09 Jul The Original, 1977 Schaffer-Vega Diversity: Different! Update, FIRST Audio!
Update of Sat July 9th:
first recording ever with one of my two original, 1977 Schaffer-Vega Diversity systems.
Pictures and videos coming soon.
Note: sound is superb. I have to say that is very, very close to the sound of the Cetec Vega (front panel) but it still… different.
Boost was at half. Compression half. This unit appears to be a lot more noisy than the Cetec Vegas (background hiss). The Cetec Vegas R42/T77 have to be taken with all intents and purposes as evolutions of this system (pleasing).
I think that the SVDS systems were indeed noisier. Maybe not as much as this old unit, that – despite a first round of setting up – might need more tuning/fixing etc.
Recorded with one single Neumann U67
Hear hear: upon opening the original units (being done exactly this moment as I write), it was found that the Cetecs and the SVDS are completely different systems.
I consider this surprising, as I really thought they were the same. This does match what Mr. Schaffer had told me.
The circuits, transformer, ICs, rear output and front output and even the Transmitter(!) are ALL different from the Cetec Vegas.
Particularly interesting, on the TX side, the impedance is NOT 50kohm, but at least 100kohm, meaning slightly more “brilliant” (not as dark) tone.
I should have one unit ready to play this Italian evening.
You have been warned (laughs).