Welcome to the theophilus/reel2reeltexas.com Vintage recording Collection

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Our goal is to help preserve the history of the development of the open reel, or analog reel to reel tape recorder and recognize those persons who provided the innovations along the way.  In spite of its relatively short history (1930's to the 1980's), the reel tape recorder enabled folks for the first time to capture sound with ever increasing levels of quality. Whether it be the musician preparing for the studio, broadcasters documenting a major event, or just capturing granddad interacting with the kids, reel tape recorders preserved the moments.

  • Ampex 300 reel tape recorder
  • StuderT26.jpg
  • StuderA807Slide.jpg
  • Teac 80-8
  • Ampex 351 restored by Phantom Productions, Inc.
  • Studer B67
  • Ampex 200A
  • Phantom's Studio & Museum
  • Concertone 2020
  • Ampex AG500
  • Sony 772
  • Ampex ATR 800
  • Tascam BR-20T
  • ReVox B77
  • SonyAPR5003
  • Otari MX-5050 BQII
  • Technics RS-1700
  • Dokorder 1140
  • Magnecord PT6JA & H2
  • Phantom Studio
  • Museum North wall
  • Museum Vocal Booth looking into studio
  • Phantom Studio
  • Phantom Studio
  • Phantom Studio
  • Four track recorders
  • Ampex 600 series
  • ReVox A76, A77 & A78
  • Wall of Sony
  • Pioneer RT-909 & Rt 707
  • Tandberg Model 12
  • Nagra III
  • South Wall Akai & Roberts
  • Akai GX-747
  • Uher 4400
  • Tape Athon
  • Webcor Professional
  • Telefunken 204
  • Wollensak 1980
Reel to Reel Tape Recorders
     

 

In collecting our vintage analog open reel tape recorders, we have attempted to include units that had a significant role in the development of audio recording. Our focus is primarily on those reel to reel tape recorders that enabled musicians to hone their craft. We felt it would be interesting to include some of the early cylinder, disk and wire units, however, our main collection reflects the recorders that first became available to musicians and "prosumers" in the late 1940's, '50's, '60's, '70's and early '80's. So many innovations assisted the musician to capture that unique sound. They included, "sound with, and on sound," echo, and then came multi-tracking.  There are presently 151 reel to reel tape reorders in the Theophilus/Reel2ReelTexas.com collection.

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CYLINDER, WIRE, 1/4" TAPE, 1/2" TAPE • 1 TRACK, 2 TRACK, 4 TRACK, 8 TRACK AND 16 TRACK


Recent updates: 

Uher 4400, Ampex 200, Ampex 300, Ampex 351 restored

 

Essential to the recordings were the microphones and mixers, so we've added some of those pieces as well,  There are over 100 microphones in our collection.

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 Theophilus/Reel2ReelTexas' Vintage Microphone Collection


Recent updates and additions:

Crown SX824 professional reel to reel tape recorder donated by Dr. Charles Davis and Don Nattinger to the Reel2ReelTexas collection

Sony TC654-4, Sony TC-755 & Sony TC-651 donated by Don Nattinger to the Reel2ReelTexas collection

Studer A807

Sony APR 5003

Brush Mail-A-Voice

Sony TC-800B

Ferrograph 4A

Tapesonic 70A

Pioneer RT-2044

Teac X-1000R - one of Teac's last reel to reels

Sony TC-765 Sony's last reel to reel tape recorder

Ampex PR-260 data reel to reel recorder

Teac TD-102 - the first Teac tape recorder

Berlant Concertone 1401

Akai GX-400D-SS (1 owner w/Original box)

Reel Tape Recorder Company Histories

Ampex ATR-100

1979 ads - over 100 new ads added

1978 ads - 50+ new ads added

1975 ads - 100+ new ads added

1974 ads - 100+ new ads added

1969 Telefunken Brochure

1979/80 Pioneer brochure

1974 ads - tape Rec listings, etc.

Released Version 4 of the The Recorder DVD set and download

Sony C37P

Studer ReVox Dynavox T26

Tape Athon

Brenell Mark 5 S

Webcor Professional CP2650

1972 3M Wollensak6250

1966 3M Wollensak 5780

1967 Telefunken Magnetophon 204 

1966 Uher brochure

1982 ads and articles

1971 Teac brochure profiling the AN-180, AN-80 and the AN-60 Dolby Noise reduction units

Added Accurate Sound 300 SS / Ampex 351 amplifier

1948 article on Magnetic Recording featuring ABC's use of the Ampex 200A

Ads from 1947 and 1948

Page dedicated to our microphone collection

RCA  77DX, RCA 74B and Sennheiser MD 421

 

 

For perspective, we added reel to reel pages in radio catalogs from the late '30's to the early '80's and included open reel tape recorder ads as well. We hope you enjoy our online information. Take a look at our "Phantom Time Line" page also. You'll see some of the audio and video units that were interesting benchmarks of production development. It continues to evolve as we have time. Enjoy!

Go to the Catalog and Ads Index page


Recent updates:  In the last 12 months we have added an additional 3,000+ ads to the collection.  The total image content on the site now exceeds 10,000 images.


View Austin's NBC KXAN story by Jim Swift about the vintage collection

view Jim Swift's print story

View story on Phantom's Vintage Reel to Reel Tape Recorder Museum

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Vintage recording manufacturers in our analog recorder, microphone and documents  collection include: AKAI, ALTEC, AMPEX, AMERICAN MICROPHONE,AMPERITE, ARGONNE, ASTATIS, BELL, BELL AND HOWELL, BERLANT CONCERTONE,BRUSH, CALRAD, CONCERTONE, CONCORD, CROWN, DOKORDER, EDISON, ELECTRO VOICE EV, FENTONE, FOSTEX, GARRARD, JBL, LLOYD'S, MAGNECORDER, MAGNECORD, MARANTZ, MARTEL, MILES REPRODUCTION, MONARCH, NAGRA, NORELCO, OTARI, PENTRON, PICKERING, PHILLIPS, PRESTO, PIONEER, RCA, REALISTIC, RESLO, REVOX, RHEEM, ROBERTS, SENNHEISER, SHURE, SONY, SPARTA, SPECTONE, TANDBERG, TASCAM, TEAC, TECHNICS, TELEFUNKEN, TELMAR, TOSHIBA, TURNER, VIKING, WEBCOR, WEBSTER CHICAGO, WILCOX GAY, WOLLENSAK, 3M, YORK, YAMAHA

 

 

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