Category:Mid High Fidelity (most Japanese recorders fall into this category)
Country of Manufacture:United Kingdom
Release dates:1960 - 1963
Speeds: 3 3/4
Max Reel Size("): 7"
Number of heads: 1 (PB)
Head Composition: Permalloy
Head Configuration: Mono - Full Track
Frequency Response:150 - 5,000 cps
Wow and Flutter:0.4%
Sound quality rating:5 / 10
Long-term reliability rating: 5 / 10
The Trav-Ler (Train-Road-Aeroplane-Vessel-Lasting-Exceptional-Recording) was manufactured by Cassian Ltd of 27 Grafton House, Golden Square, London W1 although the deck itself was most likely of Italian origin.
Taking 3″ spools, the single-speed (3¾ IPS) Trav-ler measured 10 x 8 x 5 ” and weighed 9 lbs (4.1 kg). It was fully transistorised with a neon recording level indicator and required a 9-volt power supply (3 Vidor-Max T.6009 batteries or equivalent).
The performance was what you’d expect from this type of equipment. Frequency response was 150 – 5,000 cps, hum and noise -30dB and wow & flutter was 0.4% Price when new was £30 9s. with a Lustraphone microphone.
Battery life: 40-50 hours / Rewind time: 2½ minutes for 3 inch double-play tape / Audio output: 400 mill-watts / Speaker: inbuilt 7 x 4 in. elliptical / Dimensions: 10 x 8 x 5″ (254 x 203 x 127mm) / Weight: 9 lbs (4.1 kg) with batteries / half-track mono