Model:303 de luxe
Country of Manufacture:
Speeds: 3 3/4, 7 1/2
Max Reel Size("): 3"
Number of heads: 2
Head Composition: Permalloy
Head Configuration: Mono - Full Track
Frequency Response:(all 3 dB): 7½ ips: 50Hz - 12kHz
Wow and Flutter:
Sound quality rating:5 / 10
Long-term reliability rating: 5 / 10
In business since 1949, Walter Instruments Limited of Morden, Surrey utilized the robust Walter 2 speed (3¾ and 7½ IPS) Mk II tape deck for this budget offering. A joystick control similar to that employed by Tandberg was used for record/play/fast forward and rewind functions. The other controls on this rather spartan recorder were: a combined on/off switch and volume control, record safety button, speed change switch, instant stop/start button, a super-impose button, tone/recording monitor control, microphone record level control, and radio record level control. the latter two inputs being mixable.
A four-stage printed circuit amplifier of 3 watts drove an 8″ x 5″ Elac speaker. The machine was priced at about £43 in 1959 with a single speed (3¾IPS) version, simply called the “303” (not deluxe!) sold for a few pounds less.