Brand: Elizabethan (EAP)
Model:Automatic 2, Automatic 4
Category:Mid High Fidelity (most Japanese recorders fall into this category)
Country of Manufacture:United Kingdom
Release dates:1964 - 1967
Original Price: $30
Speeds: 3 3/4
Max Reel Size("): 7"
Number of heads: 2
Head Composition: Permalloy
Head Configuration: Mono - Full Track
# Motors: 1
Frequency Response:(all 3 dB): 60Hz - 10kHz
Wow and Flutter:
Sound quality rating:5 / 10
Long-term reliability rating: 5 / 10
Released in August 1964, the Automatic 2 & 4 were single-speed (3¾ ips)
recorders available in either two or four-track mono versions.
This unit had a maximum reel size of 5¾”,an internal 7″ x 4″ speaker and a 3½ watt output.
Basically an update of the Popular 200 & 400, one of the new features (hence the name) was automatic
control of the recording signal level.
Inputs were provided for mike, radio/gram and telephone adaptor and there was provision for connecting an external loudspeaker and/or amplifier.
The tape deck utilised was the BSR TD2.
Bradmatic half-track record/play and erase heads were used in the Automatic 2 while Marriott “X” type quarter-track heads were used in the Automatic 4.
Prices when new (UK) were: 26 Gns – Automatic 2 28 Gns – Automatic 4.
Bias frequency: 55kHz / Valve complement: ECC 83, ECL 86 & EF 89 plus three rectifiers / Audio output power: 3½ watts / Inputs: microphone and phono / radio, telephone adaptor / Outputs: low impedance 3-5 ohms (external speaker), high impedance 220 Kohms (monitor & external amplifier) / Speaker(s): 7″ x 4″ high-flux elliptical / Dimensions: 15 x 14 x 7″ (382 x 355.5 x 178 mm) / Weight: 19 lbs (8.6 kg) / half or quarter-track mono