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This is a list of information we have gathered from a variety of sources on some of the major analog reel to reel tape recorder manufacturers. Please note the source "credits' on this page.  While we have strived to provide the best information available to us, there will be corrections and additions.  We include personal stories about the companies when they are provided to us.  We always invite input on corrections and updates. Thank you!

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Roberts Recorders • Califone

On December 11, 2012, Chris & Martin Theophilus, Directors for the Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording, interviewed 95 year old Robert G. Metzner in his home in Beverly Hills, California.  His son, Dr. Richard Metzner facilitated the interview and Robert Metzner's wife of 72 years, Esther Metzner joined in the interview and hosted lunch.  We provide links to video clips from the interview on this and the Stories page.

        Roberts Recorders quality control review prior to sales - photo in the Reel2ReelTexas.com collection - Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording

Roberts reel to reel tape recorders were built in Japan by Akai according to Robert Metzner's specs. Roberts Recorders' staff performed quality control checks on every unit when it arrived in California, prior to being sent to distributors.

Robert G. Metzner founded several companies including:

• Pacific Sound Equipment Company International, Inc.
• Califone (which became Rheem Califone)
• Roberts Recorders (which became Rheem Roberts)
• Hyricon and
• Hear, See, Now, Inc.

 

 

View his Son Richard's page about his DadMOMSR's Stories section on Roberts Recorders

 

Robert G. Metzner 1938 CalTechFounding Donor of the Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording

The Metzner Family - Esther Metzner, Robert Metzner & Richard MetznerRichard Metzner's comments • Beverly Hills, CA

 

February 17,1917 - December 21, 2014

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

Robert G. Metzner built his first crystal radio set at age 9.  He got his ham radio license and later he acquired his First Class Radio Telephone license at age 16.  VIDEO

Robert G. Metzner at Caltech in 1938Robert G. Metzner (pictured in Caltech's 1938 annual) majored in electrical engineering at Caltech. He worked his way through university going to class in the morning and then working for the Hadley Transformer Company in the afternoons.  He then was hired by Allied Phonograph and Records. 

He founded Pacific Sound Equipment Company and provided portable 16 inch transcription turntable players to salesmen who marketed their 16 inch discs to the film industry.  When WW II began his company provided transcription turntables and other A/V products to the US military during WW II.  The company ceased to exist when the war ended.   VIDEO

 

After the war, Pacific Sound Equipment Company held such a large inventory of military style turntables that the company had to go into receivership. 

Robert Metzner's Pacific Sound Equipment Company's military transcription turntable in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collectionRobert Metzner's Pacific Sound Equipment Company's military transcription turntable in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collectionRobert Metzner's Pacific Sound Equipment Company's military transcription turntable in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collection


Roberts Recorders' founder Robert G. Metzner in the 1940'sMetzner Founds CalifoneCalifone seal March 21, 1947

On March 21, 1947 with backing from his mother and a friend, Bill Maas, Robert Metzner  (pictured left in the 1940's) founded Califone Corporation which later became the educational products division of Roberts Recorders.   VIDEO

Califone is still in business today and manufactures state-of-the-art consumer audio components and, was the first U.S. company to offer a reel-to-reel tape recorder and solid state radio tuners to the general public.  Metzner's Califone company provided transcription turntables. VIDEOTurntable varible speed control patented by Robert G. MetznerSquare Dancer with Califone equipment

 

To help Square Dancing groups popular at the time, Robert G. Metzner in 1953 invented and patented (right) a variable speed control for the turntables. VIDEO

 

 

 

Here are some photos from the early Califone factory from Califone International. 

  Califone factory - photos Califone International Califone factory - photos Califone International  Califone factory - photos Califone International Califone factory - photos Califone International Califone factory - photos Califone International  Califone factory - photos Califone International  Metzner's Califone turntable assembly 

photos - Califone International

Students using Califone reel tape recorders in learning center    1955 photo of kids using the Califone product  Califone turntable  Metzner's Califone turntable

Califone products in use VIDEO


Roberts Electronics, Inc.

1958 announcement of the Metzner Starlight reel to reel tape deck  in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collection1958 ad for the Metzner Starlight reel to reel tape deck in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collection  1958 ad for the Metzner Starlight reel to reel tape deck and the metzner Starlight turntable in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collection    1957 High Fidelity magazine ad for Robert Metzner's Starlight hi end turntable ad in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collection

1958 ad for Roberts Recorders using the double "R" logo in the Museum of Magnetic Sound recording

Roberts Recorder logo in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collectionRollsLogoRobert G. Metzner and Robert Craig founded Roberts Electronics, Inc.  Robert Craig's farther Talton Craig was Robert G. Metzner's Califone distributer.  Talton Craig enabled Robert Metzner to acquire a wide distribution network for Califone & Roberts.  VIDEO   When Robert G. Metzner and Robert Craig began building Roberts Recorders, their first logo was double "Rs" and British solicitors/attorneys contacted them due to the similarity to the Rolls Royce logo.  (1958 Roberts Electronics ad - right) VIDEO

 

 

 

Roberts contracts with Akai as their supplier and retains exclusive North American sales

Akai logoRobert Metzner's relationship with Akai first started around 1953 with a turntable that was brought in for repair to Califone. Robert's brother-in-law, who was working for him at the time said there was a very unusual motor in the player. Robert  Metzner noted the numbers of the motor and found they were registered to Saburo Akai.  Mr. Metzner contacted Akai and said he would like to know if they were making these motors and if not, could he have the tooling to make them.  If they were making them, could he get their distributorship. Akai sent Robert Metzner a brochure about the motors they were manufacturing. A relationship developed and Akai provided motors for some of the Califone products.

When Akai first sent tape recorder demos to Roberts Electronics, Metzner said they were of very poor quality and he recommended they aspire for the quality of Ampex.  He sent an Ampex 600 to Akai and they actually copied the basic design.  The early Akai and Roberts Recorders had the similar look, however not the electronics and mechanics of Ampex.  VIDEO

1970 ad sponsored by Rheem Roberts to win a trip to the 1970 Japan Expo in the Museum of MAgnetic Sound RecordingAkai, Roberts & Ampex comparison in the Museum of MAgnetic Sound Recording

Roberts Electronics, Inc. negotiated an arrangement with Akai wherein Akai would build the machines to Roberts specs, they would be shipped from Japan to the US where Roberts would inspect every unit before it went out to sales.  Further, Robert Metzner negotiated a contract that enabled Roberts Electronics to be the sole North American distributor for the recorders.  Akai sold the same, or similar models to the rest of the world under the Akai name and paid royalties to Metzner.  This lasted until 1972 when Akai entered the US market.  Robert Metzner learned the Japanese language and made 12 trips to Japan beginning in 1958, forming a strong relationship with Saburo Akai (who founded Akai in 1929) until Saburo Akai's death in 1973. VIDEO 1 VIDEO 2 


Akai 345Roberts 400

     

Roberts 4000X   1965 $795    •    Akai X-355

'65 Directory

   Roberts 400X with remote    

 

Roberts 333X 1970 - 1973 $549.95

   Roberts 333 reel, cassette and 8 track unit 

Roberts 333 reel, cassette and 8 track unit. Movie of Roberts 333X working  - RealPlayer  Ad  71 catalog listing

Akai X-2000SD version of Roberts 333XAkai X-2000SD  $549.95

'72 ad

1973 catalog listing On sale $495

1973 directory listing

Here's the Akai version of the Roberts 333X

 

Not in collection


Roberts celebrity endorsements

In the 1960's Roberts Recorder ads displayed a high number of significant celebrities endorsing the brand.  Robert Metzner said that as they were based in Hollywood, it would be good to profile their recorders with known stars.  His first indorsement came from Rudy ValleeVIDEO

Dick Van Dyke, Marilyn King and Fred MacMurray endorsing Roberts Recorders in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collection  Stan Kenton in Roberts ad in 1965  Glenn Ford in Robers ad  Gil Stratton TV Sportscaster  Janet Leigh endorsing Roberts Recorders  1963 ad for Roberts Recorders endorsed by Lawrence Welk   Roberts Tape recorder endorsed by Anna Maria Albergetti  Andre Previn endorsing Roberts Recorders  John(Johnny) Green endorsing Roberts Recorders 1962 ad for the Roberts 1057 reel to reel tape recorder featuring Jerry Lewis in Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage reel to reel tape recorder collection  Jerry Lewis with Rheem Roberts 1000 1/4" audio video recorder from 1969  1961 Roberts 990 reel to reel tape recorder ad featuring Doris Day and Percy Faith in the reel2reeltexas.com and Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording vintage recording collection 1962 ad for the Roberts 990 reel to reel tape recorder featuring Doris Day and Percy Faith  in Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage reel to reel tape recorder collection1961 Roberts 990 reel to reel tape recorder ad featuring Julie London, John Ford and McDonald Carey in the reel2reeltexas.com and Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording vintage recording collection 1961 Roberts 1040 reel to reel tape recorder ad featuring Rosemary Clooney and Jose Ferrer in the reel2reeltexas.com and Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording vintage recording collection 1961 Roberts 1040 reel to reel tape recorder ad featuring Sonny Burke in the reel2reeltexas.com and Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording vintage recording collection    1962 ad for the Roberts 1057 reel to reel tape recorder featuring Dick Van Dyke and the Roberts 997 reel to reel tape recorder featuring Lucille Ball in Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage reel to reel tape recorder collection     1962 ad for the Roberts 1040 reel to reel tape recorder featuring Lawrence Welk  and the Roberts 440 reel to reel tape recorder featuring Janet Blair in Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage reel to reel tape recorder collection     1962 ad for the Roberts 1040 reel to reel tape recorder featuring Lucille Ball, Lawrence Welk and Stan Kenton in Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage reel to reel tape recorder collection  1962 ad for the Roberts 1040 reel to reel tape recorder featuring Lucille Ball in Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage reel to reel tape recorder collection    1962 ad for the Roberts 1040 reel to reel tape recorder featuring Lawrence WelkFred Astaire and Janet Blair in Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage reel to reel tape recorder collection    1962 ad for the Roberts 1057 reel to reel tape recorder featuring Dick Van Dyke and the Roberts 997 reel to reel tape recorder featuring Lucille Ball in Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage reel to reel tape recorder collection 


Rheem buys Califone and Roberts Recorders Roberts 610X name plate with Rheem logo

 In the late 1950's Congress allocated 4 billion dollars for educational resources in the US.  Rheem Manufacturing Company (started in 1927 by Rheem Manufaturing Company logobrothers Richard and Donald Rheem as a supplier of packaging to the petroleum industry and now manufacture of air conditioning, heating and water cooling products).  Rheem wanted to participate in supplying educational products and receive a portion of the funds.  In 1959, Jack Davis approached Robert Metzner about Rheem acquiring interest in Califone. Rheem acquired a substantial majority interest in Califone Corp., in 1959, and a minority interest in Roberts Electronics, Inc., in 1961, and formed the Rheem Califone-Roberts Division, selling tape recorders, teaching machines, sound systems and other related equipment for the home, schools and industry.  Robert G. Metzner was retained as a consultant and continued with Rheem/Califone/Roberts.  Robert Craig left and founded Craig Electronics.   VIDEO

 

 Rheem Roberts recorder showing Jack Davis plaque  1967 comparison of the Akai, Rheem and Roberts recorder with the same configuration and different branding  1961 ad for Rheem Califone  in the Museum of Magnetic Sound recording

Jack Davis' signature (above left) appeared on a plaque on several of the Rheem Roberts tape recorders. Comparison of the same reel tape recorder branded by the three companies; Akai, Rheem Califone and Roberts

1965 ad for the Roberts 770 showing the Crossfield logo

Roberts tape recorders were also known for the Crossfield head indicated by the "X" on the various tape recorders. VIDEO

Rheem Califone Reel to reel tape recorder   Akai and Califone units


Roberts 1000 1/4" audio auto-reversing recorder with built in 1/4" black & white video recorder

   Roberts 1000 reel to reel with black and white video capability    the Roberts 1000 audio and black and white video recorder combination     the Roberts 1000 audio and black and white video recorder combination  1977 ad for Roberts 1000 stereo reel tape recorder with a built in B&W video recording capability in Phantom Productions' reel tape recorder collection

This is the incredible 4 track reversing audio recorder with a built-in black and white video recorder.

  Rheem Roberts B&W video camera and recorder 1050AV ad in Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage reel tape recording collection

Jerry Lewis pictured with Roberts 1000. '69 ad  •  Ad for Roberts 1050AW (note the Rheem Manufacturing address)

1969 ad for the Rheem Roberts combination stereo audio and b&w video recorder  Akai X-500VT  Akai X-500VT  Akai X-500VT  Akai X-500VT

Rheem Roberts and Akai also released the Rheem Roberts 1000 which was a 1/4 track stereo auto-reversing audio reel to reel tape recorder with a built in black & white video tape recorder.  It used the same 1/4" tape and when the tape was re-threaded would record and playback B&W video. Built by Akai, it was released under the Akai brand as the X-500VT


Robert G. Metzner Tape Mechanism Patents

Robert G. Metzner holds a total of 12 patents.  Included are the reverse dial mechanism on the Roberts 400X (right).  He also patented and licensed to Akai the Roberts 333X technology that combined reel to reel, cassette and 8-Track into one tape recorder (left)  VIDEO

Roberts 333X the plays reel to reel, cassette and 8-Track tapes in one recorder in the Museum of magnetic Sound RecordingRobert G. Metzner's 1968 patent for reel, cassette & 8-track tape recorder  Robert G. Metzner's 1968 patent for reel, cassette & 8-track tape recorderRoberts 400X in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collection  1965 manual for the roberts 400X reel tape recorder in Phantom Productions' reel tape recorder collection


Akai Begins US Sales

Akai reel to reel tape recorder ad in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collectionBillboard July 3, 1971 - "Akai America will introduce a full line of tape players Sunday (27) at the Consumer Electronics Show,  The Califone-Roberts division of Rheem Manufacturing Co. has entered into an agreement with Akai Electric Co., Ltd. of Japan that will allow certain tape products to be sold in the U.S. under both the Roberts and Akai brand names. 

Under terms of the agreement, Roberts will continue to market the major part of the Akai made products under the Roberts label on an exclusive basis. The last Roberts/Akai "twin" releases occurred in 1973

"The benefits to both parties this new agreement are numerous and mutually desired,." said Roberts president C.R.Phillips. From 1974 to 1985, Mr. Phillips was Executive Vice President and Director of Akai America, Ltd.,

The last Roberts reel tape recorder we found was sold in 1973.  It was the Roberts 5050X/XD.


Please view the complete Metzner Roberts Califone story at this link  • Downloads of Roberts 23 minute video available at this link


Roberts, Rheem & Califone reel to reel tape recorders in our collection

1960 Roberts Duet 191 reel tape recorder in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collection

1960 Roberts Duet 191-FT

1962 Roberts 192-FT reel tape recorder in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collection

1962 Roberts Duet 192-FT

1962 Roberts 1057 reel tape recorder in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collection

1963 Roberts Duet 1057

1962 Roberts 400 reel tape recorder in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collection

1963 Roberts 400

 

1976 Rheem Califone 72-X  reel tape recorder in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collection

1963 Rheem Califone 73-T

1964 Roberts 1055 reel tape recorder in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collection

1964 Roberts 1055

1962 Roberts 330 reel tape recorder in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collection

1964 Roberts 330

1964 Roberts 770A reel tape recorder in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collection

1964 Roberts 770A

 

1965 Roberts 400X reel tape recorder in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collection

1965 Roberts 400X

1965 Roberts 6000reel tape recorder in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collection

1965 Roberts 6000

1966 Roberts 770X reel tape recorder in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collection

1966 Roberts 770X

1969 Roberts 1000 reel tape recorder in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collection

1968 Roberts 1000

       

1970 Roberts 333X cassette, 8-track & reel tape recorder in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collection

1970 Roberts 333X

1970 Roberts 610X reel tape recorder in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collection

1970 Roberts 610X

 

   

  More Photos from our Roberts collection

  Roberts 5000X reel to reel tape recorder in the Reel2ReelTexas.com & Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording vintage recording collection  Roberts 5000X reel to reel tape recorder in the Reel2ReelTexas.com & Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording vintage recording collection Roberts 73-T reel to reel tape recorder in the Reel2ReelTexas.com & Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording vintage recording collection  Roberts 5000X reel to reel tape recorder in the Reel2ReelTexas.com & Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording vintage recording collection   Roberts 333X reel to reel tape recorder in the Reel2ReelTexas.com & Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording vintage recording collection  Roberts 770 reel to reel tape recorder in the Reel2ReelTexas.com & Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording vintage recording collection  Roberts 770 reel to reel tape recorder in the Reel2ReelTexas.com & Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording vintage recording collection Roberts reel to reel tape recorder in the Reel2ReelTexas.com & Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording vintage recording collection Roberts 770X reel to reel tape recorder in the Reel2ReelTexas.com & Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording vintage recording collection Roberts 400X reel to reel tape recorder in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collection  Berant Concertone, Crown, Dokorder,Magnecord, Nagra, Newcomb and many more reel to reel tape recorders in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collection  Roberts, ReVox, Sony and Ampex promo material in the Reel2ReelTexas.com and Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording vintage recording collection  Berant Concertone, Crown, Dokorder,Magnecord, Nagra, Newcomb and many more reel to reel tape recorders in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collection  Berant Concertone, Crown, Dokorder,Magnecord, Nagra, Newcomb and many more reel to reel tape recorders in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collection 

Roberts Recorder & Califone reel to reel tape recorder Ads

1958 Roberts reel to reel tape recorder ads

1958 ad for Roberts Recorder reel to reel tape recorders in the Reel2ReelTexas.com & Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording vintage recording collection  1958 ad for Roberts Recorder reel to reel tape recorders in the Reel2ReelTexas.com & Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording vintage recording collection  1958 ad for Roberts Recorder reel to reel tape recorders in the Reel2ReelTexas.com & Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording vintage recording collectionad for Roberts Recorder reel to reel tape recordersin the Reel2ReelTexas.com & Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording vintage recording collection  1958 ad for Roberts Recorder reel to reel tape recorders in the Reel2ReelTexas.com & Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording vintage recording collection  1958 ad for Roberts Recorder reel to reel tape recorders in the Reel2ReelTexas.com & Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording vintage recording collection  1958 ad for Roberts Recorder reel to reel tape recorders in the Reel2ReelTexas.com & Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording vintage recording collection  1958 ad for Roberts Recorder reel to reel tape recorders in the Reel2ReelTexas.com & Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording vintage recording collection  1958 ad for Roberts Recorder reel to reel tape recorders in the Reel2ReelTexas.com & Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording vintage recording collection  1958 ad for Roberts Recorder reel to reel tape recorders in the Reel2ReelTexas.com & Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording vintage recording collection  1958 ad for Roberts Recorder reel to reel tape recorders in the Reel2ReelTexas.com & Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording vintage recording collection  1958 ad for Roberts Recorder reel to reel tape recorders in the Reel2ReelTexas.com & Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording vintage recording collection

1959 Roberts reel to reel tape recorder ads

1959 ad for Roberts Recorder reel to reel tape recorders in the Reel2ReelTexas.com & Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording vintage recording collection  1959 ad for Roberts Recorder reel to reel tape recorders in the Reel2ReelTexas.com & Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording vintage recording collection  1959 ad for Roberts Recorder reel to reel tape recorders in the Reel2ReelTexas.com & Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording vintage recording collection  1959 ad for Roberts Recorder reel to reel tape recorders in the Reel2ReelTexas.com & Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording vintage recording collection  1959 ad for Roberts Recorder reel to reel tape recorders in the Reel2ReelTexas.com & Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording vintage recording collection  1959 ad for Roberts Recorder reel to reel tape recorders in the Reel2ReelTexas.com & Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording vintage recording collection  1959 ad for Roberts Recorder reel to reel tape recorders in the Reel2ReelTexas.com & Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording vintage recording collection  1959 ad for Roberts Recorder reel to reel tape recorders in the Reel2ReelTexas.com & Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording vintage recording collection  1959 ad for Roberts Recorder reel to reel tape recorders in the Reel2ReelTexas.com & Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording vintage recording collection  1959 ad for Roberts Recorder reel to reel tape recorders in the Reel2ReelTexas.com & Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording vintage recording collection

1960 Roberts reel to reel tape recorder ads

1960 ad for Roberts Recorder reel to reel tape recorders in the Reel2ReelTexas.com & Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording vintage recording collection  1960 ad for Roberts Recorder reel to reel tape recorders in the Reel2ReelTexas.com & Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording vintage recording collection  1960 ad for Roberts Recorder reel to reel tape recorders in the Reel2ReelTexas.com & Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording vintage recording collection   1960 ad for Roberts Recorder reel to reel tape recorders in the Reel2ReelTexas.com & Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording vintage recording collection 1960 ad for Roberts Recorder reel to reel tape recorders in the Reel2ReelTexas.com & Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording vintage recording collection   1960 ad for Roberts Recorder reel to reel tape recorders in the Reel2ReelTexas.com & Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording vintage recording collection  1960 ad for Roberts Recorder reel to reel tape recorders in the Reel2ReelTexas.com & Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording vintage recording collection 

1961 Roberts reel to reel tape recorder ads

Rheem Manufacturing Company bought Califone and Roberts Recorder and kept Robert Metzner on in the company where he continued to direct recorder development and relations with Akai. In 1961 McGee was the first radio catalog that we could find to begin listing Roberts recorders for sale. However Roberts Recorders was not in the catalog the following year (1962).

1961 ad for Roberts Recorder. Califone and Rheem  reel to reel tape recorders in the Reel2ReelTexas.com & Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording vintage recording collection  1961 review of Roberts Recorder.990 reel to reel tape recorders in the Reel2ReelTexas.com & Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording vintage recording collection  1961 ad Roberts Recorder.990 reel to reel tape recorders in the Reel2ReelTexas.com & Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording vintage recording collection  1961 ad for Roberts Recorder. Califone and Rheem  reel to reel tape recorders in the Reel2ReelTexas.com & Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording vintage recording collection  1961 ad for Roberts Recorder. Califone and Rheem  reel to reel tape recorders in the Reel2ReelTexas.com & Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording vintage recording collection  1961 Roberts 1040 reel to reel tape recorder ad featuring Sonny Burke in the reel2reeltexas.com and Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording vintage recording collection 1961 ad for Roberts Recorder. Califone and Rheem  reel to reel tape recorders in the Reel2ReelTexas.com & Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording vintage recording collection  1961 ad for Roberts Recorder. Califone and Rheem  reel to reel tape recorders in the Reel2ReelTexas.com & Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording vintage recording collection  1961 ad for Roberts Recorder. Califone and Rheem  reel to reel tape recorders in the Reel2ReelTexas.com & Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording vintage recording collection    1961 McGee Radio catalog listing for Roberts Recorder reel to reel tape recorders in the Reel2ReelTexas.com & Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording vintage recording collection

1962 Roberts reel to reel tape recorder ads

1961 ad for Roberts Recorder. Califone and Rheem  reel to reel tape recorders in the Reel2ReelTexas.com & Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording vintage recording c  1961 ad for Roberts Recorder. Califone and Rheem  reel to reel tape recorders in the Reel2ReelTexas.com & Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording vintage recording c  1961 ad for Roberts Recorder. Califone and Rheem  reel to reel tape recorders in the Reel2ReelTexas.com & Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording vintage recording c  1962 ad for the Roberts 1057 reel to reel tape recorder featuring Dick Van Dyke and the Roberts 997 reel to reel tape recorder featuring Lucille Ball in Reel2ReelTexas.com  vintage reel to reel tape recorder collection  1962 ad for the Roberts 1057 reel to reel tape recorder featuring Dick Van Dyke and the Roberts 997 reel to reel tape recorder featuring Lucille Ball in Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage reel to reel tape recorder collection  1962 manual cover for the Roberts 1057 reel to reel tape recorder the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage reel to reel tape recorder collection 1962 manual  info for the Roberts 1057 reel to reel tape recorder the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage reel to reel tape recorder collection   1962 Roberts 1040 reel to reel tape recorder ad featuring Sonny Burke in the reel2reeltexas.com and Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording vintage recording collection   1962 ad for the Roberts 1040 reel to reel tape recorder featuring Lawrence Welk  and the Roberts 440 reel to reel tape recorder featuring Janet Blair in Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage reel to reel tape recorder collection     1962 ad for the Roberts 1040 reel to reel tape recorder featuring Lucille Ball, Lawrence Welk and Stan Kenton in Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage reel to reel tape recorder collection  1962 ad for the Roberts 1040 reel to reel tape recorder featuring Lucille Ball in Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage reel to reel tape recorder collection    1962 ad for the Roberts 1040 reel to reel tape recorder featuring Lawrence WelkFred Astaire and Janet Blair in Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage reel to reel tape recorder collection   Dick Van Dyke, Marilyn King and Fred MacMurray endorsing Roberts Recorders in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collection  1962 review  of the Roberts 990 reel to reel tape recorder Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collection  1962 ad for the Roberts 1057 reel to reel tape recorder featuring Jerry Lewis in Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage reel to reel tape recorder collection  1962 ad for the Roberts 1200 reel to reel tape recorder in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage reel to reel tape recorder collection 

1963 Roberts reel to reel tape recorder ads

1963 ad for the Rheem Califone 73T reel to reel tape recorder in Reel2ReelTexas.com's vintage recording collection  1963 ad for the Rheem Califone Lexicon II reel to reel tape recorder in Reel2ReelTexas.com's vintage recording collection  picture of 1963 Roberts tape recorder ad  picture of 1963 Roberts tape recorder ad picture of Dick Van Dyke with Roberts 997 recorder   picture of 1963 Roberts tape recorder ad 1963 ad for Roberts 770 reel to reel tape recorder in Reel2ReelTexas.com's vintage recording collection  picture of 1963 Roberts tape recorder ad picture of 1963 997 Roberts tape recorder ad

view 1963 Roberts 1055 in pdf

Cover of the 1963 Roberts Recorder brochure covering the Roberts 1055 reel to reel tape recorder in the Reel2ReelTexas.com & Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording vintage recording collection   1963 Roberts Recorder brochure covering the Roberts 1055 reel to reel tape recorder in the Reel2ReelTexas.com & Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording vintage recording collection  1963 Roberts Recorder brochure covering the Roberts 1055 reel to reel tape recorder in the Reel2ReelTexas.com & Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording vintage recording collection  1963 Roberts Recorder brochure covering the Roberts 1055 reel to reel tape recorder in the Reel2ReelTexas.com & Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording vintage recording collection   1963 Roberts Recorder brochure covering the Roberts 1055 reel to reel tape recorder in the Reel2ReelTexas.com & Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording vintage recording collection  1963 Roberts Recorder brochure covering the Roberts 1055 reel to reel tape recorder in the Reel2ReelTexas.com & Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording vintage recording collection  1963 Roberts Recorder brochure covering the Roberts 1055 reel to reel tape recorder in the Reel2ReelTexas.com & Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording vintage recording collection  1963 Roberts Recorder brochure covering the Roberts 1055 reel to reel tape recorder in the Reel2ReelTexas.com & Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording vintage recording collection  1963 Roberts Recorder brochure covering the Roberts 1055 reel to reel tape recorder in the Reel2ReelTexas.com & Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording vintage recording collection  1963 Roberts Recorder brochure covering the Roberts 1055 reel to reel tape recorder in the Reel2ReelTexas.com & Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording vintage recording collection  1963 Roberts Recorder brochure covering the Roberts 1055 reel to reel tape recorder in the Reel2ReelTexas.com & Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording vintage recording collection  1963 Roberts Recorder brochure covering the Roberts 1055 reel to reel tape recorder in the Reel2ReelTexas.com & Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording vintage recording collection  1963 Roberts Recorder brochure covering the Roberts 1055 reel to reel tape recorder in the Reel2ReelTexas.com & Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording vintage recording collection  1963 Roberts Recorder brochure covering the Roberts 1055 reel to reel tape recorder in the Reel2ReelTexas.com & Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording vintage recording collection  1963 Roberts Recorder brochure covering the Roberts 1055 reel to reel tape recorder in the Reel2ReelTexas.com & Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording vintage recording collection  1963 Roberts Recorder brochure covering the Roberts 1055 reel to reel tape recorder in the Reel2ReelTexas.com & Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording vintage recording collection  1963 Roberts Recorder brochure covering the Roberts 1055 reel to reel tape recorder in the Reel2ReelTexas.com & Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording vintage recording collection    1963 Roberts Recorder listing in the 1963 Radio Shack catalog in the Reel2ReelTexas.com & Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording vintage recording collection


1964 Roberts reel to reel tape recorder ads

1964 catalog ad for Roberts Recorder reel to reel tape recorders in the Reel2ReelTexas.com & Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording vintage recording collection 1964 catalog ad for Roberts Recorder reel to reel tape recorders in the Reel2ReelTexas.com & Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording vintage recording collection 1964 catalog ad for Roberts Recorder reel to reel tape recorders in the Reel2ReelTexas.com & Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording vintage recording collection   1964 catalog ad for Roberts Recorder reel to reel tape recorders in the Reel2ReelTexas.com & Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording vintage recording collection     picture of Roberts catalog  picture of 1964 Roberts 1630 tape recorder ad  1964 ad Roberts tape recorder featuring Andre Previn in Phantom Production's vintage tape recording collection  1964 ad Roberts tape recorder featuring John (Johnny) Green in Phantom Production's vintage tape recording collectionollection  1964 ad for Roberts reel adapters in Phantom Production's vintage tape recording collection  1964 manual for the Roberts 330 reel tape recorder in Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage tape recording collection  1964 manual for the Roberts 330 reel tape recorder in Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage tape recording collection 1964 manual for the Roberts 330 reel tape recorder in Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage tape recording collection  picture of Roberts catalog  picture of Roberts catalog  picture of Roberts catalog 1964 ad for the Roberts 770 reel to reel tape recorder in Reel2ReelTexas.com's vintage recording collection 1964 Roberts Electronics poster featuring their Cross Field technology in the Roberts 770 reel to reel tape recorder  1964 Roberts Electronics poster featuring their Cross Field technology in the Roberts 770 reel to reel tape recorder  1964 Roberts Electronics poster featuring their 18 album reel to reel tape

1965 Roberts reel to reel tape recorder ads

1965 catalog ad for Roberts Recorder reel to reel tape recorders in the Reel2ReelTexas.com & Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording vintage recording colle In the Reel2ReelTexas.com's vintage recording collection, this is a 1965 listing of reel to reel tape recorders statistics   Review of 1966 tape recorders in Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage tape recorder collection Review of 1966 tape recorders in Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage tape recorder collection   1965 Hi Fi Stereo review Tape Recorder Annual Directory  1965 Hi Fi Stereo review Tape Recorder Annual Directory  In the Reel2ReelTexas.com's vintage recording collection, this is a 1965 list of reel to reel tape recorders  In the Reel2ReelTexas.com's vintage recording collection, this is a 1965 list of reel to reel tape recorders  1965 ad for the 400, 770 and 1630  reel to reel tape recorders available from Roberts in the Reel2ReelTexas.com's vintage recording collection   1965 ad for Roberts reel to reel tape recorders discussing the virtues of the Cross Field heads in Reel2ReelTexas.com's vintage recording collection  1965 manual for the roberts 400X reel tape recorder in Phantom Productions' reel tape recorder collection  1965 manual for the roberts 400X reel tape recorder in Phantom Productions' reel tape recorder collection  1965 manual for the roberts 400X reel tape recorder in Phantom Productions' reel tape recorder collection 1965 manual for the roberts 400X reel tape recorder in Phantom Productions' reel tape recorder collection  1965 manual for the roberts 400X reel tape recorder in Phantom Productions' reel tape recorder collection  1965 manual for the roberts 400X reel tape recorder in Phantom Productions' reel tape recorder collection1965 Akai 355X service manual cover in Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage reel to reel tape recorder collection  1965 Akai 355X service manual specifications in Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage reel to reel tape recorder collection  1965 Akai 355X service manual controls in Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage reel to reel tape recorder collection 1965 Akai 355X service manual pages in Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage reel to reel tape recorder collection  1965 Akai 355X service manual pages in Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage reel to reel tape recorder collection Phantom's 1965 Roberts tapre recorder ad Phantom's 1965 Roberts tapre recorder ad  Phantom's 1965 Roberts tapre recorder ad  Phantom's 1965 Roberts tapre recorder ad  Phantom's 1965 Roberts tapre recorder ad  Phantom's 1965 Roberts tapre recorder ad   In the Reel2ReelTexas.com's vintage recording collection, this is a 1965 Roberts XField tape recorder ad  In the Reel2ReelTexas.com's vintage recording collection, this is a 1965 ad for the Roberts 770X tape recorder  In the Reel2ReelTexas.com's vintage recording collection, this is a Roberts 770X tape recorder ad   In the Reel2ReelTexas.com's vintage recording collection, this is a 1965 Roberts 400X tape recorder ad   In the Reel2ReelTexas.com's vintage recording collection, this is a Roberts 770X tape recorder ad featuring Adrea Previn  In the Reel2ReelTexas.com's vintage recording collection, this is a 1965 Roberts 5000 tape recorder ad 1965 Roberts 6000 tape recorder ad in the Reel2ReelTexas.com's vintage recording collection Manual cover for the Roberts 6000 reel tape recorder in Reel2ReelTexas.com's vintage recording collection  1965 Specifications for the Roberts 6000 reel tape recorder in Reel2ReelTexas.com's vintage recording collection   1965 Roberts 3110 tape recorder ad in the Reel2ReelTexas.com's vintage recording collection  1965 Roberts 1630 tape recorder review in the Reel2ReelTexas.com's vintage recording collection

1966 Roberts reel to reel tape recorder ads

1966 catalog ad for Roberts Recorder reel to reel tape recorders in the Reel2ReelTexas.com & Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording vintage recording colle  1966 catalog ad for Roberts Recorder reel to reel tape recorders in the Reel2ReelTexas.com & Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording vintage recording colle  1966 catalog ad for Roberts Recorder reel to reel tape recorders in the Reel2ReelTexas.com & Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording vintage recording colle  1966 catalog ad for Roberts Recorder reel to reel tape recorders in the Reel2ReelTexas.com & Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording vintage recording colle  1966 catalog ad for Roberts Recorder reel to reel tape recorders in the Reel2ReelTexas.com & Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording vintage recording colle  1966 catalog ad for Roberts Recorder reel to reel tape recorders in the Reel2ReelTexas.com & Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording vintage recording colle   picture of 1966 Roberts 400X ad   picture of 1966 Roberts tape recorder ad  picture of 1966 Roberts 770X tape recorder ad picture of 1966 Roberts 770X tape recorder ad  1966 Roberts service manual for the 720, 720A, 770 and 770X reel tape recorders in Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage reel to reel tape recorder collection  1966 Roberts service manual for the 720, 720A, 770 and 770X reel tape recorders in Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage reel to reel tape recorder collection  1966 Roberts service manual for the 720, 720A, 770 and 770X reel tape recorders in Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage reel to reel tape recorder collection  picture of 1966 Roberts 5000X tape recorder ad 1966 ad for the Roberts 5000X reel tape recorders in Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage reel to reel tape recorder collection picture of 1966 Roberts 7000X tape recorder ad  1966 Roberts 1725-8L ad in Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage tape recorder collection  1966 Rheem Roberts Recorders parts list in the reel2reeltexas.com vintage recording collection  picture of Roberts recorder descriptions from 1966    Roberts 17258L Reel to Reel tape recorder in Reel2ReelTexas.com's vintage recording collection

1967 Roberts reel to reel tape recorder ads

1967 catalog ad for Roberts Recorder reel to reel tape recorders in the Reel2ReelTexas.com & Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording vintage recording collection 1967 catalog ad for Roberts Recorder reel to reel tape recorders in the Reel2ReelTexas.com & Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording vintage recording collection  1967 catalog ad for Roberts Recorder reel to reel tape recorders in the Reel2ReelTexas.com & Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording vintage recording collection  1967 catalog ad for Roberts Recorder reel to reel tape recorders in the Reel2ReelTexas.com & Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording vintage recording collection 1967 catalog ad for Roberts Recorder reel to reel tape recorders in the Reel2ReelTexas.com & Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording vintage recording collection 1967 catalog ad for Roberts Recorder reel to reel tape recorders in the Reel2ReelTexas.com & Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording vintage recording collection  1967 catalog ad for Roberts Recorder reel to reel tape recorders in the Reel2ReelTexas.com & Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording vintage recording collection  1967 catalog ad for Roberts Recorder reel to reel tape recorders in the Reel2ReelTexas.com & Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording vintage recording collection 1967 information on the Roberts tape recorders in Reel2ReelTexas.com's vintage recording collection 1967 ad for Roberts 400X tape recorders in Reel2ReelTexas.com's vintage recording collection   1967 information on the Roberts tape recorders in Reel2ReelTexas.com's vintage recording collection 1967 information on the Roberts tape recorders in Reel2ReelTexas.com's vintage recording collection  1967 information on the Roberts tape recorders in Reel2ReelTexas.com's vintage recording collection  1967 information on the Roberts tape recorders in Reel2ReelTexas.com's vintage recording collection

1968 Roberts reel to reel tape recorder ads

1968 catalog  ad for Roberts Recorder reel to reel tape recorders in the Reel2ReelTexas.com & Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording vintage recording collection 1968 catalog  ad for Roberts Recorder reel to reel tape recorders in the Reel2ReelTexas.com & Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording vintage recording collection  1968 catalog  ad for Roberts Recorder reel to reel tape recorders in the Reel2ReelTexas.com & Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording vintage recording collection  1968 catalog  ad for Roberts Recorder reel to reel tape recorders in the Reel2ReelTexas.com & Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording vintage recording collection  1968 catalog  ad for Roberts Recorder reel to reel tape recorders in the Reel2ReelTexas.com & Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording vintage recording collection  1968 catalog  ad for Roberts Recorder reel to reel tape recorders in the Reel2ReelTexas.com & Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording vintage recording collection         1968 ad for the Roberts 1725-8L III reel tape recorder in Reel2ReelTexas.com's vintage recording collection    1968 manual for the Roberts 192FT reel tape recorder in Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage tape recording collection 1968 manual for the Roberts 192FT reel tape recorder in Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage tape recording collection  1968 manual for the Roberts 192FT reel tape recorder in Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage tape recording collection

1969 Roberts reel to reel tape recorder ads

1969 catalog  ad for Roberts Recorder reel to reel tape recorders in the Reel2ReelTexas.com & Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording vintage recording collection 1969 catalog  ad for Roberts Recorder reel to reel tape recorders in the Reel2ReelTexas.com & Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording vintage recording collection 1969 catalog  ad for Roberts Recorder reel to reel tape recorders in the Reel2ReelTexas.com & Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording vintage recording collection   1969 ad for the Roberts 650XD Reel to Reel Tape Recorder  1969 ad for the Roberts 650XD Reel to Reel Tape Recorder 1969 ad for the Roberts 650XD Reel to Reel Tape Recorder 1969 ad for the Roberts 650XD Reel to Reel Tape Recorder  1969 ad for the Roberts 770X reel tape recorder in Reel2ReelTexas.com's vintage recording collection   picture of 1969 Roberts 1000 ad   picture of 1969 Roberts 7000RX ad  1969 ad for the Roberts 650XD reel tape recorder in Reel2ReelTexas.com's vintage recording collectionpicture of 1969 brochure for Roberts reel tape recorders  picture of 1969 brochure showing specs for Roberts reel tape recorders  1962 - 1969 listing of the Roberts 192 Broadcast reel tape recorder in Reel2ReelTexas.com's vintage recording collection

1970 Roberts reel to reel tape recorder ads

1970 catalog  ad for Roberts Recorder reel to reel tape recorders in the Reel2ReelTexas.com & Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording vintage recording collection   1970 tape recorder directory in Reel2ReelTexas.com's vintage recording collection - page 2  1070 review of the Roberts 420XD reel to reel tape recorder in   Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording colection  1070 review of the Roberts 420XD reel to reel tape recorder in   Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording colection  1970 ad for the Roberts 333X ad in Phantom Productions vintage reel to reel tape recorder collection     1970 summary about the Roberts 1730 reel to reel tape recorder in Reel2ReelTexas.com's vintage recording collection  Rheem Roberts B&W video camera and recorder 1050AV ad in Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage reel tape recording collection  picture of an ad for the Rheem Roberts recorders  1070 listing of the Roberts 1000 audio & B&W video recorder in Reel2ReelTexas.com's vintage recording collection

1971 Roberts reel to reel tape recorder ads

On June 1, 1971 Akai began marketing their own branded reel tape recorders in North America as Roberts contract expired.

1971 catalog  ad for Roberts Recorder reel to reel tape recorders in the Reel2ReelTexas.com & Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording vintage recording collection  1971 catalog  ad for Roberts Recorder reel to reel tape recorders in the Reel2ReelTexas.com & Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording vintage recording collection   1971 catalog  ad for Roberts Recorder reel to reel tape recorders in the Reel2ReelTexas.com & Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording vintage recording collection 1971 catalog  ad for Roberts Recorder reel to reel tape recorders in the Reel2ReelTexas.com & Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording vintage recording collection  1971 catalog  ad for Roberts Recorder reel to reel tape recorders in the Reel2ReelTexas.com & Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording vintage recording collection    1971 tape recorder statistics in the Reel2ReelTexas.com - Museum of Magnetic sound Recording vintage recording collection 1971 Ad for the Roberts GH-500D reel tape recorder in   Reel2ReelTexas.com's vintage recording collection 1971 Ad for the Roberts 771X reel tape recorder in   Reel2ReelTexas.com's vintage recording collection  1971 Ad for the Roberts 771X and the 1725 8L III reel tape recorders in   Reel2ReelTexas.com's vintage recording collection  1971 Ad for the Roberts 808D professional 8 track tape recorder in   Reel2ReelTexas.com's vintage recording collection 1971 summary of Open Reel tape recorders in Reel2ReelTexas.com's vintage recording collection  1971 ad announcing Akai's availability in the US

1972 Roberts reel to reel tape recorder ads

In 1972 Roberts Recorders disappeared from the radio catalogs and magazine summaries about tape recorders and the market was being dominated by Akai, ReVox, Sony and Teac in the US. However Rheem Califone was listed in the summary below.

1971 ad announcing Akai's availability in the US


Third Party photos related to Roberts Recorders

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1969 ad for the Roberts 575 - 8 track conference  Reel to Reel Tape Recorder  1969 ad for the Roberts 575 - 8 track conference  Reel to Reel Tape Recorder  1969 ad for the Roberts 575 - 8 track conference  Reel to Reel Tape Recorder  1969 ad for the Roberts 575 - 8 track conference  Reel to Reel Tape Recorder  1969 ad for the Roberts 575 - 8 track conference  Reel to Reel Tape Recorder

Roberts 8 track Model 575 Conference Series reel to reel tape recorder

       
 
Roberts 997 reel to reel tape recorder
Roberts 997 reel to reel tape recorder
Roberts 997 reel to reel tape recorder
Roberts 997 reel to reel tape recorder
Roberts 997 reel to reel tape recorder
 

Roberts 721 reel to reel tape recorder

 

 

 

Roberts 721 reel to reel tape recorder
Rheem Califone Model Lip 901 Duplex Booth recorder
       

Roberts 440 reelto reel tape recorder

Roberts 440 reelto reel tape recorder

Roberts 1055 reel to reel tape recorder

Roberts 1055 reel to reel tape recorder  Roberts 1055 reel to reel tape recorder

Roberts 1670 reel to reel tape recorder in console

Roberts 1670 reel to reel tape recorder in console

Roberts 1670 reel to reel tape recorder in console

Roberts 1670 reel to reel tape recorder in console

Roberts 1510X 3" reel Crossfield portable reel tape recorder

Roberts 1510X 3" reel Crossfield portable reel tape recorder

Roberts 1510X 3" reel Crossfield portable reel tape recorder

Roberts 440 reel to reel tape recorder
Roberts 1055 reel to reel tape recorder
Roberts 1670 reel to reel tape recorder in console
Roberts 1510X 3" reel Crossfield portable reel tape recorder
 

Rheem Califone AV 70-TC reel to reel tape recorder in the Reel2ReelTexas.com / Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording vintage recording collection

Rheem Califone AV 70-TC reel to reel tape recorder in the Reel2ReelTexas.com / Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording vintage recording collection

Rheem Califone AV 3080 reel tape recorder

Rheem Califone AV 3080 reel tape recorder

Rheem Califone AV3076 Solid State reel tape recorder

Rheem Califone AV3076 Solid State reel tape recorder

Rheem Califone AV3076 Solid State reel tape recorder

Rheem Califone AV3076 Solid State reel tape recorder

Rheem Califone AV3076 Solid State reel tape recorder

Rheem Califone AV 70-TC reel to reel tape recorder
Rheem Califone AV 3080 reel tape recorder
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Rheem Califone AV3076 Solid State reel tape recorder
 

Roberts Four Track reel to reel tape recorder in the Reel2ReelTexas.com - Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording vinyage recording collection

Roberts Four Track reel to reel tape recorder in the Reel2ReelTexas.com - Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording vinyage recording collection
Roberts Four Track reel to reel tape recorder in the Reel2ReelTexas.com - Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording vinyage recording collection
Roberts Microphone pair D-842  Roberts Microphone pair D-842
Roberts Four Track reel to reel tape recorder
Roberts Microphone pair D-842
 

The Roberts iPod reel to reel tape recorder conversion

Speaking of Roberts...how about this conversion of a Roberts 997 to play an iPod by W. B. Morton  Please note: this unit is not for sale on this site! This is for information only!

Roberts 997 reel tape recorder  iPod conversion Roberts 997 reel tape recorder  iPod conversion  Roberts 997 reel tape recorder  iPod conversion

Speaking of Roberts...how about this conversion of a Roberts 997 to play an iPod by W. B. Morton

Roberts 997 reel tape recorder iPod conversion Roberts 997 reel tape recorder iPod conversion Roberts 997 reel tape recorder iPod conversion

(summary from ebay listing used with permission from W.B. Morton) Here is a Roberts Model 997 Reel to Reel deck that has been repurposed to play music files via a universal iPod docking station. Past meets present! Plays loud enough for a small office, dorm room etc. I played an iPod and CD player through the mic inputs and everything sounded fine although there is some distortion if the volume is turned all the way up.

The Roberts 997 tape transport and record/play heads were in terrible shape, so the following was done to put the separate right and left single ended amps to work (and make the resulting case look better):

1. Removed the reel motor and associated drive wheels.
2. Remove forward/reverse link mechanisms.
3. Keep the play/record and forward/reverse switches in place for any future experimental tinkering.
4. Kept the link arm connecting the play/record switch to the sliding switches on the separate amps (again for any future experimenting).
5. Lock the amp sliding switches in place in order to fix the amps into the 'play' position. This can be easily undone if the link arm is to be enabled again.
6. Removed the 6267 (preamp) and 6AR5 (bias oscillator) tubes - not needed for current purposes.
7. Replaced the 12AD7 dual triodes in each channel with 12AU7 tubes. The original dual triodes were bad anyway and the 12AU7's work just dandy.
8. Pulled all of the exterior textured vinyl covering off (no easy task) and covered the exterior with linoleum for a smooth surface.
9. Painted the exterior and body panels with black wrinkle-finish paint.
10. Painted the interior of the cover with regular black spray paint.
11. Added a hinged fold-down shelf to the front of the chassis (where the reels were). This is where the iPod dock is placed when in use.
12. Added a 3-prong power receptacle and moved the fuse to the back panel.
13. Added a double throw switch to allow earth grounded operation or to simulate historical 2-prong operation. The 'up' position connects earth ground and power, the 'down' position connects only power, the center position disconnects both power and ground. The 'down' position will avoid ground loops depending on what other equipment may be used as a source and how that equipment is connected to earth ground itself.
14. Installed a duplex wall socket inside the chassis to accommodate power connection to the iPod dock via its USB power adaptor and to apply power to the amps.
15. Kept the internal speakers in place. Just for fun.
16. Kept the external speaker connection plate on the right side of the chassis. Just for more fun.
17. Kept the external doors for the internal speakers in place as the cavity behind each door is just large enough to hold the iPod dock and remote control when the unit is not in use.
18. Attached an iPod holder to the inside of the cover (the white thing inside the cover in the pictures). The sides of the holder are adjustable to securely hold various iPod models.
19. The front cover door is detachable just as it was when the unit was originally built.

The lucky winner of the auction will receive the repurposed player, a universal iPod dock (Apple part number MB125G/B including USB power adaptor, various cradle adaptors, remote), power cord, and coax cables to connect the 1/4" speaker out jacks to your speakers. For the input connections, RCA to 1/4" jack adaptors are included. I will also send the two 6267 tubes (tested marginally ok, each has a rubber damper) as well as the 6AR5 tube just in case further experimentation will be done. by W. B. Morton


Roberts duplicator

Here's another interesting Rheem tape recorder/duplicator (I assume) •  These pics were donated by Nathan Luoto

Rheem model tape machine pictures in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collection   Rheem model tape machine pictures in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collection  Rheem model tape machine pictures in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collection

  Rheem model tape machine pictures in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collection  

I need help identifying a Rheem model tape machine.  It is built into a large black metal box, with a large nickel or chrome plated cover over the heads. It has only one lever to engage and disengage the pinch rollers against the capstan.  It does not have transport controls. It appears that it was designed to have four separate tapes stacked and played together.  Spacers to go between reels, four individual heads stacked parallel, and four pinch rollers. There are two level knobs, two VU meters, and two 1/4 phone connectors on the front, and three RCA connectors on the back near the fuse and power cable. The only other control is a power switch and an indicator lamp. I rescued this unit from a pile of scrap/electronic recycling.
-Nathan

 

 

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