Right, but what MAKE AND MODEL for the mic you're using? We're curious as to its sensitivity,
directional pattern, etc. This all has bearing on how to use it in a booth.
In "fixing up" the Presto recorder, what did your friend do? Do you know for sure that it runs on
speed and to original mechanical specs? What about the electronics? Did a technician test each stage
to make sure the noise floor is low and hum is not entering the audio circuits? And the cutterhead,
how was that restored? I don't know enough about these machines to say for sure, but if there is
mechanical damping and isolation, I think it's a good bet that 70-year-old rubber or plastic is shot
and lubricants probably need to be cleaned out and replaced. You need to do all of this just to get
the machine running as it was designed to run and as it ran in the 1940s. By the way, if the
turntable is driven with a rubber puck (sometimes call a puck-drive or rim-drive design), it's
likely that the rubber has dried out and the platter thus probably has bad wow and may not run
on-speed. All of these things can be restored, but care and enterprise must be practiced because
usable original parts probably don't exist.
-- Tom Fine
----- Original Message -----
From: "Lorna Fulton" <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Thursday, September 18, 2014 12:13 PM
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] recording booths
> Oh- sorry! Its a 1938 presto Model D: had it all fixed up by a friend as
> it had been sitting in a recording studio for about 40 years and no longer
> It already has a preamp, so we're using the machine with a standard mic.
> My knowledge of the technical side of it isn't brilliant I'm afraid!
> Lorna Fulton
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> On 18/09/2014 18:08, "Paul Stamler" <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>>On 9/18/2014 2:39 AM, Lorna Fulton wrote:
>>> Its just a standard microphone with xlr/amphenol connectorę.
>>I think we'd all like to know the make & model, and what associated
>>recording chain you're using -- preamp or interface etc.