The Teletronix LA-2A Leveling Amplifier has a long history stretching back over half a century. During that time the company changed hands and the model went through a variety of incarnations. Despite these several changes, the LA-2A has remained one of the most popular tools in the recording studio, beloved by engineers for its program-dependent compression and ease of use. Beautiful for vocals, bass, guitars, overheads, drums, etc.
Essentially there are six different versions of the LA-2A, based on various design elements, parts, outward appearance, and parent companies. The six revisions can best be classified as: Revision 1 (the original); Revisions 2A, 2B and 2C (all inter-related in various ways); Reissue 1 and Reissue 2. The first four versions kept consecutive serial numbers, while the two reissues had their own numbering scheme.
The final, seventh version, appeared when Universal Audio was resurrected by Bill Putnam Jr., and the LA-2A made its modern reappearance in the line of "UA Classics".
Briefly the differences are most easily classified by company ownership:
Revision 1 - the original, produced in 1962 by Teletronix under Jim Lawrence, inventor of the LA-2A.
Revision 2A - Teletronix patent is acquired by Babcock Electronics
Revision 2B - Teletronix patent is licensed from Babcock Electronics by Bill Putnam Sr. / Studio Electronics
Revision 2C - Teletronix patent is acquired from Babcock Electronics by Bill Putnam Sr. / UREI
Reissue 1 - late 70s reissue by UREI / United Recording Electronics Industries
Reissue 2 - late 80s reissue after UREI is acquired by Harman Electronics / JBL
This unit is from a limited edition of about 235 silver face units, dubbed Reissue 2, with the following features:
Serial numbers 3001-3200 (approx.)
Faceplate is brushed aluminum with red "Teletronix" logo
Serial No. is on one sticker, with the name Harman Electronics and a date code
UTC A-10 Input Transformer
UTC A-24 Output Transformer
Front panel safety switch
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