Country of Manufacture:Belgium
Speeds: 7 1/2, 15
Max Reel Size("): 7"
Number of heads: 3
Head Composition: Permalloy
Head Configuration: Stereo
Frequency Response:(all 3 dB): 7½ ips: 40 to 15kHz
Wow and Flutter:
Sound quality rating:5 / 10
Long-term reliability rating: 5 / 10
A development of the R62PA, the R53PA was in production from 1964 to 1967. Classed as a ‘professional’ recorder, it featured three heads and three motors.
It had two tape speeds (7½ & 15 ips or 15 & 30 ips) , took 7″ spools and came in half or full-track mono versions.
Output was5 watts with an elliptical speaker and five tubes were utilised including an EM84 magic ribbon record level indicator.
A simple remote control facility was provided on the front panel as was a socket for extension speaker
Constar heads were incorporated until 1966 and Bogen heads thereafter.
Bias frequency: 56kHz / Valve complement: EF86,2 x ECC81, EL84 & EM84 / Audio output power: 5 watts, impedance 5Ω / half or single-track mono versions available