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Ampex demonstrated the new AVR-1 on July 10, 1971, in Studio A. (The
machine in the foreground is a VR-2000, of course.)
KRLD-TV (now KDFW) purchased two AVR-1 machines which carried most of the load in everyday
dubbing until about 1990. They were also used briefly as part of a CMX editing
system (running on a PDP-11/04) which was scrapped in about 1983 after producing only
one commercial. It was just too much trouble, according to the stories
Apparently a number of broadcast professionals attended the demo.
The AVR-1 was a really great machine, even 20 years later. Threading a tape was extremely
quick and easy, and it was all but impossible to damage a tape once it was under tension. An
AVR-1 could play a tape with no control track at all, and fix a lot of problems that other
machines created. It was a real time saver.
These three engineers are
making connections behind the machines. If I were to guess, I would say the guy on the left was Jack
Johnston. The other two are Mr. Whittenburg and Mr. Royce Jones. Royce used that same toolbox
until the day he retired.
This is Mr. Honeycutt (with a cigarette!) showing the AVR-1 to someone who
seems to know what he's lookin' at. Anybody know who he is?
Jim English wrote and identified the mystery engineer as Mr. Frank Nault, who was
the Ampex regional manager in the early 1970's.
Perhaps he's the guy who dropped off
The brochure shows all the features of the AVR-1, including this handy assortment of
warning lights. I didn't even know there was a warning light
for TRANSPORT COVER OPEN. That bulb was burned out, since
the covers were always open.
Here's another angle. All that empty floor space on the far left
has now been carved up into offices.
Close-up shots from the previous picture.
There's Mr. Whittenburg again, and another guy with a cigarette
in Studio A.