Category:Vintage (Pre 1960, some recorders were so good, they belong in above categories)
Country of Manufacture:United Kingdom
Release dates:1957 - 1960
Speeds: 7 1/2, 15
Max Reel Size("): 7"
Number of heads: 3
Head Composition: Permalloy
Head Configuration: Stereo - Stacked
# Motors: 3
Frequency Response:(all 3 dB): 15 ips: 50Hz - 15KHz
Wow and Flutter:better than 0.2% at 15 ips and 7½ ips, better than 0.3% at 3¾ ips
Signal-to-Noise Ratio:46 dB unweighted
Sound quality rating:8 / 10
Long-term reliability rating: 8 / 10
This machine belonged to a friend in the UK who ran Savoy Hill Publications (an excellent source
of vintage hi-fi and audio service manuals).
He had a radio business in Bristol for 25 years and used to travel the countryside, occasionally buying up used audio equipment.
This recorder was bought in the town of Worhing (and used for on-site recording) from an ex-employee of a film company – the recorder was used in Cliff Richard’s (Sir Cliff!) first film “Expresso Bongo” circa 1959. ( A MUST see film, a classic insight into pre-Beatles British pop music!)
Recording level indication: VU meter with 3 position switch, Line in, Line out and Record level. Meter also used for valve testing. / Bias frequency: push-pull circuit operating at 100 KHz / Valve complement: unknown but probably similar to the TR52 except single channel / Rewind speed: approximately 2½ minutes for standard 7″ reel / Audio output power: 3 watts / Inputs: 1 balanced for 20-30 ohm microphone standard 600 ohm unbalanced line input at 1 mw level / Outputs: 600 ohm balanced line out / Speaker(s): 6½” high flux speaker / Dimensions: height 13¼” (33.7cm), width 18″ (45.7cm) and depth 17″ (43.2cm) / Weight: 60 lbs (27.3 Kg) / full track mono (models A & B). half-track mono (models C & D)