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    Melbourne Australia
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    Analog tape recording
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    Radio electronics technician
  1. Sound Devices Mix Pre-3 and Mix Pre-6

    Hi all. Just bought a MixPre 3 unit, my first digital audio recording device ! It is pretty small alright, much smaller & lighter than my Uher & Nagra analogue decks ! Will be testing it out a lot this coming weekend... Cheers, Chris.
  2. Nagra Stories Sound-men won’t ever tell

    Yes, I love it Mark ! The 5 inch reels don't last long enough though ! But I can rewind the reel while at a stop light, then start again. Impressed with the battery performance so far, still using the same set of cells many hours later.
  3. Nagra Stories Sound-men won’t ever tell

    Hi Guys. As Mark said, this is very interesting historical info, thanks for sharing ! I still love using my Nagra E. I have added a QTIM timer roller to mine now which is quite handy, and pretty accurate. I sometimes play it in the car, through the car sound system, is wonderful !
  4. Nagra Stories Sound-men won’t ever tell

    Tension roller problem fixed ! I first tried adjusting the tension of the return spring (very nice screw mechanism to do this, by the way), this helped a bit, but not enough. So I returned the tension adjustment to its original position, then added a very small amount of oil on to the brake drum itself, but not directly on the felt pad. This fixed the problem. Now, at the end part of a tape, the left roller starts to oscillate a few times, then quickly stabilizes, after stopping then starting again. Much happier now ! Cheers, Chris.
  5. Nagra Stories Sound-men won’t ever tell

    Thanks for the reply, Dela. I might try doing as you suggest. I now have the service manual for the 4.2, it seems to be pretty much identical as far as the mechanical side of things go. I will check the left reel brake pad material, and perhaps put a very small drop of grease on it as the manual suggests.
  6. Nagra Stories Sound-men won’t ever tell

    Thanks very much for the info, David & Dela ! Yes, the oscillating roller can be steadied ok with my finger. I did not realize that this was a common issue with the Nagra decks. I will perhaps try adjusting the roller tension a bit with the adjustable screw on the arm. I guess if you removed the small return spring ( not the main tension spring ) that is attached to the left roller arm, this would stop the oscillation from happening ? But then what would be the side affect from doing this ? Cheers, Chris.
  7. Nagra Stories Sound-men won’t ever tell

    Hi again. Dela, the service manual is great, but unfortunately it does not cover any of the mechanical adjustments to the unit. I would like to know about the mechanical adjustments now, because there is a slight problem with the left tension roller, with excessive wobble sometimes. Is only a problem when there is a small amount of tape left on the supply reel, and the unit is stopped, then started again. The left roller keeps oscillating continuously unless I put my finger on it to stabilize it. If the tape is continuously played without stopping, there is no problem. Any ideas how to fix this ? Would really prefer to fix this myself if possible, I am technically minded. Thanks, Chris.
  8. Nagra Stories Sound-men won’t ever tell

    Dela, thanks so much for the service manual, just what I needed ! I have done 2 music mix tapes on the Nagra E now. This is a great thread, the most info I have found about Nagra decks on the one forum.
  9. Nagra Stories Sound-men won’t ever tell

    Ha, cool about the UHER ad ! I should perhaps update it to a Nagra one now.. Yes, I know the E stands for Economy. I think it was nearly half the price of a regular 4.2 model, but still pretty expensive, certainly not a consumer level item. Nagra never made any cheap decks ! The tool kit is missing, I think they are quite often missing in these decks. I forgot to mention, the deck came with a tape on it, with what I presume is a radio interview, probably the last one it was used for. But is from an Israeli radio station, so is in Jewish, I cannot understand it ! There are various sections of tape spliced together. I will keep it in my collection. By the way, does anyone have a user manual in English for the Nagra E ? I can only find a German copy. I would like to know all about the various internal link settings on the main PCB inside.
  10. Nagra Stories Sound-men won’t ever tell

    Hi. Really liking my Nagra E. Have only done a few test recordings with it yet, and it sounds great. The tape transport on these machines is superb. The serial number is 0202200. Any idea how many Nagra E models were made ? I have attached a carry strap to it, a standard guitar shoulder strap works perfectly. I have been testing it with a Rode NTG4+ mic.
  11. Nagra Stories Sound-men won’t ever tell

    Hi all. I am now a Nagra owner, my Nagra E arrived yesterday. Is an ex-Israeli radio station unit, pretty well used with plenty of small scratches etc, definitely not a mint one ! The usual Red color. But I am very happy that it still works perfectly, tested playback & record, all good. I must say, WOW, the build quality of these Nagra units is fantastic ! A bit better than my Uher decks ! I will post pics of it soon. Cheers, Chris.
  12. Purchasing first Nagra deck

    Hi all. Just a quick update to this post of mine. I have now purchased a Nagra-E deck, yay !! Have yet to receive it though, not even sure if it is 100% functional. Was a pretty good price I think. It does basically work, I have been told. I am a technical person, so should not have too much difficulty fixing it if need be. But it looks to be all intact, no missing or broken bits ! Will let you guys know when I receive it & test it out. Cheers, Chris.
  13. Safdie Brothers Talk About Audio on 'Good Time'

    Perhaps they are Calrec mics ? Good quality British mics they are...
  14. Rode NTG4+ mic

    Ok Ty, thanks for the link, I think I read this before I purchased the mic. All is good now, I have a replacement NTG4+ and is working very well.
  15. Nagra Stories Sound-men won’t ever tell

    Absolutely love the look & features of the IS model. This is the one I would get if I had a chance, due to its smaller size & weight. Have to be content with my Uher Report Monitor 4000 for now at least....