Brand: Elizabethan (EAP)
Category:Vintage (Pre 1960, some recorders were so good, they belong in above categories)
Country of Manufacture:United Kingdom
Release dates:1960 - 1963
Speeds: 1 7/8, 3 3/4, 7 1/2
Max Reel Size("): 7"
Number of heads: 2
Head Composition: Permalloy
Head Configuration: Mono - Half-Track
# Motors: 1
Frequency Response:(all 3 dB): 7½ ips: 50Hz - 20kHz
Wow and Flutter:
Sound quality rating:5 / 10
Long-term reliability rating: 5 / 10
Like many of the smaller British manufacturers of the late 1950s – early 1960s, the Elizabethan company utilized ready-made transport decks from other companies, in this case the 3-motor, three-speed Collaro
Studio. Thus the cost of tooling up to produce their own decks were eliminated.
Features of this recorder included: 3 micron gap record head, VU level meter, 6 watt push-pull output, twin speakers, independent input controls, mixing facilities, super-impose switch, accidental erasure interlock and separate bass and treble controls. Initially the Major was only available in half-track mono configuration, but by 1961 a quarter-track version had been added to the range.
Wow & flutter: less than 0.15 % at 3¾ ips / Signal to noise ratio: better than 43db unweighted / Long term speed stability: better than 0.5% / Valve complement: 8D8. ECL82 x 3. E1760 metal rectifiers / Rewind speed: approximately 2 minutes for 2400ft tape / Audio output power: 6 watts push-pull / Inputs: phono – 200mV at 100-300k. microphone – 2mV at 1Mohm / Speaker(s): 10″ x 6″ hi-flux elliptical and 4″ tweeter / Dimensions: 17½ x 15 x 9½” (444.5 x 381 x 241 mm) / Weight: 35 lbs (15.9 kg) / half-track mono (initially) or (later) quarter-track mono