Scully 280 Tape Machine

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The Scully 280 Series Recorder/Reproducer is a professional magnetic tape recorder of the highest quality, designed primarily for use in recording studios, broadcast stations and other applications requiring exacting performance specifications.


The complete unit consists of a tape transport mechanism and amplifier assembly. The equipment may be mounted in a standard 19-lnch equipment rack and is also supplied in a console or in a portable carrying case.

The head configurations available include monophonic full or half-track and two-track stereo for quarter-inch tape width.

The 280 is also available for half-inch tape widths in two, three and four-channel configurations.

Tape speeds available are 3 3/4 - 7 1/2 ips, 7 1/2 - 15 ips. Tape speeds of 15 - 30 ips can be supplied on special order.

The electronics assembly of the 280 is mounted on a 3 1/2 x 19 panel, and the systemis fully transistorized. CCIR equalization maybe obtained when ordering.

Foundational text courtesy of the Scully 280 operations/service manual.


Scully 280 Tape Machine

Scully 280-8, 8-Track 1" Recorder/Reproducer, with Skip Juried. Peer Southern Publishing Studios, NYC. Photo courtesy of Chris and Phyllis Juried.


Scully 280-8

Scully 280-8, 8-Track 1" Recorder/Reproducer. Photo courtesy of Steve Puntolillo and the Scully Group.

Jimi Hendrix with Scully 280 Tape Machines

Jimi Hendrix with Scully 280 Tape Machines. Photo courtesy of Steve Puntolillo and the Scully Group.

Jimi Hendrix at Electric Lady Land Studios with a Datamix Console and Scully 280 series Tape Machines

Jimi Hendrix at Electric Lady Land Studios - with a Datamix Console and Scully 280 series Tape Machines.

Rolling Stones with Scully 280-8

Rolling Stones with Scully 280-8 Tape Machine. Recording session on December 4th, 1969 at Muscle Shoals Sound Studios (Thanks to Luke Pacholski for the session information). Photo courtesy of JimmyJohnsonMusic.com

Mick Jagger with Scully 280 Tape Machines

Mick Jagger with an assortment of Scully 280 Tape Machines. Photo courtesy of Steve Puntolillo and the Scully Group.

Scully 280 Tape Machines at Stax Records

Scully 280 Tape Machines at Stax Records. Photo courtesy of Steve Puntolillo and the Scully Group.

Scully 280 Tape Machines at Record Plant Studios

Scully 280 Tape Machines at Record Plant Studios. Photo courtesy of Steve Puntolillo and the Scully Group.

Scully 280 Tape Machines at Nemo Studios

Scully 280 Tape Machines at Nemo Studios. Photo courtesy of Steve Puntolillo and the Scully Group.

Tera Shirma Studios - Control Room B with Scully 280 Tape Machines

Tera Shirma Studios - Control Room B with Scully 280 Tape Machines. Photo courtesy of Steve Puntolillo and the Scully Group.


Scully 280-2 1/4

Scully 280-2 1/4

Scully 280-2 1/4

Scully 280-2 1/4

Scully 280-2, 2-Track 1/4" Recorder/Reproducer. Photos courtesy of Steve Puntolillo and the Scully Group.


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