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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 and related equipment manufacturers. 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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TechnicsTechnics logo in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collection

Panasonic National Technics, 3-5-1 Ariake,
Koto-ku, Tokyo, 
Japan

images/R2R/Konosuke founder of Panasonic/Technics in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collectionMatsushitaPanasonic was founded in 1918 by Konosuke Matsushita first selling duplex lamp sockets. In 1927, it produced a bicycle lamp, the first product it marketed under the brand name National. It operated factories in Japan and other parts of Asia through the end of World War II, producing electrical components and appliances such as light fixtures, motors, and electric irons.

In post-war Japan, the company came under severe restrictions imposed on large Japanese companies by the Allies. Matsushita was in danger of removal as president, but was saved by a favorable petition signed by 15,000 employees.

After World War II, Panasonic regrouped and began to supply the post war boom in Japan with radios and appliances, as well as bicycles.

Matsushita's brother-in-law, Toshio Iue founded Sanyo as a subcontractor for components after WWII. Sanyo grew to become a competitor to Panasonic, but the rivalry settled down and Sanyo eventually became a subsidiary of Panasonic in December 2009.

Since 1954, Matsushita also gained a significant share holding in manufacturer JVC by forming an alliance. It still retains a 50% share today.

In 1961, Konosuke Matsushita traveled to the United States and met with American dealers. Panasonic began producing television sets for the U.S. market under the Panasonic brand name.  To the left is the RS-1000 reel to reel tape recorder with speakers.

Panasonic RS-1000 reel to reel tape recorder photo in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collectionThe company used the National trademark outside of North America during the 1950s through the 1970s. The trademark could not be used in the USA, probably because it was already in use by the
National Radio Company who were operating in a closely related product area.Technics digital multi-track reel tape recorder in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collection

The company debuted a hi-fidelity audio speaker in Japan in 1965 with the brand Technics. This line of high quality stereo components became worldwide favorites.

Matsushita retired in 1973. Chronic lung problems lead to his death from pneumonia on 27 April 1989, at the aTechnics RS-1700 reel to reel tape recorder ad in the Museum of magnetic Sound Recordingge of 94. He died with personal assets worth US$3 billion, and left a company with US $42 billion in revenue business.

The RS-1500 and the other related models (RS-1506, RS-1520 and RS-1700) of reel tape recorders were built from 1976-1985.

Panasonic has a good section on the internet about their history. However like many of the other companies, there is no mention of their Panasonic reel to reel production, nor their Technics "RS" line of closed loop reel tape recorders.

Cassettes & VCRs are mentioned but no R2R.

 

Below is the Technics RS-1700 in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collection

Technics RS-1700 reel to reel tape recorder in the Museum of MAgnetic Sound Recording

Technics RS-1506 box photo in the Museum of Magneic sound Recording    Technics 777 reel to reel tape recorder in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collection      Technics RS-1800 reel to reel tape recorder photo in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collection

  Technics head block photo in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collection  Technics remote in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collection  Technics RS-1506 reel to reel tape recorder photo in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collection  Technics SH-3433 4 channel scopein the Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording  Technics RS-1500 Service Manual cover in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collection  Technics RS-1500 reel tape recorder specifications in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collection  1981 Technics RS-1500 reel tape recorder ad in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collection   1981 Technics RS-10A reel tape recorder ad in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collectionJapanese Technics  reel tape recorder ad in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collection    1981 Technics RS-1500 reel tape recorder ad in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collection1981 Technics prototype digital  reel tape recorder ad in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collection
 

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