Clarion (GBC) Transitape 4

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Brand: Clarion (GBC)

Model:Transitape 4




Country of Manufacture:Germany

Release dates:1959 - 1962

Tracks:1/4 Rec/PB

Speeds: 3 3/4

Max Reel Size("): 3"

Number of heads: 2

Head Composition: Permalloy

Head Configuration: Mono - Full Track

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Auto Reverse?:No

Voltage(s): 110-120v

Outputs: RCA

Frequency Response:200 - 6,000 cps

Sound quality rating:5 / 10

Long-term reliability rating: 5/ 10

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Described by John Borwick as “a miracle of compactness” in his ‘Field Trials of Portables’ article (Tape Recorder Magazine, Dec 1959), the Clarion Transitape was a single-speed (3¾ IPS) recorder with a 3″ spool capacity and an internal 5″ speaker. Four ordinary torch batteries provided enough power for around 50 hours.

Measuring just 9½ x 5 x 3¾ inches and weighing 5 lbs, it was truly portable and priced at only £26 5s (including tape and microphone). By today’s standards, this may appear a trifle laughable but bear in mind that just a few years earlier, such equipment weighed and cost four or more times as much.

Additional Info

Battery life: up to 50 hours on 4 x regular 1.5V torch batteries / Inputs: microphone and high level, 200 microvolt sensitivity at 200 ohms / Outputs: 1V at 1,000 ohms for external amplifier / Output power: 20 mW / Speaker: internal 5″ circular / Semicondictors: OC71, GFT21, OC76,GFT32 / Dimensions: 9½ x 5 x 3¾ inches (241 x 127 x 95mm) / Weight: 5 lbs (2.27 kg) / half-track mono


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