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Release dates:1966 - 1969
Original Price: $£30
Speeds: 1 7/8, 3 3/4, 7 1/2, 15
Max Reel Size("): 7
Number of heads: 2
Head Composition: Permalloy
Frequency Response:(all 3 dB): 7½ ips: 60-14,000 cps
Wow and Flutter:0.17 per cent at 7½ ips. 0.2 per cent at 3¾ ips. 0.35% at 1ips
Signal-to-Noise Ratio:Better than 37 dB (fully modulated tape)
Sound quality rating:5 / 10
Long-term reliability rating: 5 / 10
Released in late 1966, the Statesman was a 5¾” reel recorder with a new K12 Motek deck. The K12 was powered by a two-pole twin coil motor and had four speed operation. 7½ to 15/16 ips. It was the only British machine to offer this low speed. It was available in both half or quarter-track versions (£30 9s & £33 12s respectively).
Two sets of piano key controls were grouped at either side of the head block with transport functions on the right and amplifier controls on the left. Rotary gain and tone controls, inputs and magic eye level indicator were located along the front.
Features included superimposition, input mixing, monitoring via headphones, parallel track playback (quarter-track version only), 1½ watt output and 7 x 3½” internal speaker. The Statesman was housed in an all-wood cabinet with a teak/grey/black colour scheme and bright lustre fittings and trim
Rewind speed: 900 ft. within 2½ / Audio output power: 1½ watts / Speaker(s): 7 x 3½” / Valve complement: ECL82, EL84. ECC83, EM84 plus silicon rectifier and diode / Inputs: Microphone (high impedance / 1.8 mV). radio / pick-up (200-250mV) / Outputs: Extension loudspeaker (3 ohms). external amplifier (one volt) / Dimensions: 13¼ x 12½ x 7½ inches (331 x 318 x 191mm) / Weight: 18lbs (8.2kg) / half-track mono or quarter-track mono