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Old 16th May 2024, 4:12 pm   #1
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Default Is this a Nagra ?

A couple of weeks ago while watching recording of The Pet Shop Boys documentary saw this very nice looking R2R in a music studio.

I think it could be a Nagra, can anybody confirm ?

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Old 16th May 2024, 4:24 pm   #2
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Looks like a Nagra 4.2 to me.

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Old 16th May 2024, 5:21 pm   #3
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Absolutely definitely!
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Old 16th May 2024, 5:51 pm   #4
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Looks like the radio version ..minus its Neopilot head for sync sound recording with a film camera...
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Old 16th May 2024, 6:00 pm   #5
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Default Re: Is this a Nagra ?

The other recorder which looks like a Nagra is the Stellavox. But that's a real Nagra (made by Kudelski)

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Old 16th May 2024, 6:41 pm   #6
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It looks like they haven't laced it up correctly!

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Old 16th May 2024, 7:28 pm   #7
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Looks all right to me...
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Old 16th May 2024, 9:03 pm   #8
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It's a 4.2, but missing the Pilotone head. With Pilotone, they were standard issue for BBC Film Dept. I think that's a three-channel mixer on the front, but it makes mono recordings.

The IV-S is the stereo one (uses a narrow centre track for the pilot signal or timecode), and the knobs are red and green (port and starboard), and there's a bulge on the front of the meter for the second movement's coil etc.
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Old 16th May 2024, 9:41 pm   #9
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30 odd years ago, I worked in an acoustics lab where these were used to make field recordings (along with a cal tone) for later analysis on Fourier gear which was too large to leave the lab. OK, this was slightly anachronistic even then - but how things have changed.
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Old 16th May 2024, 10:02 pm   #10
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No doubt. A Nagra 4.2.
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Old 16th May 2024, 10:34 pm   #11
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It looks like they haven't laced it up correctly!

David.
If you are referring to the lever on the lower right of the top panel having no tape around it, I also wondered about it.

Reading the 4.2 Insruction Manual it is clear that no tape is supposed to be laced around the lever. The lever (Pinchwheel and tape guide control lever) is manually moved between its open or closed position for various tape control operations.

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Old 17th May 2024, 12:44 am   #12
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It looks like they haven't laced it up correctly!

David.
If you are referring to the lever on the lower right of the top panel having no tape around it, I also wondered about it.

Reading the 4.2 Insruction Manual it is clear that no tape is supposed to be laced around the lever. The lever (Pinchwheel and tape guide control lever) is manually moved between its open or closed position for various tape control operations.

David
That's correct. The IV/4 series lever replaced the Nagra III rotating knob.
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