Category:Vintage (Pre 1960, some recorders were so good, they belong in above categories)
Country of Manufacture:USA
Release dates:1965 - 1968
Speeds: 3 3/4, 7 1/2
Max Reel Size("): 7"
Number of heads: 2
Head Composition: Permalloy
Head Configuration: Stereo
Frequency Response:(all 3 dB): 7½ ips: 50Hz - 15kHz
Wow and Flutter:0.18% at 7½ & 0.3% at 3¾ ips
Signal-to-Noise Ratio:better than 48 dB
Sound quality rating:5 / 10
Long-term reliability rating: 5 / 10
The 1280 was a two head, quarter-track mono/stereo recorder with two speeds, 3¾ & 7½ ips featuring an automatic shut-off switch which stopped the unit at the end of the reel or in case of tape
Each channel had its own VU meter, tone control, volume control and play/record tab.
Other controls consisted of:
speed selector/on-off switch, 4-digit tape counter, rapid function knob
(fast forward or rewind), instant stop lever and tape drive tab.
Two mic inputs (left and right) were located
on the front panel and connected to a low-level circuit for direct recording
from a microphone. Two high-level phono jacks on the rear panel
could be used for phono, radio or other source.
Rewind speed: two minutes 12 seconds for 1200ft / Inputs: mic & radio / phono / Outputs: external speaker and pre-amp / Speaker(s): detachable external speakers / quarter-track stereo (1280) quarter-track mono (1220)