Vortexion Reel to Reel Tape Recorders

Company Description

Vortexion produced reel to reel tape recorders from 1957 to 1968 which were manufactured in United Kingdom. These tape recorders targeted the consumer market. The early models of Vortexion 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 voltages.

1936 – The Vortexion Ltd of Wimbledon was founded by brothers Sidney and Edward Brown

1937 – Vortexion CP20, first portable amplifier

1942 – Edward Brown died

Post war

1947 – Produced AD47, recording amplifier and EMI BTR1, a Magnetophon recording and replay  amplifier

1948 – Emergence of complete home tape recorder

1949 – PX4, a stereophonic amplifier

1950s’ – Wimbledon or “Super 50” was released.

1950 – Introduced 3/PPM valve mixer

1953 – Vortexion “A” followed by WVA, a monaural machine and recording being made can be heard on  the internal loudspeaker and WVB series, a high quality monaural machine with ” Before and After “monitoring.

1965 – CBL6 R-R stereo, versatile recorder that can record monaurally or stereophonically with its own mixed inputs.

1967 – The CBL6 was considered by some to be the finest stereo reel to reel tape recorder ever produced in the UK.

1968 – Briefly marketed the Vortexion CBL7/ T.

The late 1960s – Vortexion make the move into transistors

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General Information

Brand: Vortexion

Years in Business: 1936

Country: United Kingdom