Brand: Elizabethan (EAP)
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: 2
Head Composition: Permalloy
Head Configuration: Mono - Full Track
Frequency Response:(±3 dB): 50Hz - 12kHz
Wow and Flutter:0.3%
Signal-to-Noise Ratio:better than 40dB unweighted
Sound quality rating:5 / 10
Long-term reliability rating: 5 / 10
By 1960 the Elizabethan line of recorders had become so popular that EAP (Electro Audio Products) officially
changed its name to Elizabethan (Tape Recorders) Ltd. The first true Elizabethan model was this, the quarter-track model FT1. It had a single-speed BSR TD1 Monardeck with high-quality Miniflux heads and a 5¾ inch spool capacity. It was quite probably the first British quarter-track recorder on the market.
Features included input mixing, separate bass, and treble controls, and a switched output from the unused quarter-track for stereo playback via an external amplifier. (A matching amplifier/speaker unit was available from Elizabethan). Production of the FT1 was short-lived and it was soon replaced by the FT3 with a 3-speed, 3-motor 7″ reel Collaro Studio-deck.
Valve complement: 8D8, 2 x ECC 82, EM84 magic eye and ECI metal rectifier / Audio output power: 2½ watts / Inputs: microphone and radio / gram (mixable) / Outputs: external speaker, alternative head (and stereo playback) output / Speaker(s): 6 x 4 inch high-flux elliptical / Dimensions: 15 x 15½ x 7″ (381 x 394 x 178 mm) / Weight: 23 lbs (10.45 kg) / quarter-track mono, facilities for stereo playback with extra amplifier