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This is a list of our vintage open reel, analog reel to reel tape recording collection for items beginning with "B." As time permits we'll be building links to more pictures, a bit of history about our items, catalog listings and some recent pricing information.  PLEASE NOTE: None of the Phantom Vintage Museum pieces are for sale.  This listing is provided to reflect our collection.

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Clicking on most pictures will provide a larger picture of the item.    A  reminder that the  prices listed are what the item originally sold for in the year it was released.

 

Bang & Olufsen Dynaco Beocord 2000 $172 (112 gns)  1965

Bang & Olufsen Dynaco Beocord 2000 reel to reel tape recorder in the Reel2ReelTexas.com's vintage recording collection

Bang & Olufsen Dynaco Beocord 2000 reel to reel tape recorder in the Reel2ReelTexas.com's vintage recording collection

Bang & Olufsen Dynaco Beocord 2000 reel to reel tape recorder in the Reel2ReelTexas.com's vintage recording collection

1965 Bang & Olufsen B&) 2000K reel to reel tape recorder ad in Reel2ReelTexas.com's vintage recording collection 1965 ad for Dynaco reel to reel tape recorders in Reel2ReelTexas.com's vintage recording collection

In the Reel2ReelTexas.com's vintage recording collection, this is a 1965 Dynaco tape recorder ad

 

 

Bell RecordOFone RT-65 

(49, 50, 51, 52, 53)

picture of Bell Record O Fone tape recorder

'49 catalog listing

'52 catalog listing

'53 catalog listing

picture of Bell RecordOFone

picture of Bell recorder in 1955 tape Recording magazine

picture of catalog listing for Bell recorder

1949 Lafayette catalog listing

1951 catalog listing  Photofact #1  #2

Allied 1952 catalog listing and

Lafayette 1952 catalog listing

 

Bell RT 360  '64 - 65 $449.50 manual

This unit was donated to our collection by Chuck Heger

Bell Rt360 in   Phantom Productions vintage recording collection

Bell Rt360 in   Phantom Productions vintage recording collection

Bell Rt360 in   Phantom Productions vintage recording collection

Bell Rt360 in   Phantom Productions vintage recording collection   Bell Rt360 in   Phantom Productions vintage recording collection

Bell Rt360 in   Phantom Productions vintage recording collection  Bell Rt360 in   Phantom Productions vintage recording collection

Bell RT 360 reel to reel tape recorder showing tape path to record a dub of another tape in Reel2ReelTexas.com's vintage recording collection

Bell RT 360 reel to reel tape recorder showing tape path to record a dub of another tape in Reel2ReelTexas.com's vintage recording collection

1964 Lafayette catalog  $339.50

1964 tape recorder profile  $369.95

1965 tape recorder profile  $449.50

1964 Allied Radio catalog $349.95 + $49 for ext motors

 

Bell & Howell 2297  '68 - '70 $264.95

'68 Directory   '68 ad 68 ad #2 69 ad

'70 Directory

view brief RealPlayer video clip 

picture of Bell & Howell 2297 reel tape recorder with vaccum loading

picture of Bell & Howell 2297 reel tape recorder with vaccum loading

picture of Bell & Howell 2297 reel tape recorder with vaccum loading

picture of Manual pagesBell & Howell 2297 reel tape recorder with vaccum loading  picture of Manual pagesBell & Howell 2297 reel tape recorder with vaccum loading


Bell & Howell Bass Boom Box 1970 $79.95

1970 Bell & Howell Bass Boom Box cassette player with cylinder enclosure including 5" air suspension speaker in Phantom Productions' vintage recording museum

1970 Bell & Howell Bass Boom Box cassette player with cylinder enclosure including 5" air suspension speaker in Phantom Productions' vintage recording museum

Bell & Howell Cassette recorder in round container

December 5, 1970 Billboard article on the Bell & Howell Bass Boom Box cassette player with cylinder enclosure including 5" air suspension speaker in Phantom Productions' vintage recording museum

 

 

 

 

Berlant Concertone 1401 $345

1950 (followed shortly after the release of thefirst Berlant Concertone Model 401)

Berlant Concertone 1401 reel to reel tape rcorder in   Phantom Productions' vintage recording collection

Berlant Concertone 1401 reel to reel tape rcorder in   Phantom Productions' vintage recording collection

1950 ad for the Berlant Concertone 401 in Reel2ReelTexas.com's vintage recording collection   1950 ad for the Berlant Concertone 1401 in Reel2ReelTexas.com's vintage recording collection

1950 Berlant Concertone 401 and 1401 ads

1951 ad for the Berlant Concertone 1401 reel to reel tape recorder in Reel2ReelTexas.com's vintage recording collection 

1951 Berlant Concertone 1401 adsLes Paul and Mary Ford with Ampex 400s and a Concertone 1401

Les Paul and Mary Ford with Ampex 400's he received from Bing Crosby and a Berlant Concertone 1401.

 

 

 

Berlant Concertone   some history

20/20 - 1954 -  $545.00 Instruction & service manual cover  specifications

picture of Berlant Concertone 20/20

'54 ad  '55 ad 

'56 Allied HiFi listing

'56 info

AD  AD #2

manual cover

in use

On cover of 1957 Tape Recording

picture of Berlant Concertone recorder

 

Berlant Concertone 20/20

Series 30  1954 - $545

Instruction & service manual cover  specifications

Berlant Concertone 20/20 reel tape recorder in Reel2ReelTexas.com's vintage recording collection

picture of Berlant Concertone Series 30 pro reel tape recorder

Concertone 20/20 tape recorder in Phantom Productions' vintage tape recorder collection

 

 

Bogen MXM mixer - $144.96 1966 ad

HSC Phantom's studio in 1965

Bogen MXM in Phantom studio 1965

Brunell Mark 5 S 1965

Brenell reel to reel tape recorder in PhantomProductions' vintage recording collection  John Lennon recording in his home studio using the Brenell Mark 5 S

John Lennon with Brunell Mark 5s

given to him by Paul McCartney

Brenell reel to reel tape recorder in PhantomProductions' vintage recording collection Brenell reel to reel tape recorder in PhantomProductions' vintage recording collection

  1965 Brunell reel to reel tape recorder ad in Reel2ReelTexas.com's vintage recording collection

John Lennon recording in his home studio using the Brenell Mark 5 S

 

Brush Mail-A-Voice  1946

1946 Brush Mail-A-Voice magnetic recorder which mechanically works like a record player, however the phono head magnetically records onto a paper mailable disc.  this unit is in the Phantom productions' vintage recording collection

"The model BK-503 Mail-A-Voice from "The Brush Development Company", represents an entirely different approach to the problem of storing information on a magnetic medium. The recording material in this case is in the form of a 9-inch disc, and the sound track is a spiral running from an inner diameter of 5 inches to the outer edge. The recording track has a width of 0.014 inch, and the pitch of the spiral is 0.025 inch. Despite this close spacing, no noticeable crosstalk can be detected. The powder-coated paper discs can be folded and mailed like an ordinary letter. No guide grooves are provided on the coated discs.

The recording head on the 1946 Brush Mail-A-Voice magnetic recorder which mechanically works like a record player, however the phono head magnetically records onto a paper mailable disc.  This unit is in the Phantom productions' vintage recording collection

 

 

 

1946 Brush Mail-A-Voice magnetic recorder which mechanically works like a record player, however the phono head magnetically records onto a paper mailable disc.  this unit is in the Phantom productions' vintage recording collection

The turntable rotates 20 r.p.m., resulting in a total recording time of slightly over 3 min. This instrument deserves special mention because it presently represents the most simple and basically the most inexpensive mechanical and electrical design for a magnetic recorder that has been produced commercially.  A single crystal headphone is used both as a recording microphone and as a playback earphone". radiomuseum.org

1946 Brush Mail-A-Voice magnetic recorder which mechanically works like a record player, however the phono head magnetically records onto a paper mailable disc.  this unit is in the Phantom productions' vintage recording collection

1946 Brush Mail-A-Voice magnetic recorder which mechanically works like a record player, however the phono head magnetically records onto a paper mailable disc.  this unit is in the Phantom productions' vintage recording collection

 

Brush Mail-A-Voice and the Recordon

A small disk based recording device, broadly similar to a small portable turntable or a disk cutter but had a magnetic head instead of a pickup/cutterhead, the recording quality was pretty abysmal. Brush Development Company started manufacturing the device in 1946 and utilised 9" paper disks coated with magnetic particles developed by the company in association with 3M but actually manufactured by Shellmar. The disks and the coating were fairly rugged and paper was chosen instead of a more durable format because the idea was that you could mail it directly without packaging and the long term durability was not a problem since the format was intended for a dictation recording only (this idea resurfaced with dictation belts), but in the 50's disks made out of plastics were available. The unit was not a hit but sold reasonably due to the relatively low price of 40USD which made it one of the cheapest dictation products that you could buy at the time (there was in fact a cheaper model available, the 501), it can be seen in operation in at the least 2 Film Noir movies from the early 50, it died out sometime in the 50's primarily due to the fact that it was difficult to use compared to a tape recorder but there were also problems with lifetime of the magnetic heads, and it was a bit primitive, erasing was done by holding a permanent magnet over the disk. The Mail-A-Voice was manufactured under license by the British company Thermionic Products as the Recordon. audiotools.com


Magnetic recording technology, introduced in the later part of the 19th century, inspired an entirely new world of electronic communication. German-American inventor Semi Joseph Begun made contributions in this field that sped the development of the broadcasting industry. His electromagnetic talking device allowed for the recording and playback of the human voice. Patented in 1934, his was the first tape recorder designed for broadcasting.

Begun was born in Danzig, Germany, on Dec. 2, 1905. He became interested in magnetic recording as a student at the Institute of Technology in Berlin, from where he graduated in 1929.

He immigrated to the United States in 1935 and began working for the Brush Development Co. in Cleveland, Ohio. With Begun’s help, Brush, which was mainly a manufacturer of phonograph pickups, began making magnetic tape sound recorders in cooperation with Western Electric. Begun’s magnetic recorder was used for broadcasts during the 1936 Olympics.

When World War II broke out, Begun promoted the development of magnetic recording as a member of the National Defense Research Committee and began experimenting with recording media, developing various types of coated paper and magnetic, plastic tape. In 1943, he was named Brush’s Vice President of Research.

Begun secured a funding contract at Brush from the NDRC to research possible substitutes for a stainless steel wire component used in recording devices that made them somewhat expensive to manufacture. He invented a coated, non-metallic tape that lead to the development of the first consumer tape recorder, dubbed the Sound Mirror. He also invented the Mail-a-Voice, which magnetically recorded on one side of a paper disk for letter correspondence. Begun was honored with a Presidential Certificate of Merit from President Truman for his work with the NRDC. In addition to his inventions, Begun lead the charge in forging a sourcing partnership for magnetic tape with 3M. This would later become a billion-dollar product line for that company.web.mit.edu

Begun founded his own technology consulting firm, Auctor Associates, in 1971. He died on January 5, 1995. In 1998, he was posthumously inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame.

 

Brush Sound Mirror BK401 (wood cab) 1947 $367.50 (BK403) pic1  pic 2

This is one of the first commercial reel tape recorders on the market.  See 1947 ad from the Saturday Evening Post dated October 11, 1947.  This unit has a date stamped on the main board dated Jan 22, 1948. Here's movie of the recorder running.  The tape that came with the recorder included the Joe Louis and Jersey Joe Walcott fight in the late '40s.

picture of Brush BK 401 Sound mirror reel tape recorder in Phantom Productions, vintage recorder collection 

This recorder model was used on the movie The Aviator.  Interestingly, Phantom was contacted by Montgomery Pollack in May 2003 asking if we could provide a recorder for the movie - "We are working on a new film to be directed by Martin Scorcese, starring Leonardo DeCaprio. It is called "The Aviator" It is about Howard Hughes love of flight. There is a scene that has Hughes using a reel to reel tape recorder in 1947. The director has requested a Rangertone or a Magnecord, Magnetophon or a Ampex 200A. I need to purchase this items. Do you have or know of anybody who might have such an item. It needs to work and be in very good condition. I can be flexible in my timeline. I can use any reel to reel recorder from 1947-1950. If I cannot find such a beast we will just use a Webster wire recorder. Any information would be extremely helpful."  We came up with a Magnecord M30 & M33 and a PT6-AH. However they found the Brush which met their time period perfectly.

picture of Brush BK 401 Sound mirror reel tape recorder in Phantom Productions, vintage recorder collection 

picture of Brush BK 401 Sound mirror reel tape recorder in Phantom Productions, vintage recorder collection 

picture of Brush BK 401 Sound mirror reel tape recorder in Phantom Productions, vintage recorder collection 

picture of Brush BK 401 Sound mirror reel tape recorder in Phantom Productions, vintage recorder collection 

picture of Brush BK 401 Sound mirror reel tape recorder in Phantom Productions, vintage recorder collection

 

Brush Pro Recorder 2105  1950's full track

Brush 2105 Professional full track from the 1950's in Reel2ReelTexas.com's vintage recording collection

Brush 2105 Professional full track from the 1950's in Reel2ReelTexas.com's vintage recording collection

Brush 2105 Professional full track from the 1950's in Reel2ReelTexas.com's vintage recording collection

Brush 2105 Professional full track from the 1950's in Reel2ReelTexas.com's vintage recording collection

Brush 2105 Professional full track from the 1950's in Reel2ReelTexas.com's vintage recording collection

Brush 2105 Professional full track from the 1950's in Reel2ReelTexas.com's vintage recording collection

picture of Brush mono tapre recorder close-up picture of the large audio meter

picture of the Brush recorder's back connection panelpicture of brush recorder's name plate with serial number

picture of brush recorder's motor ans switches

 

 

 

Brush Sound Mirror BK-455P (portable) 1953 $289.50

Brush Sound Mirror portable BK-455P reel tape recorder in Reel2ReelTexas.com's vintage recording collection

Brush Sound Mirror portable BK-455P reel tape recorder in Reel2ReelTexas.com's vintage recording collection Brush Sound Mirror portable BK-455P reel tape recorder in Reel2ReelTexas.com's vintage recording collection

Brush Sound Mirror portable BK-455P reel tape recorder in Reel2ReelTexas.com's vintage recording collection

Brush Sound Mirror portable BK-455P reel tape recorder in Reel2ReelTexas.com's vintage recording collection

Brush Sound Mirror portable BK-455P reel tape recorder in Reel2ReelTexas.com's vintage recording collection

 

Brush Sound Mirror (wood cab)

picture of Brush Sound Mirror recorder

'47 ad

history

picture of Brush Sound Mirror recorder in wood case

picture of Brush Sound Mirror recorder in wood case

 

Brush Mike BA 106

This microphone was acquired from an instructor of voice (opera) in San Francisco.

1937 ad for similar Brush BR 2S

 

BSR Equalizer

picture of BSR Equalizer

 

BSR Spectrum Analyzer

picture of BSR Spectrum Analyzer with Panasonic AG-1970

 

Calrad 500C ($4.95 new)

We had this microphone in our early years (1964-66).  It sold for $4.95 and now averages $125 in auctions.  Amazing!

Here's a few Calrad spotting's!

picture of $4.95 Calrad 500C

'58 catalog listing

'59 catalog listing

'62 catalog listing  $5.85

'65 BA catalog listing

'65 McGEE catalog listing $4.95

'67 Burstein Applebee catalog listing

'67 Radio Shack catalog listing $4.95

 

 

Calrad DM-15

picture of Calrad DM-15

'62 catalog listing $9.85

 

Calrad DM-21

picture of Calrad DM-21 microphone

'65 McGEE catalog listing $14.95

'67 Radio Shack catalog listing $19.95

 

Calrad DM 16H/Lafayette

picture of Calrad/Lafayette microphone 

'62 catalog listing $13.95

'67 Radio Shack catalog listing $12.95

 

Concertone (Berlant ) 20/20 Series 30 1954 - $545

Instruction & service manual cover  specifications

Concertone 20/20 tape recorder in Phantom Productions' vintage tape recorder collection

picture of Berlant Concertone Series 30 pro reel tape recorder

icture of Concertone tape time in wooden box in Phantom vintage recording museum

Concertone tape timer in original wooden box

'61 info

 

Concertone (Berlant )

20/20 - 1954 -  $545.00

picture of Berlant Concertone 20/20

picture of Berlant Concertone Pro reel tape recorder 20/20

'54 ad  '55 ad 

'56 Allied HiFi listing

'56 info

AD  AD #2

manual cover

in use

On cover of 1957 Tape Recording

Emmanuel Berlant

 

 

 

 

Concertone 505  

1960 - $495

picture of Phantom Productions' Concertone 505 reel tape recorder

This concertone was built by Teac. Here's the Teac version. some history  also see Concord below

picture of the Teac 505

'60 ad  '61 ad  '63 ad #1  '63 ad #2

'62 catalog

picture of Phantom Productions' Concertone 505 reel tape recorder

picture of Phantom Productions' Concertone 505 reel tape recorder

picture of Phantom Productions' Concertone 505 reel tape recorder

picture of Phantom Productions' Concertone 505 reel tape recorder

 

 

Concertone 800 series "Reverse-O-Matic"

1964 $468.47

Phantom used one of these in the middle '60's, however the solenoids failed and we moved to Sony products.  What a great looking recorder.

  (64, 65, 66) catalog  specifications

picture of Concertone 800 Series tape recorder

click to enlarge image 1965 ads 1  2  3  4  5

Phantom's Concertone 800 six head ad was used in the feb 2007 Radio magazine

February 2007 issue of Radio magazine which used Phantom Productions' Six head Concertone ad from our vintage recording collection  February 2007 issue of Radio magazine which used Phantom Productions' Six head Concertone ad from our vintage recording collection

'65 catalog listing  $397.46  '65 Directory '66 catalog listing $468.47 

 '66 Allied Christmas catalog $349  '66 Lafayette catalog listing  $359.50

picture of 1964 Concertone 800 Tape recorder ad with Doris Day & Rock Hudson'64 Ad with Doris Day & Rock Hudson

picture of Concertone microphone

This is an operating unit with two external matching speakers.

Concertone 800 with speakers from brochure in Phantom Productions' vintage reel tape recorder collection

Similar unit owned by Phantom Productions in 1966-67 (below).  Sold in 1966 for $468.47.

   

 

Martin's equipment in 1967 (above)

Concertone 801 was featured in the Doris Day - Rock Hudson movie "Send Me No Flowers!"clip

Concertone 800 Brochure

Page 1   Page 2  Page 3   Page 4

Maintenance Manual Cover

Owners reference Manual Cover

Concertone 800 Photofact

 

 

Concertone 804

picture of Concertone 804A

'66 ad    Movie  '66 Directory

picture of Concertone 804

'67 catalog listing#1 $439.95

'67 catalog listing#2  $349.95

'67 catalog listing#3  $299.95

 

No longer in collection


Concertone Tape Timer

picture of tape recorder accessories

Other Site resources:

Go to Get Reel's Concertone page

picture of Concertone 800 series recorders

click on picture for larger view

Note Concertone recording tape in picture above

 

Concertone 707

transistor portable '66 727 ad '67 770 ad

picture of Concertone 707

 

Concord 444

'65 Directory Concord built by Concertone/Teac Japan

picture of Concord 444

picture of Concord 220

 

 

Crown Prince (58, 59)  $395

'58 listing

Crown Prince reel tape recorder which is no longer in the Reel2ReelTexas.com's vintage recording collection

Crown Prince reel tape recorder which is no longer in the Reel2ReelTexas.com's vintage recording collection

 

Crown 3M    (54, 55, 56, 57, 58, 59) $435

'56 catalog listing

'54 Ad

Additional Crown Info from 1966

 

Crown SS 700  1964 $1,295  1965 $895

1966 cover of brochure for Crown professional tape recorders in Phantom Productions vintage recording collection  1966 equipment specs brochure for Crown professional tape recorders in Phantom Productions vintage recording collection

picture of Nagra microphone mixer and Crown tape recorder in Phantom's vintage reel tape recorder collection

Picture of this unit used in Big Head Todd's album

More info

'66 ad

'67Ad

'72 ad

'73 Directory listing

picture of Crown SS700

 

Crown SX824  1966 $1,790  1976 $1,995 1977 $1,495 brochure Specs

Donated to the Reel-to-Reel Museumby Dr. Charles Davis  & Don Nattinger, Corpus Christi, Texas, April 2014

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

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

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

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

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

Donated to the Reel-to-Reel Museumby Dr. Charles Davis & Don Nattinger, Corpus Christi, Texas, April 2014

SX-822 1966 ad  1968 review

 

Crowncorder CRC6250F

Briefcase recorder(68-69)

picture of Akai briefcase recorder with radio

'67 catalog listing $149.95

'68 catalog listing  $139.95

 

Crowncorder CTR-5400

This was one of Martin's early portable recorders and was used to record compilations of favorite music to have in the car.

'66 catalog listing  $79.95  '66 Holiday Catalog

picture of Corwncorder CTR-5400

brochure & manual

picture of Crowncorder

 

Dokorder 1140 (1976)

made by Denki Onkyo manual schematic 1  2 

55lbs  $1,199.95 list  '76 Review 1974 ad

picture of Dokorder 1140

picture of Dokorder 1140

(click picture of larger view)

picture of Dokorder 1140

picture of Dokorder 1140

Cover of 1976 Dokorder 1140 tape recorder brochure in Phantom Productions' vintage reel to reel tape recorder collection

view brochure

Specifications of 1976 Dokorder 1140 tape recorder brochure in Phantom Productions' vintage reel to reel tape recorder collection

 

Dokorder 8020  (1976) $195

made by Denki Onkyo  brief history

Dokorder 8020 Dub A Tape reel to reel tape recorder in Phantom Productions vintage recording collection

Dokorder 8020 Dub A Tape reel to reel tape recorder showing double tape path  in Phantom Productions vintage recording collection

Dokorder 8020 brochure in Phantom Productions' vintage reel to reel tape recorder collection  Dokorder 8020 brochure in Phantom Productions' vintage reel to reel tape recorder collection

Dokorder 8020 brochure in Phantom Productions' vintage reel to reel tape recorder collection  Dokorder 8020 brochure in Phantom Productions' vintage reel to reel tape recorder collection

Dokorder 8020 ad in Phantom Productions' vintage reel to reel tape recorder collection  Dokorder 8020 Owners manual cover in Phantom Productions' vintage reel to reel tape recorder collection

Dokorder 8020 Owners manual controls in Phantom Productions' vintage reel to reel tape recorder collection  Dokorder 8020 Owners manual specifications in Phantom Productions' vintage reel to reel tape recorder collection

 

Dokorder 9020 (1976)

made by Denki Onkyo

picture of Dokorder 9200

     

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