The Auction at Graceland•March 4, 2017
This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 3/4/2017
Elvis’ passion for new technology was widely known, and it’s only fitting that an entertainer of his magnitude would have the latest and greatest home recording system. The offered 1960s Ampex 2000 series tape recorder, serial number A10863, was used by Elvis in his Beverly Hills home on Hillcrest Drive. This Ampex model 2050 was originally sold with other furnishings from Elvis’ Hillcrest home in the Don B. Smith auction and was previously on display at The Elvis Presley Museum in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. This high-tech model contains a tag from Weingarten Electronics in Los Angeles and is described in the original Ampex brochure (not included) as being “designed for those who wish to obtain the convenient automatic features of the Model 2070, but already have a system containing power amplifiers and external speakers. The unit is basically a tape transport (identical to Model 2070) with pre-amplifiers. Framing the unit is a die-cast aluminum ‘picture frame’ which overlaps mounting cut-outs... making for neat, quick installation. May be installed vertically, horizontally or at any angle. Mounting frame provides ample ventilation for wall or furniture installation.” The retail price at the time was $439.00. The unit, which measures 13 by 18 1/2 by 7 inches (33.02 x 46.99 x 17.78 cm), is accompanied by a copy of a black-and-white image of Elvis standing over a similar type of recording machine and a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.
The unit is in overall excellent condition commensurate with its age. The unit was not tested so it is unknown if it is currently in working condition.