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  1. I came across interesting pair of headphones. Seems to be a regular stereo Beyerdynamic DT48, but with Kudelski name on it. Looks like a great pair for early Nagra IV-S.
  2. PiO, if this Nagra has no value for you just give her to me 😄 I’ll give her a good home. Joking apart. Maybe I don't own early Nagra recorders. But I do have some low SN accessories: Variateur de vitesse. Production date: 1964. SN: 84 PAR charger. Production date: 1964 SN: 259 And my favourite: Although not for Nagra III, this ATN-2 is 10th unit ever made.
  3. Regarding Nagra III serial numbers, recently I came across two units: First is late 1967 Nagra III with newer style modulometer. Serial number: PHO 67 11215 Second is 1964 Nagra III under the name "Telefunken". It was used by Bayerischer Rundfunk. Telefunken name was given for avoiding high import duties and taxes. At least that's what I've been told. The machine was modified by RBT (Rundfunk Betriebstechnik). B/A button was modified to show the strength of pilot signal on the modulometer. There is also a little pot for regulation of that signal. Serial number: NP 64 5164 H And the comparision of the two: You can see that "Telefunken" Nagra was also provided with Groß Tuchel mike input instead of regular XLR. This is typical in recorders used by West Germany TV broadcasters. Inside: Top: 1967 Bottom: 1964
  4. With it's obvious mistakes it is still nice to see any kind of promo clip showing historic photos of Kudelski and Nagra. Better this than none. And here's a hint: While visiting Warsaw for the first time after the war in 1971, Kudelski was asked in radio interview if it's true that his tape recorders are aboard US space ships. He denied. So Nagra SN could went to the moon in 1972 after it's development.
  5. Another Nagra II on ebay. This time tested, working with anode battery and carrying case included.
  6. Although I am not sure if The Beatles Help! is the first movie featuring Nagra on the screen, I am interested in this topic in general. Besides now-famous 1981 Brian De Palma's Blow out, my all time favourite appearance of Nagra tape recorder is in 1976 Krzysztof Kieślowski's The Scar. Maybe there isn't much action, but dialoge is epic: Journalist plays interview recorded with manager 6 years earlier. Manager of state-owned factory, not interested at all, suddenly breaks: M: Is this Nagra? J: Yes... M: Do you know that these are the best tape recorders in the world? J: Did you hear the recording, sir? M: Yes, so what? J: I'd like to continue this audition... M: Why don't you make an audition about Kudelski. That's an evident achievement. We don't make any interesting things here. I am sorry if this is OT, but maybe we can make a full list of all movies featuring various Nagra recorders on the screen?
  7. Thank you very much Dela for so many informations! It did clarify the whole aspect of circuits installed in my 4.2. One thing came to my mind. I’m using third party modern 18v PSU and I don’t have any fresh batteries at the moment. Maybe I don’t provide sufficient power to the unit?
  8. Jumper plug. I forgot how it’s called. Yes I have screwed this plug in Pilot tuchel socket. I thought that maybe this plug is defective and replaced it with 3 spare ones I have. I even put paper clip instead. Still no result. Guess there is some problem in the circuit.
  9. Thank you for fast response. I made some test recordings and when replaying with pilot playback chosen modulometer’s needle moves very little. Also I have some tapes recorder with 50Hz pulse sync and again modulometer reacts in the same manner. It oscillate around % mark on the meter.
  10. Hello, I got myself neopilot 4.2 with Nagra QGX crystal sync generator built in. However I don’t know if it’s broken or just I don’t know how to use it. I have an XTAL plug in pilot socket. When I turn machine into the test mode pilot flag indicator turns white. But since I turn machine into recording pilot indicator turns black and it doesn’t record pilot signal. Modulometer shows pilot frequency at 0% for the whole time. Has any of you experienced Nagra users idea what can be wrong? Maybe I am omitting something or it is damaged?
  11. I thought that 67 means 1967. It sure is a true classic and deck top always looked more sophisticated to me than 4.2 or IV-S. Your 1958 Nagra III looks brand new. And please share a picture of that gold anodized SN. Pictures are part of what make this thread true interesting.
  12. No. I am not from Japan. The "Japanese story" is popular here. The interview is in local radio archives (as a sound file) but is also found online as a text.
  13. At least service manual for IV-S exists. Try to find one for III.
  14. I was always wondering why these banana sockets were placed so strange. Back in the day going for modification was a normal thing. Thankly now one can buy many sorts of adapters which are a must have in case of using III.
  15. Hello, I just registered on this forum (but been reading this thread for a couple of months) and want so say that your collections and knwoledge are very impressive! I find this thread as the best place for source of information on vintage Nagra recorders. So here I am saying hello to everyone. By the way, have you ever heard the rumor about J.F.K. administraton buying first Nagra spy recorders in Japan? Because Nagra sound quite Japanese. After reading this thread I know it's just a rumor. But that is what I heard in one interview (not with Kudelski himself) on radio some time ago.
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