Audio recorders

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

Minifon Attache-Speaker

Minifon Hi-Fi

Minifon Liliput

Minifon Protona Special

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



Яхта-1М (Yacht)/Явiр-1



Televisions, video

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Akai VC-150


Electronica-video VMP-1



Electronica L1-08

Panasonic TR-1030P

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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


Other rarities

Detective Dictograph



Motorola M75

Pentacon six TL

Tube Tester I-177


V/A - Meters

First transistors USSR


My works

Tube stereo cassette player

Tube Microcassette recorder

Tube "Electron 52D"






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Spy Tape Recorder



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     Spy tape recorder.     I will have to temporarily use this name, since the present is not exactly known to me yet. However, Kharchenko VG On the website of his virtual museum - reports that probably this recorder was produced since 1971 under the name "Bat" (Летучая мышь). I'd like to believe that it is true, but so far this information has not been confirmed by anyone. At one of the forums suggested to me that such devices were made of Kiev Institute of MARS (formerly named. Manuilskogo), apparently by order of the GRU (Main Intelligence Directorate of the General Staff of the armed forces of the USSR) as a reliable source you know exactly what they were used in military intelligence. Judging by the marking on the details, he made in 1973 in the USSR. 
     This exhibit received the collection of my friend in Minsk, the capital of Belarus. Fortunately, he decided that such an interesting instance is better to be in the collection accessible to all, rather than just lying at home on the shelf.

Video review

Recording and playback after repair


     The recorder has the dimensions 138 x 90 x 17 mm and weighs 380 grams. Structurally the device is made, as a military unit. The body - chassis milled from a single block of some alloy, titanium is possible. The upper and lower lids of aluminum. The top lid has a circular window for visual inspection of the rotation reel. In the middle of the cover is her retainer. To open the lid should press the button on the side. In this lock is released and the lid is easily removed.

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     The speed of magnetic tape is stable, there capstan and pinch roller. However, in this design rubber coating is capstan, and not pinch roller, as it is accepted everywhere. Miniature motor is positioned horizontally, and the movement of it on the flywheel is transmitted via belt. Clamps the tape with felt lining and brass pinch roller summarized by turning the lever with the red knob. The fine tapered portion of the flywheel is pressed against the rubber roller capstan, which is an intermediate rubber-covered roller is connected to the winding mechanism.

In the photo on the left off the recorder. In the photo on the right clamps the tape and pinch roller summed up, the recorder is ready to work.


    The design of the recorder is well thought out and constructed on a high technological level. The workmanship of all the details of the mechanism is very high.


     There is hitchhiking. For its operation using one of the guiding pillars, located next to the flywheel. This stand isolated from the body, and closes on it a metal ribbon, glued on both ends of the winding reel. In this case, the control circuit shuts off power to the device.

On the left is seen hitchhiking tape guide pin, isolated from the body. In the photo on the right is visible metal strip contacting tape guide pin on the body.


     The recorder uses tape-width 6.35 mm on metal reel diameter 53 mm. Depending on the thickness of the tape, the reel can be made 1 - 2 hours of recording (on one track). After that you can flip the reel, and continue recording on the second track. To fix the reel to reel table are twisted round the spring and, within the coils corresponding grooves.  

Includes reel to have a plastic adapter to listen to recordings on a standard tape recorder.


     Rewind to the recorder is not available, but its implementation has a special unit with the transmission. It is worn on top of the respective reel, and rewind is performed manually with a rotating handle. In this guide pin device is inserted into the hole to lock the top cover recorder. Rearranging the device as desired, can provide fast rewind the tape to both sides.


Also included is a simple device for winding in the form of a plastic handle with three pins at the end.


     Both heads, universal and erasing, manufactured specifically for this model, and have dimensions of 10 x 10 x 8,5 mm. Voltage recorder 4,8 v, carried out by 4 batteries of type "DEAC" or D-0,1 to 1,2 v. To use the battery D-0,1 in the battery compartment inserted ebonite adapters suitable diameter. Current consumption of the recorder when recording, 35 ma, while playing 40 ma. On the front side of the recorder are two connectors. One, located in the middle, intended for connecting an external switch, and the second for a microphone and external amplifier is playing. Connector for the switch has a swivel lock, and to connect the microphone and external amplifier is used throughout the five-pin connector with thread.


     If you remove the bottom cover, allows access to internal wiring and the electronics board. Three board electronics and wires are placed in machined grooves and cavities of the monolithic body. Used wire type MGTF in Teflon insulation. Apparently, the next assembly is the control circuit board recording modes - play - hitchhiking, and stabilizer motor speed. Since the switch is absent, the control circuit switches modes depending on what is plugged in a microphone or an external power play. In the opposite side of the body located circuit board recording, and erasing the generator. All boards are covered with a protective lacquer, and there are no signs of repair.


Inclusion of the recorder by using remote switch - button. The set includes two such switch with wire of different lengths, and one without any wires, combined with the connector.  


To activate the voice recorder should press the button, and to pull off her back.


  Outer playback amplifier configured as an aluminum capsule size 73 x 36 x 16 mm and weighs 50 grams, and assembled on the transistor 6. It has two parallel output jack for headphones. Power supply to the amplifier is supplied from the recorder, which explains the fact that the current consumption during playback (40 mA) is greater than the record (35 mA).


  Also included is a device for fast demagnetization Lena (all coils at once), battery charger, oiler, and miniature tubes with spare screws and adhesive tape for bonding tape. There is also a metal strip for hitchhiking.


Microphone type "Neva" have dimensions 30 x 11 mm, and weighs 25 grams. On their reverse side has a pin for fixing microphones to clothing. In the photo on the right twin microphones, both connected to a single connector.



In the photo on the left bracket, designed to work the recorder from an external power source. Stub is inserted into the battery compartment, and closes its contacts. In this case the supply voltage can be fed through a connector for an external switch. In the photo on the right nipple and a spare five-pin connector.


     Recorder needed repairs. Instead of destroying the old rubber coating capstan had to wear on him a segment of rubber tubing (nipples), to replace a stretched belt, and carry out preventive maintenance mechanics. Also required to remove a dent in the rubber roller capstan. Such indentations are formed on the rubber from the prolonged pressure of the metal shaft, when the tape recorder for a long time do not use. In this case, I'm stuck under a piece of wire promyatoe place the required thickness. In this case, gum up, and leveled a dent.
     Wiring was intact, the recorder records and plays, but the playback volume is low. The reason for this is that the electrolytic capacitors over time lose their properties. Judging by the marking, the capacitors in the recorder are between the ages of 38 to 40 years, and it is for them very much.
     Unfortunately I do not know how many transistors used in the circuit of the recorder. To satisfy curiosity, would disrupt the ideal order factory assembled, and do it without the pressing need not want.


On the left is visible at the bottom of a dent on the rubber roller capstan. In the photo on the right set new rubber ring


    Apparently, this design is original, and prototypes of a foreign proceeding was not. However, this is rarely the case. Much of Soviet technology, especially audio and television, was copied from foreign originals. Examples are many. For example, in the photo below, two nearly identical recorder. Left of the Soviet "Яхта-1М" (Yacht-1M), and to the right Swiss "Nagra SNST". Detailed information about the Yacht-1M recorder is available on the page "Yacht-1M_Yavir-1".

Photo sent to me by a collector of their rarity audio Hungary, known in the appropriate forums under the name "Quad". Both the recorder is in his collection.



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