Tandbergs Radiofabrikk

(Tandberg's radio factory)

reel to reel tape recorders

 

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Tandberg, Lysaker, Norway
Founded in 1933 by Vebjorn Tandberg as Tandbergs Radiofabrikk (Tandberg's radio factory) in Oslo

Vebjørn Tandberg (16 September 1904 – 30 August 1978) was a Norwegian electronics engineer. An alumnus of the Norwegian
Institute of Technology, founded Tandbergs Radiofabrikk of Oslo in 1933, and made it a great success.

In addition to his technical and commercial achievements, Tandberg was a pioneer in providing good conditions for his workforce.

He instituted a 42 hour week and 3 weeks yearly vacation for all in 1937, and a free pension and health insurance scheme for all from 1938. A four week vacation for all employees over 40 years of age was introduced in 1947, while the working week was reduced to 39 hours in 1948. There was a five day work week during the summer months from 1955, over the full year from 1969.

The company's first radio was named "Tommeliten", and used only earphones. This was followed by the "Corona" with a loudspeaker. In 1934 the first "Huldra" radio was launched, followed in 1936 by the "Sølvsuper". During the early years, radios, loudspeakers and microphones were the main output from the factory. The Sølvsuper and the Huldra radios became the foundation for Tandberg's success.

In the early 1950s, Tandberg opened a branch plant in Kjelsas (in Oslo) to produce reel-to-reel tape recorders. Their first model was the TB 1, introduced to the market in 1952.

Over the next decade, Tandberg quickly incorporated a number of leading-edge concepts; the TB 2 Hi Fi of 1956 had three tape transport speeds, allowing improved high-frequency response.

The TB 3 Stereo from 1957 was Tandberg's first stereo system. In the 1960s Tandberg introduced the cross-field recording technique in the TB-6X model, allowing their recorders to handle higher frequencies than competing models.

Tandberg licensed the concept to Akai, who used it widely in the 1970s and 80s in their Akai and Roberts recorders.

Tandberg tape recorders dominated the Norwegian market, and had a reputation for advanced technology and high quality at reasonable prices.

It was on Tandberg reel-to-reel machines that President John F. Kennedy recorded many meetings in the Cabinet Room of the White House, including those associated with the Cuban Missile Crisis.

The Kjelsas factory also started producing TV sets in 1960, and in 1966 a second TV plant was opened in Kjeller in Skedsmo. Color TV's were added to their lineup in 1969.

In 1972, Tandberg purchased Radionette, another large Norwegian electronics firm now focussing on televisions.

By 1976, TV's were Tandberg's major product and their factories employed 3,500.

However, that same year a major economic downturn seriously disrupted the company, and by 1978 it was insolvent. A shareholder revolt removed Vebjorn Tandberg from control of the company, and he committed suicide in August.

In December the company declared bankruptcy. In the aftermath of the bankruptcy, the original Tandberg was split into three parts.

The television manufacturing portions became Tandberg Television, Tandberg Data took over the tape recording side of the company and moved it purely into the computer storage field, and the remaining portions lost the "Radiofabrikk" to become, simply, Tandberg.

In the 1990's Tandberg still released high end compoments including the TCD 3004 Cassette Recorder - Thanks to Max Willauer for sharing his photos on one he sold.

TCD 3004 Cassette Machine The really professional cassette machine
Corresponds to all professional requirements that can be placed on a cassette recorder. E Can be equipped with an integrated mef-electronics, ::!. H. Without additional measuring devices can be optimally measured on all available bands.

E Microprocessor-controlled, newly developed professional double-capstan 4-motor drive system. E Highly developed electronics with dynamic recording equalization DYNEQ, optimized recording system ACTILINEAR and phase correction sound e Infrared remote control connected 3 variable rewinding speed e Cueing with automatic speed reduction e Digital multiple display

Technical data
Frequency range (to DIN) 14-22000 Hz Frequency range (± 3 dB) 19-21000 Hz Noise level (A curve) 70 dB total harmonic 0 db <3% Flutter 0.09
(Metal tape): 80 dB

Thanks to Max Willauer for sharing the following photos of his Tandberg TCD 3004 cassette reel tape recorder

Thanks to Max Willauer for sharing the this photo of his Tandberg TCD 3004 cassette reel tape recorder with the Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording / Reel2ReelTexas.com  Thanks to Max Willauer for sharing the this photo of his Tandberg TCD 3004 cassette reel tape recorder with the Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording / Reel2ReelTexas.com  Thanks to Max Willauer for sharing the this photo of his Tandberg TCD 3004 cassette reel tape recorder with the Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording / Reel2ReelTexas.com  Thanks to Max Willauer for sharing the this photo of his Tandberg TCD 3004 cassette reel tape recorder with the Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording / Reel2ReelTexas.com  Thanks to Max Willauer for sharing the this photo of his Tandberg TCD 3004 cassette reel tape recorder with the Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording / Reel2ReelTexas.com  Thanks to Max Willauer for sharing the this photo of his Tandberg TCD 3004 cassette reel tape recorder with the Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording / Reel2ReelTexas.com  Thanks to Max Willauer for sharing the this photo of his Tandberg TCD 3004 cassette reel tape recorder with the Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording / Reel2ReelTexas.com  Thanks to Max Willauer for sharing the this photo of his Tandberg TCD 3004 cassette reel tape recorder with the Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording / Reel2ReelTexas.com  Thanks to Max Willauer for sharing the this photo of his Tandberg TCD 3004 cassette reel tape recorder with the Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording / Reel2ReelTexas.com


Cisco Systems acquired Tandberg on 19 April 2010.


Tandberg Factory

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1967 Brochure

1967 Tandberg brochure featuring the Tandberg Model 6x, the Tandberg Model 8, Tandberg Model 9, Tandberg Model 11, Tandberg Model 12 and the Tandberg Model 13 reel tape recorders in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collection  1967 Tandberg brochure featuring the Tandberg Model 6x, the Tandberg Model 8, Tandberg Model 9, Tandberg Model 11, Tandberg Model 12 and the Tandberg Model 13 reel tape recorders in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collection  1967 Tandberg brochure featuring the Tandberg Model 6x, the Tandberg Model 8, Tandberg Model 9, Tandberg Model 11, Tandberg Model 12 and the Tandberg Model 13 reel tape recorders in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collection  1967 Tandberg brochure featuring the Tandberg Model 6x, the Tandberg Model 8, Tandberg Model 9, Tandberg Model 11, Tandberg Model 12 and the Tandberg Model 13 reel tape recorders in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collection 1967 Tandberg brochure featuring the Tandberg Model 6x, the Tandberg Model 8, Tandberg Model 9, Tandberg Model 11, Tandberg Model 12 and the Tandberg Model 13 reel tape recorders in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collection  1967 Tandberg brochure featuring the Tandberg Model 6x, the Tandberg Model 8, Tandberg Model 9, Tandberg Model 11, Tandberg Model 12 and the Tandberg Model 13 reel tape recorders in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collection  1967 Tandberg brochure featuring the Tandberg Model 6x, the Tandberg Model 8, Tandberg Model 9, Tandberg Model 11, Tandberg Model 12 and the Tandberg Model 13 reel tape recorders in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collection  1967 Tandberg brochure featuring the Tandberg Model 6x, the Tandberg Model 8, Tandberg Model 9, Tandberg Model 11, Tandberg Model 12 and the Tandberg Model 13 reel tape recorders in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collection  1967 Tandberg brochure featuring the Tandberg Model 6x, the Tandberg Model 8, Tandberg Model 9, Tandberg Model 11, Tandberg Model 12 and the Tandberg Model 13 reel tape recorders in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collection 1967 Tandberg brochure featuring the Tandberg Model 6x, the Tandberg Model 8, Tandberg Model 9, Tandberg Model 11, Tandberg Model 12 and the Tandberg Model 13 reel tape recorders in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collection  1967 Tandberg brochure featuring the Tandberg Model 6x, the Tandberg Model 8, Tandberg Model 9, Tandberg Model 11, Tandberg Model 12 and the Tandberg Model 13 reel tape recorders in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collection  1967 Tandberg brochure featuring the Tandberg Model 6x, the Tandberg Model 8, Tandberg Model 9, Tandberg Model 11, Tandberg Model 12 and the Tandberg Model 13 reel tape recorders in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collection  1967 Tandberg brochure featuring the Tandberg Model 6x, the Tandberg Model 8, Tandberg Model 9, Tandberg Model 11, Tandberg Model 12 and the Tandberg Model 13 reel tape recorders in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collection  1967 Tandberg brochure featuring the Tandberg Model 6x, the Tandberg Model 8, Tandberg Model 9, Tandberg Model 11, Tandberg Model 12 and the Tandberg Model 13 reel tape recorders in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collection  1967 Tandberg brochure featuring the Tandberg Model 6x, the Tandberg Model 8, Tandberg Model 9, Tandberg Model 11, Tandberg Model 12 and the Tandberg Model 13 reel tape recorders in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collection  1967 Tandberg brochure featuring the Tandberg Model 6x, the Tandberg Model 8, Tandberg Model 9, Tandberg Model 11, Tandberg Model 12 and the Tandberg Model 13 reel tape recorders in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collection

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