Brand: Brenell Engineering
Model:3 Star Stereo
Country of Manufacture:U.K.
Release dates:1959 - 1962
Speeds: 1 7/8, 3 3/4, 7 1/2
Max Reel Size("): 7"
Number of heads: 2
Head Composition: Permalloy
Head Configuration: Mono - Full Track
Frequency Response:(all 3 dB): 7½ ips: 50Hz - 10kHz
Wow and Flutter:less than .2% at 7½ ips
Sound quality rating:5 / 10
Long-term reliability rating: 5 / 10
This was the stereo version
of the Brenell 3 Star.
I have only seen one single reference to this recorder in my mountains
of literature from this period (at a time when the regular mono version
of the 3 Star was appearing everywhere)
I am assuming that this was a relatively rare machine and I doubt that
there were very many made.
Advertised features of this machine were:
Records & plays back stereo. Records & plays back mono (half
track). Plays directly from gram pick-ups. All controls including inputs
& outputs are on the top panel. Frequency compensation at 3 speeds,
Two modulation indicators. Two internal speakers, Two amplifiers with
wide-range bass and treble controls. Exceedingly low crosstalk.
Valve complement: 2 x EF86 pre-amp. 2 x ECC83 a.f. amplifier. 2 x EL84 a.f. output / h.f. bias oscillator. EZ40 mains rectifier.2 x EM84 record level indicator. 2 x 0A81- record level rectifier / Rewind speed: 55 seconds for 1,200ft tape / Audio output power: 2 watts per channel / Inputs: radio, mic / Speaker(s): two 8″ x 5″ / half-track stereo