 01-09-2012, 08:45 AM
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I have one that does not work. Is it worth fixing it? If yes, can someone recommend a technician?

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Old 01-09-2012, 09:05 AM
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whats wrong with yours?

the biggest problems i have had with the ampex have been sticking relays which i cured with a demag, unresponsive switches which can be cleaned, and sluggish motor start which turned out to be dried up lube.
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whats wrong with yours?

the biggest problems i have had with the ampex have been sticking relays which i cured with a demag, unresponsive switches which can be cleaned, and sluggish motor start which turned out to be dried up lube.
It turns on but none of the transport switches work. I tried to have it fixed by a local repair store some years back and they were not interested.
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Old 01-09-2012, 09:25 PM
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the transport is controlled by leaf switches that do get intermittent. if you are very careful i think you can actually get some thin fine sandpaper in between the contact points and give them i light cleaning that should revive it.

pull off the speed selector knob. it will be VERY tight but should pull straight out. worst case scenario you may have to gently pry it out using a screwdriver wrapped in cardboard so you dont scratch things up.

once the speed selector knob is off you can pry the assembly with the buttons off by hand. its one solid piece and comes straight out with buttons and all. it plugs into the machine via what looks like a tube socket so be careful not to bend the pins while working on it.

dont give up on it. its one of the top consumer decks of its era. 6 heads, 3 motors, and very gentle to tape as long as the logic circuit is working.
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Old 01-09-2012, 09:38 PM
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i cleaned it up. cleaned the transport and she came right up!

it was awesome to hit play and the first thing i hear is the start of "rock and roll revisited" which was a 50's doowop show i religiously taped as a teen. i loved doowop music back then and still do. the show started with the sound of somebody tuning around an analog radio and then tuning into a doowop song.

it was really fitting to have that come up as the first thing i hear out of this machine in a decade.
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the transport is controlled by leaf switches that do get intermittent. if you are very careful i think you can actually get some thin fine sandpaper in between the contact points and give them i light cleaning that should revive it.

pull off the speed selector knob. it will be VERY tight but should pull straight out. worst case scenario you may have to gently pry it out using a screwdriver wrapped in cardboard so you dont scratch things up.

once the speed selector knob is off you can pry the assembly with the buttons off by hand. its one solid piece and comes straight out with buttons and all. it plugs into the machine via what looks like a tube socket so be careful not to bend the pins while working on it.

dont give up on it. its one of the top consumer decks of its era. 6 heads, 3 motors, and very gentle to tape as long as the logic circuit is working.
Thanks!! I will try it in the next few weeks. I soooo hope that it can be brought back to life...
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Old 01-10-2012, 09:56 AM
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haha fat chance pal!
And here I was going to drive down from Jersey to help him for 1/2 the take.
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I believe hitachi made these, as the AX-50 I have has hitachi on the motor, and it has a strong resemblance to your deck.
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Old 02-21-2012, 05:21 PM
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it records!

i put one of those maxell tapes i brought home today on the machine and hit record. it still records flawlessly. in fact switching between tape and source yielded no difference which is a good thing.

maybe i'll actually get inspired to record a mix reel. it will be the first in over 20 years on that machine.
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