This is the Ampex TV Equipment Section of
The Broadcast Archive

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Barry Mishkind - The Eclectic Engineer
With the kind assistance of Xen Scott
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Xen Scott recalls: The Ampex VR-2000 and its less expensive cousin, the Ampex VR-1200, were the second generation of Ampex two inch broadcast videotape machines.

The VR-2000 came after the pioneer generation of the VR-1000 series which featured much experimentation and field modification. The VR-2000 used all solid state electronics except for some tubes in the video record head driver. It was designed for high-band video recording for better quality, but could be switched to low-band color or b&w when desired. Most of the electronics were on modular printed circuit cards which made servicing much easier. The VR-1200 was the economy version of the VR-2000 with slightly less performance specifications due to simplified circuits.


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