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Brand: Stella

Model:ST 454

Application:Portable

Electronics:Tube

Equalization:IEC

Country of Manufacture:Austria

Release dates:1960 - 1963

Original Price: $£38

Tracks:1/4 Rec/PB

Speeds: 3 3/4

Max Reel Size("): 7"

Number of heads: 2

Head Composition: Permalloy

Head Configuration: full-track-mono

Auto Reverse?:No

Voltage(s): 220-240v

Frequency Response:( 3 dB): 50-14,000c

Wow and Flutter:7(average RMS): less than 0.3%

Sound quality rating:5 / 10

Long-term reliability rating: 5/ 10

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Description

The European-made Stella ST 454 was a single speed (3¾ ips) all-tube quarter-track mono recorder which could replay stereo tapes when connected to an external amplifier-speaker.
Like almost all of the Stella recorders the ST-454 was little more than a Philips in disguise, in this case the EL3541. Be that as it may, this was still a very good recorder as the vintage test report from Tape Recording Fortnightly, January 11th, 1961(reproduced below) bears out.
Price when new (in the UK) was £38 17s which included a crystal microphone, empty spool, reel of tape and radio lead.

Additional Info

Inputs: microphone – 3mV / 100K. diode – 3 mV / 1Mohm. phono – 150mv / 1Mohm / Outputs: diode – 1Mohm / 1V. headphones – (1kohm / 100mV. speaker – 3 to 7ohm / 2.5w. stereo output – 1 Mohm / 5 mV / Output power: 2.5 watts / Speaker: 4″ high efficiency / Dimensions: 15¼ x 12½ x 6¾” (387 x 318 x 171 mm) / Weight: 19 lbs (8.64 kg) / quarter-track mono   record

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