EMI L2B Midget Audio Tape Recorder, 1957

Made:
1957 in Westminster
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EMI L2B Midget portable audio tape recorder, 1957.
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EMI L2B Midget portable audio tape recorder, 1957.
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© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

EMI L2B Midget portable audio tape recorder, 1957.
Science Museum Group
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

EMI L2B Midget portable audio tape recorder, 1957.
Science Museum Group
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

EMI L2B Midget portable audio tape recorder, 1957.
Science Museum Group
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

EMI L2B Midget portable audio tape recorder, 1957.
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© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

EMI L2B Midget portable audio tape recorder, 1957.
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© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

EMI L2B Midget portable audio tape recorder, 1957.
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© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

EMI L2B Midget portable audio tape recorder, 1957.
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© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

EMI L2B Midget portable audio tape recorder, 1957.
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© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

EMI L2B Midget Audio Tape Recorder, 1957
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© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

EMI L2B Midget portable audio tape recorder, 1957. It has a hand-rewind to save battery power.

The L2B runs at 7.1/2 ips which was the most popular speed (L2A ran at 3.3/4 ips, and L2C ran at 15 ips). Tape spools ranged from 3" to 5" in size. The 1957 Hi Fi Year Book gives its price as £102.18s.0d.

The L2 series was essentially a BBC design produced by EMI. It was used for news reports and other outside broadcasts. The BBC later converted the electronics from valves to transistors, which gave the recorder a much longer battery life. Tape rewind was still with a crank handle. Some rare models had pilot tone for camera sync.

Details

Category:
Television
Collection:
BBC Heritage Collection
Object Number:
2012-5118/190
Materials:
plastic (unidentified) and metal (unknown)
Measurements:
overall: 208 mm x 400 mm x 185 mm, 7.5 kg
type:
tape recorder