1508 Batavia Avenue,
Geneva, IL 60134
Saul B. Marantz was fascinated by electronics from his boyhood days in Brooklyn. His passion for music led to his first attempts at building audio components in the 1950's.
In 1964, Marantz was sold to Superscope Inc. and has since passed through several hands.
After the sale to Superscope, Marantz stayed as president until 1968 and then retired -- briefly.
In 1972, he co-founded the Dahlquist Company, a maker of high-quality loudspeakers, serving as president until his second retirement in 1978.
Superscope pursued a strategy of marketing Marantz as a premiere brand of quality consumer audio products, and Superscope consumer audio products as its budget line "made by Marantz."
By the 1980s, the company then changed its name from Superscope Inc. to the Marantz Company.
In 1987 the Marantz Company was purchased by Dynascan Corporation (today's Cobra Electronics Corp).
By 1990, Cobra had sold the Marantz brand to Philips Electronics.
In 1993, Superscope Technologies, Inc. was formed by acquiring rights to the Superscope brand and distribution rights for Marantz Professional audio products.
It looks as though Marantz was looking to enter the reel to reel market just as it was winding down.
$2500.00 (as reported in the
May 1979 Stereo Review)
Dual-capstan transport Reel to Reel, Full logic, live switching from any mode to any other mode
Heads - 6, two 4-track record, two 4-track play, two 2-track erase
3 3/4, 7 1/2, and 15 ips
Reel switch Electronic, 7 or 10 inch settings
As this unit appears to be a a one-off production, a Marantz special project, we may never know what the specifications were supposed to be.
The P at the end of the serial number probably means "Prototype". If I learn of any production units (or other prototypes), I will add that information here.
All I know for sure is, it sounds great, and it mates with my other gear perfectly both sonically and visually. The find of a lifetime!
Contributed by Ben
on February 7th, 2001
This is a couple of photos of the Marantz 7700 reel tape recorder built in 1978. It was reviewed in the April 1979 Stereo Review - "...with impressively smooth tape handling, three speeds, and a comprehensive array of controls for bias and equalization, servicing adjustments, and editing.".