Steelman Transitape portable reel-to-reel tape recorder, 1963


Steelman Transitape portable reel-to-reel tape recorder, 1963.

Made by Steelman Phonograph & Radio Company, a division of Herold Radio & Electronics Corporation, USA.

About ten years after the invention of transistors, Steelman Phonograph & Radio Company produced this portable tape recorder that used seven transistors in its circuits. Although heavy by today’s standards, weighing about 6.5 pounds, the “Transitape” recorder demonstrated possibilities of size and weight reduction that using transistors could provide. The Transitape used a reel-to-reel tape design with tapes that could record for sixty-four minutes. Six mercury cell AA batteries operated the amplifier for about 300 hours and another seven batteries operated the motor for 50 hours.


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