Country of Manufacture:Germany
Release dates:1954 - 1957
Speeds: 3 3/4, 7 1/2
Max Reel Size("): 7"
Number of heads: 3
Head Composition: Permalloy
Head Configuration: Mono - Full Track
Frequency Response:7½ ips: 60 - 12kHz
Sound quality rating:5 / 10
Long-term reliability rating: 5/ 10
A three head, a single motor machine capable of taking 7″ reels and available with an operating speed of either 3¾ or 7½ ips. This recorder was released both by AEG as the KL-25 and by Telefunken as the Magnetophon KL-25. Other features included a resettable tape indicator, one-piece capstan assembly, and inputs for microphone, tuner, phono, or another recorder.
In the United States, the Telefunken KL-25 was imported by American Elite of 1775 Broadway, N.Y., N.Y. and sold for – quite a lot for a non-professional a machine such as this. It always amuses me that during the mid-fifties, many manufacturers (especially the European ones) designed their recorders to look like women’s beauty-cases and this one is no exception. It would have looked very chic in the first-class cabin of some well-to-do Transatlantic ocean traveler!
Outputs: headphones, external speaker and external amplifier / Dimensions: 13 x 17 x 7″ (330 x 432 x 178 mm) / Weight: 29lbs (13.2kg) / half-track mono