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    anyone ever heard of this brand/model?

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    This is a reel to reel I just won from an auction on ebay. I tried researching it, but came up with nothing substantial. The price was too good, so I bid on it anyway. Can anyone tell me if this thing sucks or not?

    Auto-Tec reel to reel

    Thanks,
    Eric

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    This item was discussed a few weeks ago on this forum and I think the conscious was that this machine was an Ampex clone from a defunct manufacture. So, you had better pray hard that everything works 100% on this beast as you will likely have a hard time finding parts and a technician who knows his way around the machine.

    If it comes with a service manual, you will have a chance to keep it in shape. Without a service manual, you will be in deep, deep do do.

    Good luck!

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    One thing I could detect from the pictures is that the pinch rollers will need either a deadly serious cleaning or re-conditioning or replacement. There is substantial rot and filth on them!

    The heads look to have shape but also appear to have rust on them! Was this thing kept at the bottom of a lake or in a sauna?

    Either way, it's a fixer-upper in my opinion.

    Cheers!

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    The guy I bought it from had purchased it in September from another guy on ebay. That auction is still viewable, so I looked at the description:
    "Autotech made these machines basically BY cloning the ampex MM1000. I bought this machine a while ago, never got around to putting it together, and now need to sell it to pay my ebay bill! The guy I got it from told me it was working, but he had it in storage for years and hadn't fired it up in a while. This used item is being sold as is ,untested, with no warranty implied or promised. I spoke to a famous NYC tech about this machine, they said it's a great sounding, reliable machine, easy to put together."

    That explains the rust and dust. I understood this when I bought it, and I also knew it was a rare machine. The real problem is that I have never owned a reel to reel and therefore wouldn't know how to fix one. Luckily, I know a few analog guys that could help me out with it. My question is: are parts like pinch rollers universal, or am I going to have to track down some made by Auto-Tec?

    Thanks for your help,
    Eric

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    You's probably have to make the pnch rollers yourself, which is probably not as hard as it sounds, and surely easier that to find replacements from auto-tec.

    The story sounds to me like several people have been thinking "I'll fix it up, it's cheap" and then giving up on it...

    So good luck with fixing it, or I'll guess we'll see it on eBay again soon.
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    Here's a picture of the MM1100 from Ampex.

    You will note that it looks completely different!

    Cheers!

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    And here's an other one with the doors open.

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    One more of the transport in a better close-up.

    Note; the parts look completely different!

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    After a bit of searching, I found an actual picture of the infamous Ampex MM-1000.

    This was a huge beast!

    650 pounds or about 315 kilos.

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    FBstdminime

    Your machine does not appear to really be a clone of this Ampex model.

    I am not sure which Ampex machine it would be a clone of but, I will dig some more and see if any Ampex machines are closer in design so that you might be able to get parts, if necessary for your machine, if and when the need arises.

    Cheers!

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