Showing posts with label ampex. Show all posts
Showing posts with label ampex. Show all posts

Wednesday, August 12, 2020


I am currently restoring our 1957 Ampex Console. Almost ready to start putting it back together.

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Ampex 600

The Ampex 600 RTR. I love watching the wheels go round and round.

Saturday, January 31, 2015

AMPEX 620 Monoblocks

These are out of my Ampex 423 console. I am about to start restoring. These little 6V6 monoblocks power some version of LE8's or D260's. They work but have a little hum going to do a simple recap. The Ampex it going to be bluetoothed to the wifes iphone so she can play some tunes in style.

8 caps each and a multisection lytic. Not going to do any mods but just make it safe for daily use. 

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Mid Century Modern Entertainment Center

This is amazing Lowther, Fisher and Ampex all wrapped up into an amazing console.
Furniture should still be made like this.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Early Ampex Corporation Theater Sound Systems

Check out these superb theater systems from Ampex. Likely licensed from Lansing or Western Electric. It is systems like these that make me wish I had a warehouse big enough to recreate these beasties. Just my opinion but if you want big real sound try big real speakers. Sorry starting to rant and drool....

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Ampex A423 Console

One of the first if not the first stereo consoles. I've been working on the console I have. Does anyone know of a good RTR repair shop?

This post originated at retro vintage modern hi-fi

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Ampex Mid Century Modern Console Score

I collect mid century modern furniture as well as stereo gear so this fits right in. It is an Ampex A423 console. I think it dates to the mid 50's. It makes some sound but not much. The goal will be to make it sound ok and be functional. The turntable is a Garrard RC33 which is a bummer but maybe I'll find something else to go in there like a 4HF. The console will likely go in a spare bedroom. I'm just glad it didn't go to the dump.
The RTR doesn't work so I'll try to lube it and replace belts if that doesn't work I'll start looking for one on ebay. It isn't high end so it should cost too much. If something else would fit I'd use a different RTR but that seems to be more trouble than its worth.
The speakers are interesting. They are some form JBL D260 or D216 or some predecessor to the LE8. These are the only drivers in the console. They are pretty heavy for 8 inchers. The mids sound surprisingly nice but not much HF. A period JBL tweeter might make it sound pretty good.
I was hoping for better amps but they came with a pair of 6V6 monoblocks. I'm sure they are ok for these speakers. They actually work pretty well right now.
It is a tight fit in there. The hard part will be getting everything out for a check up. It looks like the tuner and preamp are on the same piece. This appears to be the preamp for the RTR so it is separate. That is a guess we will see when I get in there.
The Ampex badge designates it as the A423.
The console came out of an old money 1950's mid century modern home. I doubt the console has moved since mid 50's. The funny things is that I drove right past 311 Main St to get it to my house :). Now that location is a Jazz Club which I'll have to check out soon.
The condition is pretty good the wood is solid and the thing must weigh around 250lbs. It was heavy. Not sure what the grain is but it is pretty.
Anyhow not bad for $40.

This post originated at retro vintage modern hi-fi