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drumsound

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Re: 3m m79
« Reply #15 on: February 23, 2006, 02:25:37 am »

J.Powers wrote on Tue, 21 February 2006 07:38

I wonder why I thought that you were in Portland, Tony. Huh.... on a side note, Bloomington is *lots* closer to me. Huh....?!


If you're close come on by sometime...
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ironsheik

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Re: 3m m79
« Reply #16 on: March 03, 2006, 01:31:33 am »

I love our M56 2" machine.  The only times it left me dead in the water I was able to figure out the problem within a couple of hours and get the session back up and running.  That's only been twice in almost 2 years.  I consider that pretty good for a 30 year old machine.  

It will happen even less now that we've really gotten to know the machine.  The transport is tricky but after the first time I spent a day of tweaking I know how to whip it into shape quickly.  Get the machine and make sure you have spare parts ready to go in case something goes wrong.  Something always will on a "new" used machine.

Josh
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Re: 3m m79
« Reply #17 on: March 04, 2006, 05:05:22 pm »

I pm'd you J. Powers
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Re: 3m m79
« Reply #18 on: March 05, 2006, 01:25:46 am »

The opamps in a JH-24 are utter crap.

You can't call me a Studer snob when my next choice is an Otari which has much less snob value than your MCI!


I've done side by side A-B's... recording the signal siumultaneously to an MCI and an A800.
there's zero contest.

For ME.

it's all about opinion.

There are just a LOT of MCI's out there (because they were cheaper!) so now people have learned to love them.
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Brian Kehew

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Re: 3m m79
« Reply #19 on: March 13, 2006, 08:27:58 am »

Wow - there are "opinions" about gear? Go figure. My two cents (everyone has a pocketful) on 2" machines follows. [I have two 3M M79s, full disclosure!)

Old Ampex 2" machines kick butt sonically, thick and full and punchy. Almost no one disagrees with this. You do NOT want to own one. Too much trouble. Need mods just to work properly.

3M M79 - musical, beautiful and clear. Not as "punchy" as Ampex but maybe more fidelity of sound (The M56 16 track is like an Ampex mixed with this, amazing.) Worrisome tech problems. Good news is - I paid $1000 each for the last two M79s I bought - lots of spare parts.

MCI - punchy, almost like a little brother to the Ampex, but not in the same league as the two above. MCI construction is detailed and thoughtful (VERY easy to service), crappy connectors all throughout.

Studer - there are so many versions. All sound good, built and designed very well, the oldest ones sound great, but punch badly and are tougher with parts and service. The newer ones are good but not quite as full and clear as the Ampex and 3M.

Otari - not that good-sounding, all the ones I've heard. Used to be my main machine, VERY good with tape. Easy enough to fix.

Stephens - rare, great sound, amazing design. Rough sailing if you want it fixed.

Scully - punchy like the old Ampex, but not as clean, tough on tape, some bits are very hard to service.

Soundcraft/Aces - run away!
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Re: 3m m79
« Reply #20 on: March 28, 2006, 08:04:08 pm »

Ted Jolly (www.grssystems.com) has been helping me to get my M79 back into shape.
I cannot say enough nice things about the service he has provided thus far!
His rates are very reasonable and he is great about answering emails.
His work is top notch and thorough and he really knows these machines.

I highly recommend his services!


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Barry Hufker

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Re: 3m m79
« Reply #21 on: April 21, 2006, 12:06:06 pm »

I now have an M79 and am in need of an original manual or a good photocopy of one.  Can anyone help?

Thanks!

Barry
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Re: 3m m79
« Reply #22 on: April 21, 2006, 04:51:37 pm »

Barry,

I've got a complete manual and a bunch of release note/update things from 3M.  There's a lot to copy including fold out schematics and such.  I'd be happy to drop it by the Kinkos  if you pick up the tab and shipping.

email me
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Re: 3m m79
« Reply #23 on: April 22, 2006, 01:55:25 am »

Hi Barry,

Try the guys at GRS. I got my 3M M79 manual from them. They included everything - the M79 operators manual, the service manual, the factory service manual and the Selectake manual

These were all really good quality copies and they had these humongus schematics that folded out. They did a good job for me.

I will see if I can locate their eamil or web site and post it later.

Bob

EDIT: of course I found the link as soon as I finished the reply above. The web site for GRS is  http://www.grssystems.com

Speak to Joe or Ted
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Re: 3m m79
« Reply #24 on: April 23, 2006, 12:42:30 am »

Tony and Bob,

Many thanks for taking an interest.  I appreciate your help.

I have now been contacted by a couple of people who can help.  I think it's going to be OK!

Barry
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Re: 3m m79
« Reply #25 on: April 23, 2006, 06:51:29 pm »

I have a manual but I don't have any pages that show parts blow-ups. I was wondering if your manuals include parts blow-up views?

Thanks

PS:  Keep Ted Jolly (www.grssystems.com) in your thoughts and prayers.  He is recovering from a severe back injury.
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Re: 3m m79
« Reply #26 on: April 25, 2006, 01:10:25 am »


Hi Siberiaguy,

I just replied to another thread of yours in the tech area.

Anyway, you asked about the manuals having blow-ups. The one I got from GRS has the schematic blow-ups and there are anumber of parts and assembly blow-ups too.

I just checked out the GRS web site and they have the manuals and descriptions listed there now.  grssystems.com

Wow, no I didn't know about Ted being injured. He was the one tech that really got my M79 working right ! He spent a couple of days at our studio and sorted out the machine so it ran better than new. Better sound and was much more reliable. He knows these machines inside and out. Sorry to hear he got hurt. Do you know what happen to him?

Bob
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Re: 3m m79
« Reply #27 on: August 29, 2006, 01:54:04 am »

FWIW,
Im looking to move my M79 16 track, manuals, sync box, extras, 2nd owner.

best
Sean
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Re: 3m m79
« Reply #28 on: November 04, 2008, 09:37:06 pm »

Unfortunately, Otho passed away this year in Atlanta. His studio and company was Elixir Audio in Athens, GA
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Re: 3m m79
« Reply #29 on: November 12, 2008, 02:18:19 am »

Ted Jolly and crew still missing somewhere in Thailand, last I heard. I've been after them for nearly 18 months to get me some help, but they went over to install a console and got stuck with washed out mountain roads etc. Months and months of delays. Sounds like a huge project, with big issues to tackle.

They have a ton of unclear voicemail boxes on their phone line - no clear way to know how to reach them that way for an update. But no replies to my many queries since they contacted me from Thailand...
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