Country of Manufacture:United Kingdom
Release dates:1951 - 1954
Speeds: 7 1/2, 15
Max Reel Size("): 7"
Number of heads: 2
Head Composition: Permalloy
Head Configuration: Mono - Full Track
Sound quality rating:4 / 10
Long-term reliability rating: 4/ 10
At the end of the WWII, Joseph Wright & Thomas Weaire announced their decision to retire and offered their company to employees Richard Merrick , Ernest Niblett (managing directors) and Walter Berridge (the company secretary). Merrick had became interested in tape recording in1947 after meeting an American named Louis Fishoff who convinced Merrick of the market possibilities for tape recorders in the post-war era. The Wearite tape deck was developed in early 1949.
The first model (G100) was made for the Admiralty, designed primarily to record Morse code and quite unsuitable for audio recording. The first domestic model ( YD) was fitted with an equalisation knob marked A to F.
The BBC soon installed the Ferrograph in several of their outside broadcast vehicles and it became the chosen instrument for the Colonial Broadcasting Plan, being installed in all the major radio stations of the Empire and Commonwealth.
Valve complement: 3 x EF86 (6267). 2 x EL84 (6BQ5). ECC81 (12AT7). EZ80 (6V3) / Rewind speed: less than 1 minute / Audio output power: 2.5 watts / Input levels: 003v peak at 1 MHz and .1v peak at 500KHz / Speaker(s): 15 ohm elliptical Goodmans 10″ x 6″ / half-track mono