Country of Manufacture:U.K.
Speeds: 3 3/4, 7 1/2, 15
Max Reel Size("): 7"
Number of heads: 2
Head Composition: Permalloy
Head Configuration: Mono - Dual Track
Wow and Flutter:
Sound quality rating:5 / 10
Long-term reliability rating: 5 / 10
Associated Cine Equipment of Bexley Road, Kent, produced their first tape recorder, the Model 8, in early 1952.
It featured an 8″ Wharfedale ‘Bronze’ speaker in the detachable lid and a 10-watt push-pull amplifier, making it ideal for public address or cinema sound-track duties. The Model 10 was released shortly after with an elliptical speaker and non-removable speaker while the Model 12 (pictured) with its 10″ Goodmans speaker again in the detachable lid followed towards the end of 1952.
Features included three speeds(3¾ 7½ and 15 ips), half track mono heads, microphone and line inputs with basic mixing and an attractive fake alligator-skinccovered wooden case with an ornate ACE logo speaker grill.
Price when new was £65 for the Model 10 and £66-10 the Model 12.
Many thanks to Barry Jones for the information on ACE contained in his excellent publication ‘ A guide To British tape recorders” and to Stuart Blacklock for the pictures of his Model 12.
Speaker(s): 10″ Goodmans / Dimensions: 15½ x 10 x 7¾” (381 x 254 x 197 mm) / half-track mono