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Old 29th March 2012, 01:34 PM   #1
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Arrow TUBE Tape Head record / playback amp....

I have Ampex MM-1200 and would like to replace solid state amps for record / playback heads with tube amps. I do play music, but my electronic knowledge is limited; is anyone there able/willing to help in such a project.
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Old 29th March 2012, 02:03 PM   #2
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If you have limited knowledgements, I suggest not to modify it. Tape haeads gives very few millivolts at its output, and need to be loaded with some capacitance and resistance to give good performance. So, the levels of amplifications are great, the possibility of noise and hum pick ups are high, and finally you need an equalization networks in any way, similar to the RIAA, but called NAB, and it depends of the tape velocity.

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Old 29th March 2012, 02:23 PM   #3
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Appreciate reply Osvaldo. Still I am keen to do it. I understand about small signals comming out of tape heads, and equilization networks too, I can work with soldering iron and a lot more... but to design the circuit is slightly beyond me; I could try, but this is not something where I would want to "learn" by making costly mistakes.
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Old 29th March 2012, 02:39 PM   #4
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I forgot some details. Do you have sufficient space for a new power supply, and the tubes itself, and the sufficient air flow to prevent them overheating itself and surrounding elements?
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Old 29th March 2012, 02:48 PM   #5
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This is valid point, Osvaldo. Yes i was thinking about that, I think there is enough space, and I could surely use switch mode PS, as the current requirement will be relatively small...
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Old 29th March 2012, 02:52 PM   #6
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SMPS spraying interference near a head amp? Lovely!

You have been given good advice. Why try to ruin a perfectly good device?
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Old 29th March 2012, 02:57 PM   #7
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Hmm...not realy near tape head, on a safe distance, just where the main power supply and the rest of power electronic for the whole unit is situated now.
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Old 29th March 2012, 03:00 PM   #8
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Yea - this is a huge undertaking. Do you have complete technicial information on this lovely, complecated piece of equipment? You can't even address the question properly without that in hand.
Space is not even the biggest chalenge.
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Old 29th March 2012, 03:06 PM   #9
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This is one of those projects where if you need to ask then you don't know enough to do it successfully. You may find someone local who is happy to do the job for you at commercial consultancy rates, but I suspect that their initial advice will be the same as ours.

Why do you want to make this change anyway? Are you after 'tube sound'? i.e. you want to turn a sound reproduction machine into a sound effects machine?
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Old 29th March 2012, 03:07 PM   #10
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Yes I understand it is a great challange; and yes, I have all service manuals, this is why I started thinking of the project. And I know if it can be done properly, reward soundwise will be equaly great...
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