JBond

Nagra Stories Sound-men won’t ever tell

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On 12/11/2016 at 10:53 PM, JBond said:

Please don't tell me this is what you're talking about, Did a small Nagra replace this? This had to be used for something else, right!

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Magna-Tech-magnetic-film-audio-recorder-/252220110407?hash=item3ab97d7647:g:s4AAAOSwZ1lWdwrk

This is the one we had at my film school. It was every bit as big as a Frigidaire, and was in the same little room as our Steenbeck 8 plate. I'm sad to say that at this point in film history, I feel they were falling out of popularity, as the first HHB Portadat and Fostex machines were making the rounds. I still have some of my tracks that I dumped to fullcoat for cutting on the 8 plate. I'm also lining up for my professors IV LE by trying to get in the will. But he's never going to let it go, and he'll likely be interred with it. 

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Just stumbled into this forum, and wanted to share some photos of Nagras.  We serviced lots of them at Audio Services C.  I washed out a nice III that had been dunged by an elephant in Africa, and I got to wear the rig that James Camery used for 60 Minutes.  I could barely hold it up for 60 seconds, though.  Karen Roulo is working at the bench, as well as a couple of great Joes.  At a trade show, I caught Manfred, Danny, and Andy Cooper in the Nagra booth.

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Great looking photos ahicomputer. Holy cow on the James Camery rig! 

Edit: And welcome!

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Welcome to Jwsound, glad you found us.  Great pictures, are these all older pictures or are some current pictures? I can't tell.  I would say the one with the older Cadillac is and the Nagra booth is.  But are the pictures with the repairs current? If so thats great you're still servicing Nagras.  Its scary though seeing that Nagra III about to take a shower. I wonder whatever happened to all those Nagra posters? Post more pictures if you have them.

Thanks for posting

 

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Those are all old (wonderful) pictures from the Audio Services days. I don't think any of our usual places are servicing Nagras anymore and there probably is very little call for that sort of service. I imagine any of our favorite service facilities could do Nagra service if it is needed.

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I see now I should have thought a little more before writing. I took (we serviced) but read as (we service). I guess at first glance the two pictures in the middle could look like today (people wise). I thought wow,  they have a booming Nagra service factory there,  even the girl is into it. 

But now,  after a little slap of reality from Jeff, I think I’m back to normal.  Yes of course, how can there be that many old Nagras being serviced at once in 2016? Most of them being  III’s, even an old DH speaker next to the Nagra III in the back. I guess I just wanted to believe people are still working on Nagras.
Thanks Jeff for the slap side the head, I needed it.  Now I’m back in 2017, not the 70's
 
Reminds me of this Seinfeld episode when this guy says (they're all chickens)  (Those are all old pictures). 
 

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Thanks for the replies !   All those are old photos for sure - taken with my little 110 Kodak Instamatic pocket camera or maybe my Nikormat 35mm that I finally acquired.  The caddy was the boss's - Dick Topham, best boss I ever had - in the parking lot behind the Audio Services building on Lankershim.  Another old nagra that I often serviced was the SN, the tiny little pocket-sized spy recorder.  I transferred many an SN tape to 1/4" for Beverly Johnson (Mike Hoover), and I listened to many hours of her material in the process.  The most memorable (unforgettable and comical in my mind) was an interview of an old-timer up in Alaska (documentary for Armond Hammer I believe) where they were talking about the dangers of the river currents during the melting season.  Quote from the old-timer Alaskan (probably a gold-miner guy) "There's a lot of dangerous currency in that river".   I've always thought about heading up there looking for some loose twenties.   Or Fifties... or Hundreds !

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On 1/7/2017 at 5:08 PM, Rachel Cameron said:

Great looking photos ahicomputer. Holy cow on the James Camery rig! 

Edit: And welcome!

Here is me and Jim Camery.  He was a great guy.  A couple other friends to mention:  Darrel Linkow and Frank Murphy come to mind today...

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Nostalgic in a way.  This is the place where I would hang out trying to be invisible (or appear to be very intently concentrating on something) while straining to evesdrop on conversations like the one pictured (I believe the gent in yellow is Jim Tanenbaum).  Long before the web and JWSound this sort of fly on the wall act @ ASC was a major aspect of my location sound education.  Eventually Ed Somers took pity on me and would answer my questions directly (and eventually sponsor me for membership in the CAS).  As forbiddingly intelligent as Mr Tanenbaum is, he would answer the questions of a newb if they weren't too stupid or too numerous.  Thanks dudes!

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Yes, Jim Tanenbaum on the left and Bruce Bisenz on the right. We all used to hang out at Audio Services, not always to buy anything but often just to chat with others, look at and play with the latest new toys that might have arrived. Philip is absolutely right that Audio Services, Coffey Sound and all the other usual suspects provided for us all some very valuable experiences, face to face, interactions that are sadly missing in today's world of the Internet. It's not so much that these things don't happen anymore, it's just that those sorts of interactions are less important --- most everybody would rather just punch something into Google and get volumes of results rather than seeking out a person and having a great face to face conversation.

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6 hours ago, Jeff Wexler said:

 It's not so much that these things don't happen anymore, it's just that those sorts of interactions are less important --- most everybody would rather just punch something into Google and get volumes of results rather than seeking out a person and having a great face to face conversation.

At least now with Jwsound everyone can still be in touch. Not face to face but still have the conversation. Not the same, but in many ways even better. Clearly ahicomputer's pictures brought some good memories back for you and Philip. It would've all been a distant memory or not even remembered at all If you didn't make this convenient place to connect, discuss and remember.

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Thank you, JBond, and you are so right that JWSOUND and many of the other social media sites have provided a kind of interaction never before possible, and that's a good thing! I would never have been able to look at all the amazing images of hundreds of vintage Nagras and be part of all the "Nagra Stories Sound-men won’t ever tell" if it were not for the Internet.

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By the way... present in those photos above is Dick Topham with the "shotgun" mic...   (my boss at Audio Services),   as well as Mike Riner and Paul St. Peter, all are top-notch guys I was privileged to work with at ASC, and then in the booth with the time code slates is Mike Denecke and (I'm not sure who was with him)... if anyone can jog the memories with his name it is greatly appreciated !

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