Country of Manufacture:Norway
Speeds: 1 7/8, 3 3/4, 7 1/2
Max Reel Size("): 7"
Number of heads: 2
Head Composition: Permalloy
Head Configuration: Mono - Full Track
Frequency Response:(all 2 dB): 7½ ips: 30Hz - 16kHz
Wow and Flutter:below 1% at 7½ ips
Signal-to-Noise Ratio:55 dB
Sound quality rating:5 / 10
Long-term reliability rating: 5 / 10
Built between 1958 and 1960, the Tandberg Model 5 was a three-speed recorder, with a single motor sitting
right between the reels, driving them via a “figure-8” rubber belt and the flywheel via a movable idler (in order to change speeds). It was a quarter-rack machine that could play stereo tapes but only record in mono. However, by utilizing the optional record pre-amplifier (shown to the left of the recorder in the picture), the stereo recording was also possible.
An interesting point is that although the machine had two power amplifiers for playing back stereo tapes, only one loudspeaker was built into the case.