Model:303 de luxe
Country of Manufacture:United Kingdom
Release dates:1958 - 1961
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
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.
Valve complement: EF86 pre-amp, ECC83 two-stage a.f. amp, EL84 output, EM81 record level indicator, EL84 h.f. oscillator and EZ80 mains rectifier / Audio output power: 3 watts / Inputs: microphone – 2mV. radio – 300mV / Outputs: extension speaker, headphones / Speaker(s): 8″ x 5″ Elac elliptical / Dimensions: 14 x 11 x 8½” (356 x 279 x 216 mm) / Weight: 19½ lbs (8.9 kg) / half-track mono