Butoba Reel to Reel Tape Recorders

Company Description

Butoba produced reel to reel tape recorders from 1961 to 1966 which were manufactured in Germany. These tape recorders targeted the consumer market. The early models of Butoba 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 & Multi voltages.

Situated in the German town of Schwarzwald, famous for its cuckoo clocks, the firm had for years, produced precision clocks and watches, moving to clockwork tape recorders in about 1950. They began making all-battery recorders in 1956 (the name Butoba comes from Burger Tonbandgerät meaning ‘Burger Tape Recorder’)

The actual name of the company was at first Josef Burger Söhne (Josef Burger & Sons), later simply Burger.

Ernst Burger  filed a patent for a portable tape recorder on the 19th of October 1955, which was capable of making recordings without electrical energy thanks to an integrated clockwork.

Tape recorders were discontinued in the mid-1960s.

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General Information

Manufacturer: Butoba

Years in Business: 1856 To Present

Country: Germany

Years making R-R Tape Recorders: 1950 To 1965