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Good morning Vietnam - Garrard 401's!

Postby Guest » 08 Jan 2008 13:24

Last night watched "Good Morning Vietnam" for the first time in bout 10 years.

10 years ago "Garrard 401" didn't mean anything to me but last night I almost jumped out of my chair...

The "broadcast station" in Saigon used Garrard 401 machines with SME 3009 SII arms.

Anybody noticed this?

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Postby Mark E Smith's Dentist » 08 Jan 2008 14:25

Noticed it some years ago and thought it was a historical inaccuracy.

Was the 401 around in 1965?

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Postby Guest » 08 Jan 2008 14:39

jon tiltman wrote:Noticed it some years ago and thought it was a historical inaccuracy.

Was the 401 around in 1965?

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Same tought occured this side... should have been the 301's... with Decca arms or Ortofon arms.

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Postby Brian C. » 08 Jan 2008 15:27

In reality the station would have been kitted out 100% US. I guess, as in so many Hollywood films, scenes were shot in England.

I used to work where I had a fine view of the old Becton gas works where Kubrick shot the Saigon scenes in Full Metal Jacket :)

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Postby Mark E Smith's Dentist » 08 Jan 2008 15:58

I happened to watch it a few years ago with my Thai ex-wife and she told me the supposed Vietnamese villagers were making jokes in Thai about the cast and crew!

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Postby Guest » 08 Jan 2008 16:01

jon tiltman wrote:I happened to watch it a few years ago with my Thai ex-wife and she told me the supposed Vietnamese villagers were making jokes in Thai about the cast and crew!

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Whahahahaaha!!
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Postby Shoji » 08 Jan 2008 21:15

Is possible could have Garrard 401 in 1965 as that year garrard 401 first sell. But below is photo of turntable model that AVFN use in 1965 for AFRS Saigon. So make competition for first to make post about this turntable model number?

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Postby Blue Angel » 08 Jan 2008 22:35

Shoji, you're a real historian :D

I wish I knew what the jock was using but it look awefully professional. A bit like some Ampex console stuff but they made recorders, not turntables?

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Postby Brian C. » 09 Jan 2008 10:21

Probably RCA Type 70s with Gray Research 106 tonearms. Cartridges probably GE RPX.

Do I win? :D

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Postby delcam1n0 » 09 Jan 2008 15:44

Brian,

First time I heard RCA ever even made turntables!

One keeps on learning & learning more thru this VE forum!

So, as far as Im concerned you get the prize...
Lets see if I can dig up some nice 78rpm records!
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Postby Guest » 09 Jan 2008 15:59

RCA 70-D Transcription Turntable

This is the RCA Type 70-D, Model MI-11801, Transcription Turntable with RCA Type 72-D, Model MI-11852 Recording Attachment. This piece of equipment was used in broadcast stations for playing records and for recording onto transcription discs for future playback. Speeds available were 78RPM and 33.3RPM. Also included inside the base is a MI-4975 Reproducing Filter network. The recording attachment allows the user to select groove density and direction (outside-in or inside-out.) There is a scale showing remaining time on a particular recording disc. Ample storage in the base which also houses the large motor and flywheel. This turntable dates from the late forties and was one time used at station KRON-TV



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Postby Shoji » 09 Jan 2008 16:29

Sorry gentlemen the model is not from RCA. But yes it does look like RCA 70 C and D model. I can give big clue - look to hole in platter as this will give idea of model. Now is easy to say model this is. Problem now will be if anyone get right model then I have to go and buy prize and do I have to make prize presentation? :)
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Postby Brian C. » 09 Jan 2008 17:09

Presto? Gates?? :roll:

Who else was making those big platter jobs in the US?

Rek-O-Kut???

Clarkstan????
Nah.

Ed Billeci had a 16" platter broadcasting turntable in his mono system that appeared in Sound Practices years ago (1998). That had two holes in the platter and he did tell me what it was....but I've long forgotten :(


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Postby Shoji » 09 Jan 2008 17:13

Brian is now getting very hot on trail.
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Postby Brian C. » 09 Jan 2008 17:34

Well, they don't look like Gates CB-100 or 500....


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