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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.

    __________________
    Vintage recorder collector
    www.vintagerecorders.co.uk

     

     

    Viking 85

     

     

    Unknown

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