Re: Old kit - advice sought on Ferrographs (was: Feelin' old ... (dog days))

Subject: Re: Old kit - advice sought on Ferrographs (was: Feelin' old ... (dog days))
From: Rob Stone (
Date: Thu Aug 18 2005 - 06:52:30 EDT


You might try a start with an email to Roger Beckwith - an ex BBC technician
(I think), and historian of the BBC analog period. He seems very well
connected that way, in any case, and might be able to direct to someone who
knows these machines still. He has a contact on his site:

Perhaps an email to someone at Sound On Sound might help things along too


> From: Lisa Whistlecroft <>
> Reply-To: <>
> Date: Thu, 18 Aug 2005 10:20:28 +0100
> To: <>
> Subject: Old kit - advice sought on Ferrographs (was: Feelin' old ... (dog
> days))
>> and if you're feeling old ...
>> How many do you remember?
>> How many have you seen?
>> How many have you used?
>> How many do you remember being announced??
> I never saw a Lisa but I had copies of most of the advertisements
> stuck to the window of the machine room I tended. The logo was not
> unlike my signature and I loved the one that said "Don't start the
> revolution without me". As I remember it, it was the concept of the
> mouse that was the biggest innovation - to the extent that it needed
> explaining!
> More seriously, I am now the proud owner of two Ferrograph
> reel-to-reel tape recorders (one 2-track, one 4-track) which were
> already pensioned off (one was ex-BBC) when the owner-before-me
> acquired them in the early 1970's.
> Anyone got any ideas where (in the UK) I would go to find out how
> much work they'd need to make them usable? They're not 'broken' but
> heads may be out of alignment and rubbery drive wheels will certainly
> have perished etc etc etc. The only time I tried to play a tape back
> there was more rumble than recording.
> Lisa

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