Early Ampex 4 track 1/2 inch Machine
by Mike Spenser
Ampex 4 track 1/2 inch early-mid 50's
I have had this machine since about 1982 when I worked in Abbey Road (EMI Studios). I know that Abbey Road did not prefer to use Ampex for various reasons so I can only assume that this machine was an early prototype that was bought and tested then mothballed until the day manager, Chris Buchanan, told me about it, probably lurking around in the studios vast cellar, and which I acquired. i know it is older that the early 60's as the record lens caps are all round and red and not the clear rectangular ones from later models.