Steven Kahn, PD

by Steven Kahn
(Lumberton, NC-USA)

I worked at a station, WAGR/WJSK Lumberton, NC which had a Scully 280 the likes of which I've never seen. I'm a member of the Yahoo Scully group and once queried what I'm about to tell you and I recieved a less than satisfactory reply. This 280 had grey plastic embelishments as oposed to the ubiquetous black and white steel embelishments covering the transport controls. This Scully was crated up and sent to Skokie, Ill (1980). for refurbishment and, when it was recieved, a Scully representative called to say it was a hand built prototype. A Scully group member said it was your typical 280. I beg to differ because I've seen a lot of Scullys, but have never seen one like this one. It was mono 1/4 track. 3/34-7/12 ips and I wish I had a picture.

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Feb 27, 2015
Nice to know
by: Simson

Glad to know about skully 280.


May 21, 2013
by: Steven Kahn

More on that 'prototype Scully 280'. I know I inadvertantly sparked some interest in this machine, but I have it on good authority from a former Scully engineer that it probably was just an early 280 with the grey trim. Apparently they're out there, but this was the only one I've ever seen. I apologize for my error.

Jan 17, 2013
Scully 280
by: Anonymous

It sounds to me like a "california scully". It was that same machine as the Bridgeport Scullys, but with "fancier" covers and fronts.

Dec 16, 2012
Scully 280 1/4" mono - Prototype?
by: Anonymous

I would love to know the history of that machine. Very well may have been a prototype of what became the Scully 280. Other than the differences you mentioned, were there any other noticeable variations of the Electronics and Transport?



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