Simon Reel to Reel Tape Recorders

Company Description

Simon produced reel to reel tape recorders from 1955 to 1965 which were manufactured in United Kingdom. These tape recorders targeted the consumer market. The early models of Simon 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, 100v Japan & 110-120v voltages.

1941 – Simon Sound Equipment was founded by Reginald Simon
1940’s – special order factory amplifiers, wire and disk recorders produced in small quantities
Early 1950s – designing and producing magnetic tape recorders, earliest models 1A and 2B
1955 – SP1 which appeared on the market in 1955.
1957 – SP2 with features not normally found on domestic semi pro machines with fairly large output stages, typically EL84s in push pull. Simon also marketed an FM tuner unit to accompany the SP2 recorder produced by Jason, a supplier of constructional kits during the 1950s.
1958 – SP4 an auto reverse completely redesigned tape recorder
1959 – The Simon Minstrelle incorporating the Garrard “Magazine” deck
1960 – The Simon “Cymbal” also featuring the Garrard magazine
1961 – SP5 The last Simon machine produced. Hybrid tube transistor ectronics incorporating the HMV Voicemaster deck. This machine has to be seen to be believed. Hideous! It appears to have been on sale until at least 1966.


General Information

Manufacturer: Simon

Years in Business: 1941 To 1966

Country: United Kingdom

Years making R-R Tape Recorders: 1948 To 1966