Info on this MCI 3 track 1 inch machine

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Info on this MCI 3 track 1 inch machine

Postby walding » Sun Sep 03, 2017 9:14 pm

Wondering if the T-rock Brains trust can shine some illumination on this Tape machine.

Its a 3 track 1 inch MCI JH110-C machine, Very little info I can find on the web.

I assume it was used for Audio visual mastering of some kind

Any info would be greatly appreciated

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MCI headblock.jpg


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Re: Info on this MCI 3 track 1 inch machine

Postby wez » Tue Sep 05, 2017 12:04 am

It's a 'C' format video layback machine. It is a 1" machine but not designed for audio tape.

You won't ever get this going as a recording machine, trust me. Walk away.
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Re: Info on this MCI 3 track 1 inch machine

Postby walding » Tue Sep 05, 2017 1:06 am

wez wrote:It's a 'C' format video layback machine. It is a 1" machine but not designed for audio tape.

You won't ever get this going as a recording machine, trust me. Walk away.



Thanks for your input wez...

What is a C format video layback machine?

any more info or can you provide a link.
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Re: Info on this MCI 3 track 1 inch machine

Postby Hookemeister » Tue Sep 05, 2017 3:44 am

It was used for laying or stripeing audio onto a 1' video tape..., back in the good old days.

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Re: Info on this MCI 3 track 1 inch machine

Postby davek » Tue Sep 05, 2017 10:11 am

layback .. or Playback?
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Re: Info on this MCI 3 track 1 inch machine

Postby wez » Tue Sep 05, 2017 9:44 pm

davek wrote:layback .. or Playback?


Layback - as in transferring mastered or 'sweetened' audio back on to a video master.

As for links etc, you won't find much info out there. MCI made these to order, so I don't think you'll find them in catalogues/price lists etc (could be wrong though).

Whilst they more or less started out in the factory as a regular JH-110, there are a dozen or so major (and probably about a hundred minor) differences between this and an audio machine, and whilst it's theoretically possible to roll back the modifications... just no.

Off the top of my head... capstan is wrong, speed is wrong (10.5 ips anybody?), tension set up is different (video tape vs audio tape), the audio electronics are a bit mysterious, oh and of course you'll need a new headstack, not sure about the power supply.

Basically it's a parts machine for the schmucks amongst us that own a couple of JH-110s.
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