MEGA Recorder - SONY TC 530 Stereo Reel to Reel Tape Recorder





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Published on Sep 2, 2009

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This video explores the SONY TC 530 vintage 7-inch stereophonic reel to reel tape recorder. It was originally sold in 1967. This tape recorder appears to have been well made, built to last (it still works after 42 years!) and is typical of SONY's 1960's excellent quality. It has very good stereo separation and for some reason, SONY labeled it on the head cover, 'sterecorder'.

The vintage reel to reel stereo tape recorder has some unique features, including a retractable pinch roller for easy tape threading, a four speaker system (two bass speakers mounted in the cabinet, two satellite speakers that make up the lid), independent left and right record controls, and a true Bass/Treble amplifier circuit. Although only a two head, single motor machine, it has three speeds, remarkably low wow and flutter (less than .10% @ 7 ½ ips amazing for a time when most machines only achieved a .25% rating) and room filling 'warm' sound that is so nostalgic in today's audio world.

The tape recorder came DOA from E-Bay (the seller was selling it for parts) and had some serious mechanical and electrical problems. The left channel amplifier was 'blown'. It was restored by John Costas of Medford Electronics (Massachusetts).

Medford Electronics will repair the electronics of a machine shipped to them for a reasonable cost.

Contact Medford Electronics at: http://www.medfordtvandelectronics.com if you have a machine in need of some help!

Thanks to John, and the mechanical reconstruction I performed on the SONY TC 530 stereo reel to reel tape recorder, it is now in almost perfect condition, and the sound is extremely 'present' and a pleasure to hear. This tape recorder was built when SONY was making remarkably fine tape recorders and it is a tribute to SONY engineering that this reel to reel tape recorder has lasted this long, and still works so well.

We hope you enjoy this video exploring this vintage reel to reel tape recorder that is now part of the ClydeSight Collection!

Copyright Disclaimer:

This is an educational video, a critique, and report on an historic piece of vintage audio electronic equipment that is no longer manufactured or sold in stores. It is covered by the Fair Use Section of U.S. Copyright Law:

"Copyright Disclaimer Under Section 107 of the Copyright Act 1976, allowance is made for "fair use" for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, and research. Fair use is a use permitted by copyright statute that might otherwise be infringing. Non-profit, educational or personal use tips the balance in favor of fair use."

The opening and closing music featured in this video is a performance of a fanfare produced as a part of a demo tape for the SONY TC 530 tape recorder and the vintage recording came with the machine. It is used for demonstration purposes ONLY.


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