Model:TC 388-4 Deluxe Quadradial
Category:Mid High Fidelity (most Japanese recorders fall into this category)
Country of Manufacture:Japan
Release dates:1974 - 1978
Original Price: $680
Speeds: 3 3/4, 7 1/2
Max Reel Size("): 7"
Number of heads: 3
Head Composition: Permalloy
Head Configuration: Quad
Frequency Response:( 3dB): 7½ ips: 20Hz - 30kHz at (SLH tape) 20Hz - 25kHz (normal tape) 3¾ ips: 20Hz - 25kHz at (SLH tape) 30Hz - 19kHz (normal tape)
Wow and Flutter:0.09% at 7½ ips
Signal-to-Noise Ratio:52 dB 2 dB at 7½ ips, standard tape
Sound quality rating:5 / 10
Long-term reliability rating: 5 / 10
The Sony TC 388-4 was a
two-speed (3¾ and 7½ ips) four-channel, three-head tape deck
featuring full control of discrete 4-channel capabilities including a
variable pan pot. This enabled the user to record and “spin”
the sound around the room for “spectacular” Quad effects.
Other features included four illuminated VU meters, a microphone attenuator
switch, a record equalisation switch for normal or SLH tape, a tape bias
switch, total shut-off at end-of-tape, servo-controlled back tension and
built-in reel locks for horizontal operation.
The usual Sony feature of mic/line mixing was present, allowing simultaneous
recording from two 4-channel sources. The headphones jack had a three
Price in 1974 was $US 679.95.
Additional images of this recorder are supplied on the Get Reel Contemporary
Rewind speed: 100 seconds for 1200ft / Inputs: 4 microphone, 4 line / Dimensions: 16½ x 19¾ x 8¾ ” (419 x 501.6 x 225.4 mm) / Weight: 34.1 lbs (15.5 Kg) / four channel quadradial