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    VINTAGE HISTORY BY YEAR
     

    We are providing the following information to give some perspective to the development of open reel or analog reel to reel tape recording, their manufacturers and references back to the specific equipment where we have data available. We will correct and add information as we receive additional information.  Also included is a time line for Martin and Phantom Productions. Pictures may be clicked for larger view.  We have attempted to be as accurate as possible and always appreciate receiving information that will help us update and maintain this page.  Contact

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    1877 to 1959   PLEASE NOTE: Price listings by items reflect the original "list/retail" price (from best sources available).
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    History
    1837           Waterloo,Texas founded & 2 years later named Austin
    1860 earliest audible record of recognizable human speech          
    1865 BASF Founded          
    1867 AGFA founded          
    1876           The Dessau Hall opens in Austin, Texas and becomes a popular venue for Polka Dancing.  Later big bands like Guy Lombardo, Glenn Millerand Tommy Dorsey perform in the 1030's and 1940's.  Later Hank Williams, Pasty Cline, Earnest Tubb & Elvis perform.  It is now seeing more Tejano music.
    1877

    Edison Cylinder Phonograph Invented

    records "Mary had a liitle lamb"     Pres. Rutherford B. Hayes sent troops in violent national railroad strike.  
    1878 Recording process described by Oberlin Smith The first music is put on record: cornetist Jules Levy plays "Yankee Doodle."        
    1883 AEG Founded          
    1887 Emile Berliner is granted a patent on a flat-disc gramophone, making the production of multiple copies practical.          
    1888 Edison introduces an electric motor-driven phonograph          
    1891

    Phillips Electronics founded

    Alexander graham Bell demonstrates a stereo telephone transmission in Paris

          Pres. James A. Garfield shot in Washington, DC, July 2; died Sept. 19.  
    1894 Stromberg-Carlson          
    1895         Marconi achieves wireless radio transmission from Italy to America.  
    1896         John Philip Sousa composed “Stars and Stripes Forever” on Dec. 25.  
    1897         First Klondike gold arrived in San Francisco July 14  
    1898

    The magnetic recording was demonstrated in principle as early as 1898 by Valdemar Poulsen in his Telegraphone.    

    1898 in Denmark, when Valdemar Poulsen developed a device to record sound on a steel wire.

    Valdemar Poulsen

    U.S. battleship Maine blown up Feb. 15 at Havana; 260 killed.

     
    1899

    Wollensak began

    First multi-track? The Columbia Phonograph Company  sells a 3 horned cylinder phonograph using 3 separate tracks on the cylinder for $1,000

          Pianist Scott Joplin's “Maple Leaf Rag” was published, popularizing ragtime.  

    1900

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            Eastman Kodak Co. introduced the Brownie camera, popularizing picture-taking. Poulsen's of the Telegraphone at the Paris International Exhibition of 1900.
    1901 The Victor Talking Machine Company is founded by Emile Berliner and Eldridge Johnson       Texas had first significant oil strike, Jan. 10.  
    1902        

    Pres. McKinley was shot Sept. 6

    Helen Keller autobiography appeared in serial form.

     
    1903      

    Henry Ford founded Ford Motor Co., June 16

    1st successful flight in heavier-than-air mechanically propelled airplane by Orville Wright

    American Telegraphone Company formed in Washington, D.C.
    1904 Edison cylinder player     St. Louis hosted first Olympics in U.S., July 1-Nov. 23  
    1905          
    1906       San Francisco earthquake and fire, Apr. 18-19 Lee DeForest invents the triode vacuum tube, the first electronic signal amplifier.
    1907 Bell & Howell incorporated       Financial panic and depression started Mar. 13.  

    1908

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    Edison ad       Henry Ford- Model T- $850  
    1909         Adm. Robert E. Peary claimed to have reached North Pole  
    1910           Enrico Caruso is heard in the first live broadcast from the Metropolitan Opera, NYC
    1911 New Edison Disc Phonograph       First transcontinental airplane flight Austin, TX symphony founded
    1912

    In October 1912 the Edison Diamond Disc Record was introduced

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    1913        

    The first "talking movie" is demonstrated by Edison using his Kinetophone process, a cylinder player mechanically synchronized to a film projector.

    16th Amendment, authorizing federal income tax, ratified Feb. 3.

     
    1914         Panama Canal opened First passenger on regular airline
    1915 Presto Products Company founded (later became Presto Recording company in 1932)      

    British ship Lusitania sunk May 7 by German submarine

    First transcontinental telephone call

    Thomas Edison lobbied for folks to answer phone with "hello."  Alexander graham bell was lobbying for "Ahoy, Ahoy"
     
    1916

    Cylinder Changer

    Edison does live-versus-recorded demonstrations in Carnegie Hall, NYC

         

    The Society of Motion Picture Engineers (SMPE) is formed.

    Gen. John J. Pershing entered Mexico to pursue Francisco (Pancho) Villa

    U.S. bought Virgin Islands from Denmark

     
    1917 The Scully disk recording lathe is introduced.      

    First jazz releases on cylinder kept the format going for awhile longer

     

    US declares war on Germany April 6th

     
    1918      

    More than 1 mil American troops were in Europe by July

    Influenza epidemic killed an estimated 20 mil worldwide

     
    1919 Brush Development Company founded    

    Garrard Engineering, a subsidiary of the British Crown jewelers, commenced manufacture of precision clockwork gramophone motors.

    First transatlantic flight

     
    1920        

    First regular licensed radio broadcasting begun Aug. 20

    19th Amendment ratified Aug. 18, giving women the vote

     
    1921 AC bias      

    Joint congressional resolution declaring peace with Germany, Austria, and Hungary

    The first commercial AM radio broadcast is made by KDKA, Pittsburgh PA

    University of Texas receives its first radio license
    1922         The first electrically recorded 78 rpm disks appear.  
    1923        

    record business became seriously depressed due to radio

    First sound-on-film motion picture, Phonofilm, shown at Rivoli Theater, New York City, beginning in April.

     
    1924 Dr Kurt Stille (1873-1957) develops a dictation machine using similar principles to the Telegraphone, recording on steel wire. It is manufactured by Vox Gramophone Company. First US Coast to Coast radio broadcast from Chicago to 4 million listeners    

    Law approved by Congress June 15 making all Native Americans U.S. citizens.

    Computing-Tabulating-Recording Company (CTR) changes its name to International Business Machines (IBM
    1925

    Rheem Manufacturing Company (Roberts Recorders, Califone)

    The first electrically recorded 78 rpm disks appear

     

    Bell Labs develops a moving armature lateral cutting system for electrical recording on disk. Concurrently they Introduce the Victor Orthophonic Victrola, "Credenza" model. This all-acoustic player -- with no electronics -- is considered a leap forward in phonograph design.

       

    George Gershwin wrote Rhapsody in Blue.

    wire recorder telephone answering/dictation machine called the Dailygraph

    Ford Motor Company bought out the Stout Aircraft Company and began construction of the all-metal Ford Trimotor, which became the first successful American airliner.

    RCA works on the development of ribbon microphones

    1926        

    O'Neill patents iron oxide-coated paper tape.

    Congress established Army Air Corps July 2

     
    1927 Dual turntables

    Electro Voice  founded

    JVC founded

     

    Capt. Charles A. Lindbergh left Roosevelt Field, NY, May 20 alone in plane Spirit of St. Louis on first New York-Paris nonstop flight.

    The Jazz Singer, with Al Jolson, demonstrated part-talking pictures in New York City Oct. 6.

     
    1928

    Magnetophon founded

    Fritz Pfleumer

    magnetic tape

    CBS founded

      Amelia Earhart became first woman to fly across the Atlantic, June 17  
    1929 Akai founded The "Blattnerphone" is developed for use as a magnetic recorder using steel tape    

    “St. Valentine's Day massacre” in Chicago Feb. 14; gangsters killed 7 rivals

    Stock market crash Oct. 29

     
    Year
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    1930 Brush Development Company is making crystals for phonograph pickups       ‘30s - ‘60s Scully dominated record lathe Bell Telephone Laboratories initiates a major research effort in magnetic tape recording
    1931

    Marconi-Stille

    British Marconi Wireless Telegraph Company purchases the U.K. rights to the Stille patents

    The Blattnerphone  another link

    Abbey Road Studios

    Turner Microphones founded  

    Empire State Building opened

    Al Capone was convicted of tax evasion
    1932         Franklin D. Roosevelt elected president 19-month-old Charles Lindbergh Jr. was kidnapped
    1933 Marconi & BBC    

    Magnetic recording on steel wire is developed commercially.

    All banks in the U.S. ordered closed

    Prohibition ended

    Congress passed New Deal

    Tennessee Valley Authority

    Gold standard dropped by U.S.

    Threadgills opens a gas station and a place for musicians to play.

    1934  

    Toschreiber b introduced 1934-35

    See Page 13 - also BASF 6.35mm plasticized-paper tape with iron-oxide coating.

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        Securities and Exchange Commission created  
    1935 TDK Founded

    Brush DevelopmentCorp created

     

       

    The first Tape Recorder was shown off at the Radio Exhibition 1935 in Berlin. The "Magnetophon K 1" was made by AEG

    BASF prepares the first plastic-based magnetic tapes.

    Boulder Dam (later renamed Hoover Dam) completed

    Social Security Act

    Huey Long shot

    1936    
    First orchestra recording on tape
    BASF makes the first tape recording of a symphony concert during a visit by the touring London Philharmonic Orchestra. Sir Thomas Beecham conducts Mozart. Margaret Mitchell published Gone With the Wind.
    1937

    Edison VoiceWriter

    Universal Professional Disc recorder

    The Marconi-Stille  

    Astatic D-104

    Brush BR25

    Electro Voice 630, V-2 & V-3

    Hindenburg exploded May 6 landing at Lakehurst, NJ.

    Golden Gate Bridge opened, May 27.

    Amelia Earhart, aviator, and copilot Fred Noonan lost July 2 near Howland Island, in the Pacific.
    1938

    Presto Model "D"

    Universal Professional Disc recorder

    Presto

    Pioneer founded

    Bruno Velotron A

    Electro Voice 630, V-2 & V-3

    Orson Welles radio dramatization of Martian invasion, War of the Worlds, Oct. 30, caused scare Seabiscuit beat War Admiral in match race of the century, at Pimlico track, MD, Nov. 1.

    1939

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    Brush Development Company develops steel tape and coated-paper tape recorders Marvin Camras design for recording head   Shure 55 C Independently, engineers in Germany, Japan and the U.S. discover and develop AC biasing for magnetic recording. Albert Einstein alerted Pres. Roosevelt to A-bomb possibilities in Aug. 2 letter.
    Year
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    1940

    Bruno Model "A"

    Presto "G,""J" & "Y" disc recorders

    Rek-O-Kut

    Speak-O-Phone

       

    American D4-T

    Electro Voice 630, V-2

    Electro Voice 640

    Shure 55A,B &C

    Shure 55 C

    U.S. okayed sale of surplus war materiel to Britain

    First peacetime military draft in U.S. history approved, Sept. 14.

     
    1941     Shure 55 C

    •  42 minutes on 1st tape (wire recorder used to copy phonographs)

    • Ampex Electric Company - Made electric motors for airplane radar systems

    Lend-Lease Act signed Mar. 11 provided $7 bil in military credits for Britain. Lend-Lease for USSR approved

    Japan attacked Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, 7:55 am Hawaiian time, Dec. 7; called by Roosevelt “a date that will live in infamy”; 19 ships sunk or damaged, 2,300 dead. U.S. declared war on Japan Dec. 8, on Germany and Italy Dec. 11.

    1942

    Knight radio recorders

    Presto "K"

    Rek-O-Kut recording units & motors

    Wilcox-Gay Recordio "Pro" Disc recorder

       

    Electro Voice 630, 640, V-1, V-2

    Shure 55A &C

    Shure 55 C

    Shure 556B

    The first stereo tape recordings are made by Helmut Kruger at German Radio in Berlin.

    Battle of Midway June 4-7 was Japan's first major defeat.

    U.S., Britain invaded North Africa Nov. 8.

    First nuclear chain reaction

    1943      

    Shure 55 C

    Shure 556B

    Oklahoma! opened Mar. 31 on Broadway.

    937 Magnetophons sold by 1943-44

    Race riot in Detroit June 21; 34 dead, 700 injured. Riot in Harlem section of New York City Aug. 2; 6 killed.

    1944

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    The name AMPEX consists Poniatoff's initials, with "EX" for "excellent" to form the unique name. more

     

    Shure 55 C

    Shure 556B

    • Tom Dowd - Worked on Manhattan project using wire recorders

    U.S., Allied forces invaded Europe at Normandy on “D Day,” June 6

    Battle of the Bulge, failed Nazi counteroffensive

    1945

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    Bill Mullin with US Army Signal Corps ships 2 German Magnetophons and 50 reels of tape back to US.  Pic #1  Pic #2  Pic #3  Pic #4 Pic #5

    John T. Mullin

    Sennheiser

    Brush BK-401

    Rangertone Tape recorder

     

    Shure 55 C

    Shure 556B

    Turner 211

    Turner S33D

    •  Ampex Military contracts

    •  Magnetaphon Germans  photo of German Magnetaphon from world War II in 1991 db magazine in Reel2ReelTexas' vintage tape recorder collection

     

    Empire State Building struck accidentally by Army B-25 bomber, July 28, killing 13.

    Yalta Conference

    Marines landed on Iwo Jima

    Pres. Roosevelt died in Warm Springs, GA, Apr. 12

    Germany surrendered May 7; May 8 proclaimed V-E Day.

    First atomic bombs

    Japan agreed to surrender Aug. 14

    Victory Grill opens in Austin, TX and becomes a famous Blues bar with folks like the Gray Ghost and W.C. Clark

    1946 First licensed wire recorders manufactured by Pentron, Pierce Wire Recorder Corporation, and others. The company that became Pierce Wire Recorder Corp. began as Radiotechnic Laboratories of Evanston, Illinois.

    Magnecord Corporation  More

    Califone created

    Brush Development Corp. builds a semiprofessional tape recorder as its Model BK401 Soundmirror.

    Ampex incorporated as Ampex Electric Corporation

    Shure 55 C

    Shure 556B

    Turner S33D

    • Bill Mullin demo in San Francisco for Crosby

    3M introduces Scotch No. 100, a black oxide paper tape.

    •  Webster Chicago Wire recorder 180

    baby boom began

    Philippines given independence

    Winston Churchill employed the phrase “iron curtain.”

    1947

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    3M Corp introduces a line of sound recording tapes

    International Radio and Electronics Corporation (CROWN)

     

    Brush Sound Mirror  ad

    Webster Wire 80 $149.50

     

    Shure 51

    Shure 556 $49.98

    Bing Crosby uses Mullin's recorders to record radio show. Thanks to James Reed for clip & pics

    Ampex Model 200A audio recorder demonstrated at Radio Center, Hollywood, Calif

    • KVLF Radio Station created in Alpine, Texas

    Air Force Capt. Chuck Yeager broke the sound barrier

    Marshall Plan

    1948

    Sony Corporation begins its efforts to design a tape recorder

    Early Ampex ad

    1948 Ampex add in Reel2ReelTexas.com's vintage recording collection

    HeathKit created

    Studer/ReVox

    founded

    Webster Wire 78 $99.50

    Webster Wire 80 $149.50

    Model 83 Control Box $29.95

    Magnecord introduces its PT-6, the first tape recorder in portable cases.

    Electro Voice 950

    Shure 51

    Turner S33D

    Bing Crosby with early Ampex 200s

    • Ampex # 1  2 - $4,000 stainless steel machined 14” reel, 30ips,  

    The Audio Engineering Society (AES) is formed in New York City.

    Berlin Airlift

    Organization of American States founded

    Truman defeats Dewey

    Austin's Skyline Club opens.  It is one of the last venues where Hank Williams played.

    1949 1949 Ampex ad featuring Bing Crosby in Reel2ReelTexas.com's vintage reel tape recorder collection

    Bell RecordOFone RT-65 $113

    Pentron Astra Sonic  ad $149.50

     

    1949 manual cover of Magnecord PT6 in Reel2ReelTexas.com's vintage reel tape recorder collection

    Electro Voice 611 $19.11

    Shure 51  ad $22.50

    Shure 737 ad $20.87

    Shure 55 ad $36.75

    Shure 556 ad  $51.45

    Turner S33D ad $15.88

    Turner 22X  ad  $11.76

    Ampex 300  Ampex introduces its Model 300 professional studio recorder.

    1949 Ampex 300 ad in Reel2ReelTexas.com's vintage reel tape recorder collection

    NATO established

    Federal minimum wage raised from 40¢ an hour to 75¢

    Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman

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    1950

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    Concertone 401 $295

    Edison Ediphone

    Magnecord PT63-A

    Magnecord PT-7

    Webster Chicago 180

    Bell RecordOFone RT-65 $113

    Pentron Astra Sonic  ad $149.50
     

    Shure 51

    Turner S33D

    • First Ampex 300 -  Sold several thousand - began using molded plastic, $2,000

    Guitarist Les Paul modifies his Ampex 300 with an extra preview head for "Sound-on-Sound" overdubs.

    Brink's robbed of $2.8 million

    North Korea invades South Korea

    US military advisers to South Vietnam

    Peanuts comic strip started

    1951

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    Ampex 400

    Magnecord PT6-A

    Magnecord PT63-A

    Magnecord PT-7

    Magnecord PT-7CC

    Magnecord PT6-BN $884 Stereo

    NAGRA I

    Bell RecordOFone RT-65 $113

    Pentron Astra Sonic  ad $149.50

    Wilcoc-Gay Recordio

    Stereo kits became available adding a 2 channel head and an additional amplifier to create stereo in mono tape recorders

    1951 Concertone NWR-1 ad in Reel2ReelTexas.com's vintage reel tape recorder collection

    Shure 51

    Shure 556

    Turner S33D

    • Ampex 350 - many thousands made

    1951 Ampex 400 ad in Reel2ReelTexas.com's vintage reel tape recorder collection

    Rosenberg trials

    Transcontinental TV

    Catcher in the Rye

    1952

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    Magnecorder PT6J-AH $330

    Magnecorder PT6-J $260

    Magnecorder M30,M33 $499.95

     

    Bell RecordOFone RT-65 $113

     

    1952 Magnecorder M30,M33 ad in Reel2ReelTexas.com's vintage reel tape recorder collection

    Shure 51

    Shure 556

    Turner S33D

    To create a "stereo effect" the Cook Disc System had 2 concentric grooves and the player had 2 side-byside tone arms and pickups.

    Immigration and Naturalization Act of 1952

    Nixon “Checkers” speech

    1953

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    Les Paul - 8 track

    text

    MultiTrack recording

    Teac Founded

    see also

    Ampex 350

    Bell RecordOFone RT-65 $113

    Magnecorder PT6J-AH $330

    Magnecorder PT6-J $260

    Magnecorder M30,M33 $499.95

    Ampex 450 for background music - 8 hours of continuous music on 14" reels

    1953 Ampex 450 ad in Reel2ReelTexas.com's vintage reel tape recorder collection

    Shure 51

    Shure 556

    Turner S33D

    • Ampex - 4 track instrumentation recorder

    Ampex introduces the first high speed reel-to-reel duplicator as its Model 3200.

    Rosenbergs executed

    Korean War ends

    1954

    Go to ads

     

    AKG Founded

    Ampex 350  $1,315

    Ampex 600

    Berlant Concertone 20/20 $445.00

    Crown 3M

    Magnecorder PT6J-AH $330

    Magnecorder PT6-J  $260

    Magnecorder M30,M33 $499.95

    • Ampex 600 - 80,000 25 lbs $540 - specs almost same as 350

    1954 Ampex 600 ad in Reel2ReelTexas.com's vintage reel tape recorder collection

    American Microphone D22

    Astatic DR-10

    Shure 51

    Shure 556

    Turner S33D

    The first commercial 2-track stereo tapes are released.

    Ampex Series "A" Stereo models A121, A122, Later called 960 & Mono models A111 & A112

    1954 Ampex Series "A" 960 ad in Reel2ReelTexas.com's vintage reel tape recorder collection

    Army-McCarthy hearings

    Racial segregation ruled unconstitutional by Supreme Court

    Condemnation of Sen. McCarthy

    Ernest Hemingway - Nobel Prize

    1955

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    STEREO Arrives

    1955 Ampex Stereo Arrives ad in Reel2ReelTexas.com's vintage recording collection

    Ampex 350  $1,315

    Ampex 600 $545

    Ampex 620

    Berlant Concertone 20/20

    Crown 3M

    Magnecorder PT6J-AH $330

    Magnecorder PT6-J $260

     

     

     

    Electro Voice 626

    Electro Voice 911

    Electro Voice 950

    Shure 51

    Shure 556

    Turner S33D

    • Ampex - 1/2 sales telemetry to government

    Ampex develops "Sel-Sync" (Selective Synchronous Recording), making audio overdubbing practical.

    Ampex Series "A" Stereo models A121, A122, Later called 960 & Mono models A111 & A112

    U.S. agrees to train South Vietnamese army

    Supreme Court ordered “all deliberate speed” in integration of public schools

    Rosa Parks

    AFL-CIO created

    1956

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    STEREO grows

    Teac founded

    Magnecord M90 professional reel tape recorder ad in Reel2ReelTexas.com's vintage reel tape recorder collection

    Ampex 350 $1,315

    Ampex 600 $545

    Ampex 601  $545

    Ampex 601-2 $995

    Ampex 620

    Berlant Concertone 20/20 $1,095

    Crown 3M

    Magnecorder PT6J-AH $330

    Magnecorder PT6-J $260

    Magnecord S-36B

     

    Shure 51

    Shure 556

    Turner S33D

    • Ampex - Consumer division Moved to Chicago

    Ampex Series "A" Stereo models A121, A122, Later called 960 & Mono models A111 & A112

    Les Paul makes the first 8-track recordings using the "Sel-Sync" method.

    interstate highway system

    First transatlantic telephone cable

    My Fair Lady opened on Broadway

    4-Channel  CinemaScope introduced

    IBM First RAM

    1957

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    Superscope

    1957 Presto 800 Series professional reel tape recorder ad in Reel2ReelTexas.com's vintage reel tape recorder collection

    Ampex 350

    Ampex 600

    Ampex 620

    Crown 3M

    Magnecorder PT6J-AH

    Magnecorder PT6-J

    Magnecord M90

    Presto 800 Series professional reel tape recorder

    Wilcox Gay Imperial 686

    $269.95/$169.95

    Electro Voice 623  $57.00

    Electro Voice 664 Gray Chrome $49.98

    Shure 51

    Shure 556

    Turner S33D

     

    Congress approved first civil rights bill for blacks since Reconstruction, Apr. 29, to protect voting rights.

    Little Rock students

    “direct link” between cigarette smoking and lung cancer.

    The Continental Club opens in Austin, Texas.  In the 1970's it hosts Stevie Ray Vaughn & Joe Ely.


    Magnecord M90 professional reel tape recorder ad in Reel2ReelTexas.com's vintage reel tape recorder collection

    Martin in ham shack, Alpine, Texas KN5YCJ

     

    1958

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    Compact Cassette

    1958 Roberts stereo reel tape recorder  ad in Reel2ReelTexas.com's vintage reel tape recorder collection

    note the Rolls Royce style logo for Roberts (later changed)

    American Concertone 63 $755

    Ampex 351

    Ampex 601

    Ampex 601-2  $995

    Ampex 960  $650 '58 info

    Ampex 960 Caprice $650

    Crown 3M

    Crown Prince $480

    Magnecorder PT6J-AH

    Magnecorder PT6-J

    Magnecordette

    Magnemite 610  $335

    EkoTape

    HeathKit

    Miles Walkie Recordall

    $465.75  '58

    Norelco "Continental" $279.50

    Pentron NL-3 $269.95

    Sony 555-A  $595 '58

    Webcor Regent  $209.95

    Wollensak T-1515  $229.50

    Calrad 500C $4.95

    Electro Voice 623  $57.00

    Electro Voice 664 Gray Chrome $49.98

    Shure 51

    Shure 556

    Turner S33D

    Chronology of Magnetic Recording up until 1958

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    Stefan Kudelski introduces the Nagra III battery-operated transistorized field tape recorder, which with its "Neo-Pilot" sync system becomes the de facto standard of the film industry

    First U.S. earth satellite to go into orbit

    First domestic jet airline passenger service in U.S.


    Magnecord M90 professional reel tape recorder ad in Reel2ReelTexas.com's vintage reel tape recorder collection

    David Forchheimer in Martin's ham radio shack (Alpine, Texas Central school out window). Martin's friendship with David who was a classmate that worked at Alpine's KVLF radio station also peaked an interest in radio, recording and the music business.

    1959

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    first magnetic soundtracks

    1959 Ampex 601-2 stereo ad in Reel2ReelTexas.com's vintage reel tape recorder collection

    Ampex 350

    Ampex 601 (tube)

    Ampex 601-2 $995

    Crown 3M

    Roberts 192

    Sony 555-A  $595 '58

    Calrad 500C $4.95

    Electro Voice 623  $57.00

    Shure 51

    Shure 556

    Turner S33D

    Buddy Holly died

    Ritchie Valens died

    The Big Bopper died

    Ampex stock listed on N.Y. and Pacific Stock Exchange

    Tape Recorder Magazine, Feb, 1959 " Best estimate places the number of (tape) recorders sold at over 2,000,000.  Since 1954 the sale of tape recorders has gone up a steadily 20% a year."

    Alaska admitted as 49th state - Martin had to quit saying that Alpine was the largest city in Brewster County which was the largest county in the largest state - TEXAS (:-(

    Khrushchev in US

    quiz show scandal

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