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Abekas T8

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Mike Cumbo
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I posted this elsewhere and got no info. I found this on Ebay. Does anyone have any info on an Abekas T8 swicther??

 

http://www.ebay.com/itm/ABEKAS-T8-VIDEO-SWITCHER-T8CN-CP-AND-T8CN-UNIT-/...

jwillis
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Hi Mike,

This takes me back! The original Cox T-8 was built by Michael Cox in Britain. Cox mixers were ABCD type mixers until Cox brought out the T series in around 1980. The T8 was the smallest and they all shared the same "clicky" buttons with LEDs at the top which gave on-air/selected indication, and all had background with 2 keys per ME. They were called Mid and Top levels and you could switch either to be over the other with all the inidication changing. The knobs were not positional but rate demand type - so they altered things while you held them off center and sprung back when you released them. I didn't think the T8 had a memory system, but I can see it at top right in the picture. You could buy one for the T16 and T32 - the 32 being a 2 ME system. They were very popular in the UK because support was very good and they were very competititively priced. At the time you could get a GV 300 or a Cox T32 and almost approach the 300-2 for a lot less. They didn't seem to me to get into many studios, but they were all over the post production area. The last one I saw had a glass of red wine spilled into it and it cost 400GBP for a new power supply - but that was the only problem!

 

John

Mike Cumbo
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John, what is the Abekas tie in?

 

Glad you are around. I had no idea and Google was of no help.

jwillis
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I think that around 1986 or so Abekas bought Cox from Michael Cox to add the switchers to their product line. Abekas were based in Reading in the UK and Cox were in a town close to that, somewhere like Maidenhead I think. One of the service engineers from Cox is a guy I see from time to time so I can ask him if you like.

I guess that Michael, who was a Thames TV engineer originally - from memory, probably worked on for a while then retired. I don't remember any more innovations from him, but I could easily be wrong.

John

Mike Cumbo
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John, thanks for the info. No need to ask around unless you feel like it. You already provided more info than I had before.

 

Mike