Berlant Reel to Reel Tape Recorders

Company Description

Berlant produced reel to reel tape recorders from 1954 to 1967 which were manufactured in the USA. These tape recorders targeted the consumer market. The early models of Berlant tape recorders used tube electronics and later on they transitioned to solid-state tape recorders. The company produced 2 and 4 track reel to reel machines with 110-120 voltages for the North American market as well as 220 to 240v for the European tape recorder enthusiasts.

1946– Emmanuel “Bert” Berlant (1911-1985) started Berlant Associates Inc, producing hi-fidelity audio equipment
1948– Berlant developed the magnetic transducer head for recording audio on magnetic tape. Berlant’s professional grade products were used by recording studios and radio stations
1949– Berlant started manufacture of dictating machines using the new magnetic tape recording technology
1950– Berlant introduces three Concertone models,the basic 1401, without a frame, the 501 a portable suitcase model and the 702, a professional grade recorder with console cabinet

1954– Berlant Concertone 20/20 Series 30 introduced. This was an early vertical reel to reel model marketed to radio stations for its dependability, performance and simplicity.
1962– Concertone 505 4RK “Reverse-O-Matic” model that features four heads and four track recording, allowing the user to record in both directions, making recording easier and cheaper.
1963– American Concertone licensed the rights to manufacture the Model 505 to TEAC (Tokyo Electro Acoustic Company)
1970’s– The company stopped producing audio equipment

General Information

Manufacturer: Berlant

Years in Business: 1946 To 1970

Country: USA

Years making R-R Tape Recorders: 1949 To 1963