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Welcome to the Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording

MOMSR is dedicated to the preservation of the technology of sound recording and its impact on music, broadcasting, film/video and science.

In addition to the vintage technology, our Museum documents the significant individuals who invented, manufactured, engineered and produced audio creating the sounds in our lives!

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Berant Concertone, Crown, Dokorder,Magnecord, Nagra, Newcomb and many more reel to reel tape recorders in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collectionCony, Studer, Tandberg, Roberts, Akai  and many more reel to reel tape recorders in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collection 

MOMSR is preserving sound recording history!

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Draft floor plan by Lloyd Cates. MOMSR Board member - more

Raquel Torres' MOMSR interior design - more

What is unique about our sound recording museum?

• Over 200 + vintage (most are working) reel to reel tape recorders displayed with supporting memorabilia

• 125 + vintage microphones and numerous mixers and recording accessories

• Vintage documentation from the 1900's to the present including manuals, ads, catalogs and magazines

• Sound recording devices that include most of the US and many international manufacturers

• Some of the first magnetic tape recorders from Ampex, Brush, Magnecord, Sony, Studer and Teac

• Historical summaries and personal stories from the major international sound recording companies

Neumann, Shure, EV, RCA,Uher Sennheiser microphones  in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collection Otari, Tascam Fostex, Pioneer reel to reel tape recorders in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collection


Mic, acoustic and R2R CollectionPhantom Productions, Inc.'s Ampex 200-A on display at the Phantom studio

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

Extensive vintage archive

John Boyers one of the original founders of Magnecord in 1949

Magnecord SD-1 video - 1948 WinMedia QT


Photo of Lisa Fletcher conducting a tour of Arlyn Studios.Photo is still from video shot for the Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording

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Recent Updates

Ampex history

Foxtex history and models

Cassette recorders

Brush Development



Tape is new vinyl • New R2R RecTape


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.

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