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Stephens Electronics, Inc. after an auspicious start in eight track tape recorders, John Stephens began around 1970, producing excellent studio tape recorders. He pioneered a unique tape drive system that did not use controllers or a capstan motor. Just the supply and take-up motors were required as he had a unique
rotating idler that compared the output of an LED and pulses that were compared to a crystal-locked time base for servo transport motor control. The Stephens machines were all half track with tape widths between half-inch and 2 inch. It is estimated that about 200 or so were manufactured.