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Tape-Athon produced reel to reel tape recorders from 1970 to 1974 which were manufactured in USA. These tape recorders targeted the consumer market. Tape-Athon tape recorders used solid state electronics. The company produced 2 track machines available in voltages.
The Tape-Athon Corporation of 502 S. Isis Avenue, Inglewood California was founded in 1954 and was a producer of background music and a manufacturer of professional-style reel-to reel tape transports designed to play the Tape-Athon tape programmes.
The Tape-Athon players were built for “the long haul”, incredibly rugged and designed to be used day in day out with little or no maintenance.
The music side of the business was so large it was operated as a separate entity with one of the largest and most costly tape duplicating facilities on the West Coast.
In a May 1964 Billboard article, Tape-Athon managing director George Anthony described his company as selling ‘atmosphere’, while criticising his competitors by adding “background music today isn’t what it should be… some of the sounds now being sold for background purposes would be better off attenuated a couple hundred dBs”.
Tape-Athon were one of the largest background music companies in the USDA in the 1960s, second probably only to Muzac. Their large library of tapes could be purchased, or leased (for 51 cents a day).
Tape-Athon were eventually taken over by the Telex company.