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.