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   PiO    Since my machine has no historical value,

 

PiO, I think you should have added "to me" at the end of your statement above. I did not realize you were not a collector. My post saying it does have historic value meant it is my opinion that it does.  It's not or never will be in the IV-S league or price range. I'm sorry if I gave you that impression.
 Maybe your right,  to most people it will not be viewed historically.
 You are always welcome to donate it to the RJW Collection where it will have historic value in the context of the collection.
 Thank you very much for sharing your Nagra III with Jwsound. I appreciate you posting this information very much.

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On 2/27/2019 at 3:37 PM, Michel said:

   

     Dear  Sir, 

 

      I am a  61 years old  man.

         Compared to you (and Vienna)  I am a little Nagra and Stellavox collector. 

      I am fascinated by your collection  and specially by unknown spy recorders. 

      My english is poor and it' s difficult to read and understand all .

      A good french translation should be a pleasure but  I know it's a big job.

       What about  "nagra  fans" in your country ?

       Do they talk  each other and exchange what they know ?

 

        Best regards , 

 

           Michel 

               France

      

      

         

       

       

 

       

 

   

Im very sorry Michel I miss your 1st post and did not comment.  

I just came across your post  today by accident. Thank you very much for posting.  There are very few Public Nagra collectors.  As far as I know this site Jwsound is the only place where Nagra's are talked about between collectors and others in the US and the world as far as I know, do you know of any in France ?        

 

 I would love to talk you  and see your collection and share information with you.  Best way is copy and paste my text or any text on this forum into Google translator.  https://translate.google.com

If its easer for you just post in your own language and I'll do the same if that is ok with Jeff?

 

Je suis vraiment désolé Michel, ton premier post me manque et je n'ai pas commenté.
Je viens de tomber sur votre message aujourd'hui par accident. Merci beaucoup d'avoir posté. Il y a très peu de collectionneurs publics de Nagra. Pour autant que je sache, Jwsound est le seul endroit où l'on parle de Nagra entre des collectionneurs et d'autres aux États-Unis et dans le monde, autant que je sache, en connaissez-vous en France?

J'aimerais beaucoup vous parler et voir votre collection et partager des informations avec vous. Le meilleur moyen est de copier et coller mon texte ou n'importe quel texte de ce forum dans Google Translator. https://translate.google.com
Si c'est plus facile pour vous, postez simplement dans votre propre langue et je ferai de même si tout va bien avec Jeff?

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JBond, I did honestly think it didn't have much historical value since it's been so heavily modified an defaced. I certainly believe that if this machine would have been in "pristine" shape then it would have been very much sought after, and would have caused a commotion here...

I am still very proud to have such a well made and remarkable device, but it unfortunately does not serve me that much. And this is my main criterion regarding gear.

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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:

 

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Variateur de vitesse. Production date: 1964. SN: 84

 

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PAR charger. Production date: 1964

SN: 259

 

And my favourite:41FDCB9E-A654-4114-982C-A4193DA6AF32.jpeg

 Although not for Nagra III, this ATN-2 is 10th unit ever made. 

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On 3/2/2019 at 1:54 PM, Lermontov said:

Even with dent in the back... still DH with SN #1 is something extraordinary. No, I think no words can describe it. 

 

Sorry Lermontov, I took the post down as it was poorly written with too much drama and It was not fair to the seller by making it public.

Thank you for posting and showing your low number Nagra Accessories.  

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On 2/25/2019 at 10:38 PM, JonG said:

Cassette recorder you say?

 

Here you go Jon, 

 

I also send you a picture of a cassette recorder prototype that I found at my father home.
Have a nice day
Best regards
 
Marguerite Kudelski
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I call this The Best of Nagra 

 

 

Photo from Nagra Audio Facebook

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Stefan Kudelski really had a way working with aluminum like no other manufacturer.  All  products look fantastic shown like this. 
To think I sold my Nagrafax, sold my IVJ,  never could afford a Nagra T. All sold to buy the rarer SN's JBR Nagra II etc. figuring someday I'll buy them back because they were more common.  Now, with Nagra prices going up weekly I may have made a big mistake thinking I could always get them back.
 
The 4s is very popular with Nagra High-End audio equipment, isn’t it amazing, what a run that machine has.  I predict there will be a big market for what's left of the used Nagra IVS’s in the future. Supply and demand.
 
So many pictures and videos on Nagra Audio's Facebook page shows the Nagra 4S top front and center. Think about it how could you ever own this ultra high-end Nagra Audio system without a 4S That is why people are paying 5 6 7,000 for them.
I think that's great news for Soundmen, you will be making out pretty well with your vintage Nagra 4s if you wanted to. There is also a company that is remaking the large reel adaptors for about a grand.
Does anybody have one or know someone that owns one of these high-end Nagra Audio Systems?  They have been winning all sorts of awards.


What a legacy Stefan Kudelski has left behind. 

 

Photo from Nagra Audio facebook

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Check out this Nagra Audio link 

 

https://spark.adobe.com/page/1h6B63IPV0Akl/?fbclid=IwAR1LcH3q2jz-chD0P5USoJHmA0LBhykLH4yx49HFms5MWT1VxGr5N6349gY

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Stefan Kudelski was indeed a man of many talents... A facet, that I have not been aware of until very recently, was his musical interests. Within the Kudelski company his role was primarily developement of equipment for recording sound, but he was also in contact with the french music theoreticist Alain Daniélou, who wanted to have a musical instrument built especially for performing music following his theories. Stefan Kudelski "outsourced" the project to his son André Kudelski (now CEO of Kudelski SA) and Claude Cellier, who then worked for Kudelski (he later formed the company Merging Technologies). They built the instrument S52; it didn't´ evolve past the prototype, but it became the foundation for the later instruments/software dedicated to Daniélous music (which, I admit, is not for everyones taste...). But still a fascinating story...

 

As a side note, if the name Cellier rings a bell, Claude Cellier is the son of the late ethnomusicologist Marcel Cellier, who was indirectly responsible for the IV-S, as he asked Stefan Kudelski for a stereo version of the Nagra for recording music. He later used that for recording f.ex. the fabulous bulgarian musicians of Le Mystere de Voix Bulgare. And Georghe Zamfir (you can´t get it right every time...).

 

For the (very) patient reader, a more complete description of the theory of Alain Daniélou (and the instruments) is here:

 

https://www.semantic-danielou.com

 

And sorry about the slight excursion away from the Nagra recorders...

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2 hours ago, dela said:

And sorry about the slight excursion away from the Nagra recorders...

 

No excursion,  Stefan Kudelski is Nagra…   thanks for posting the story. 

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   NAGRA the legend lives on…

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This has been a fascinating thread to read from the beginning.  Lots to learn and full of great stories and Nagra equipment photos.

 

Is it a Nagra SN in the opening credits of Klute?  I'm big fan of the trilogy Pakula did with Gordon Willis.  

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Thank you Raquirk,  I appreciate your comments and your interest. 
Can I ask how did you find this thread on Jwsound?
 
That was not a Nagra SN in the opening credits of Klute shown below.  It was the fourth recorder in a series of covert recorders made since 1957  Its was the first in this series to have a name on the recorder.  Below is a short writeup that I have done. 
 
 
 
  Type 4, EDI Recorder, Circa 1967-68
by
RJW
Size including controls w h L 2 3/4 x 1 x 5 1/8 inches Weight 10 1/8 oz.
Diameter reels 2 3/16 Tape 1/4 inch
Other technical features detachable remote control
Two different models EDI M60 mono version and M-75B as a stereo version.
 
The Type 4 recorder in this series of CIA recorders is very similar in construction to the Type 3 recorder.
 
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The cover is a non-painted, anodized aluminum lid and a greenish-gray wrinkle-type finish base and, for the first time, there is a name on it. Called simply, edi. It was manufactured in 1967 by ElectroData Inc. in Fort Lee, New Jersey, thus the initials edi. Earlier models of this type made by the same company were kept secret as to who made them. As this July 1967 Electronics Illustrated article shows, these were now known to the general public. It shows a picture of the past secret model. (7)
 
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The company did not provide a prototype or even a picture of the new 1967 model to show for the magazine as the article states. There were two new models for 1967; there were the EDI M60 "mono" version and a mistakenly called B60 stereo version. The correct model number is M-75B for the stereo version. That is this type 4 recorder.
It is not known if the CIA continued to use this model. Now a name appears on the recorder for the first time, and the recorder is now made public. This may confirm that on this date, July 1967, they were no longer used by the CIA since it shows the secret model and the new models are now being sold to the general public.
The manufacturer is now allowed to produce and sell these recorders publicly. Now the manufacturer has to name the new recorder if they want to sell to many different consumers, so names on these early recorders may have been a sign of who and who was not using them. There were other improvements on this public model. Not only was it dressed up cosmetically with a two-tone finish, but it also added features over the previous model like an auto stop. That isolated silver pin on the right front of the deck was used in conjunction with the ground circuit as an auto stop. A piece of 1/4 inch metal tape would create the circuit using that isolated pin and ground from the head, causing the tape to stop.
 
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In 1967, cassette tapes were starting to become more accepted, but nothing yet available in this size range. This auto stop was an added convenience for the user. It meant you would not have to re-thread the tape on the reel when turning the reels over to record on the other side.  (B/W wiring diagram pic *4)
Also for the first time, a removable remote on/off switch that is attached to the microphone/ headphone plug. It's clear these models were evolving by what was tried and tested through the years. This Type 4 recorder was featured in the 1971 movie Klute with Jane Fonda and Donald Sutherland.
 

 

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Thanks JBond for the detailed answer.  Even if not Nagra I love the design.

 

I came across this thread twice.  Once when searching for info about using nagra III and 4.2 and then when I was looking into getting one for looping.  I've got a Nagra SD, had it since they came out, which I love and still use all the time to record music and for field recordings.  I love its low noise floor compared to the Tascam recorder I had before and the HHB Minidisc recorder I had before that.  I'd like to get another one so that I can get the glitched screen on mine repaired.  

 

I started recording to 4 track in cassette in the early 90's and still do, though I now use a AUDIO-TECHNICA RMX64 rather than Fostex I started with.  I use the computer for editing and mixing.  I use various tape echoes (echoplex, space echo, fulltone) but nagra is closer to NASA than those machines though I love what they can do.  I still use Tweed era tube amps as well.

 

But I think it's time I got a tape recorder that's built to last.  Currently I'm looking for an IS model due to the smaller & lighter size as I record a lot on location.

 

Richard

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Ahh, nice what your friend did,  Blue and Red Nagras.

Now, what does that remind me of … oh yeah this picture.

Time for a glass.

 

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Shaken, not stirred. 

 

 

 

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Two?  

Of course,

Bond always had a woman, he just never had a  NAGRA  😎 

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Richard:

Wow, some nice drawings from your friend! Never seen anything like that.

 

Likewise the Nagra’s with the red & blue covers. JBond, was that a special issue of some kind from Nagra, or did someone make those custom?

 

-S

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Scott,  Nagra made anodized Blue Nagra E's only for Radio France. Red for everyone else as far as I can tell.  Took me by surprise when I first saw the Blue Nagra E, thinking someone must have re-anodized the deck in blue but Radio France is machined stamped into the upper left deck corner as shown. I bought this from a seller in France.

 
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On 3/16/2019 at 1:50 PM, JBond said:

Scott,  Nagra made anodized Blue Nagra E's only for Radio France. Red for everyone else as far as I can tell.  Took me by surprise when I first saw the Blue Nagra E, thinking someone must have re-anodized the deck in blue but Radio France is machined stamped into the upper left deck corner as shown. I bought this from a seller in France.

 
 

JBond:

Fascinating. Thought that I had seen just about everything in the world of Nagra. I guess not!

 

Looks to be in very nice condition too. A lot of those field recorders used in radio reporting really got beat up.

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More Nagra Art

 

Last week I picked up a NOS Nagra III deck plate, very reasonable.  I thought why not, that would make a great addition to my collection.

 A Kudelski picture to hang on the wall. 
Nothing says, “KUDELSKI”  like the Iconic Nagra III reel deck, deeply acid etched by Stefan Kudelski. Designed in 1957 the Nagra III was a major change in the way movies were recorded.
 Stefan Kudelski lives on in so many ways. 
Both the deck plate and the reflection reflect the accurate color and depth of the etched artwork on the Nagra III deck plate. 
Zoom in for details.

 

 

 

 

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The Nagra LB,
 
Prelude to the Nagra 7 the LB is one of my favorite Nagras. It’s small, compact, loaded with all kinds of options (some obsolete). Nice looking with all manual controls, dual screen, led level lights, built-in microphone, speaker etc.
It was too close to the improved Nagra 7 with all the controls on the touch screen for about the same price of the LB $3500.00. It was assembled in China to keep the price down. That’s ok, it’s still a Nagra, doesn’t mean it's cheap being assembled in China. Just think how much it would have been if Nagra put it together. With the Nagra Seven there was no longer the need for the Nagra LB,  especially with the same price tag. Oh yeah and the case is all machined aluminum, no plastic.
 
I was lucky enough to get this one for 1100.00 a couple of years ago. I was told it was bought for a project but the project was canceled and they no longer needed the recorder. The recorder does not look used at all. I wonder if there is a time used menu on it?
 
The LB is one of the coolest looking Nagra’s in my opinion, nice and busy, covered with options, controls, and it's so tiny.
I had to yell as the picture was being taken to get all the sound level led pilot lights for the photo. 
 
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