United Kingdom - Brenell & Spectone

reel to reel tape recorders

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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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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 UK Brenell reel tape recorder in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collection

The other is the Spectone which we came across in a jumble shop near my wife Chris' home in Suffolk, England.

Brenell

First a bit about the Brenell.

Brunell Mark 5 S UK reel to reel tape recorder in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collectionIn 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!

- brenelltape.co.uk

Brenell produced many more recorders including professional multitrack machines.

In January 1984, Brenell Engineering Ltd was formerly dissolved.

Brenell 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 

                                          1965 ad for the Brunell Mark 5 S UK reel to reel tape recorder in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collection1965 ad for the Brunell Mark 5 S UK reel to reel tape recorder in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collection

John Lennon with Brenell Mark 5s given to him by Paul McCartney


Spectone 

Spectone Recorders
Specto Limited
Vale Road, Windsor, Berks
United Kingdom
1957 - 1961

Spectone in our collection Spectone Specs

United Kingdon Spectone reel to reel tape recorder in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collection

 

 

 

 United Kingdon Spectone reel to reel tape recorder in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collection

United Kingdon Spectone reel to reel tape recorder in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collection

United Kingdon Spectone reel to reel tape recorder in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collection

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1958 Spectone tape recorder ad in the Reel2ReelTexas.com - Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording  vintage recording collection  1958 Spectone tape recorder ad in the Reel2ReelTexas.com - Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording  vintage recording collection 1958 Spectone tape recorder ad in the Reel2ReelTexas.com - Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording  vintage recording collection

1958 Spectone tape recorder ad in the Reel2ReelTexas.com - Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording  vintage recording collection


Other reel to reel tape recorders for sale in the UK during this period included:

Baird, Collero, Elizabethan, Daiwa, Fi-Cord, Geloso, Harting, Kurland, Magnafon, Minifon, Motek, Simon, Sonomag, Stuzzi, Tandberg, Telefunken, Verdik, Walter, Winston and Wyndsor

 

Please help us create a permanent museum for this collection

Go to:  AEG/MagnetophonAkaiAmplifier CorpAmpexAmproAstrocom/MarluxBang & OlufsenBellBell & HowellBell LabsBerlant ConcertoneBeyerdynamicBrüel & KjærBrenellBrushCetec GaussCraigCrown • DokorderDualEdisonEicoElectro VoiceEMI/GramophoneFerrographFostexGrundigHeathKitKLHLeevers RichLyrecMagnecordMarantzMCIMitsubishiNagraNakamichiNeumannNewcombNeveOkiOtariPentronPhilipsPioneerPrestoRangertoneRCARobertsRolaSansuiScullyShureSolid State LogicSonySoundcraftSpectoneStancil HoffmanStellavoxStephensStuder ReVoxTandbergTape-AthonTapesonicTeac/TascamTechnicsTelefunkenTolnai ToshibaUher VikingWebster Chicago/WebcorWebster ElectricWilcox-GayWollensak