Country of Manufacture:United Kingdom
Speeds: 3 3/4, 7 1/2, 15
Max Reel Size("): 3"
Number of heads: 2
Head Composition: Permalloy
Head Configuration: Mono - Half-Track
Frequency Response:( 3 dB): 50Hz - 16kHz at 15 ips 50Hz - 12kHz at 7½ ips 50Hz - 7kHz at 3¾ ips
Wow and Flutter:less than .15% at 7½ ips
Sound quality rating:5 / 10
Long-term reliability rating: 5 / 10
Like many so many of the small British tape recorder manufacturers of the late 1950s, Winston
Electronics Ltd of Shepperton, Middlesex, built their recorders around an existing transport mechanism – in the case of the Thoroughbred it was the Collaro Mk IV transcription
The Thoroughbred first appeared in late 1957 and was a half- track mono machine with a 7″ reel capacity and three tape speeds: 15, 7½ & 3¾ ips. Record level indication was via a “magic eye” valve and a built-in mixer enabled simultaneous microphone and radio/disc recording.
A three-watt amplifier drove three internal speakers ( a 7 x 4″ and two 3″) and the Thoroughbred could be used solely as an amplifier. A preamplifier output was supplied for external amplifier/speaker playback. This appears to be the sole offering from Winston and was available until 1961.
Rewind speed: 65 seconds for 1,200ft tape / Audio output power: 4 watts / Valve complement: 6BR7, 12AX7, EL84, 6X4 / Speaker(s): 7 x 4″ and two 3″ electrostatic treble units / Dimensions: 17 x 15¼ x 9¼ ” (432 x 387 x 235 mm) / Weight: 48 lbs (21.8 kg) / half- track mono