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UT Interior Design Class using MOMSR as Spring 2015 project

Tamie Glass, Assistant Professor, The University of Texas at Austin, School of Architecture has her third year students designing options for our Museum.

Martin & Chris Theophilus with Tamie Glass and MOMSR Board member/Architect Lloyd Cates

UT Class visit to the R2R collection - Sarah, Raquel, and Ronnie - Friday Feb 20, 2015   -   more information

View the Museum's Draft Floor Plan

Reel2ReelTexas.com 3 Part Quick Tour of collection

2014 MOMSR.org Status Report

Support our museum by getting your own MOMSR T-shirt!

Comments from supporters

Founding Members

the Metzner family

We are saddened to learn about the passing of Robert G. Metzner on December 21, 2014.

View his Son Richard's page about his Dad

MOMSR's Stories section on Roberts Recorders

Space Rehearsal and Recording Studios

Dr. Eric J. Porter, MD. - vintage collector

Jon Neiss - Texas Music Magazine

Jim Swift - Austin radio/TV personality

Ed Helvey- Audio Producer & Audio Systems Designer and Integrator

More donors

Credits and sources

In Memory




Welcome to the Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording

Please take our Museum Survey  • Survey Results •  KXAN Austin Recording Museum Update

Created in 2012, the Museum was established to provide a permanent public non-profit museum that preserves the history of sound recording.

The Museum will include historical/educational displays that trace sound recording tech from the 1800's through acoustic, magnetic and modern digital recording technology. To provide perspective, there will be specific interactive displays to show how sound recording evolved and how it has impacted: broadcasting; education; film, games, music, science and video.  

In addition to displaying and demonstrating recording devices from throughout the history of audio recording, MOMSR will profile significant inventors, manufacturers, engineers, producers and artists who created and benefitted from the technology.  

This is especially important given Austin's being the "Live Music Capitol of the World."  The Museum will have areas that can potentially celebrate the lives of iconic Austin & Texas folks including: Willie Nelson, Stevie Ray Vaughn, George Strait, Dan Rather, Cactus Pryor and others who folks recommend be included.  

The Museum will be internationally inclusive with devices from around the world.  

Our goal is to join with other Austin and Texas collections that will enhance the broad appeal of the Museum.  We envision a world class museum that will become a major destination facility for Austin.  

Recent Acquisitions

Mitsubishi X-80 ProLogic, razor blade editable, 1/4" stereo, PCM digital reel to reel recorder donated by Ed Helvey

Mitsubishi X-80 ProLogic, razor blade editable, 1/4" stereo, PCM digital reel to reel recorder donated by Ed Helvey more

RCA IYC 11 cartridge recorder in the Reel2ReelTexas.com collectionThis RCA IYC 11 Cartridge recorder was donated to our collection by Bruce Truitt.  It was released in 1958 to provide an easier way to play tape without the hassle of threading. It preceded the Phillips Compact Cassette and unfortunately was discontinued in 1964. 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



Ampex 351



Jim Cartwright held his annual party celebrating Thomas Edison's birthday (168th) by recording a group of Austin musicians on a cylinder recorder - videotaped for MOMSR by PPI

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

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

More interviews

John Boyers one of the original founders of Magnecord in 1949

Magnecord SD-1 video - 1948

Jim Cartwright's acoustic collection

Our collection includes one of the original reel tape Studer Dynavox T-26 reel to reel tape recorder from Willi Studer in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collectionrecorders built by Willi 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

Please help us create a permanent facility for the preservation of vintage sound recording devices! 


The Microphone Collection

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

Documents and Accessories

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

Austin Monthly article on creating an Austin Music Museum

Country Line magazine article on the Museum. Country Line is a MOMSR donor!

Country Line magazine article on MOMSR

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

Please take our Museum Survey  •  Survey Results  •  KXAN Austin Recording Museum Update

About the Theophilus/Reel2ReelTexas vintage recording collectionread the Texarchivist article about MOMSR

View Austin's NBC KXAN story by Jim Swift about the vintage collectionread Swift's story2005 Fox News story

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