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Phantom Productions' goal is to help preserve the history of the development of the 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.


Most of our magazines and catalogs are now for sale priced from $6.95 to $35. Please contact us and we'll provide a price quote and shipping for what you're looking for, (if we still have it).



PLEASE NOTE: All Phantom Productions items for sale will be described to the best of our ability.   Do to the age of most of these items, they are sold "as is."  However, please check our ebay feedback for the items we've sold.  Since 1999 we've had100% positive feedback with over 1900 transactions.  Items may be paid by PayPal, Money Order, or Check (checks must clear prior to shipping).  We will usually ship large items via UPS Ground.  THANK YOU FOR CONSIDERING OUR USED EQUIPMENT!   All Phantom Productions, Inc./ photos on this web site are copyrighted ©2012.  We are often asked for permission to use our photos.  Each request is unique.  However normally we charge $25 per photo for one time usage.  If the use is "for profit" we will negotiate a reasonable fee.  Please contact us if you wish to use one of our photos.

We often secure duplicate items to upgrade our collection of reel to reel recorders, microphones and accessories. Some of the replaced items will be listed on EBay or will be made for sale on this page.  Please check back if you don't find what you're looking for.

Also, be aware that we have a permanent collection of vintage reel to reel equipment which is NOT for sale.  The only items that are for sale are those listed on our sales pages or on EBay listed under our ID "phantomprod."






picture of Tascam 15SL ad 1981 Otari ad in Reel2ReelTexas' vintage recording collection

April 1981 Modern Recording & Music magazine

We are presently selling duplicate items that have been collected by our company. This is a great old April 1981 Modern Recording & Music magazine featuring The Dregs. It has classic ads for the Teac & Otari tape recorders. This magazine is in very good shape. We are selling the item "as is" and offer no returns nor refunds

If you are interested in more about reel to reel tape recorders, check out this page


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Reel to Reel Tape Recorder Company Histories



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Limited Edition T-Shirt - Sold out

Available in Medium and Large only.


Hanes 50/50 Heavy Duty Black


Please allow 10 - 14 days for delivery Priority Mail US

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The DVD set is no longer available.

View the trailer for the download set

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This is a significant update to all previous versions of our Reel Tape Recorder productions.  With the additional 2 hours, we've gone behind the scenes to provide insight into how the companies were formed and evolved.

We believe our production captures the story behind the development of the reel tape recorder which truly enabled musicians to refine their music, became an essential tool for broadcast and captured wonderful memories for families

It is a brief period from the 1930's to the 1980's.  Otari is the only company still manufacturing reel tape recorders.

We also hope you enjoy seeing the tape recorders in our collection.  We worked to present a good cross section of the various manufacturers.

If you ordered the first version prior to 2011, then there are numerous updates including our acquisition of the Ampex 200A and 300, plus many other added items.

If you ordered after January 2011, much of the content has been re-edited to reduce duplication and improve the demonstration of working units.  Many recorders have been worked on, upgraded, or simply replaced with a more complete example of the brand. 

The most significant difference in this release is the documentation of the 40+ tape recorder companies represented in our collection.  While many of the profiles are brief, they include a bit about the founding of the companies and how they evolved including ads from the various years.  For several of the companies we even have early pictures of the recorder factories.

Additional updates include numerous additions to the History of Sound Recording, new recorders (including Willie Studer's Dynavox T-26), microphones (including the RCA 77-DX & Sony C37P) and accessories that have been added to the collection.

Thank you for your interest in the reel to reel tape recorder!

There are 323 electric motors in the 151 reel tape recorders in our collection.

Phantom Productions, Inc. vintage recording collection began in 1998 with a 1904 Edison cylinder player. It has since grown to the many recorders noted on our web site. These DVDs provide a tour of our vintage recording collection. There are approximately 151 reel to reel tape recorders and other unique items related to recording. This is a 3 DVD 7 hour plus set that also includes and a segment on how the tape recorder works and a segment about our  recording work around the State of Texas.

Most of the DVD is dedicated to the profile of the reel tape recorders that came available in the US in the late 1940's through the 1980's. We also include a profile of our wire recorders, a spring motor tape recorder and several other unique and unusual recording devices. The DVDs also shows the numerous microphones in the Phantom collection. While we don't go into great depth, we demonstrate the many working units and provide some base information on when they were manufactured and what they cost new.

Recorders and microphones on the 3 DVD set include units by: Akai, Altec, American Microphone, Amplicorp Magnemite, Ampex ,Ampro , Astatic, Bell, Bell Sound and Bell & Howell, Berlant Concertone, Bogen, Brenell, Brush, Califone, Concertone, Concord, Crown, Crowncorder, Dokorder, Edison, Eico, Electro Voice, Fostex, Garrard, HeathKit, Magnecord, Magnesync, Marantz, Martel by Uher, Nagra, Otari, Pentron, Phillips, Pioneer, RCA, Reslo, ReVox, Rheem, Roberts, Sennheiser, Shure, Sony, Sparta, Spectone, Studer, Tandberg, Tape Athon, Tascam, Teac, Technics, Telefunken, Toshiba, Turner, Viking, Webcor, Webster Chicago, Wilcox-Gay & Wollensak.


Some feedback from eBay

Excellent in all respects. Super-fast shipping.

What an incredible history. I love it. (as well as my TEAC 3300SX)

very informative dvds. Fast delivery. 5 stars for seller


Great buy, loads of nostalgic Reel 2 Reel interest + a nice transaction,good coms

Safely received in Brazil, happy buyer. thanks

A WEALTH of info on analog engineering Well done! AAA+++

Fantastic product and seller! It's a PHD in Analog Tape Recorders+Nice Folks!

THANK YOU Phantom. Fast shipping from over the pond! Interesting+Informative. 5 stars

dvd remarquablement bien fait ,livraison tres rapide je recommande



Great DVD which brought back many memories. Thanks much AAAA++++


better than described!!faaaast shipping recommended!!a ++++ all around!! thanks!!!!



7 Hour - video set covering Phantom Production, Inc's vintage recording collection, a brief history of sound recording and on-location recording in Texas

View a 10 minute overview of the 3 dvd 7 hour set


Recent comments:



"better than described!!faaaast shipping recommended!!a ++++ all around!! thanks!!!!"

The most comprehensive information about the open reel, or analog reel to reel tape recorder! 

This 7 hour + vintage recording content may be bought and downloaded from the internet.


$19.95 + shipping

Most DVD sets will ship within 3 to 5 business days.

Special Offer! ORDER THE VIDEO FILES ON LINE - was 14.95

NOW only $9.95

There are 50 QuickTime H264 854 X 480 files in this download.  They have been tested on Win XP and Win 7 and play well with the FREE Apple QuickTime for PC application. 

Some videos are small and will download quickly.  Others are large and my require 5 minutes or more on broadband (longer on other connections). 

We have set the system to provide 48 hours during which to download the files. After that the file access will expire.  Once the files are downloaded they are yours to keep.  If you have a problem, please let us know.

Below you may also order some of the video files independently without the full 50 files.  All the individual files below ARE included on the full download and in the 50 file download above. 

These are individual files about a specific brand in our collection

The History of Sound Recording & How the Tape Recorder Works

by Phantom Productions  $6.95 - 41:00 min


The  Akai Reel Tape Recorder  $3.95 - 9:19 min

The Ampex Tape Recorder  $4.95 - 38:18 min

The Berlant Concertone Tape Recorder  $3.95 - 13:23 min
The Magnecord Tape Recorder$3.95 - 8:09 min
The Roberts/Rheem/Califone Tape Recorder $5.95 - 23:03 min
 The Sony Tape Recorder   $4.95 - 26:44 min
The Studer ReVox Tape Recorder   $3.95 - 11:39 min
The Teac Tascam Tape Recorder   $6.95 - 38:10 min

The Webster Chicago Wire Recorder &
The Webcor Tape Recorder    $3.95 - 11:44 min



The disclaimer...Please note that Phantom Productions, Inc. is a production company with a private collection of reel to reel equipment and is not a reel to reel restoration facility. We strive to describe the recorders and other items we sell as accurately as possible, noting any problems we've found. We check out mechanical operations when possible, however do not have a service staff in house. Most of the items we collect are 20 to 60 years old and it is very rare that they will meet original specs. As with all our recording equipment auctions, we are selling these items "as is" and offer no returns nor refunds. Shipping is set for large items is normally UPS Ground shipping in US. Other options will be considered, please contact us with questions.

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Please take a look at our VINTAGE PRICE DATA   Here are some comments about our service:

"Thank you so much! Wow and I was ready to sell them for a few hundred."  Jason R

"I started to contact you first, however went ahead and sold my Akai.  I now know it went for 25% of the average over the past few years. It was a good unit and might have brought me 6 times what I received. Arrgghh!!!"  Jim K.

"I didn't have a clue what the Sony was worth.  Thank you!" Michael

"Wish I'd known about your resource earlier.  Just sold for less than 50% of the average..."  Cary

Our database provides price history information on most vintage reel to reel tape recorders.  Make knowledgeable offers, bids and set sale prices.

PLEASE NOTE: We can only provide data from the list of items we have tracked.  If items are requested that are not on the list, we still must charge for the research time.  Go to the Vintage Price Data Page .


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All Phantom Productions, Inc./ photos on this web site are copyrighted ©2012.  We are often asked for permission to use our photos.  Each request is unique.  However normally we charge $25 per photo for one time usage.  If the use is "for profit" we will negotiate a reasonable fee.  Please contact us if you wish to use one of our photos.


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