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  1. Pretty cool, Thanks for posting that clip of a Nagra II in a film. Probably the only 4 seconds in the whole film that showed it. Very few people today would ever spot that and know what it was. The second picture is blank/missing? Stereo Nagra III?
  2. 1st thought Wow, a great video showing 1977 history recorded on the Nagra SN of the day. I never saw this before. Thank you Daniel for posting it. Now I get it, fooled again. This is the same mind game as my Nagra II video. I had to think about it for a minute it looks like SN is playing the sound back, but it's not. The magic of movies. I keep forgetting the sound you hear in movies is added later. It's really all smoke and mirrors but it works very well.
  3. Full disclosure, that video is running on the windup motor only, the audio was added to the video. No other power but winding it up, It takes two types of batteries, I never tried recording or playback with batteries. Maybe someday I'll try it with batteries or a couple of power supplies and see what happens. I noticed yesterday Youtube changed some of my videos and some are not working or missing. Thank you, Fred
  4. I'm happy to see that yellow mark on your recorder as it's further proof and backs up my story. My three-letter friend in the story did not have the yellow mark on his recorder or the nameplate which made it a mystery for almost 20 years. It's easy to understand a novice seller or collector might try and remove the yellow mark not knowing its place in history. You can also thank Jeff, without Jwsound my Yellow Recorder story would never have been told and no one would ever have known about the yellow mark and its meaning or of the super rare recorder for that matter. Now you found one for yourself thats fantastic I'm glad the story helped. It looks like on yours someone also tried very hard to remove that yellow mark but gave up. A little bit of pledge furniture polish will let the mark blend back nicely with the contrast of the leather don't worry that mark was meant to stay forever the pledge won't remove it. You have the recorder now, Were you able to pick up a copy of the children's book also? That is a must-have to go with it.
  5. Hello Quad, Welcome to Jwsound Nagra Stories. I'm glad you posted. I'm sure I speak for others as well, I would love to see you post some pictures of your collection of tape recorders. Even the toy recorders, I'm always interested in seeing different recorders, especially ones I do not have or know about. I'm glad my Yellow Recorder Story allowed you to find and acquire one for yourself. I'm wondering if yours also had the yellow mark on the recorder also? I look forward to seeing your collection and more posts from you. Do you also have the tiny Russian covert recorders like my American covert recorders? There are a few of Russian recorders I would like to add to my covert recorder collection if I ever get the chance.
  6. Another member send me these videos of the Nagra MX 4 channel mixer, looks like it has already been posted on Jwsound a few years ago. Anyway this is the rare Nagra Mx mixer. Thank you dela and mono
  7. Thanks, Dela, sounds even more interesting once I got to the point of the plastic lid, the first thing that came to mind "Stellavox" does anyone have a picture? I wonder if this was before or after Stellavox was selling their cool mixer? dela you always come through with a world of well-explained information, Thank you, Sir. After I just wrote that reply to dela I did another search and this time I found it, funny the first time I did a search it tuned up nothing but Sony MX, I guess I gave up too soon. I see now it's well after the Stellavox mixer. Still pretty cool and a must-have for a collector. That would be a good piece to add to any Nagra collection Looks expensive and with only ten made you did well srs148 Now there is only 9 left.
  8. Yeah srs148, I know it's a big deal coming so close to having a chance to get on JBond's front page directory sorry about that. Many men have tried. I'll figure it out someday. Not sure if that's the best analogy to losing the last Nagra 1 ever made that was worth 20K though. Kidding, I know you were saying it in jest. I thought I knew Nagra's pretty well, what is this Nagra MX-4 channel mixer you speak about?
  9. I can't add the Nagra 1story to page one. It appears I can no longer add to my directory on page one. The posts are no longer numbered in blue which was the code I used to do that.
  10. Its Your story now. The last Nagra I, number 25, that was, but never made it to his hands. Thank you srs148 for chiming in with the facts of this story instead of just my endless speculation. This story is now dedicated to you. I will place it in my directory on page one. Seriously, I feel bad you were so close. Oh man, that must have been a very long two days. Like I said, who tries to make an item look worse when they re-list it other than doing it for the previous buyer that just got cheated out of it. The guy had a lot of gall to tell you one thing then list it again so soon. You must be a very easy-going guy. But really, what could you do? I'm glad I didn't get as far as you did by winning the auction, paying for it, only to be told he didn't "feel comfortable" selling it to you. That would definitely be too much for me to take. SOOO close and still got away. You win that prize. If it makes you feel any better, it was a Historic sale and you were part of it. I'll bet the seller already had the firm offer of 20K before he sent you your money back and he listed it again maybe because the buyer just wanted to make it legit or safer going through eBay. If the seller had any conscience at all, he must have been going through a real tough time in those two days sweating bullets in what to do about that offer. But for 20K on an item he wanted 400.00 for, could any one of us make up a clumsy friend who always dropped stuff? I would not want that stress either way in this situation. But in real life, the seller probably made the right decision, sorry for your loss.
  11. I completely understand the uncontrollable excitement, but wow, I would never man handle the Nagra SN with such dirty hands. 🙂 I have made boxes for things I was that excited about since I was a kid. It's like so beautiful and you can't really enjoy it enough, so you build a special box to keep it in. I completely understand why he built the box. Probably some kind of sickness we have, though I never built one before for any Nagra because I have my display case to show it off. He did end up giving the Nagra SN the utmost respect it deserves by building that special box. As I said 5 years ago when you could get some Nagra SN's for under a grand, "the Nagra SN will be the most sought-after reel to reel that was ever made, mark my words" as you're starting to see in the prices they now sell for. Thanks Mono for posting that , Wow, 5.39M subscribers he makes some serious money.
  12. Definitely, a legit email from eBay. I have seen many times that an item does not show up in completed sales if it is too close to a previous sale of the same item same seller. It may show up later, but when it does it will not show the price of what the item sold for It will just say best offer accepted, that is the norm. If it was a scam auction I would not have received a legit email from eBay and a link to follow. There is more to the email that eBay uses to let you know it's a legit email that I can show online. If I click on the link in the email (to see similar items) it brings me to this. Then click on view original item It brings you to this. Then click the completed auction the 1bid next to the price it brings me to this , showing best offer accepted and shows the fake buyers id but real number of feedbacks not the buyers ID. They never show the amount sold because it allows the buyer to resell the item without letting people know what they paid for it. This buyer will have a very hard time making a profit if indeed he follows thru and pays the 20,000.00 The only scam in this case would be the buyer not paying the 20,000.00 So maybe it will be relisted again if that is the case. Someone could have been very frustrated with the seller not accepting his many bids and said screw that and bid 20K knowing he is not going to pay it. So if you did make an offer you should have all the information that I do. Unless the part of the world where you live eBay has to follow different privacy laws. And If you click the blue title it will open up and show the description and pictures. That is the only place right now where to find the item. A scammer copies the same original auction because that is all the scammer has to go by. This second listing has 4 or 5 more pictures, and a updated description. How would the scammer get the extra pictures of such a rare item taken apart? It's real !! no scam, Did you get and email saying your bid was canceled and item was sold ? if so follow the same steps above to view the item.
  13. Well, I have been a member of eBay since 1998. I have found a lot of good deals and some very rare recorders. I don't check as much as I used to, but I do notice Nagra listings daily as a Nagra search on eBay is my home page when I open my computer. That day Dec. 29th I looked at the completed Nagra items just to see if I missed anything. I have never missed such an important once-in-a-lifetime opportunity as I did on the 29th of December. It was just hanging out there for sale for 3 hrs just waiting for someone to come along and buy it now for 1,000.00. I missed it by 30 minutes. I emailed the seller saying if the person who bought it does not follow through, I will pay XXXXXX No reply. Then I thought about it, it's complete I could clean up the paint make it look real good. Then I emailed again saying if the person doesn't like it I will pay XXXXXX. That was on Dec 30th. Never heard from the seller at any time. Ok I tried. Here are some pictures for your enjoyment. So today I noticed it was back up for sale - this time make an offer. I offered xxxxxxxx and said please counter offer. There were already two offers before me. The seller never contacted me at anytime a week ago or today so I believe the seller had many, many offers from the first auction other than from me and much higher than I offered. Two hours later I received an email from eBay saying my offer was declined. Also, because I made an offer, the amount that it sold for shows in the upper left of the email. And it sold for $20,000.00. At least it's better than knowing I lost it for 1,000.00. I could have cleaned it up very nicely. A complete Nagra I, the first time I ever saw one for sale. If you followed my posts about the Nagra I, I said I thought I read somewhere they made 25 of them. Nagra's video says they made about 12 , wrong again. This is the first one that I have seen with any kind of serial number 2522 I take that as out of 25 made, this is number 22. Sure would have rounded off my collection but my xxxxxx offer doesn't compare to $20,000.00 I always said there are some big time Nagra collectors out there, with very big wallets. These pictures were not included in the first auction. Maybe the seller did this to try and change the buyer's mind? Or when the seller sold it the first time, he didn't disclose the corrosion to the buyer as far as I can tell and he took it apart to show pieces and screws are missing. Both auctions are on ebay completed Nagra sales. You decide why the added extra 3 pictures below were in the second auction and not the first. Who tries to make what your selling look worse by taking it all apart? Most likely the seller knew it would go for a lot of money and wanted to be completely up front. who knows. If I won that first auction for 1,000.00 these pictures below would not have changed my mind in the least. 20K wow. Only on Nagra Stories.
  14. Another one of Jbond's true to life stories. Only found here on Jwsound . Friday night 9:20 my wife and I are looking through movies on Netflix. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest comes up. My wife says oh, let's see that!! Ok, 52 seconds into the movie, the absolute first # 1 credit comes up "director of photography Haskell Wexler, a.s.c." I jump up, spilling my martini … that's Jeff Wexler's father!! My wife says don't yell, then said, really?! Yes, that's him! Just goes to show, you movie guys live on forever through your work. How many people can really say their work lives on forever?
  15. Sorry, just had to post this again, over 50 million views, at least 10 of them are mine. What perfection in a live setting, 40 or 50 years later. When the drums kick in with the ride cymbals, orchestra and harmonies in the background, Damm
  16. Nice post, less than 2 months before he was taken from us. Thanks for sharing. His best album too. The year after I was married ,The Beatles were everything to me when they first came out mid 60's. when I was 10
  17. How do you know, It's only recording on one side? There is only one output speaker on the Nagra E, so it works as it should. Or, If you mean you want to add the output of the Nagra E to a stereo, if so you have to output to the input on both channels of the stereo. Or, and most likely you mean it's only recording on one side of the tape? The Nagra E is not a full track recorder. You have both sides of the tape to record on, in mono. Or, Maybe I'm the one missing something here.
  18. If what you say was the general feeling Philip, then it's a good thing I had the bottle of scotch in the picture, more true to form. Look's like the unseen agent had BIG drinks also. I was going to say I drank the bottle trying to get those f-ing cigarettes to smoke on their own. The cigarette would not give off enough smoke to show up in the picture. Did you know you have to puff on a cigarette to light it and get it to smoke fairly well? Can't just hold a match to it in the ashtray. Even then, after puffing, very little smoke after you put the cigarette down. I ended up using some model train smoke oil to keep it smoking so the camera could catch it. Did you know if you put just too much or too little Christmas tree smelling train oil on a cigarette either it bursts into flames or it won't light at all? Let's just say I lost a lot of 30-year-old (newly opened) vintage cigarettes that day. A big learning curve on capturing sitting cigarettes giving off smoke. I should have drunk the scotch. The house all smelling like ashtrays and burnt Christmas trees. And I don't even smoke!! 😡 In the end as much of a hard time I had with the cigarettes, I do think the smoking cigarette adds life to the picture and puts it in the moment.
  19. I was looking for an old email and came across an interesting list of what I bought since 2002, and what I paid. Like this, POSTER NAGRA JBR SURVEILLANCE TAPE RECORDER 12X15 MAX BID $39.99 WON $24.00 Wow, I forgot what I paid so little for it. A glass-framed Nagra JBR poster $24.00 starting bid back in 2008. I was the only one that bid on it. I was probably the only one on eBay at the time that knew what it was. Never saw another one - probably only a handful produced. What's more shocking to me was my esnipe high bid was 38.99. Looks like I didn't care if I won it or not at the time. How many could there be? What was I thinking? I didn't own a JBR at the time and probably figured I'd never have one. Then in 2017, I was told this below by a very relevant and important person in the FBI, now retired. It was an honor to have communications with him. "As I advised, xxxxx xxxxxx told me that Nagra New York received a letter from the FBI advising that these recorders were an Interception of Communication (IOC) device and if Nagra continued to advertise these units, there could be legal repercussions. I don’t think Nagra advertised the recorders in the USA again." Now, to me the JBR poster is Priceless @ $24.00. The JBR recorder pictured in Nagra's glass-framed poster looks like it's sitting on top of the glass, outside of the picture - not a cheaply made poster, but high quality like everything Nagra produces. The poster depicts a dark covert setting. Of course, that's my JBR on the bottom that is actually sitting on top of the glass for size reference. The way the poster was done being zoomed in on the JBR, Nagra really made that JBR pop out in the poster if you compare the two recorders. Actually, Nagra's JBR poster with the newspaper and black background gave me the idea to make my own picture, the Nixon Watergate photo, made with the newspaper of the day, the recorder of the day, even the ashtray of the day monogramed with The Watergate Hotel. My picture looks kinda flat compared to Nagra's poster that pops out. I could not just zoom in because I made mine to suggest a very nervous person that stepped away to relieve himself who, by the way, has the missing 18 minutes. Nixon never used a Nagra SN, my picture suggests someone did. My poster is all fiction of course, or is it... "The Nagra JBR along with the SNST miniature recorders were categorized by the U.S. Department of Justice to be Interception of Communication Devices (IOC).” “The IOC statutes make it illegal to own, use, train and/ or educate non-law enforcement personnel to use this equipment.” First posted Dec. 18th, 2015
  20. Thanks for the reply, what you said above works, the part that I was missing was the cursor in the text before hitting the plus+. Before, I would hit the plus and It always put the picture at the top. Then I would try to move the picture around in the text and couldn't. I see now I should have been putting the cursor first it puts the picture right where the cursor is instead of the top. As you said. For 5 years I just copied and pasted the BBCode in red for message boards & forums shown below but the site would no longer accept it. I tried most of the other options below, message boards and blogs, etc. and they did not work either. I just tried the direct link (yellow arrow), It works!!! The only one that does, and the only one I didn't try. Puts the picture right where I want it instantly. Using the direct link I don't have go through the process of uploading the picture or use the add link button to get the picture in the post. It now works for me like it always did with copy and paste into the text and that is what I wanted. I knew it had to be something I was doing wrong or had to figure out. Inserting Youtube videos still work as they did before. Thank you for your help.
  21. I have a couple of problems with this new style forum and maybe adjustments can be made by whoever made the changes . I used to be able to post pictures within the text. If you go back through my posts, you will see many pictures and text in the same post. That is now impossible for me to do again. The attachment method on this new site does not put the picture in the text. You cannot post a picture through a URL link as text. Or at least I can't do it as I did before. I used to be able to do it as text then once posted the link becomes the picture. That has been the way I was doing it for the last 5 years. Now you have to upload a picture to Jwsound and you have no control where the picture will be shown within the text. It's ok if you only have one picture or you want all your pictures listed at the top or bottom of the post but if you want to insert the pictures to be within the text that is no longer possible to do as a simple task as far as I can see. Hopefully, someone will be able to address this and get it to work again or explain to me a simple way to do it. What I would normally do is post this below into the text where I wanted the picture. [img]https://i.imgur.com/ztHw6ED.jpg[/img] and that would be a picture when posted. No longer can I do that or know how to do that. Say I now wanted another picture in with the text, you would again post the link and there would be a picture below. [img]https://i.imgur.com/ztHw6ED.jpg[/img] You cannot do that anymore. A simple copy and paste from my picture site was all it needed . It would be great if that ability could be put back. So basically the way this post looks now would be what it looks like before I hit the [Submit Reply] or hit the preview Icon above. Except now it does not show the two pictures. The second problem with the new site is your post and pictures only use 2/3 of my laptop screen, a screen size like you are viewing on an Ipad even though you're on a full-size computer or laptop. The right-hand side of the screen is for notes and statistics about the thread but scroll down and the rest of the page is almost 1/3 of the page is a gray blank useless space for the rest of the thread. It should only be 2/3 while something is posted on the right side. Once there is nothing to post on the right the screen should return to FULL size. The screen shot below is what I see.
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