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Teac TD-102

reel to reel

tape recorder

 

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Teac Tascam Reel To Reel Tape Recorders

Year
Model
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Unit in Museum collection
Specifications

1958

TD-102
This is the Teac 25th anniversary box released we believe in 1981. The box is in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collection collection
Teac TD-102 reel tape recorder used for on-location recording by Chicago's Sound Masters. This recorder is in the Reel2ReelTexas.com collection

 

  • Freq Response
  • Signal to Noise
  • Speed 7.5 & 15 ips
  • Motors  3
  • Reels  10"
  • Timing accuracy
  • Weight  54 lbs
  • Price
  • Modeled after the Ampex 300

 

A reminder that the prices listed are what the item originally sold for in the year it was released.

 
 

Teac TD-102  1956-58 

 

This is one of the first Teac reel to reel tape recorder produced by the Tokyo Electro-Acoustic Company - TEAC in 1956.  The recorder is believed to be based on the Ampex 300 which was created in 1949.  The photo above right shows the Ampex 300 and the Teac TD-301 in our collection.  The Teac is actually smaller.    See also Berlant Concertone Teac connection

Note: the Ampex 600 was the unit that Akai & Roberts copied.  External look alikes, however not near the same quality components.  They say "Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery."

We have a Teac TD-102 which includes the stereo electronics.  This unit originally belonged to Sound Masters of Chicago. The unit was built into a custom box and had an additional fan installed to help cool all the electronics. The capstan looks like its been soldered in place. Truly a well used deck.  The old box actually had a refrigerator handle on top to carry the heavy recorder.

Teac TD-102 reel tape recorder used for on-location recording by Chicago's Sound Masters. This recorder is in the Reel2ReelTexas.com collection  Teac TD-102 reel tape recorder used for on-location recording by Chicago's Sound Masters. This recorder is in the Reel2ReelTexas.com collection  Teac TD-102 reel tape recorder used for on-location recording by Chicago's Sound Masters. This recorder is in the Reel2ReelTexas.com collection

Teac TD-102 reel tape recorder used for on-location recording by Chicago's Sound Masters. This recorder is in the Reel2ReelTexas.com collection  Teac TD-102 reel tape recorder used for on-location recording by Chicago's Sound Masters. This recorder is in the Reel2ReelTexas.com collection  Teac TD-102 reel tape recorder used for on-location recording by Chicago's Sound Masters. This recorder is in the Reel2ReelTexas.com collection    Teac TD-102 reel tape recorder used for on-location recording by Chicago's Sound Masters. This recorder is in the Reel2ReelTexas.com collection   Teac TD-102 reel tape recorder used for on-location recording by Chicago's Sound Masters. This recorder is in the Reel2ReelTexas.com collection  Teac TD-102 reel tape recorder used for on-location recording by Chicago's Sound Masters. This recorder is in the Reel2ReelTexas.com collection   Teac TD-102 reel tape recorder used for on-location recording by Chicago's Sound Masters. This recorder is in the Reel2ReelTexas.com collection  Teac TD-102 reel tape recorder used for on-location recording by Chicago's Sound Masters. This recorder is in the Reel2ReelTexas.com collection    Teac TD-102 reel tape recorder used for on-location recording by Chicago's Sound Masters. This recorder is in the Reel2ReelTexas.com collection  Teac TD-102 reel tape recorder used for on-location recording by Chicago's Sound Masters. This recorder is in the Reel2ReelTexas.com collection


Teac glass & wood box that Teac created to celebrate their 25th anniversary in 1988.

This Teac TD-102 tape recorder is pictured on the glass and wooden box that Tokyo Electro-Acoustic Company (Teac) released in 1988 celebrating 25 years of Teac history. 

Teac glass & wood Limited Edition box that Teac created to celebrate their 25th anniversary in 1988.  The box and all the accessories are in the Museum of MAgnetic Sound Recording's vintage recording collection.

Teac glass & wood Limited Edition box that Teac created to celebrate their 25th anniversary in 1988.  The box and all the accessories are in the Museum of MAgnetic Sound Recording's vintage recording collection.

This Teac TD-102 tape recorder is pictured on the glass and wooden box that Tokyo Electro-Acoustic Company (Teac) released in 1988 celebrating 25 years of Teac history. We also have the complete 1988 Limited Edition box that includes all the contents.

Teac glass & wood Limited Edition box that Teac created to celebrate their 25th anniversary in 1988.  The box and all the accessories are in the Museum of MAgnetic Sound Recording's vintage recording collection.  

  Teac glass & wood Limited Edition box that Teac created to celebrate their 25th anniversary in 1988.  The box and all the accessories are in the Museum of MAgnetic Sound Recording's vintage recording collection. 

Teac glass & wood Limited Edition box that Teac created to celebrate their 25th anniversary in 1988.  The box and all the accessories are in the Museum of MAgnetic Sound Recording's vintage recording collection.


On March 10, 2013, we received the following information from Liam

"In 1959 I worked with the original TEAC engineers at Far East Network, Tokyo. I was invited by them to their humble shop near Tokyo Bay to see their latest creation.  It was the original prototype stereo TEAC 1/4" Reel-to-Reel.  The model for it was the AMPEX 300 series which we all worked with daily at FEN.  

Our conversation was around the idea of marketing the recorder in the United States.  My idea was to focus on small radio stations which could not afford an Ampex 350 costing more $1200 at the time.

Hindsight shows my choice not to help the company entry to the U.S. was a very wrong one.

It was interesting to see your early TEAC."                - Liam -

Some Far East Network photos

   


Jerry Norton worked for Berlant Concertone and shared a summary with us about Teac building units for Berlant Concertone and building Dokorders for Tokyo Denki Onkyo.


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