the A 807 was the last studio machine Studer had built. This very successful design came with some advanced technologies. So e.g. a second tape tension scale (on the right side) wasn’t needed anymore. By savings on parts etc. Studer was able to make an attractive price allowing the clients ordering in larger numbers. On the shown MK II version with the serial number 14014 larger reels than on the MK I can be used. Therefore the distance of the tape motors taking up the reels is wider. You may put on the largest reel size.
No. 14014 is one of the last units of the series carrying a special head set, including a second play head for four track tapes. Pressing Shift and the tape B button activates the second play head on the right. My carpenter built new wooden side panels thus showing a similar body look as the A 820 on the left does. Using my two machines I am now able playing all formats also producing a backup copy of valuable tapes. I will use the two Studer machines for live music recordings in my room too.