The Radio Glen EMI BTR/3
General Information Page
Here we have some general information, the odd picture,
and some of the fun fixes that were needed to get the
Radio Glen EMI BTR/3 up and running, way back then in
1990, before that, and after that as well.
Here we go then, with a picture of the BTR/3 Stereo
around 1999. At 473KB, I think that I took this
picture myself with an ancient Kodak DC120 digital
camera, rather than nicking it from the SURGE website
later. Anyway, there it is in the New Terraces
studio in 1999. It's not looking especially 'lost'
at this stage, and is only about 20 feet away from the
N.T. record library at Glen Eyre, where it finally
rested for some years before being *miraculously*
rediscovered supposedly at random, after I told the
SURGE committee about it and berated them on Facebook
for three whole years, suggesting that it's worth
keeping and being told to go away, as, "No equipment was
ever left at Glen Eyre." See
BTR3 Stereo Rescue for details. It was not
actually being used at this stage, as by this time you could easily do
proper recordings on computers.
Even Minidisc was starting to look a bit passť: Gosh!
This was just as well really, as the wiper on the spool
control was damaged, it had lost its springiness, and
could go open circuit at any moment while spooling tapes
at high speed. This would result in lack of drive
and back tension on the spool motors, followed by what I
believe is known in the old cinema projectionist trade
as ALS. "Autumn Leaf Syndrome."
Later I shall go into the pre-1990 era of the machine,
where for me, things get /very murky indeed./ I
will need some help from old Radio Glen 1602 chums or
even 312 metres alumni there, and RP will have to get
the variac out.
October 1990 Onwards:
I've just landed, and the home-brew isn't ready
yet. "Gosh, what lovely machines." I said.
Do they actually work? "Of course they do!"
Said Bill. (Or was it Ben?) "Yes they work, and
they're even connected up to the studio, kind of..."
Stay tuned for the next tediously technical episode of,
"The Radio Glen EMI BTR/3 Stereo Tape Machines Of
Doom." Or, "Of Death," if you're Colin Hanslip and
open up the front to change the speed and equalisation
and touch the wrong bit. What bit? Well,
almost any bit really. Including the front panel
when it's not screwed closed. Or is :)
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