Telefunken See also AEG
Telefunken Holding AG,Frankfurt, Germany - 1903 - present
Currently, Telefunken is the owner of more than 20,000 patents and active in over 130 countries around the globe
Telefunken is a German radio and television apparatus company, founded in Berlin in 1903, as a joint venture of Siemens & Halske and the Allgemeine Elektricitäts-Gesellschaft (General Electricity Company).
On April 17, 1904, the company changed its name to "Telefunken, Gesellschaft für drahtlose Telegraphie", and on July 26, 1932 Telefunkenplatte GmbH officially began its commercial activity with registered capital of 100,000 Reichsmarks.
The world tour of the Graf Zeppelin airship in 1929 got off the ground by using Telefunken transmitters, receivers and directional equipment exclusively.
Magnetophon was the brand or model name of the pioneering reel-to-reel tape recorder developed by engineers of the German electronics company AEG in the 1930s
On September 24, 1941, AEG took over the 50% of Telefunken shares owned by Siemens & Halske AGTelefunken became a 100% subsidiary of AEG.
AEG engineers made rapid strides in perfecting the tape recorder system and had practical stereo recorders by 1943
Magnetophon recorders were widely used in German radio broadcasts during World War II, although they were a closely guarded secret at the time
The reconstruction after the World War II posed a particularly difficult challenge to Telefunken. All production facilities and equipment were destroyed, disassembled or confiscated and many valuable experts were scattered around the world. Rebuilding began in West Germany and Berlin in 1945
The name of the company was changed to Telefunken GmbH on January 4, 1955
Telefunken GmbH became Telefunken AG on July 5, 1963.
The business activities of Telefunken were transferred to AEG effective January 1, 1967, and were continued under the combined name AEG-Telefunken.
AEG-Telefunken delivered the two-millionth tape recorder, a Magnetophon 204 TS, on August 5, 1969. The 204 recorder is seen here in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collection.
When AEG was bought by Daimler in 1985, "Telefunken" was dropped from the company name.
Thanks to Wojcek Czern/Rogalow Analogowy Studio for contributing these photos and comments - Video "There is only one Wojcek of Rogalowa and one such studio , where there is not a single computer, and the cells are left on the porch "
(Below) Original Telefunken M10A ¼ tube stereo master tape machine built by inventors who created the technology in the 30's. This is their flagship studio tube model of the top quality, manufactured in January 1967. It is one of the last tube tape machines ever built and this is one of the reasons it is in rather exceptional condition. Most tube Telefunken tape machines were coming with M10 transport, which suffered from a transport issue, still being one of the best ever done during the tube era. You can read more about in the net. Improved and best final transport of the era (better than Studer) was M10A, but it was installed mostly in first solid state tape machines and very few last tube machines like this one. Telefunken tape machines are built like a tank and are considered the best ever done. This M10A was their biggest panzer design ever done. Studer C37 was undoubtedly a piece of engineer art, but a few oldest and most experienced German engineers I was fortunate to meet told me the same: Telefunkens were better both mechanically and sonically. They were also originally more expensive than Studer C37. I have 4 stereo tape machines in the studio: Telefunken T9, Studer C37, Telefunken M10A solid state and this Telefunken M10A tube. I must say that Telefunken are more reliable than Studer even if I like the last one a lot too. The machine is complete with original Telefunken V86 and V87 tube preamplifiers including original Telefunken and Valvo EF804S and E80CC tubes, original butterfly stereo Telefunken headbridge and most stylish and beautiful console I ever seen. It was used in German recording studio and maintained by one of the best German tape machines tech engineer who was working in Berlin state broadcasting for many best analog years. Counter shows 6150 hours. Photo left showing original Telefunken installation.
Thanks to Wojcek Czern/Rogalow Analogowy Studio for contributing these photos
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Unknown (above) Telefunken M-10 (below)
Telefunken Military reel to reel tape recorder- photos from audiotubes.de
Telefunken Mix console
Telefunken Mix console #2
Telefunken Magnetophon 85 reel tape recorder photo by Timo Beil