Pye Reel to Reel Tape Recorders

Company Description

Pye produced reel to reel tape recorders from 1970 to 1974 which were manufactured in United Kingdom. These tape recorders targeted the consumer market. Pye tape recorders used solid state electronics. The company produced 4 track machines available in 110-120v, 220-240v & Multi voltages.

1896 – W.G.Pye and Co. Ltd.founded by William George Pye

WW1  – Manufactures experimental thermionic valves, bringing technical knowledge to develop it’s first wireless at a factory in Chesterton for the first UK broadcasts made by the BBC in 1922

1924 –  Harold Pye, son of the founder & Edward Appleton, a former tutor at St. John’s College, design a new series of receivers

1928 – William Pye sold the company to C.O.Stanley, now renaming it Pye Radio Ltd. They established a chain of small component manufacturing factories across East Anglia.

1937 –  Pye produces a 5 inch TV priced at £22 as TV broadcasting had begun at Alexandra Palace

1939 –  2,000 TV sets sold at an average price of £34.

WW2 –  Starts manufacture of radar receivers and army radio equipment

Post WW2  – Produces radio, TV sets, R-R Recorders & communications equipment

1953 –  Pye Records founded. Best known artists they recorded- The Kinks, Petula Clark, Status Quo, Brotherhood of Man, Lonnie Donegan & The Searchers

1966 – Pye, in financial difficulties due to cheaper Far Eastern imports, sells a 60% share to Philips. In 1976, Pye completely taken over by Philips, who continued to produce TV and audio equipment using the Pye name

1980 – Name changed to PRT Records (Precision Records & Tapes)

2006 – Pye Records name returns briefly

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General Information

Manufacturer: Pye

Years in Business: 1896

Country: United Kingdom