Country of Manufacture:Japan
Speeds: 7 1/2, 15
Max Reel Size("): 10.5"
Number of heads: 3
Head Composition: Permalloy
Head Configuration: Stereo
# Motors: 3
Voltage(s): 100v Japan
Frequency Response:30 - 20000 Hz (+-2dB) 15 ips
Wow and Flutter:.02% @ 15 ips .04% @ 7.5 ips
Sound quality rating:8 / 10
Long-term reliability rating: 8 / 10
Is an extremely rare R-R recorder that apparently was only released in Japan.
It would seem that their choice of F1 as a model, was due to the fact that Teac had been actively sponsoring motor car racing for many years in many countries and 1976 was a big year for Japan with three countrymen driving in the F1 Japanese Grand Prix on the 24th of October.
Masahiro Hasemi posted the best result with 11th place, seven laps behind the winner.
Kazuyoshi Hoshino nicknamed “the fastest man in Japan” and Noritake Takahara scored no championship points. Perhaps these daredevils are enjoying the sound of this rare tape recorder in their twilight years?
Back to the machine, one question that we might ask is about the equalization. In the last photo there are two selections, NAB and BTS.
Perhaps a unique Japanese equalization or just another name for IEC?
The rear panel has a unique connector to hook up external DBX noise reduction, Mic Inputs as well as a remote control socket but does not indicate which Teac remote.
Frequency switch 50 Hz, 60 Hz but curiously, no voltage switch.
Transport 550 x 450 x 320 mm
Preamplifier 550 x 190 x 330 mm
Transport 40 kg
Preamplifier 10 kg
Power 100v 60hz
Original retail price 800’000 Yen (Japan,1976)