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Tell me about this old RCA/NBC compressor....

So I have this old RCA/NBC compressor that found it's way into my studio. What do you guys know about it? I've never seen this particular one before.
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Use on a record that gets recognition and written up in lots of magazines.
It could then be worth $35K!

I'd restore it and use it!
It probably sounds pretty cool!
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Kind of looks like an RCA BA-6B to me.
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Use on a record that gets recognition and written up in lots of magazines.
It could then be worth $35K!

I'd restore it and use it!
It probably sounds pretty cool!
It has been fully restored by a good tech/friend.

It almost made its way into a mix today, but the artist and producer chose a "different" compressor.

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very cool "vibey" piece

I have no idea what it might be...could be a one -off
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i just wanna cuddle with it!!!!!!!!!!!
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Looks like an old receiver.
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It looks like a 2 to 1 mixer.
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On second look, the "AAGC" position on the far left knob probably inserts a compressor into the "Master" channel... maybe.

Looks like a sweet beast.
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On second look, the "AAGC" position on the far left knob probably inserts a compressor into the "Master" channel... maybe.

Looks like a sweet beast.
Oh it compresses alright......
What I do know about it was that it was used at NBC in the 40's with 2 mics going in and a compressed mono output for broadcast.
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Are there more of these? It's not like the other RCA units I've seen.
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Serial #1 ? That's cool.
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Well, the first thing that you should do is (obviously) replace every component inside with modern replacements to make sure you are getting everything that you can out of it......
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Good lord, I'll bet that thing sounds like heaven.


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May...we...hear it?
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It sounds amazing..... I've been toying with it for a few days now hoping the artist/producer will let me use it in a song.

The man who owns it restored it very well. And it only works well with a pad on the input AND output leaving me to guess NBC used this as an all in one mic pre/compressor back in the day.....

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dude, that thing is junk!
if you like send it here and i'll take care of it.
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