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Time Line  1960 to 1979

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Year
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Mikes, Mixers,   Headphones
History

1960

ADS

Maxell founded

Ampex 350

Ampex 601

Ampex 601-2 $995

Sony 300  $399.95

Calrad 500C $4.95

Electro Voice 623  $57.00

Electro Voice 644 (gray)$110

Electro Voice 664 Gray Chrome$49.98

Shure 51

Shure 556

Turner S33D

• Scully tape recorders

Lunch counter sit-ins

Soviet Union shoots down U-2 reconnaissance plane

Kennedy defeated Nixon

 

 

1961

ADS

Roberts/Rheem/Califone

Ampex 350

Ampex 601

Ampex 601-2 $995

Roberts Duet 191    $289.50

Sony 300  $399.95

Sony TC-777S-4  $725

Tandberg Model 6 $498

Calrad 500C $4.95

Electro Voice 623  $57.00

Electro Voice 630  $52.50

Electro Voice 636 (Slimair)$42.63

Electro Voice 644 (gray)$110

Electro Voice 647A$48.51

Electro Voice 664 Gray Chrome $49.98

Electro Voice 665 $88.20

Electro Voice 666 $288

Electro Voice 911 $19.11

Shure 51

Shure 556

Turner S33D

Ampex purchases 40 acres in Redwood City, CA for future HQ

3M demonstrates the first 2-track closed-loop capstan-drive recorder, the M-23

U.S. severs diplomatic relations with Cuba

Bay of Pigs

Peace Corps created

Alan B. Shepard Jr. was rocketed from Cape Canaveral

Freedom Rides

Selectric Typewriter IBM

1962

ADS

Ampex 350

Ampex 601

 

Nagra III

 

Monarch RT-200

Norelco Continental "300" $199.50

Sony 300  $399.95

Sony TC-777S-4  $725

Sony SSA-777 Amplifier & Speaker system

Tandberg Model 6 $498

Calrad DM-15  $9.95

Calrad 500C $5.85

Electro Voice 623  $57.00

Electro Voice 630  $52.50

Electro Voice 644 (gray)$110

Electro Voice 647A$48.51

Electro Voice 664 Gray Chrome$49.98

Electro Voice 665 $88.20

Electro Voice 666 $288

Electro Voice 911 $19.11

Shure 51

Shure 556

Sony Electret Condenser

Sony F-81

Sony F-87

Sony F-96

Sony SRA-2 recording amp $97.75

Sony SRA-464 $97.75

Turner S33D

The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) sets the standard for the time code format.

John H. Glenn Jr. became first American in orbit

Cuban Missile Crisis

James Meredith first black student Mississippi

Silent Spring launched environmentalist movement

SABRE American Airlines computer reservation system - IBM

Walter Schirra was the first astronaut to play a musical instrument in space. He played the harmonica as he circled the earth in 1962. NAMM

1963

ADS

Ampex 350

Ampex 601

Ampex F-44 Fine Line Ad

Norelco Continental "300"  $199.50

Roberts S903B Speakers $199.95

Sony 300  $399.95

Sony TC-777S-4  $595

Sony MX-777 Mixer

Sony SSA-777 Amplifier & Speaker system

Calrad 500C $4.95

Electro Voice 623  $57.00

Electro Voice 630  $52.50

Electro Voice 644 (gray)$110

Electro Voice 647A$48.51

Electro Voice 664 Gray Chrome$49.98

Electro Voice 665 $88.20

Electro Voice 666 $288

Electro Voice 676  $58.80

Electro Voice 911 $19.11

Shure 51

Shure 556

Sony SRA-2 recording amp $97.75

Sony SRA-464 $97.75

Turner S33D

Ampex Moves to Redwood City, CA

Philips introduces the Compact Cassette tape format, and offers licenses worldwide.

University of Alabama desegregated

Medgar Evers assassinated

Kennedy West Berlin speech

March on Washington, DC led by Rev. Martin Luther King Jr

Kennedy Assassinated

Lee Harvey Oswald shot

 

1964

ADS

Superscope Acquires Marantz

Ampex MR-70 mastering recorder

Ampex F-44  4460 cat

Concertone 801 "Reverse-O-Matic" $397.46

Norelco Continental "300"  $199.50

Roberts 330 $349.50 ad

Sony 263-D $117.50

Sony 500A $391

Sony 600 $449.95

Sony TC-777S-4  $595

Sony MX-777 Mixer

Sony SSA-777 Amplifier & Speaker system

Calrad 500C $4.95

Electro Voice 623  $57.00

Electro Voice 630  $52.50

Electro Voice 644 (gray)$110

Electro Voice 647A$48.51

Electro Voice 664 Gray Chrome$49.98

Electro Voice 665 $88.20

Electro Voice 666 $288

Electro Voice 676  $58.80

Electro Voice 911 $19.11

Garrard Lab 80 $99.50, base$6.50

Shure 51

Shure 556

Sony SRA-2 recording amp $97.75

Sony SRA-464 $97.75

Tandberg Microphone

Turner S33D

• Scully tape recorders 2 & 4tr

3M delivers the first M-23 closed loop recorder to Capitol Records on 11/25/64. The M23 was actually a second-generation machine that was first shown publicly as a mockup at AES NYC in the Fall of 1965, and first delivered to customers in mid 1966

the first 3M low-noise tape - 201,202,203 - which had a greatly improved "weighted" signal to noise ratio, probably in 1964 or earlier. Scotch 206 was just 3 dB better than 201.Dale Manquen,3M M23 and M56 design engineer at 3M from 1965 to 1969

Beatles arrived in U.S.

US military planes to Laos

War on Poverty

Warren Commission

Verrazano-Narrows Bridge opened

1965

ADS

Otari created

Technics

AmpexAG440

Ampex 602 $625

Magnecord 1024 $643

Concertone 801 "Reverse-O-Matic" $468.47

Norelco Continental "300"  $199.50

Roberts 400X $799.95

Roberts 770X  $359.95

Roberts 5000X  $699.95

Roberts 6000X $299.50

Sony 260

Sony 500A $391

Sony 600 $449.95

Sony TC-777S-4  $595

 

Calrad 500C $4.95

Electro Voice 623  $57.00

Electro Voice 630  $52.50

Electro Voice 644 (gray)$110

Electro Voice 647A $48.51

Electro Voice 664 Gray Chrome$49.98

Electro Voice 665 $88.20

Electro Voice 666 $288

Electro Voice 676  $58.80

Electro Voice 911 $19.11

Garrard Lab 80 $99.50, base$6.50

Shure 51

Shure 556

Sony MX-777 Mixer

Sony SSA-777 Amplifier & Speaker system

 

The Dolby Type A noise reduction system is introduced.

March from Selma to Montgomery

Pres. Johnson outlined plans for his “Great Society.”

continuous bombing of North Vietnam below 20th parallel

Medicare signed by Pres. Johnson

Watts riots

National immigration quota system abolished

Electric power failure blacked out most of northeastern U.S.

1966

ADS

Ampex PR-10  $1,045

Ampex 602 $625

Ampex 602-2 $875

Crown SS 700  $895

Magnecord 1024 $643

Magnecord 1028 $1,075

Newcomb TX10 $750

ReVox G-36 $500

Teac A-4010S  $450

Ampex 2000 $499

Concertone 801 "Reverse-O-Matic" $359.50

Concertone 804 "Reverse-O-Matic" $439.95

Crown CTR-5400

Eico RP-100 $450

Knight KG-415 $249

Lafayette Criterion 1000B $189

Norelco Continental 401 $219.50

Rheem 3200 $269.95

Roberts 400X $799.95

Roberts 770X  $359.95

Roberts 770XSS  $349.95

Roberts 5000X  $699.95

Roberts 6000X $299.50

Sony 260  $239.5

Sony 263-D  $129.50

Sony 500A  $391

Sony 600 $449.95

Sony TC-777S-4  $595

Tandberg 8  $449.50

Viking 87 Super Pro with 2 amps 382.35

 

 

American D4 $18.60

Calrad 500C $4.95

/Ampex H-1390  $57.00

Electro Voice 635  $82

Electro Voice 636  $72.50

Electro Voice 644 (gray)$110

Electro Voice 647A $48.51

Electro Voice 664 Gray Chrome$49.98

Electro Voice 665 $88.20

Electro Voice 666 $288

Electro Voice 676  $58.80

Electro Voice 911 $19.11

Electro Voice 623 $29.50

Garrard Lab 80 $99.50, base$6.50

Shure 51

Shure 300 $89.50

Shure 556

Sony MX 6S Mixer $27.75

Sony SRA-3  $109.50

Sony SSA-905A

Sony MX-777 Mixer  $175

Sony SSA-777 Amplifier & Speaker system  $175

U.S. forces began firing into Cambodia

Bombing of Hanoi

Miranda warning

Medicare began

Charles Whitman, 25, killed 13 students from a tower at the Univ. of Texas, Austin

1967

ADS

Ampex AG-500  $1,581

Ampex AG 600 Solid State

Ampex 600-2 (solid state) $1,010

Ampex AG 602 $625

Ampex AG-445B $2760

Ampex 960 $399

Ampex PR-10 $1,045

Crown SS 700

Teac A-4010S  $450

Teac A-4020

Akai X-300

Altec Lansing Seville $213.30

Concertone 804 "Reverse-O-Matic" $349.95

Norelco Continental "300"  $199.50

Roberts 400X $799.95

Roberts 770X  $359.95

Roberts 770XSS  $349.95

Roberts 5000X  $699.95

Roberts 6000X $299.50

Sony 230

Sony 260

Sony 600

Telmar Martel 5" recorder $89.95

Electro Voice 623  $57.00

Electro Voice 644 (gray)$110

Electro Voice 664 Gray Chrome$49.98

Electro Voice 665 $88.20

Electro Voice 666 $288

Electro Voice 676  $58.80

Electro Voice 911 $19.11

Shure 51

Shure 556

Teac AX-10

25th Amendment, providing for presidential succession

Riots in Newark, NJ

Antiwar march on Washington - 50,000 participants

 

1968

ADS

Ampex AG500 $1,537

Ampex 600 (solid state) $400

Ampex 600-2 (solid state) $1,010

Ampex 960 $399

Revox A77, Series I

Teac TCA-40

Teac 2340

Teac 3340

 

Altec Lansing Seville

Crowncorder CRC6250F

Norelco Continental "300"  $199.50

Roberts 192 FT  $349.95

Roberts 400X $799.95

Roberts 770X  $349.95

Roberts 770XSS $399.95

Roberts 1000

Roberts 5000X  $699.95

Telmar Martel 5" recorder $79.95

Electro Voice 664 Gray Chrome$49.98

Electro Voice 665 $88.20

Electro Voice 676  $58.80

Shure 51

CBS releases "Switched-On Bach," Walter (Wendy) Carlos's polyphonic multitracking of Moog's early music synthesizer.

USS Pueblo

Tet offensive

MLK assassinated

Sen. Robert F. Kennedy shot

Apollo 8 orbited moon

1969

ADS

Ampex 600 (solid state) $400

Ampex 600-2 (solid state) $1,010

Ampex AG500 $1,537

Ampex 761 $329

Ampex 960 $399

Crown SX700

Revox A77

Altec Lansing Seville

Crowncorder CRC6250F

Dokorder 8020

Roberts 770XSS $399.95

Roberts 1000

Roberts 5000X  $699.95

Sony 630 w/speakers $379.50)

Sony 772 $750

Electro Voice 664 Gray Chrome

$49.98

Electro Voice 665 $88.20

Electro Voice 676  $58.80

Shure 51

Shure 556

Dr. Thomas Stockham begins to experiment with digital tape recording

3M introduces Scotch 206 and 207 magnetic tape, with a s/n ratio 7 dB better than Scotch 111.

After Elvis, and then the Beatles, invaded the pop music scene, millions of young people bought guitars and started garage bands. Guitar sales tripled, band instrument shipments doubled and overall industry sales surged from $400 million in 1960 to $1.1 billion in 1969. NAMM

Vietnam peace talks

Neil Armstrong became the first person to set foot on the moon

Woodstock music festival

My Lai, South Vietnam

Sesame Street launched

First magnetic strips on credit cards - IBM

Year
Reel to reel
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Mikes, Mixers,   Headphones
History

1970

ADS

Ampex AG500 $1,537

Ampex 600 (solid state) $400

Ampex 600-2 (solid state) $1,010

Ampex 761 $329

Ampex 960 $399

Revox A77

Roberts 1000

Sony 630 w/speakers $379.50)

Sony 772 $750

Shure 51

Shure 556

Ampex introduces 406 mastering tape.

Chicago 7

first Earth Day

Kent State

clean air bill

Doonesbury

Jimi Hendrix dies

Janis Joplin dies

1971

ADS

dbx introduced

Nagra IV-S

Ampex AG440  $2,649

Revox A77

Teac A-3300  $790

Teac A-3340$1,290

Teac TCA-40

Teac TCA-42

Tascam founded

Roberts 333X  $559.00

Sony 580

Shure 51

Shure 556

Shure  Pro Mixer

Charles Manson

voting age lowered to 18

Jim Morrison dies

First floppy disk - IBM

1972

ADS

Revox A77

Teac TCA-43

Teac A-2340R $799.50

Teac A-3300  $790

Teac A-3340 $1,290

Teac Series 70

 

Sony TC-854-4 $1,695

Pickering PH-4955

Shure 51

Shure 556

Shure  Pro Mixer

Teac Model 10 intro AES

Nixon in Beijing

Equal Rights Amendment banning discrimination on the basis of sex

George C. Wallace shot

Nixon is first US President to visit Moscow

Watergate breakin

 

1973

ADS

Revox A77 MKIII $749

ReVox A77 MKIII Dolby B $969

Tapesonic70A  $675

Teac 70H &L

Teac 3300 $499.

Teac 4010S $599.

Teac 6010S $799.

Teac 7010S $899.

Teac A-2340R $799.50

Teac A-3300  $790

Teac A-3340 $1,290

Akai GX-260D  $474.95

Akai GX-400D  $895.95

Akai X-2000SD  $549.95

Dokorder 9100 $699.95

JVC RD-1555 $499.95

Pioneer T-8800 $549.95

Roberts 333X $549.95

Sony 580 $499.95

Sony 630 $449.95

Sony TC-850-4 $895

Sony TC-854-4 $1,695

StellaVox Sp 7 $1,692

Tandberg Series 11 $449

Tandberg Series 4000X $469

Tandberg Series 9000X $649

Technics RS-1030US $899.95

Telex LS 2001 $799.95

 

 

Shure 51

Shure 556

Roe v. Wade

Wounded Knee

End of the military draft

Skylab, 1st U.S. space station

Secretariat became first Triple Crown winner since Citation in 1948

Agnew resigned re tax evasion

Gerald R. Ford became first appointed vice president under the 25th Amendment;

First bar code - IBM

1974

ADS

Otari TD7500 with two    AF-206 recording amplifiers

Revox A77

ReVox A700 $2,049

Teac A-2340R $799.50

Teac A-3300  $790

Teac A-3340 $1,290

Tascam Corp acquired by Teac

Tascam Series 70H8 the world's first 1/2" 8 track tape recorder

 

Shure 51

Shure 556

Teac Model 10  1st shipped

Tascam Model 10 mixer$2,350

3M introduces Scotch 250 mastering tape with an increase in output level of over 10 dB compared to Scotch 111.

Impeachment hearings opened against Pres. Nixon

White House “plumbers” found guilty

Pres. Nixon announced his resignation, Aug. 8

pardon of Nixon issued by Pres. Ford

1975

ADS

Ampex ATR-700

Dolby Stereo introduced

Tascam 8 $4,j600

Teac 25-2 $1,850

Teac A-2340R $799.50

Teac A-3300  $790

Teac A-3340 $1,290

 

 

 

Shure 51

Shure 556

Teac AX-20

Teac ME-120

Teac Model 2 mixer & MB20 meter bridge

Teac Model 5 mixer

Tascam Model 10 mixer$2,350

Digital tape recording begins to take hold in professional audio studios.

Ampex introduces 456 high-output mastering tape.

Mitchell and ex-presidential advisers H. R. Haldeman and John Ehrlichman found guilty of Watergate cover-up charges

evacuation of Saigon

South Vietnam refugees

Patricia (Patty) Hearst, kidnapped

1976

ADS

Ampex ATR-100 $5,450 Rev

Ampex ATR-700

Dokorder 1140 $1,199.95

Revox A77

ReVox A700 $2,049

Teac 25-2 $1,850

Teac A-2340R $799.50

Teac A-3300  $795

Teac A-3340 $1,199

Teac 80-8 $3,500

 

Shure 51

Shure 556

Teac ME-120

Teac Model 1

Teac Model 2 mixer & MB20 meter bridge

Teac Model 5 mixer

Tascam Model 10 mixer$2,350

Dr. Stockham of Soundstream makes the first 16-bit digital recording in the U.S. at the Santa Fe Opera.

Karen Ann Quinlan “right to die” case

Supreme Court reinstated death penalty

200th anniversary of independence

Legionnaire's disease

Viking II set down on Mars

World's worst earthquake Tanghan, China

1977

ADS

Pioneer RT-707

Revox A77, Series III

Tascam 8 $4,j600

Teac 25-2 $1,850

Teac A-3300  $795

Teac A-3340 $1,199

Teac 40-4

Teac 80-8 $3,500

Teac 90-16

 

Shure 516 EQ

Shure 556

Teac ME-120

Teac Model 2 mixer & MB20 meter bridge

Teac Model 5 mixer

Tascam Model 10 mixer$2,350

Carter pardoned most Vietnam War draft evaders

Energy Department created after natural gas shortage

Elvis Presley died

George Lucas's first Star Wars film

1978

ADS

Akai GX-650D $995

Dokorder 7140 $629

Dokorder 1120 $649.94

Dokorder 1140 $1,299.95

Dokorder 8100 $549.50

Dokorder 8140 $749.50

Otari 5050Q $2,050

Pioneer RT-2022 $1,250

Pioneer RT-1011L $600

Pioneer RT-707

Pioneer RT-901

Pioneer RT-909 $900

ReVox A700 $2,049

ReVox A77 MKIV $959

ReVox B77 $1,195

Sony 880-2 $2,495

Sony 788-4 $1,450

Tandberg 10XD $1,399

Tandberg 3500X $599

Tascam 8 $4,j600

Teac A-2340 $850

Teac 25-2 $2,000

Teac A-3300  $750

Teac A-3340 $1,300

Teac A-6300 2T $1.100

Teac A-7300 2T $1,449.50

Teac 80-8 $3,500

Teac 90-16 $12,500

Technics RS-1500 $1,500

Technics RS-1506

Telex 1400 $1,535

Toshiba PT-884D $309.95

Uher SG-630  $1,279.5

 

JBL L40s 

Shure 516 EQ

Shure 556

Shure M67 $268

Sony MX-20 $1,095

Teac Model 2  $299

Teac Model 5 mixer $1,500

Tascam Model 10 mixer$2,350

Teac Model 15 mixer

A patent is issued to Blackmer for an adaptive filter (the basis of dbx Types I and II noise reduction).

US turned over Panama Canal to Panama

Proposition 13 California

Anwar al-Sadat and Israeli Prem. Menachem Begin reached accord on “framework for peace”

prime interest rate 11.75%

1979

ADS

Pioneer RT-901

Pioneer RT-909 $900

ReVox B77 $1,195

Teac 35-2 $1,900  Ad

Teac A-3300  $795

Teac A-3440   $1,199

Teac 80-8 $3,500

Teac VS-88 80-8 Variable speed control

Teac 90-16

 

JBL L40s

Shure 516 EQ

Shure 556

Teac Model 1

Teac Model 5 mixer

Teac PB-64 Patch Bay

Three Mile Island

DC-10 jetliner crashed May 25 after takeoff from Chicago, killing 275 persons

Carter proposed reduce U.S. dependence on foreign oil

$1.5 bil loan-guarantee plan to aid the ailing Chrysler Corp

Iranian Hostage Crises

Sid Vicious died

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