THE PRESTO HISTORY PAGE
THE LARGE SYSTEMS
Presto Model-A, discontinued in early 1941. Presto Model-B, disconinued in early 1941.
Consists of 2 8D recorders. 1941 price $2354. Consists of 2 6D recorders. Price $1535.
Model-A from 1941 through '60's. Called the The Model F - from 1941 through '60's. Consists
28N table, it consisted of two 8N lathes. The of two 75 cutters and 87 amp. Pre-war price
pre-war price was $2589. The 1950 price was $1250. In 1950 the price was $1554.
The model C - the "original" PRESTO recorder. Discontinued in
1941. Consisted of two
6D turntable recorders, and 85 amplifier. The 6D was then replaced by the 6N, and then
dropped from the line. 1941 price was $1219.
The Presto Model Y. It consisted of 87A amplifier and a 75A turntable. This unit was one of the
earlier models in the line, and also remained through the history of the company. It sold for $670
pre 1941, and for $737 post war. The 87A amplifier was also available separate, and also as the
87B. The 87A had input for HiZ mikes, the 87B had transformers for lo Z mikes. the 87A was
priced at $314, the 87B at $352.
THE STATIONARY LATHES
The first "stationary" lathe by PRESTO circa The Model 14-B lathe. Introduced about 1950
1935 or 1936. and sold to selected studios. This had a 4
position gear box and two belt positions, capable
of 10 pitches in either direction.
Model 8D and 8G. Introduced in 1947. The 8D The Model 8GV- a gear driven turntable,
is a rim driven model and can sit on a counter top. vacuum hold down, hot stylus, and
The 8G model is mounted in a cabinet which continuously variable lines per inch.
contains two direct gear driven motors. Later Introduced about 1958, this is the last
models contained 3 motors for 78, 33, & 45 rpm. model of this type built by PRESTO. There
The belt behind the door could be re-arranged to was a stereo head offered with this unit,
give 6 different lines per inch. 1950 prices for the licensed to BOGEN-PRESTO by Westrex,
8D was $1992, and the 8DG was $2644. and modified to fit on the carriage. This may
have been more of a prototype, as very few
were made. Prices are unknown.
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