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The Recorder Collection

1920s Webster Chicago microphone #1231 in the Museum of magnetic Sound Recording

The Microphone Collection

picture of R2D2 Replica (complete with sounds.  Teac 80-8 was used to record te sounds of R2Dr and 3CPOin the Star Wars movie

Star Wars' 3CPO and R2D2 were recorded on Teac Tascam's 8-8 reel to reel tape recorder (ad above)?

Our museum has a large collection of magnetic recording ads, magazines and catalogs. more. 



Welcome to the Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording

The non-profit Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording (MOMSR) was founded to preserve vintage recording technology.  We envision a permanent public museum where folks can learn the history of sound recording and view demonstrations of the various technological advances of capturing sound. Additionally the MOMSR Board seeks to create a museum that also celebrates Texas' rich music history.

The Theophilus/Reel2ReelTexas vintage recording collection will be loaned to MOMSR to provide examples of the broad range of recording devices. This collection currently has more than 180 reel-to-reel tape recorders, 100+ vintage microphones and thousands of ads, manuals and other items related to magnetic sound recording. The museum's artifacts would include information about the innovators and manufacturers, interactive displays of the actual devices, and stories about those who successfully utilized the technology. Unfortunately, the museum is only available on line at this time,  however you can help us create this museum.

We found that there are several wonderful media collections in existence in Texas that are unavailable to the public except for very limited exhibitions, because they have no permanent facility. This larger museum would bring together these collections and make them permanently available to the public.

We envision a world-class destination museum in Austin, Texas.

Recent Acquisitions

1946 Brush Mail-A-Voice magnetic recorder which mechanically works like a record player, however the phono head magnetically records onto a paper mailable disc.  this unit is in the Phantom productions' vintage recording collectionBrush Mail-A-Voice  1946

The model BK-503 Mail-A-Voice from "The Brush Development Company", represents an entirely different approach to the problem of storing information on a magnetic medium. More

Peter Halferty donated some of his collection of music related memorabilia to MOMSR. more


Tadberg 11 dontaed by Dr. Bruce Sommer in AustraliaDr. Bruce A Sommer of Australia donated a Tandberg 11 portable professional reel to reel tape recorder to our museum.  The unit had been used to document Aboriginal languages in Australia. more

Unique and unusual vintage recording related devices in the museum's collection.  more


Phantom Productions, Inc.'s Ampex 200-A on display at the Phantom studioThe first professional reel to reel tape recorder built in the United States in 1947 by Ampex who was backed by Bing Crosby.  The Ampex 200A recorder in our museum's collection originally belonged to Capitol Records. more



MOMSR interview with Robert G. Metzner founder of Califone Corp and Roberts Recorders

MOMSR interview with David Hough, Audio Director for Austin City Limits


Our collection includes one of the original reel tape Studer Dynavox T-26 reel to reel tape recorder from Willie Studer in the Museum of Magnetic Sound Recordingrecordersbuilt by Willie Studer.  It is the Studer Dynavox T-26.  Our museum web site includes histories of many of the reel tape recorder manufacturers.  more

The collection also includes the later Studer A807

Studer A807 professional reel to reel tape recorder in the Theophilus/MOMSR vintage recording collectioncollection

We need your help in creating this media museum

About the Theophilus/Reel2ReelTexas vintage recording collection

View Austin's NBC KXAN story by Jim Swift about the vintage collection

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