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Help... Ampex console
Old 13th October 2018
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Help... Ampex console

I have a Ampex 3in1 console from my late grandparents and I can’t find any information about the unit. Hoping somebody can help me.
I’m calling it a 3in1 because on top of the console the lid lifts up and their is a reel to reel player and a separate radio tuner with a record player in a pull out drawer in the front with speakers on both sides of the console.
Just in case my pix don’t show up this is the information on the tag.
The I.D. Tag says model# A and catalog# 21000
With a serial# 11497

Any help or thoughts would be greatly appreciated

Thx Kevin
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Old 15th October 2018
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I put the “Ampex” and the model # into internet search. Lots there.
Old 16th October 2018
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That thing is freaking cool!
Old 16th October 2018
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Sorry, I was typing on a train in Italy, and didn’t get it right.
The correct entry would be “Ampex stereo console”. You will get pictures and links.
Old 23rd October 2018
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Your console is a 1958 Ampex Crescendo in Contemporary Walnut. The model number is A423–CW.

If you provide detailed pictures and high-resolution scans of the documentation that came with it I can answer your questions. From what I can see it's got a Garrard RC88/4 changer that is probably wired for monophonic use. It has an Ampex monophonic preamplifier (the right-hand three knobs) sharing the same faceplate with a modified Fisher 80R AM-FM tuner. The 900-series Ampex reel to reel records in Mono but is able to play back in stereo. There are probably a pair of 15watt 6V6 amplifiers in the back.

If this unit has not been used recently, do not plug it in until you are ready to bring the power up very slowly with the variac, bringing up one piece of equipment at a time. It will almost certainly need servicing without which it could be permanently damaged.

Hope this helps.

Bob
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