EICO - Electronic

Instrument Co. Inc

reel to reel tape recorder

The Eico logo in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collection
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EICOThe Eico logo in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collection

Electronic Instrument Co. Inc. , 84 Whiters St., Brooklyn 11, N.Y.
1945 - late 1970's - Property Management until 1999

Eico was established in New York City in 1945 by radio repair business owner Harry Ashley to manufacture electronic test equipment in kit form. His first product, advertised in the July 1946 Radio News, was the model 113 VTVM/audible signal tracer. A wide variety of test equipment remained the company's mainstay during the time it was in the electronics business, however Eico often augmented their product lines with what was thought fashionable. For example, in the late 1940s it offered Geiger counters in response to public interest in uranium prospecting. Sales by December 1956 were said to be over one million instruments.

Their largest secondary market was audio equipment. Eico produced amateur radio equipment often in kit form, such as the Eico 720 and 730 transmitters. Later in the 1960s they made the Eico 753 SSB transceiver for amateur radio use. They also sold specialty test equipment for the ham radio market, including signal generators and grid dip oscillators.

Eico produced hi-fi products in the early 1950s to the mid-1960s with a line of tuners, preamplifiers, and amplifiers, available both in kit form or fully assembled. The model Eico HF-81 integrated tube amplifier is just one of several highly regarded products manufactured by Eico during this period. Eico is also known for "monoblock" amplifiers such as the HF-50 and HF-35, stereo integrated amplifiers such as the ST-40 and ST-70, as well as many other amplifiers and preamplifiers.

In the late 1960s, EICO introduced a line of solid state electronics audio equipment referred to as Cortina, but by the mid-1970s the only audio products they sold were kits manufactured for them in South Korea. EICO left the audio market in the late 1970s and the electronics market some time later. EICO existed as a property management company until 1999, when the company was liquidated at the request of the shareholders.

Eico products in our collection

Eico and ReVox amp/tuner/tape recorder display in the Reel2ReelTexas/Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording vintage tape recording collection  Eico and ReVox amp/tuner/tape recorder display in the Reel2ReelTexas/Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording vintage tape recording collection
Eico and ReVox amp/tuner/tape recorder display in the Reel2ReelTexas/Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording vintage tape recording collection

Eico 2080 and Eico tuner 2200 in the Reel2ReelTexas/Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording vintage tape recording collection

Eico 2080 manual cover in the Reel2ReelTexas/Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording vintage tape recording collection   Eico 2080 manual cover in the Reel2ReelTexas/Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording vintage tape recording collection  Eico 2200 manual cover in the Reel2ReelTexas/Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording vintage tape recording collection  Eico 2200 manual cover in the Reel2ReelTexas/Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording vintage tape recording collection

Eico and ReVox amp/tuner/tape recorder display in the Reel2ReelTexas/Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording vintage tape recording collection

Eico and ReVox amp/tuner/tape recorder display

Eico reel to reel tape recorder in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collection

Eico reel to reel tape recorder in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collection

1961 - Eico RP-100 reel to reel tape recorder

$299.95 kit $399.95 wired manual

Eico RP-100 reel to reel tape recorder manual in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collection

1964 Eico 2080 amplifier

This kit amplifier was used in the original Phantom Studios in Alpine, Texas (below and right)

Custom studio mixer, Bogan mixer, Eico 2080 amplifier, Garrard Lab 80 and Shure 556 in the original Phantom recording studio in Alpine, Texas

 

Eico 2200 tuner

1964 ad for the Eico equipment in the Reel2ReelTexas vintage recording collection

Custom studio mixer, Bogan mixer, Eico 2080 amplifier, Garrard Lab 80 and Shure 556 in the original Phantom recording studio in Alpine, Texas

Custom studio mixer, Bogan mixer, Eico 2080 amplifier, Garrard Lab 80 and Shure 556 in the original Phantom recording studio in Alpine, Texas

Custom studio mixer, Bogan mixer, Eico 2080 amplifier, Garrard Lab 80 and Shure 556 in the original Phantom recording studio in Alpine, Texas

Eico 2400 reel to reel Tape Recorder Kit

1963 - $269 wired $199 kit

(no longer in collection)

Custom studio mixer, Bogan mixer, Eico 2080 amplifier, Garrard Lab 80 and Shure 556 in the original Phantom recording studio in Alpine, Texas    Custom studio mixer, Bogan mixer, Eico 2080 amplifier, Garrard Lab 80 and Shure 556 in the original Phantom recording studio in Alpine, Texas

1964 ad for the Eico equipment in the Reel2ReelTexas vintage recording collection

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Eico ads

1961

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1962

1962 ad for the Eico equipment in the Reel2ReelTexas vintage recording collection  1962 ad for the Eico equipment in the Reel2ReelTexas vintage recording collection  1962 ad for the Eico equipment in the Reel2ReelTexas vintage recording collection  1962 ad for the Eico equipment in the Reel2ReelTexas vintage recording collection   1962 ad for the Eico equipment in the Reel2ReelTexas vintage recording collection 1962 ad for the Eico equipment in the Reel2ReelTexas vintage recording collection  1962 ad for the Eico equipment in the Reel2ReelTexas vintage recording collection  1962 ad for the Eico equipment in the Reel2ReelTexas vintage recording collection

1963

1963 ad for the Eico reel to reel tape recorder in the Reel2ReelTexas vintage recording collection  1963 ad for the Eico reel to reel tape recorder in the Reel2ReelTexas vintage recording collection  1963 ad for the Eico reel to reel tape recorder in the Reel2ReelTexas vintage recording collection  1963 ad for the Eico reel to reel tape recorder in the Reel2ReelTexas vintage recording collection  1963 ad for the Eico reel to reel tape recorder in the Reel2ReelTexas vintage recording collection  1963 ad for the Eico reel to reel tape recorder in the Reel2ReelTexas vintage recording collection 1963 ad for the Eico reel to reel tape recorder in the Reel2ReelTexas vintage recording collection 1963 ad for the Eico reel to reel tape recorder in the Reel2ReelTexas vintage recording collection 1963 ad for the Eico reel to reel tape recorder in the Reel2ReelTexas vintage recording collection   

1964

1964 ad for the Eico equipment in the Reel2ReelTexas vintage recording collection  1964 ad for the Eico equipment in the Reel2ReelTexas vintage recording collection  1964 ad for the Eico equipment in the Reel2ReelTexas vintage recording collection 1964 ad for the Eico equipment in the Reel2ReelTexas vintage recording collection 1964 ad for the Eico equipment in the Reel2ReelTexas vintage recording collection 1964 ad for the Eico equipment in the Reel2ReelTexas vintage recording collection   

1965

1965 ad for the Eico reel to reel tape recoders and equipment in the Reel2ReelTexas vintage recording collection  1965 ad for the Eico reel to reel tape recoders and equipment in the Reel2ReelTexas vintage recording collection  1965 ad for the Eico reel to reel tape recoders and equipment in the Reel2ReelTexas vintage recording collection

1966

1966 ad for the Eico equipment in the Reel2ReelTexas vintage recording collection 

1967

1964 ad for the Eico equipment in the Reel2ReelTexas vintage recording collection 

 

 

 

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