Country of Manufacture:USA
Release dates:1954 - 1957
Speeds: 3 3/4, 7 1/2
Max Reel Size("): 7"
Number of heads: 2
Head Composition: Permalloy
Head Configuration: Mono - Full Track
Frequency Response:(all 3 dB): 7½ ips: 50Hz - 12kHz
Wow and Flutter:less than 0.5% at 7½ ips
Sound quality rating:5 / 10
Long-term reliability rating: 5/ 10
Manufactured by The Federal
Manufacturing & Electrical Corp, Brooklyn NY
From a 1954 New Product Report:
“… The FME recorder is a moderately priced ($139.95) portable
with a 5 x 7 inch elliptical speaker that provides 4 watts of power under
One of the features we liked is the quick stop lever, to be found at
the left of the control panel. This may be operated manually or with an
accessory foot switch.
Both 3¾ and 7½ ips speeds are provided. The speed change
is effected by turning the small knob at the top of the case. The recorder
is dual track.
Audio distortion: 5% / Fast wind ratio: 20-to-1 / Audio output power: 4 watts / Inputs: microphone input (radio / gram with accessory patch cord) / Outputs: external speaker / Speaker(s): 5″ x 7″ / Dimensions: 14 x 12 x 8½” (355.5 x 305 x 216 mm) / Weight: 25 lbs (11.4 kg) / half-track mono