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This is a list of our vintage open reel, analog reel to reel tape recording collection for Unusual/Unique Reel Tape Recording Items 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 these items are in our collection, nor are they for sale on our site!

 

Austin City Limits entrance    David Hough ACL Engineer with Ampex deck during AES visit 

Audio Engineering Society officers at Austin City Limits    Martin beside Studer at Abbey Road Studios London, England 

Studer at Austin City Limits • AES meeting at ACL •  Martin at Abbey Road Studios


In December 2012, Martin drove to Salinas,CA to pick up the Ampex 200 he'd purchased. It turned out that Nick, the seller, had acquired many of Golden State Recorders recordersbelonging tothe"Baron" Leo de Gar Kulka. Nick's mom knew Leo's widow from church and Nick bought the recorders for $10,000. We bought his Ampex 200A and Ampex 300. Initially Nick wanted a higher price for the 300, however as Martin was preparing to leave, Nick sold him the 300 for the same amount as the 200 saying, " the 2 tape recorders had been together their whole lives and should stay together!"

In the storage building Nick also had Leo's Stephens, a Telefunken/Neumann MT 70S, a 3M and many other classic recorders. Wish we could have brought them all to our museum. Here's a brief video clip take at the storage building. Several photos from the video have been incorporated into the related summaries below.

Many of the photos below have been sent to us from a variety of sources. If any of them are yours and we need to credit you or remove them, please let us know. Thank you!

3M Professional Recorder   2 track

3M Professional Recorder  3M Professional Recorder  3M Professional Recorder 3M Professional Recorder   

 

 

3M M23  3 Track

       

3M 8 track

1971 Phil Spector In John Lennon's studio working on the Imagine Album


3M Cantata 700 background Music

3M 16 Track

   

3M 24 track '79

3M - belonged to Leo de Gar Kulka - This unit was in the same storage building as our Ampex 200 and Ampex 300 in Salinas, CA in December, 2012 - video

AEG 1934

 

AEG 1935

AEG 1936-1937

AEG 1937-1938

   

     

 

AEG 1939-1942

AEG B2 Magnetophon

AEG Magnetophon FT4 David Winter - Paris
 
The FT4 is an improved FT3 machine. It is operated by the remote controls. Manual operation is also possible, but limited to fast forward/rewind and stop. The switch on the right of the transport selects the manual or remote operation. Unlike the FT3, the FT4 does not have a built-in speaker: it is external like the K1/K2 series, but the amplifier is built in the machine. The amplifier uses three tubes: AZ1, AF7 and AL4. The restoration of the amplifier is somewhat difficult because it uses several capacitor blocks which must be removed and emptied to place new capacitors inside.

As can be seen on picture 4, the capstan is smaller than the K series. As a matter of fact, the FT machines were used to record long speeches, so the tape duration was increased to a little bit more than one hour by a reduced speed of 25cm/s. Therefore, the motor speed was reduced to 680rpm and the capstan diameter was reduced to 7mm in diameter.

The rotary head assembly is same as the K1/K2 machines: either the playback head is selected and touches the tape, or the erase (DC bias) and record heads are selected. This is done by an electromagnet which triggers the assembly.

The gauge on the left allows checking the amount of remaining tape. A very light lever touches the left reel with very low pressure to avoid damage, which is almost impossible here considering the low speed. However, a higher speed like 76cm/s would have increased the friction with the tape, and therefore, eventually caused minor damage like microscopic scratches, although the sound would not have been altered by this.

AEG FT4 1939

               

AEG FT4 1939 - continued

             

AEG

   

   

   

AES Melbourne display June 2012

Melbourne AES displays June 2012

click for full pdf photos

 

Akai 903

Akai M5

 

  

 

Akai 33D & R220S

 

  

 

Akai GX-400D & Akai GX-400D-SS

      

Akai GX-400D-SS

Akai GX-400 Pro

Akai GX-77 black

Akai GX-635

 

Akai Pro 1000

view more pics pdf

 

Ampex 010 Recorder Reproducer 1962

Ampex 010

Ampex 010 Ampex 010

 Ampex 010 Ampex 010

 Ampex 010  

EBay listing - photos used with permission from Thory Monsen. Comment -"We are selling it on ebay for the widow of the collector. He was a retired IBM engineer that procured a lot of equipment through the MARS and ham radio scene. Here is a link to the ebay listing. We had no idea how to price it so we had to go high in the interest of the widow who is on a fixed income. "

AMPEX Recorder/Reproducer Model 010 manufactured in September, 1962. This recorder is possibly one of a kind as we were not able to find any kind of information on it. It is the absolute holy grail of its kind and is highly collectible.
The lot includes:
- Ampex Recorder/Reproducer Model 010 (Serial Nr 912). Measures to 14 x 2 x 8 inches.
- Original Ampex Power Supply. Measures to 14 x 3 x 8 inches.
- Standard Tape (in the original Ampex box and canister)
- VOR Power Cable (in original Ampex box)
- Desk Module Remote Control Unit w/cable
- Hand Module Remote Control Unit w/cable
- 3 Head assemblies (all have areas that are corroded- please refer to the pictures)
- WIC Input cable (the cable is slightly corroded and sticky)
- Playback output cable (the cable is slightly corroded and sticky)
- Small module (not sure what it is used for- please refer to the pictures). Measures to 7 x 2 x 1 inches.
- Reel of tape (it is already mounted on the recorder and I dont know either there is anything recorded on it).
Overall all items are in good condition with some scratches, scuff marks, sticker residue etc but nothing excessive that would affect the performance. We have not tested this item and it is sold for its collectors value.

 

Ampex MM1000 2" 16 track

Ampex MM1000 Ampex MM1000

Ampex MM1000  Ampex MM1000

Ampex

Ampex tape recorder Ampex tape recorder  Ampex tape recorder  Ampex tape recorder  Ampex tape recorder    Ampex tape recorder

Ampex Logger

Ampex UST-4

Ampex custom control on 601

 

 

 

Ampex AG-440 b & c

 

A.R. VETTER Model D1 INSTRUMENTATION RECORDER

          

 

AIWI TP-1006

Awai TP-1006 reel to reel tape recorder 

Awai TP-1006 reel to reel tape recorder

Awai TP-1006 reel to reel tape recorder

Awia VM-12

Awia VM-12 ribbon microphone 

Awia VM-12 ribbon microphone

Awia VM-12 ribbon microphone

Awia NHK M-17 ribbon mics

1940's Japanese  Broadcast Ribbons (NHK is like BBC or CBC)
These are true multipattern, with band pass adjustment on the  bottom,
just like the RCA they were modeled after.
SONICALLY, they are perfectly matched.

 

   

Awia VM 20

Awia VM-20 microphone  Awia VM-20 microphone 

 

 

 

Awia TP 1001

Awia TP 1001 reel to reel tape recorder

 

Vintage Bang & Olufsen Dynaco Beocord 2000

in collection

 

Braun TG-1000/4

Braun TG1000/4 tape recorder  Braun TG1000/4 tape recorder

Braun TG1000/4 tape recorder  Braun TG1000/4 tape recorder

Byer 77

Byer 77 reel tape recorder Byer 77 reel tape recorder Byer 77 reel tape recorder  Byer 77 reel tape recorder   Byer 77 reel tape recorder  Byer 77 reel tape recorder

Crown 701 see also the Crown 3M in our collection

Crown 701 tape recorder Crown 701 tape recorder

Crown 701 tape recorder Crown 701 tape recorder

Crown 701 tape recorder 

Concertone 605

Concertone 605 reel toe reel tape recorder

 

Crown CX-744 see also the Crown SS 700 in our collection

Crown CX-744 reel tape recorder  Crown CX-744 reel tape recorder 

Crown CX-744 reel tape recorder 

Denon GB-707A-GRIFFIN

"These were made mostly for the military. Several clues would be that it has Brush heads -- Ampex didn't use Brush heads; it full of Telectro transformers -- Ampex didn't buy their transformers from Telectro; the pushbuttons don't have the plastic skirts used by Ampex. Ampex in this period didn't use that kind of logo plate and most importantly of all -- it looks nothing like an Ampex other than having two reel tables and a head block. It more resembles a Presto than an Ampex."

The odd thing about this unit, which you probably noticed in the pictures, is that it has been re-branded as an "Ampex" and also has an Ampex meter.

Photos donated by Ethan Brizendine of Ham and HiFi located in Sparks, Nevada

Denon GB-707A-GRIFFIN photos donated by Ethan Brizendine of Ham and HiFi located in Sparks, Nevada   Denon GB-707A-GRIFFIN photos donated by Ethan Brizendine of Ham and HiFi located in Sparks, Nevada

Denon GB-707A-GRIFFIN photos donated by Ethan Brizendine of Ham and HiFi located in Sparks, Nevada Denon GB-707A-GRIFFIN photos donated by Ethan Brizendine of Ham and HiFi located in Sparks, Nevada

Denon GB-707A-GRIFFIN photos donated by Ethan Brizendine of Ham and HiFi located in Sparks, Nevada   Denon GB-707A-GRIFFIN photos donated by Ethan Brizendine of Ham and HiFi located in Sparks, Nevada

Denon GB-707A-GRIFFIN photos donated by Ethan Brizendine of Ham and HiFi located in Sparks, Nevada  Denon GB-707A-GRIFFIN photos donated by Ethan Brizendine of Ham and HiFi located in Sparks, Nevada

Denon GB-707A-GRIFFIN photos donated by Ethan Brizendine of Ham and HiFi located in Sparks, Nevada

Denon

Denon reel tape recorder  Denon reel tape recorder Denon reel tape recorder  Denon reel tape recorder

1957 EMI L2B Portable

           

 

Leevers Rich story

Warwick

 

Magnacord M90

   

 

 

MagnetaphonK8 1 1948

another

Magnasync/Movieola see also the Magnasync Nomad in our collection

Magnasync/Movieola tape recorder Magnasync/Movieola tape recorder  Magnasync/Movieola tape recorder  Magnasync/Movieola tape recorder Magnasync/Movieola tape recorder 

 

Nagra NTA 3 TCR

Nagra NTA 3 TCR reel tape recorder  Nagra NTA 3 TCR reel tape recorder Nagra NTA 3 TCR reel tape recorder Nagra NTA 3 TCR reel tape recorder  Nagra NTA 3 TCR reel tape recorder 

Nagra T

Nagra T tape recorder  Nagra T tape recorder   Nagra T tape recorder   Nagra T tape recorder Nagra T tape recorder Nagra T tape recorder  Nagra T tape recorder Nagra T tape recorder  Nagra T tape recorder  Nagra T tape recorder   

Nagra E Full Track

 

     

   

Otari MTR-90

Otari 4 track

     

Phillips Pro 12

Phillips Pro 12 reel tape recorder Phillips Pro 12 reel tape recorder

Phillips Pro 36

 

 

Pioneer RTU-11 - RT-2044

Pioneer RTU-11 reel tape recorder  Pioneer RTU-11 reel tape recorder  Pioneer RTU-11 reel tape recorder  Pioneer RTU-11 reel tape recorder  Pioneer RTU-11 reel tape recorder Pioneer RTU-11 reel tape recorder

ReVox C 278

ReVox C 278 reel tape recorder ReVox C 278 reel tape recorder  ReVox C 278 reel tape recorder ReVox C 278 reel tape recorder  ReVox C 278 reel tape recorder  ReVox C 278 reel tape recorder

Roberts in Console

 

Rola

Rola reel tape recorder

Russian ReVox Olimp MPK-005S

Russian ReVox Olimp MPK-005S reel tape recorder Russian ReVox Olimp MPK-005S reel tape recorder 

Russian ReVox Olimp MPK-005S reel tape recorder  Russian ReVox Olimp MPK-005S reel tape recorder

Scully 280

Russian ReVox Olimp MPK-005S reel tape recorder Russian ReVox Olimp MPK-005S reel tape recorder 

Russian ReVox Olimp MPK-005S reel tape recorder  Russian ReVox Olimp MPK-005S reel tape recorder

 

   

Sony ES-22-T 1967 $10,000 prototype

Sony ES-22-T.jpg reel tape recorder

Sony ES-22-T.jpg reel tape recorder

Sony APR-5000

Sony APR-5000 reel tape recorder  Sony APR-5000 reel tape recorder Sony APR-5000 reel tape recorder  Sony APR-5000 reel tape recorder Ampex APR 5000

Sony PT-5A (EM-3)

Sony PT-5A (EM-3) reel tape recorder  Sony PT-5A (EM-3) reel tape recorder  Sony PT-5A (EM-3) reel tape recorder

Sony TC-774 772-4 see also the 772-2 in our collection

Sony TC-774 772-4 reel tape recorder   Sony TC-774 772-4 reel tape recorderSony TC-774 772-4 reel tape recorder

Sony TC-880-2

Sony TC-880-2 reel tape recorder  Sony TC-880-2 reel tape recorder  Sony TC-880-2 reel tape recorder  Sony TC-880-2 reel tape recorder

Stephens - belonged to Leo de Gar Kulka - This unit was in the same storage building as our Ampex 200 and Ampex 300 in Salinas, CA in December, 2012

Sony TC-880-2 reel tape recorder  Stephens reel tape recorder  Sony TC-880-2 reel tape recorder  Sony TC-880-2 reel tape recorder Sony TC-880-2 reel tape recorder

Tapesonic

     

 

Tascam ATR-60

   

Teac R-310

Teac R-310 pro reel tape recorders Teac R-310 pro reel tape recorders  Teac D-15 mixer Teac R-310 pro reel tape recorders

Concertone Teac produced recorders   Concertone Teac produced recorders

   

Teac D-15

Teac D-15 mixer Teac D-15 mixer Teac D-15 mixer  Teac D-15 mixer

Teac rack 7030

 Teac  7030 in original Teac Rack Teac  7030 in original Teac Rack  Teac  7030 in original Teac Rack  Teac  7030 in original Teac Rack

Technics RS 1500 with case  see also the RS-1700 in our collection

Technics RS 1500 with case  Technics RS 1500 with case

Technics RS 1500 with case

Telefunken

Telefunken/Neumann MT 70S - belonged to Leo de Gar Kulka - This unit was in the same storage building as our Ampex 200 and Ampex 300 in Salinas, CA in December, 2012

           

Tonschreiber 2005 UK

Vintage Recorders UK

Many may know I love to collect reel to reels, hence my user ID, I have always wanted to get early recorders with interesting history, this week I purchased something I thought I would never find, the Tonschreiber Ton S.b1. This recorder started life out in 1939, although the Magnetophon had been demonstrated in 1937, I do not believe they where for sale, this machine could possibly be from the first in the world to be sold. The recorder I brought could have been made between 1939 to 1944, I will not know until I pick it up on Saturday, all I do know is I am one lucky guy, thanks to my friend who spotted it. Below are some pictures of the recorder, when I have the machine I will take some more.
On another thread, someone mentions an unusual tape speed, this recorder does not have any standard tape speeds, they are as follows

CM - Imches
9 - 3.5
13 - 5.1
18 - 7.1
25 - 9.8
36 - 14.2
52 - 20.5
72 - 28.3
104 - 40.9
120 - 47.2
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The story goes,
The seller had two of these machines which where going into a close bidder auction, my friend inquired about the recorders (Suppose to be two in one lot!), only to find a Dutch man had already offered a staggering amount just for one machine. I asked my friend to match that figure and see what they said; the seller withdrew them from the auction list (Not an Ebay auction) and allowed us to buy the other machine. The wanted to keep hold of the 10 reels of tapes which came with the recorder, I told my friend to offer a free transfer which is now part of the deal for 5-6 reels of tape (The others are for the Dutch man and the same rules would apply). The tapes run at very peculiar speeds and the recorder is suspected to be faulty (If not dangerous) but I have a Studer A810 which will play tapes from 1.7/8isp to 60ips! That’s completely variable between all the speeds, also the Studer has library wind (Soft spooling) which will be essential for these tapes as the are at least 63 years old and made from what was called type-A tape (Plastic not paper), these tapes where brittle even when new.
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Vintage recorder collector
www.vintagerecorders.co.uk

 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Paignton
Posts: 710

 Re: The first tape recorder Tonschreiber 1939

Cheers for the info, this recorder has a very low SN of 484, I have had the machine open but have not seen anything to suggest its date. I know the first K-0 recorder was invented in 1930, that the Magnetophon was sold before this machine, I think it will be a little while longer before I can find anything older than this one though.

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Vintage recorder collector
www.vintagerecorders.co.uk

 

 

Viking 85

 

 

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