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Aiwa TP-30

Aiwa TP-60R

Andy Gard Recorder

Answer ATR-102

Apolec RA-11


Assmann TS 10

Concord F-20

Concord F-85

Crown CTD-2200

Dictaphone Dictet

Dictaphone 4250

Dictaphone model 848

Dictaphone "OMEGA"

Dictophone KGB "Sobesednik"

Dokorder PT-4H

EDI model M-75B

Edison Envoy Model 1

Electron 52D

Electronica M-401S

Electronica M-402S

Electronica M327

Emerson Wondergram


Fanon-Masco FTR-2

Fi-Cord 1A

Fi-Cord 101S

Fi-Cord 303

Fi-Cord 300A

Gray Audograph D6

Grundig EN3 Luxus

Grundig DeJur Versatile III

Grundig Stenorette 2000

Globe-Corder GT-101

IBM 224 Dictating Unit

Juliette LT-44

Lanier VIP/C

Lloyd's 8 track player


Memocord K60

Memocord mini K177



Minifon Mi51

Minifon Attache

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Minifon P55 "Plexi"

Minifon P55 L (1957)

Minifon P55 L (1960)

Minifon P55-Speaker

Minifon_wrist watch_mic

Mohawk Midgetape 44

Mohawk Midgetape 300

Mohawk Midgetape 400



MS-61 - Flight Recorder

National RQ-8100

Norelco LFH 0085/54

Norelco LFH 0095

Olympia DG 402

Olympus Pearlcorder L200

Panasonic RQ-115

Panasonic RQ-212DKS

Panasonic RQ-SX56

Panasonic RQ-SX97F

Philips EL 3302

Phono TRIX 88

Playtape 1200

Pocket Corder MC-2

Reporter 5

Ross Mark-55

Sanyo Micro-Pack 35

Sanyo M2580K

Sony BM-17 Dictator

Sony TC-5

Sound Machine "Hokie Pokie"


SoundScriber 200

SoundScriber 200 B

Sputnik 401

Spy Tape Recorder

Steelman Transitape

Stenotape TR-711

Stuzzi Memocord 304 B

Tefifon Holiday BK-59

Telefunken 600

Telmar T-100


Topaz D202



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Televisions, video

Akai VT-150

Akai VC-150


Electronica-video VMP-1



Electronica L1-08

Panasonic TR-1030P

Sony AV-3400

Sony AVC-3400

Sony SL-F1E & TT-F1E

Sony Watchman FD-30A

Sony Watchman FD-40A


Tube radios

Emerson 508

Motorola 56L2

RCA Victor 54B2

RCA Victor BP-10

Sterling LS-4

Tourist PMP-56

United Deluxe RN-5




Minifon_wrist watch_mic

Andy Gard Recorder

Olympia DG 402

Dictaphone Topaz D202

MS-61 - Flight Recorder


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Detective Dictograph



Motorola M75

Pentacon six TL

Tube Tester I-177


V/A - Meters

First transistors USSR


My works

Tube stereo cassette player

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Tube "Electron 52D"






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Fi-Cord 1A



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     Fi-Cord 1A.     Portable reel tape recorder, the production of Fi-Cord LTD, England. This model of 1958 (see photo at the bottom of the page), was used as a reporter tape recorder, including the company BBC. In 1960 in the United States it was sold at the price of $ 330. Dimensions recorder 230 x 120 x 65 mm without protruding parts. Weight 1,7 kg. Power supply voltage 8 v, the four lead-acid batteries for 2 v. Building a wooden recorder, and is inserted steel deck, which is mounted all the mechanics and electronics. The soundboard is attached to the body by three screws. This is a constructive analog of the Swiss recorder Stellavox Sm4.

In the explanation to the photos we have in mind is Stellavox Sm4
Photos from the magazine "Electronics Illustrated" є2 1960

     Kinematics of the recorder is simple, but provides a stable speed of magnetic tape in two speeds, 7, 1/2 and 1, 7/8 inches per second. Rewind the tape in advance can let her directly, bypassing the commercials, as shown by arrows on the deck recorder. Rewind absent. Thrust pinch roller to the capstan by means of roller - eccentric, located next to the head. In addition to the switch speed on the deck are, jack headphone jack, lever spring flow meter tape, and push-off dynamics. She pressed when the lid is closed recorder. Also next to a Moving bracket capable of holding the button down when the lid is open. The lever is pressed to the tape counter outside of the inlet reel, and moves toward its center is proportional to flow ribbons.
In doing so, the tape counter, tightly associated with a lever is moved inside the window, located on the right front side of the body. This lever also creates the necessary tension of the tape. 
     Batteries are inserted down into the bay, located along the rear of the chassis. The sides of the body are four locking strap for carrying. On the right-hand edge of the shell are the main elements of control and display. At the left on it there is a switch of operating modes. To the right is a connector for microphones, fluorescent light above it the recording level, then the indicator lamp power, connector for connecting an external speaker, the window flow meter tape, and volume control - the recording level.
     Circuit recorder rather complex, collected at 8 transistor type GET3, and provides the bandwidth frequency amplifier, 50 Hz - 12 KHz. Six transistors used in the amplifier, and two in the generator erasure. The generator also creates erase voltage required to operate the fluorescent indicator record. Inside the recorder, everything looks beautiful. The electronics board is collected accurately and mechanical parts are made of high quality, as in all other models Fi-Cord. 
     In the kinematics used four rubber belt. Two of them are very short used in the gearbox, combined with a switch, belt speed. Two long pass traffic from the engine to the flywheel, and the site rolling. The flywheel is very solid, made of brass. The engine, designed for voltage 3 v, has a centrifugal speed regulator. On the engine has markings that tells them that he made in Germany. The speaker is mounted on the deck, where it drilled for 17 holes.
     The recorder produces a double impression. On the one hand it operates normally, recording and reproducing quality is good.  However, it is embarrassing wooden cabinet, a strange way of charging belt, the belt from right to left, batteries, located in the most conspicuous place.
     The recorder was in defective condition. To improve its capacity necessary to replace all four belt, replacing dry time of electrolytic capacitors, and repair of the universal head, winding which was on the precipice. The design of sectional heads, and I was able to rewind one of the windings, which was on the precipice. Currently, the unit is in good working condition, but the quality of the original microphone good enough, and good writing can only be done using the microphone. 

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In the photo left switch speed magnetic tape. The photo on the right are visible head, capstan and pinch roller. Pinch roller has an unusual design. It is made in the form of a disk headform conforming to a rubber ring.



The photo on the left see eccentric, through which pinch roller is pressed against the capstan. The photo on the right - the battery compartment.



The photographs seen lever meter ribbon and a button off the speaker. Button located on the edge of the deck and pressed when closing the housing cover. Next to the button is located Moving bracket that allows to keep the button pressed when the lid is open.


The rubber belt from time lost elasticity, and stretched. They had to be replaced. In the photo the old belt.


During the renovation had to replace all the electrolytic capacitors. To preserve the original look of the electronics board, I examine the old capacitors, removed the aluminum liner interior, and put them in the new capacitors are suitable denomination and size. After assembling the capacitors were obtained very similar to the original. In the picture below can see the whole process of modernization.



Gearbox, combined with the switch speed magnetic tape.



Photographs taken during the repair of the universal head.


Lead-acid batteries with a voltage of 2 v. To their charge made special chargers. In the charger had four indicator lamps of the charge, one for each battery. When some of the batteries fully charged, separated the gas in the space between the bank and the plastic body battery. The body swelled, and pressed a microswitch. This charge of the battery turned off, and the light goes out. Size of battery 43 x 32 x 13 mm. Weight 40 g.


To demonstrate the tape I made two batteries on 4,5 v, replacing the four original battery.


Another version of self-made batteries made on a 3d printer was presented to me by collector Alexander Yurinov


Belt, a microphone with remote activation switch, cover, and shoulder leather bag.


Photo from the magazine "Radio-News" for November 58

  Photo from the magazine "Tape-Recording" for November 58




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