Country of Manufacture:Italy
Speeds: 1 7/8, 3 3/4
Max Reel Size("): 3"
Number of heads: 2
Head Composition: Permalloy
Head Configuration: Mono - Full Track
Wow and Flutter:
Sound quality rating:5 / 10
Long-term reliability rating: 5 / 10
From the Flemming Sorensen collection:
“… This is probably one of the weirdest
machines in my collection. It is made in Italy in the late 50’s and
it has a very odd way of running the tape functions. Inside there is
only a motor, two plates with friction clutches, a flywheel-capstan-pinchroller
and a rubber idler hinged free so it can move from side to side. During
rewind the motor starts running backwards and since the rubber idler
is easier to move than the flywheel the idler moves to the left until
it hits the left clutch plate. Then the wheels start to rotate and rewind
begins. (see diagram below in additional images).
For fast forward and play things are much
the same. Only the direction is different and whether you do fast forward
or play depends on if the pinch roller is activated or not.
Since the same clutch is used for both play
and fast forward, the tape tension during fast forward is quite loose.
The motor is spring tensioned and the speed selector is placed on the
back of the machine. The brake is a piece of string that is tightened
around the clutches (cheap but it works). When you look at the machine
the controls are (from left) power/volume,
rewind-stop-f.fwrd-stop-play selector, the little button above the selector
is for record. On the back of the machine the lever to the left
is the speed selector, the
other one below the inputs is a radio/mic input selector
Inputs: microphone & radio / Outputs: line only / Valve compliment: EF86, ECC83, EM84 / Speaker(s): ‘Radioconi’ type, 9 x 14 cm (3½ x 5½”) / Dimensions: 11 x 11½ x 6 inches (280 x 295 x 150mm) / half-track mono