Model:EL 3510 / AG8105
Category:Vintage (Pre 1960, some recorders were so good, they belong in above categories)
Country of Manufacture:Netherlands
Release dates:1955 - 1958
Max Reel Size("): 7"
Number of heads:
Head Composition: Permalloy
Head Configuration: Mono - Full Track
Wow and Flutter:
Sound quality rating:4 / 10
Long-term reliability rating: 5 / 10
The first Philips tape recorder to sell in large numbers, the EL3510 was first produced in 1955.
Its relatively cheap price and slim design made it an appealing choice
for those discovering tape recording for the first time.
The machine was driven by a belt, not a rubber one but a long spring
with the ends attached to each other. (see diagram below)
Under the reels were some “Tandberg-like” clutches making the
machine very simple and therefore reliable.
The big knob in the middle controlled everything except volume and tone
(small knobs). The fast forward and rewind worked only when the knob was
Between the two small knobs was the DM71 magic eye. It wasn’t the ribbon-like
type but rather looked like an exclamation mark on it’s side where the
dot glowed constantly and the line approached the dot when level increased.