Ampex 300 - 1949

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Unit in Museum collection
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1949
Ampex 300
1949 ad for the Ampex 300
Ampex 300 professional reel to reel tape recorder in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collection Museum vintage collection
  • Freq Response 50 to 15,000 cycles +/- 2 db
  • Signal to Noise 70 db
  • Speed 7.5 & 15 ips
  • Motors 3
  • Reels 10.5 inch
  • Timing accuracy 0.1% rms @15ips
  • Weight approx 60 pounds   -   tube
  • Price $1,595  manual

pdf of Ampex 300 interior of our vintage reel to reel collection   More information

 

A reminder that the prices listed are what the item originally sold for in the year it was released.

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An original restored amplifier  for the Ampex 300 professional reel to reeel tape recorder in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collection  An original restored amplifier  for the Ampex 300 professional reel to reeel tape recorder in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collection 

An original restored amplifier for the Ampex 300 professional reel to reel tape recorder in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collection

An original restored amplifier  for the Ampex 300 professional reel to reeel tape recorder in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collection

Teac's first recorder was the Teac TD-102. Our collection has an original Teac TD-102 in its original wood box. There is a strong resemblance to the Ampex 300, just smaller

 


Ampex 300 in collection has 402/403 electronics

Hello,

I looked at your very nice collection of older Ampex recorders. It's interesting,  in your presentation of the Ampex model 300,  both in your display and in your Ampex timeline, you do not mention that the 300 in your collection is attached to a 402/403 electronics.   This is of course, not an original concept. I wonder who did that.. The original 300 had the "bathtub" electronics that was a 6SN7 push pull design as  output stage as opposed to the 6C5/6J5 single ended of the 403 you show.

Personally, I believe that the 403 electronics is the best  sounding tube electronics  that Ampex produced ( but not having heard the 200A electronics, or its later modification)  and because of that I'm actually  running  at home a stereo 350 transport feeding  two 403 amplifier units.  The best of all worlds I believe, of a great transport with the best sounding electronics INHO. Never really liked the 350 electronics sound and a bit better the triode 351 .

Anyway, Just for the sake of the "science of history"  you might want to mention that your display of the 300 model is a mutation (like my 350 ).

 great work Thanks,  Uriel Tsachor   June 28, 2014 


There were 42,000 Ampex 300s built

Our Reel2ReelTexas.com's Ampex 300 is serial number 1840 and belonged to Leo de Gar Kulka of Golden State recorders, Inc. in the San Francisco Bay area.

1949 review of the Ampex 300 professional reel to reeel tape recorder in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collection  1949 review of the Ampex 300 professional reel to reeel tape recorder in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collection

     Brochure for the Ampex 300 professional reel to reeel tape recorder in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collection   Brochure for the Ampex 300 professional reel to reeel tape recorder in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collection   Brochure for the Ampex 300 professional reel to reeel tape recorder in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collection   1951 ad for the Ampex 300 professional reel to reeel tape recorder in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collection   1951 ad for the Ampex 300 professional reel to reeel tape recorder in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collection  1951 ad for the Ampex 300 professional reel to reeel tape recorder in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collection  1951 ad for the Ampex 300 professional reel to reeel tape recorder in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collection 1951 ad for the Ampex 300 professional reel to reeel tape recorder in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collection   1951 ad for the Ampex 300 professional reel to reeel tape recorder in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collection  1952 ad for the Ampex 300 professional reel to reeel tape recorder in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collection  1952 ad for the Ampex 300 professional reel to reeel tape recorder in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collection   1953 proce list  for the Ampex 300 professional reel to reeel tape recorder in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collection 1953 proce list  for the Ampex 300 professional reel to reeel tape recorder in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collection  1953 proce list  for the Ampex 300 professional reel to reeel tape recorder in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collection  Ampex 300 professional reel to reeel tape recorder photo in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collection

 Manual for the Ampex 300 professional reel to reeel tape recorder in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collection  Manual for the Ampex 300 professional reel to reeel tape recorder in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collection  Ampex 300 three track photo in the Rell2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collection  Manual for the Ampex 300 professional reel to reeel tape recorder in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collection   Manual for the Ampex 300 professional reel to reeel tape recorder in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collection   Manual for the Ampex 300 professional reel to reeel tape recorder in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collection   Manual for the Ampex 300 professional reel to reeel tape recorder in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collection  Manual for the Ampex 300 professional reel to reeel tape recorder in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collection  Manual for the Ampex 300 professional reel to reeel tape recorder in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collection  Manual for the Ampex 300 professional reel to reeel tape recorder in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collection  Manual for the Ampex 300 professional reel to reeel tape recorder in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collection    April 1949 ad for the introduction of the Ampex 300, as well as information on the Ampex 200 reel to reel tape recorder in Reel2ReelTexas.com  vintage recording collection  1952 ad for Ampex 300 reel to reel tape recorder in Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collection   1949 review of the Ampex 300 professional reel to reel tape recorder  in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collection  1949 review of the Ampex 300 professional reel to reel tape recorder  in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collection  pcture of 1949 ad for Ampex tape recorders        


When the Ampex 300 reel tape recorder was acquired by Atlantic Records in 1949, Ahmet Erdogan told the engineer Tommy Dowd that he wanted to keep the disc cutter active for backups - a request he quickly abandoned after hearing the results of the new medium.  "Studio Stories - How the Great New York Records Were Made"

In 1948 Ampex was asked to create a 7 track instrumentation recorder. It was based on the Ampex 301 and released in 1949. It was the first of many instrumentation reorders to be built. Some stats show that 50% of professional recorders produced were for data recording for science, medicine and government.

The Ampex 400 followed the 300, was sold for $1,000.  The unit had only 2 motors was was said to have been a disaster.  The 400 was discontinued in 1950.  The Ampex 350 and subsequently the 351 were produced.  The Ampex 600 was said to be comparable to the Ampex 350 in a portable configuration. 80,000 of the original Ampex 600 were manufactured.  In the 1950's Ampex produced the 1/2' instrumentation reel tape recorder.  The A500 was a 4 track, 1/2", 30 ips recorder sold by Ampex in 1953.


These are some pictures from the California trip that show some additional recorders that were previously owned by Leo De Gar Kulka.  Also click here for a brief movie of some of the recorders. View video

                     

Excellent AES Ampex article by John Leslie and Ross Snyder

Go to the company's historypdf of the Ampex 300 transport electronicspdf of the Ampex 201 electronics

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Third party stored very dirty Ampex 30p reel to reel tape recorder photo in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collection    Third party stored very dirty Ampex 30p reel to reel tape recorder photo in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collection    Third party stored very dirty Ampex 30p reel to reel tape recorder photo in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collection    Third party stored very dirty Ampex 30p reel to reel tape recorder photo in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collection    Third party stored very dirty Ampex 30p reel to reel tape recorder photo in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collection    Third party stored very dirty Ampex 30p reel to reel tape recorder photo in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collection    Third party stored very dirty Ampex 30p reel to reel tape recorder photo in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collection    Third party stored very dirty Ampex 30p reel to reel tape recorder photo in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collection    Third party stored very dirty Ampex 30p reel to reel tape recorder photo in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collection


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