"I vass dere too" and you are absolutely correct in your remarks to John K.
"Mac" didn't let me touch the new Ampex recorders either. I think he thought I was too close
to "Milty" (Milt Haas) who also wasn't allowed to handle the new equipment.
In all fairness though, I believe Engineering had a large say in those decisions.
Best Regards and thanks for the memories.