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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!


UTSA Interior Design student Raquel Torres' MOMSR design wins $30,000 design scholarship!

This past Spring semester, The University of Texas at Austin's School of Architecture Assistant Professor Tamie Glass gave her Third Year Interior Design students a project to design the interior space for our Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording. Three of her students entered their MOMSR design projects in a national competition and Raquel Torres (far left in the Museum wirh Sarah and Ronnie) won a $30,000 Angelo Donghia Senior Student Scholarship in Interior Design. The story is featured on the UT School of Architecture’s home page and in The Daily Texan.

The non-profit Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording is working to create a world class music and recording technology museum in Austin, Texas, the "Live Music Capitol of the World!"

Please help us preserve the history of sounding recording and Texas music.

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What's New?

Raquel Torres wins $30,000 design scholarship!

Tamie Glass, Assistant Professor, The University of Texas at Austin, School of Architecture had her third year students designing options for our Museum in the Spring 2015 semester. The Daily Texan story

The final pdf summary of the class’ work is the most downloaded document from our Museum web site. more information

AKG D224E microphone in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collection

View the museum designs.

Joel Block - The Block House interview

Joel's experience adds another dimension to the Museum's capturing of magnetic audio recording. His experience comes from radio and in the area of commercials, audio books, industrials, jingles and spoken word projects. We believe you will find the information about Joel's dad, Martin Block, to be fascinating as well. We hope you enjoy this MOMSR interview with Joel Block.

New resource page about the life of Oberlin Smith who is credited with the discovery of magnetic sound recording. Page includes an audio interview with researcher Arthur J. Cox.

John In Houston's press release on MOMSR

Tom Vernon releases profile of MOMSR on
The Telos Alliance blog

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  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


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.  


The Recorder Collection

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. moreStuder Dynavox T-26 reel to reel tape recorder from Willi Studer in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collection


Our collection includes one of the original reel tape recorders 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

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

The collection also includes the later Studer A807 & Ampex 351



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


Recent Acquisitions

Teac TD-7520 donated by by Penny Hendrix

AKG D224E microphone in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collection

Neumann U87 microphone manufactured from 1967 - 1986 - mic is in the Reel2ReelTexas.com collection

AKG D224 mic more

Neumann U87 microphone
(1967 - 1986) more


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




Media Interviews
preserving sound recording history

Terra Nova Mastering Studios' Jerry Tubb and Nick Landis

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

Opening shot from MOMSR interview with Freddy Fletcher at Arlyn Studios

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

Ray Benso Asleep At The Wheel and Bismeaux being interviewed for the Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording

More interviews

John Boyers one of the original founders of Magnecord in 1949

Magnecord SD-1 video - 1948 WinMedia QT

Jim Cartwright's acoustic collection

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

MOMSR T-shirts are now available on Sale now $19.95 + s/h! - For each shirt purchased you may receive a $10 tax credit as a donation ($19.95 less the present cost of the shirt).


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

1986 ad of Fleetwood Mac's Christine McVie in a Fostex  B-16 16 track reel to reel tape recorder ad

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

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

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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