Ribera A/V Presentation History
The equipment for the A/V presentation in Ribera as orientation
was purchased through Florida Production Center, Jacksonville, FL by
Robert Stewart (museum curator) on 1/31/82. Florida Productions
produced an audio track and slide presentation for us and made
recommendations on equipment. This equipment including dissolve
unit and projectors, etc. was then actually purchased through Brandon's,
Jacksonville, FL at Florida Production's recommendation. In addition,
some equipment (chief stacker and yaw controls) was purchased from
Photosound, Orlando, FL on 2/10/82.
The equipment has since proven to be difficult to have serviced
and maintain in working order. This is due to three causes:
1. Reluctance of any AV organization to service the equipment.
(At this point in time there is an extremely rapid change in
equipment design and personnel within the field.)
2. 8-track tapes are very sensitive to atmospheric fluctuations
and wear out rapidly. In addition, because of their lack of
popularity, most companies have stopped producing them. Therefore,
replacements are becoming increasingly difficult to obtain and are
expensive, currently $25.00 a tape when the master reel-to-reel
3. Electronic equipment must be provided with climate control
to function properly. (This information was not provided by the
company to Bob Stewart before equipment was purchased.)
Due to the original investment of thousands of dollars in this
equipment, it will continue to be used as long as possible.
However, for the above stated reasons and in addition the large amount
of time required to maintain the equipment in working order, I recommend
that no additional equipment of this type be purchased and furthermore
that before additional investments are made in any type of audio visual
equipment, such factors as I have herin discussed should be very carefully
researched in regard to any type or brand of electronic equipment.
Gayle Prevatt, Curator
January 11, 1985