Here is an answer from a VP level executive at Nagra:
"The answer to your question is most definitely NOT."
So unless someone is planning to revive the Stellavox brand, it's Studer or it's an incorrect rumor,
-- Tom Fine
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Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Studer getting back into analog tape machines?
>I directly asked both companies. Will report back if I get any facts.
> Nagra, maybe. They are smaller so they can think a bit more out of the box. But it seems like they
> wouldn't have the capital to get back into complex analog tape machines. Are there enough
> audiophiles out there? And, they specialized in small-reel portable machines whereas the upscale
> tape market is 15IPS 10" reels. So they'd need to redesign their mechanics.
> Meanwhile, Studer might well have the tooling in place to get right back into a tape machine,
> perhaps something like a B67, which could be sold for a few thousands dollars and be right in that
> Prediction -- if Studer and maybe if Nagra gets back into analog tape machines, Tascam may not be
> far behind (although they are now controlled by Gibson guitars and may or may not be in a capital
> position to get back into manufacturing mechanically complex analog products). I think Otari is
> still able to produce MX5050B type machines, special order.
> -- Tom Fine
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> From: "Timothy Wisniewski" <[log in to unmask]>
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> Sent: Thursday, May 22, 2014 3:15 PM
> Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Studer getting back into analog tape machines?
>> On Thu, May 22, 2014 at 3:12 PM, Tom Fine <[log in to unmask]>wrote:
>>> What other "famous Swiss tape recorder brands" are there?
>>> -- Tom Fine
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