Monday, November 02, 2009

(1) TELEFUNKEN Magnetophon German Tape Recorder: PYE Radio, BASF, Music Education


This German TELEFUNKEN tape recorder provided blogger with hours of fun and vocal practice when he made recordings using open-reel tapes. A sensitive, rectangular, hand-held microphone, with a rather short cable, was provided.

The 1962 or 1963 Magnetophon model had four tracks and two speeds using six-inch reel tapes by BASF. The early stereo tape-player was created with the help of the extra speaker in the lid.
It was blogger's early education and he had much fun recording family voices and taping music off the air-waves from a PYE radio. The microphone was placed beside the radio speaker as blogger taped a Jo Stafford song, Around The Corner Ooh, Ooh, Looking For Henry Lee. It was with this recorder that I learnt some Chinese 50s pops.
It was such a thrill to play the songs again and again without having to rely on the radio to broadcast them. Telefunken, PYE and BASF were famous German brands in the 60s.
Image: Erik Lindblom, Hultsfred, Germany.
Original article: Andy Lim Collection.


BC Teoh said...

Dear Andy,

When I went to Amcorp Mall yesterday, I saw a vendor demonstrating that equipment to a potential buyer. I didn't pay attention to the demonstration.

If the tape recorder has not been sold, I will note down the brand and model number of the tape recorder nex time.

Andy Young* said...

Thank you BC. Great to know that it is still in existence and in working condition. Perhaps if it's still around you can take a picture.

BC Teoh said...

Sure, I will take a picture of tape recorder next time and e-mail it to you.

Andy Young* said...

Thank you BC. These equipment are so precious and rare that they become antique soon enough.

nomore said...

Once I had alike this style of a Sony....But I only kept the 2 microphones yet....Gray colors...

Andy Young* said...

Thank you nomore, appreciate your interest in things technical. They are not so handy but great for discussion at dinner tables.