Refurbished Ampex VR-7800 with custom wooden top.

Going to extra-ordinary lengths…

In mid-December, Chief Marketing Officer Ted Langdell drove 400 miles from Northern California to Los Angeles to pick up equipment for Zinspection that an Eastern US customer bought at an auction when a film and video company closed. Among the five vintage video recorders was a late 1960s Ampex VR-7800 1″ VTR that Ken Zin

ZinFurbishing an Ampex AVR-2: What Ken found

Ken has been working on Ampex AVR-2 Serial #197, which began life as one of a pair of machines at KRBK-TV, Sacramento, California. Seen here at time of pickup, this third-generation Ampex Quad is in need of some TLC, which it is getting now. # 197 is undergoing a thorough ZinFurbishment. That’s designed to identify and correct

Zinfurbishing an Ampex AVR-3–An ongoing saga

Principal Engineer Ken Zin has been Zinfurbishing this Ampex AVR-3 in recent weeks. When first powered up, mechanical and electronic problems prevented the machine from operating properly. Over time, Ken’s identified problems with power supplies, connections, small electronic parts, and the mechanical assemblies that are critical to safe and smooth operation. Ken attributes many of the problems he has been