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Ampex 601 Portable Analog Mono Reel to Reel Tube Tape Recorder Machine #34326

Availability: In stock




BRAND: Ampex

MODEL: 601

FUNCTION: Analog Tube Tape Recorder

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: This listing is for a 1962 Ampex 601 Portable Analog Single Channel Mono Reel to Reel Tube Tape Recorder. We received this item from the band Queens of the Stone Age as it comes out of their studio here in Burbank. 


  • Serial #2450
  • CAT. No.7948-1 (7 1/2 ips 1/4" Half Track - Mono)
  • Reel Size: 7" RETMA Reel (Maximum)
  • Tubes:  5Y3GT, 12AU7, 5879, 6F5, 12AY7
ACCESSORIES INCLUDED: This item includes the original power cable. It comes only as seen in photos, and does not include any additional accessories.
  • Does Not Include Tape or Reels

PHYSICAL CONDITION: Good - The tape machine looks good for its age with only a few light chips in the paint on the front of the recorder and minor scuffs on the outer surface of the case. The metal hardware on the case shows some oxidation and pitting, though all-in-all the case remains strong and sturdy.  Also, there are two screws missing from the vent on the rear of the case. The recorder shows very little oxidation and fading but is otherwise really clean. Internally, there is embedded dust in some hard to reach areas but appears to have been well taken care of over the years. The VU meter's metal face is bent slightly convex, and has some light scratches in the paint. There is one screw missing from the inside, securing the meter to the faceplate of the recorder. Overall, other than some minor outpoints, the tape recorder is in very good condition for its age.

WORKING CONDITION: Excellent - Works like charm! All functions, all controls, and all parts are in excellent working condition. Both mic and line amps are in terrific shape and working perfectly as well. Note that you must push the button nest to the Play/Record selector switch, the button also acts as an LED indicator for arming tracks into record ready. Playback, record, and rew/ff are all working great. Overall working condition is excellent.



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