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Sound Rating: 4 / 10 # Owners: 1
Relaibility Rating: 5 / 10 Views: 137

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Brand: VEB

Model:RFT BG22



Electronic:Solid State

Country of Manufacture:Germany

Release dates:1964 - 1967

Tracks:1/2 Rec/PB

Speeds: 1 7/8

Max Reel Size("): 7"

Number of heads: 2

Dimension: 8 x 12¼ x 16¾" (200 x 310 x 425 mm)

Head Composition: Permalloy

Head Configuration: Mono - Full Track

# Motors: 1

Voltage(s): 220-240v

Sound quality rating:4 / 10

Long-term reliability rating: 5/ 10

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This one is really rare.  It came from an army base and judging by the single low speed and the inputs, it would be a safe assumption that the primary use was for taping telephone conversations.

There are only two knobs, the one on the right is for volume, the left is a mode selector (standby, stop, fast forward).  All the other functions operate from the remote control (unfortunately I don’t have the original but have had to substitute).

The picture at right shows the machine with the top cover removed.  The mechanics are quite heavily constructed.   A bit “Stalinistic” one could say but I guess they wanted it to last.

The full name of this recorder is “VEB RFT BG22”;: VEB being short for “Volks Eigenen Betrieb” or “the Company Owned by the Public” in English.  I don’t know what RFT stands for but I know this one is made at a factory called “Messgerätewerk Zwönitz” (Messgerätewerk = “factory that makes measuring equipment”) in the town of Dresden…”

Additional Info

Tube complement: EF86 ECH81 ECL82 / Audio output power: about 2 watts / Inputs: telephone, mike, remote control / Outputs: headphone (mini jack) / Speaker(s): single internal elliptical / Dimensions: 8 x 12¼ x 16¾” (200 x 310 x 425 mm) / half-track mono


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