Model:Sonet (Wood Cutter)
Country of Manufacture:Czech Republic
Release dates:1958 - 1961
Speeds: 3 3/4
Max Reel Size("): 5"
Number of heads: 2
Head Composition: Permalloy
Head Configuration: Stereo - Stacked
Frequency Response:3¾ ips: 50Hz - 10kHz
Wow and Flutter:0.4%
Sound quality rating:5 / 10
Long-term reliability rating: 5/ 10
Shortly after World War II, the well-established and diverse Czech electronics industry was united into one state-owned company, Tesla. The Sonet was first developed in 1958, and was a basic single speed, half-track mono machine (3¾ ips) with a magic eye level indicator, headphones socket and a very robust transport mechanism. This mechanical system was characterised humorously in Germany as ‘a tape recorder for wood-cutters’ !
The Sonet was developed into the Sonet Duo in 1959.
Audio output power: 1.5 watts / Speaker: 4¾ x 6″ / Weight: 26½ lbs (12 kg) / Dimensions: 13¾ x 7½ x 11¼” (349 x 191 x 286 mm) / half-track mono