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    Question About Ampex 499 Tape

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    Can anyone help.

    I have aquired a 10.5" reel of Ampex 499 tape. Seems as new?,
    but may be years old.

    Does anyone know anything about this tape as I don't see it
    mentioned anyware.

    How would it compare with Ampex 456 ??

    If anyone has any info I would be gratefull.

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    The 499 is a better version of the 456 if Im not wrong.
    I use 456 and I LOVE the sound of it !

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    What type of deck do you have. The 499 requires a different bias setting. It sounds similar to 456 but can handle higher recording levels resulting in lower hiss and noise.

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    Arrow It'll handle +3db more energy before distortion than 456.


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    I would like to thank everybody who replied to my question.

    Paulie.

    The recorder is a 1/4" 2 track Revox A77. I have replaced
    many of the electronic components on the boards inside with
    better ones where possible and the machine performs very
    well. Background noise is extremely low with a very good
    frequency response.

    I used the 499 tape and it seemed better than 456. The 499
    tape seems quieter than 456 as well as other improvements. I
    know the Revox is ancient by todays standards but it amazes me
    just how good tape can be. I use it for my own guitar playing
    and 'singing ?' only.

    Don't use it much now, but would never part with it. I wan't to
    give it the best possible tape to work with and 499 is very good.

    Assuming it works ok with 456 is there anything I must do to
    get the best from 499, or is it more the case that it will stand
    a greater input before overloading ?.

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    DAT is Junk. Need a studio who can still mix it and revive the recordings

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    Looking for a studio who can mix from AMPEX 499 Grand Master Gold, 2" tape

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