Brand: Ferguson Electronics
Country of Manufacture:USA
Speeds: 1 7/8, 3 3/4
Max Reel Size("): 7"
Number of heads: 2
Head Composition: Permalloy
Head Configuration: Mono - Full Track
Frequency Response:(all 5 dB): 3¾ ips: 80Hz - 10kHz
Wow and Flutter:better than 0.2% RMS
Sound quality rating:5 / 10
Long-term reliability rating: 5 / 10
These three recorders were three of several Thorn Group models to utilise Thorn’s new DB42 Mk II tape deck.
The 3208 & 3212 were identical except for their external finish, the 3208 came in a rugged portable case with handle while the 3212 was designed to blend in with home hi-fi equipment and was mounted in a wooden plinth.
Spools of up to 5¾ inches could be accommodated and facilities included auto-stop, EM87 electron beam level indicator, cross-track recording and facility for stereo playback with an external amplifier.
A key feature of the Mk II deck was the use of solenoid switching via light-touch press tabs for transport functions. This permitted the use of a remote control which was available as an optional extra.