Studer C37

The Studer C37 can be considered the recorder that started the Studer legend. It was first presented in 1960 and for the following 10 years it has been the main protagonist of all the most famous recordings. In 1970 it has been replaced by its heir the A80. Just to mention the most famous artists, The Beatles to record their successful hits, used the J37 that was the 1 inch/4 tracks version of the C37. The modular Dual-Mono tube electronics was an absolute innovation at that time. The different sections are modular and can be pulled out for maintenance, the input and output preamp boards are separate and independent for the two stereo channels. It is the first real Studer Master Recorder. There's not much to say: it's enough to see a C37 opened to admire a galaxy of high precision electro mechanics.

The C37 that "The Recorderman" proposes are not simply refurbished but are completely and very well restored. The device is completely disassembled, refurbished in its mechanics and electronics and it is painted with the original paint. When it's ready is like a brand new component coming out from the Studer plant in Regensdorf. The C37 was made to be put in the control room consol or in its wooden floor rack. Its look was basic and austere. The beauty of the C37 cannot be hidden and all the proud owners of this component love to admire it and to show it to all their passionate friends. For this reason "The Recorderman" produces a custom-cut trolley. It is made with 3 cm thick plexiglass panels, assembled with care, fixed on a satin stainless steel base that hides the pivoting wheels.

This trolley displays all the electronics and the structure holds the perimeter chassis, so that its weight is completely put on it and all vibrations that come from its moving parts while in use are damped. This "suspended" housing has a positive effect on the sound, on the contrary if you use a C37 on a surface you will have many vibrations that arrive to the tube electronics and these vibes are very audible. The flow of air is not hindered because the plexiglass trolley leaves the back side and the bottom side completely opened. The bottom section is big enough to put the reel boxes or the LP's. For further details see the dedicated page of the trolley.

Main Technical Features

  • 2 tracks stereo master recorder, ¼ inch (6,35 mm).
  • Master recorder for control room consoles (Plexiglass trolley available by “The Recorderman”).
  • Tape speeds: 15 - 7.5 ips (38.1 - 19.05 cm/sec.).
  • Equalization: CCIR – NAB switch selectable
  • Tape Reel: AEG-DIN (standard), CINE (EIA) -Trident (Optional).
  • Reel size: up to 12” (30,5 cm) for metal reels or plates.
  • Balanced XLR input and output.
  • Mechanic timer display; Min, Sec.
  • Original C37 resin-body heads.
  • Modular tube electronics, with independent Dual-Mono Rec and Play boards.
  • Spooling time: about 120 sec. for 760 mt. of tape.
  • Weight: about 55 Kg
  • Dimensions: H x W x D, 390 (850 on trolley) x 650 x 510 mm.
  • Power absorption: about 250 W in Play-Rec-Rew.
  • Electric current supply 220-240 Volt – 50 Hz

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Plexiglass Trolley
for Studer C37

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