For a truly portable (as opposed to 'transportable') recorder, I
concur with others that the Ampex 601 might be adequate.
A machine to absolutely avoid would be the Ampex PR-10. (A later
version whose model number I cannot recall was manufactured with
'solid-state' electronics.) My experience is that even with a great
deal of care lavished upon it, one could not be made to pull tape past
the heads in a stable fashion.
In my opinion, a Nagra IV represents THE golden age in analog
recording. Through the 1980s, NPR engineers often used them (and even
more frequently their mic preamps) when making studio recordings.
On 7 Mar 2009, at 17:20, Mahern, Paul Cantwell wrote:
> Hello Everyone,
> I have a client that is looking for a vintage tube powered open reel
> tape machine that is in good enough condition to take on the road
> and make recordings for his next record. A full track 1/4 inch would
> be best. Does anyone know of someone who sells or rents these in top
> condition . This is a major recording artist that is looking to make
> a record with one microphone and a tape deck.
> Very Best,
> Paul Mahern