UK Companies with tape recorders in our collection
There are 2 United Kingdom reel tape recorders in our collection. One is the Brenell Mark 5 that was added because of the history with John Lennon.
The other is the Spectone which we came across in a jumble shop near my wife Chris' home in Suffolk, England.
First a bit about the Brenell.
In 1947, Brenell Engineering Ltd. were small, precision jobbing engineers, based in Northington Street, Clerkenwell, London. They made simple optical toys and metal screw caps for, it is believed, the photographic industry.
Founded by Czech refugee, Robert Hahn and Peter Glazer, who both served with the RAF during the war, they were contracted in 1953 to design and build a tape deck for a new home-assembly tape recorder, the "Sound Master".
The four speed, four-head Mk.5 is probably Brenell's most famous and attractive model.
The standard Mk.5 (which is in our collection) had a more basic 2-head configuration and simpler pre-amplifier with a central side-on 'magic eye' level indicator. Like all previous Brenells, the pre-amplifier had an output stage for the internal speaker and with its standard Lustaphone LFV59Zmmicrophone could be used for public address!
Brenell produced many more recorders including professional multitrack machines.
In January 1984, Brenell Engineering Ltd was formerly dissolved.
Brunell Mark 5 documents donated by Brian Parker - United Kingdom Brenell Mk 5 Manual pdf • Brenell Tape Recorder Circuit Diagram pdf • Brenell Tape Recorder Specification Sheet pdf
John Lennon with Brunell Mark 5s given to him by Paul McCartney
Vale Road, Windsor, Berks
1957 - 1961
Spectone in our collection Spectone Specs
Other reel to reel tape recorders for sale in the UK included:
Baird, Collero, Elizabethan, Daiwa, Fi-Cord, Geloso, Harting, Kurland, Magnafon, Minifon, Motek, Simon, Sonomag, Stuzzi, Tandberg, Telefunken, Verdik, Walter, Winston and Wyndsor