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Baird produced reel to reel tape recorders from 1965 to 1968 which were manufactured in United Kingdom. These tape recorders targeted the consumer market. The early models of Baird tape recorders used tube electronics and later on they transitioned to solid-state tape recorders. The company produced 2 track machines available in 220-240v voltages.
The Baird name is synonymous with the invention of television – established in 1926 and selling the first set in 1930. Baird himself worked for the Government during WWII and died in 1946. The Baird company continued with TV and scientific instrument manufacture, merging with Scophony Ltd and continuing as Scophony-Baird until 1952 when they dropped the Scophony to again become just Baird. Tape recorder manufacture began in 1951, the vertically-operated ‘Scophony-Baird’ which was later marketed as the Baird Soundmaster was years ahead of its time. Several models followed, all using other manufacturer’s decks; the TR1 being Collaro-powered and later recorders like the Varsity 101 of 1965 utilised BSR decks.