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Brand: Stancil-Hoffman

Model:Minitape M5A





Country of Manufacture:USA

Release dates:1953 - 1956

Speeds: 7 1/2, 15

Max Reel Size("): 7"

Number of heads: 2

Head Composition: Permalloy

Head Configuration: full-track-mono

Auto Reverse?:No

Voltage(s): 110-120v

Frequency Response:(all 3 dB): 100 - 5kHz

Wow and Flutter:less than 0.5%

Sound quality rating:5 / 10

Long-term reliability rating: 5/ 10

Additional Details


Manufactured by The Stancil-Hoffman Corp, Hollywood California.
From a 1954 New Product Report:
“… The “Minitape,” Model M5A, is a  battery operated
portable tape recorder. A single on-off switch provides all operating controls with optimum recording level set at the factory. Two speeds are provided, 7½ and 15 ips (3¾ is optional on special order).
The recorder is single track giving 15 minutes playing time at 7½
ips on a 5 inch reel.
Rechargeable batteries have a life in excess of 2 hours.
Weighing 13 pounds (5.9 kg), a small leatherette case the size of a shoe
box houses the amplifier, motor drive, erase head and batteries.
A miniature amplifier plugs into the removable erase head socket to
furnish earphone monitor level.
A battery charger is also available as an accessory…”
This recorder can be seen in Howard Hawk’s 1953 Motion Picture:
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Starring Marilyn Monroe & Jane Russell.

Additional Info

Batteries: one 90 volt, one 6 volt and 2 D cells / Battery life: rechargeable batteries in excess of 2 hours / Total harmonic distortion: less than 3% / Weight: 13 lbs (5.9 kg) / full-track mono


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