Budapesti Rádiótechnikai Gyár Reel to Reel Tape Recorders

Company Description

Budapesti Rádiótechnikai Gyár produced reel to reel tape recorders from 1959 to 1972 which were manufactured in Hungary. These tape recorders targeted the consumer and studio market. The early models of Budapesti Rádiótechnikai Gyár 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 & 220-240v voltages.

Budapesti Rádiótechnikai Gyár or BRG (Budapest Radio Technology Factory) was established on January 1, 1956. However a period of formation began in 1953 with a certain Red Spark Factory (translation)  that in 1954 produced two tape recorders, amongst other things, the M1 and the M2, a first for the company and the first tape recorder made in Hungary.

1955 – The FM-10, First dispatcher radio telephone, a single-channel VHF transceiver, known as “tractor radio”

1957 – Company produces and sells VHF transceivers, tape recorders and marine electrical equipment.

1960 – BRG licenses tape recorder technology from an Austrian company, Stuzzi and bgins producing the MAMBÓ (M-5, M5a) in the Kecskemét factory, eventually selling 65,000 of them

1960s – BRG across various factories produces tape recorders, VHF radiotelephones and dispatcher telephones

1961 – The Kecskemét factory opens which would be the primary one for tape recorders. It is estimated that eventually over a thousand people were employed at this factory.
Production begins of the M8 Calypso a three-speed tape recorder which would be produced until late 1962.

1966-67 BRG begins producing cassette recorders

1972 – Production of magnetic heads begins at BRG’s Kecskemét plant. The company manufactured transports for Tesla in Sweden and the then SZU. Head exports were becoming significant.

1974 – The company manufactured their first stereo cassette recorder the MK-42 followed by MK-42A, and MK-43

1989 – Kecskemét Factory was closed down

1992 – 700 workers were laid off

1994 – The Lakitelk tape recorder assembly plant was liquidated.

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General Information

Manufacturer: Budapesti Rádiótechnikai Gyár

Years in Business: 1953 To 1998

Country: Hungary

Years making R-R Tape Recorders: 1954