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Brand: Viking


Category:Mid High Fidelity


Electronics:Solid State


Country of Manufacture:USA

Release dates:1965 - 1968

Original Price: $340

Tracks:1/4 Rec/PB

Speeds: 3 3/4, 7 1/2

Max Reel Size("): 7"

Number of heads: 3

Head Composition: Permalloy

Head Configuration: Stereo

# Motors: 3

Auto Reverse?:No

Voltage(s): 110-120v

Outputs: RCA

Frequency Response:(all 3 dB): 30Hz -14kHz at 7½ ips

Wow and Flutter:0.2% RMS

Signal-to-Noise Ratio:-50dB

Sound quality rating:6 / 10

Long-term reliability rating: 7/ 10

Weight: 12½ lbs (4.54 kg)

Additional Details


In a 1965 Hi-Fi magazine ad, the Viking Company of Minneapolis drew an analogy of the design of their model 88 tape deck to that of a spoon or a Volkswagen:’ …they are made for a specific purpose and fulfill it so well, he basic design never changes …’

Which is probably why their ‘ 88 looked much like the ‘ 85 of 1959 and the ‘ 77 from 1956!.  However, as ‘… spoons have become better balanced and VW’s have larger tail lights, we’ve added a pause control, improved the automatic stop, included a pilot light and a push-button on the tape counter, but we haven’t changed the basic design …’

Additional Info

Year 1965
Price when new (in the USA) $339.95 – $433.00 (see text for variants)
Track system Half or quarter-track, stereo or mono (see text for variants)
Heads Three
Motors Hysteresis synchronous drive and two induction motors reels
Maximum reel size 7″
Tape speeds 7½ and 3¾ ips
Frequency response (all 3 dB) 30Hz -14kHz at 7½ ips
Wow & flutter 0.2% RMS
Signal to noise ratio -50dB
Total harmonic distortion 2%
Rewind speed 70 seconds for 1800 feet
Inputs High and low level
Weight 12½ lbs (4.54 kg)


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