Category:Vintage (Pre 1960, some recorders were so good, they belong in above categories)
Country of Manufacture:Japan
Release dates: -
Speeds: 1 7/8, 3 3/4
Max Reel Size("): 7"
Number of heads: 2
Head Composition: Permalloy
Head Configuration: Mono - Full Track
Frequency Response:150Hz - 7,500Hz
Wow and Flutter:Wow: 0.3 per cent at 3¾ ips
Sound quality rating:5 / 10
Long-term reliability rating: 5 / 10
The following is a ‘New Products Report’, taken from Tape Recording Magazine,
A VERY INTERESTING American battery portable recorder, known as the Steelman Transitape, is now available in this country. It has two speeds (1 7/8 and 3¾ ips), uses standard 3 in. reels, measures 9¾ . x 6½ x 2 ins. and weighs under 6½ lbs without batteries. Claimed frequency response- is 150 to 7,500 cps. Seven transistors and two diodes are used in the design. There is a built-in 4 in. p.m. speaker,
but an output jack provides for private listening through the microphone or earphones, or playback over a large external speaker.
The recorder operates satisfactorily at any angle, with the leather case closed if necessary.
The price, with crystal lapel microphone, is 55 guineas.
Batteries (13 total): 6 x 1.5V mercury cells (Mallory RM-12R) for amplifier, 7 for motor / Speaker(s): 4 inch / Dimensions: 9¾ . x 6½ x 2 (248 x 165 x 73 mm) / Weight: 6½ lbs without batteries (2.95 kg) / half-track mono