OT: wire recorders

From: Tothwolf <tothwolf_at_concentric.net>
Date: Fri Sep 6 10:12:00 2002

I guess this is only slightly OT, since this particular recorder dates
from around 1948-1950 ;)

I managed to rescue a Webster Chicago model 79 wire recorder from a shelf
that was overlooked in my friend's shop after most of it had been dumped
into the dumpster. The model 79 was sold as a bare-bones unit without any
audio circuitry, while the model 80, which used the same mechanism, was a
complete unit. A little more info about Webster Chicago wire recorders can
be found at [http://www.rci.rutgers.edu/~dmorton/webcor.htm], and more
info about wire recorders in general can be found at

The audio circuitry that my friend built for this model 79 appears to be
long gone, so in order to play back the 3 reels of wire I also rescued,
I'm going to have to recreate it.

I managed to found the instruction manual in a binder in the dumpster, but
I don't have a service manual (though I'd certainly like to find one). The
instruction manual covers the use of the model 79 and a basic design for
the audio circuitry.

If anyone else has a model 79 or 80, or thinks it might otherwise be
worthwhile, I'm willing to scan the manual if someone has a place to host
it on the web.

Received on Fri Sep 06 2002 - 10:12:00 BST

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