Bell Reel to Reel Tape Recorders

Company Description

Bell produced reel to reel tape recorders from 1951 to 1966 which were manufactured in USA. These tape recorders targeted the consumer market. The early models of Bell tape recorders used tube electronics and later on they transitioned to solid-state tape recorders. The company produced both 2 and 4 track machines available in 110-120v voltages.

1930’s Bell Sound Systems was founded by Floyd W. Bell in Columbus, Ohio. Bell Sound Systems manufactured hi-fi components, and developed the first commercially available reel-to-reel tape recorder

1940’s Bell manufactured public address systems, hi-fidelity amplifiers, tuners, and magnetic tape recorders

1950’s The company reached its peak with its space-age hi-fi and stereophonic components.

1953 Bell Sound was acquired by Thompson Products. Bell became a wholly owned subsidiary of Thompson Products (TP). Bell introduced the Bell 3D Bin-aural amplifier in, the first commercially available stereo amplifier for home hi-fi use.

1957 Bell Sound released new amplifier and tuner models housed in vinyl-clad steel that looked like saddle leather. The new product line included the Model 2315, 2325, and 2360 (which produced 50 watts) amplifiers, the Model 2520, 2521, and 3070 AM-FM tuners, and the Model 3030 stereo amplifier. Bell changed their marketing and distribution strategy from specialized hi-dealers general retail outlets such as department stores. This strategy change, with an increase in competition is said to have brought on the end of the company

1959 Bell introduced Carillon Model 6060 which produced 30 watts per channel using four EL34 power tubes.

1965 Bell Sound Systems stops manufacturing hi-fi components

General Information

Brand: Bell

Years in Business: 1933

Country: USA

Years making R-R Tape Recorders: 1939 To 1965