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.
Brush 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
Dr. 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
The 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
Our collection includes one of the original reel tape recordersbuilt 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
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