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Black & White Reel to Reel (open reel) Video Recorders.

1965. The Sony CV-2000 / TCV-2010. The worlds 1st domestic video recorder.

Sony tCV-2010 Videocorder Sony CV-2000 Videocorder

Wherever you go or whoever you ask, the Sony CV-2000 is proclaimed as the first domestic video recorder.
To be a little more specific, it is the first domestic video recorder that uses the more compact 1/2-inch
tape systems. Earlier attempts at a domestic recorder used the 1-inch format and were much larger and heavier.
This unit was similar in size to the audio reel to reel machines of the day. It was available in 4 versions.
The CV-2000D with a wood surround, The CV-2000 in a grey case with lid for greater protection and portability.
The TCV-2010 (here) which was a larger unit containing a CV-2000 and a 9-inch monitor that tilted upwards
and a TCV-2020 (below) which also used a larger case, in wood, with monitor but also included a timer.
We are delighted to have a TCV-2010 and a TCV-2020 (see below).
It is probable that the CV-2000 and TCV-2020 found their way into schools and colleges as they were
in stronger cases for storing and deploying regularly whereas the wood surround units are likely to
remain stationary in a domestic setting. That being said some grey cabinet units would find
themelves in the home as in those days "getting out the tape recorder to use it" was a common
activity. In contrast today home entertainment systems tend to be permanently in the living room.

Sony tCV-2010 Videocorder Sony CV-2000 Videocorder

Sony CV-2000 Videocorder Sony tCV-2010 Videocorder

Sony CV-2000 Videocorder Sony tCV-2010 Videocorder

Sony CV-2000 Videocorder Sony CV-2000 Videocorder

The CV-2000 was made in small numbers and is quite rare. These are probably the most important video recorders
in the museum. There is a fair amount of information about the CV-2000 on the Internet but few museums actually
have one. We are very pleased to finally have two of these units from 1965. There are also some interesting
brochures and manuals (below).

Sony 2000

The Sony CVC-2000 camera on our vintage video cameras page is the camera that was
supplied with the CV-2000 video recorder making a complete set of equipment.

1965. The Sony CV-2000D / TCV-2020. The worlds 1st domestic video recorder.

The fully domestic version of the CV-2000 was the CV-2000D which was in a wooden case.
The fully domestic version of the TCV-2010 was the TCV-2020 which was also in a wooden case
and included an analogue timer clock. If we are to assume that domestic recorders used
1/2-inch tape, were in wood cabinets, then this is indeed the first ever domestic VTR. If we
are also to agree that a domestic VTR (video tape recorder) must also include a recording
timer to be a true domestic recorder, then the TCV-2020 also fits that description perfectly.
This Sony VTR, the TCV-2020, is therefore a very important, historic unit from 1965.

Sony tCV-2020 Videocorder

Sony tCV-2020 Videocorder

Sony tCV-2020 Timer

Sony tCV-2020 Videocorder Sony tCV-2020 Videocorder

Sony tCV-2020 Videocorder Sony tCV-2020 Videocorder

Sony tCV-2020 Videocorder Sony tCV-2020 Videocorder

The price tage below was found in the tcv-2020 under the TV. It shows a price of $1150.00 was paid.
The unit sold for around $1400.00 dollars in 1965 including the CVC-2000 camera.
Whether this unit was purchased with the camera is not known.

Sony tCV-2020 Videocorder price tag

1965. Sony Videocorder Adverts.

Including the TCV-2010 Videocorder, The TCV-2020 Videocorder and the CVC-2000 camera.

Sony Videocorder Advert

Sony Videocorder Advert

1965. The Sony CV-2000 with VCC-2000 camera kit and monitor.

In the pictures below you can see a stand-alone CV-2000 video recorder, the cvc-2000 camera, which part of
the complete vcc-2000 camera kit with extra lenses, connection leads and the cvm-306bp monitor.

The Sony CV-2000 with VCC-2000 camera kit and monitor

The Sony CV-2000 The Sony CV-2000

The Sony VCC-2000 camera kit

The Sony VCC-2000 camera kit

The Sony VCC-2000 camera kit The Sony VCC-2000 camera kit

The Sony VCC-2000 camera kit The Sony VCC-2000 camera kit

1965. The Sony CV-2000 / CV-2000D owners manual.

Sony CV-2000 and 2000D Manual Sony CV-2000 and 2000D Manual

Sony CV-2000 and 2000D Manual

Sony CV-2000 and 2000D Manual

Sony CV-2000 and 2000D Manual



1964 The Philips EL3400 VTR.

The first ever, 1-inch reel to reel tape, stand-alone domestic video recorder.

1st ever domestic video tape recorder? Library picture. 1st ever domestic video tape recorder? Library picture.

We do now have two of these in the museum, The Philips EL3400 and the Peto Scott clone (see below).
405 lines black and white. Weight 45Kg. 21 valves (tubes). Helical scan recorder.
Philips marketing pictures are shown above.
If anyone knows the make and model of the Philips TV next to the EL3400 in the picture, please let
us know. We can then start looking for one. Maybe we can have a table made to the same design ...
then we need some red carpet, some blinds, a plant pot .... maybe this picture could be re-created?

Update May 2011 - See the Philips 23TX381A TV below. The picture on the manual takes a step closer.

The Philips EL3400 VTR. 1964 The Philips EL3400 VTR. 1964

The Philips EL3400 VTR. 1964 The Philips EL3400 Manual. 1964

The Philips EL3400 VTR. 1964

The Philips EL3400 Manual. 1964

The EL3400 is having some restoration work done to it and so new pictures will be included in a few weeks.
Several manuals are also in the collection from Nov. 1964 and Jan 1965.

The pictures below show the back removed on the left and the bottom removed on the right.

The Philips EL3400 VTR. 1964 The Philips EL3400 Manual. 1964

The Philips EL3400 service manual. 21st. Jan 1965. The Philips EL3400 service manual. 21st. Jan 1965. The Philips EL3400 service information 24th. Nov 1964.

1964. The Peto Scott E2770
(EL3400 clone).


1-inch reel to reel video tape recorder. The first ever stand-alone domestic video recorder.
We are very pleased to have both versions of the Philips EL3400 in the museum.
This one was supplied to Pete Scott and was clearly the Peto Scott
clone of the Philips unit. The Peto Scott version was primarily aimed at education and found itself
mainly in schools and colleges. It was not exactly the same as the EL3400 as the sockets on the front
and back were different. For example the DIN socket on the front was replaced by a 1/4 inch jack.
This was inline with educational requirements for a type of common connector widely used in schools.
In contains 21 valves (tubes) and weighs 45Kg. Best if 2 people carry it!

The Peto Scott E2770 The Peto Scott E2770

The Peto Scott brochure The Peto Scott brochure

1963. The Philips 23TX381A TV next
to the EL 3400 on the front of the
VTR owners manual.


1st ever domestic video tape recorder? Library picture. The Philips EL3400 Manual. 1964

Philips TX381A TV. Philips TX381A TV

At last we have this old black and white TV in the museum from 1963 and 1964. The plan is to try to reproduce the picture
on the front of the VTR manual showing the EL3400 alongside the 23TX381A TV, on a table, on red carpet,
with blinds behind (and a plant?).
This is a dual standard 405/VHS - 625/UHF table model containing 23 valves (tubes) and a A59-11W 23" cathode ray tube.
There was also a 23TX400A that looked identical to the 23TX381A. This 23TX381A is in excellent condition.
The Philips 23TX381A 23" TV was introduced in 1963 and was also sold through 1964.
More pictures and notes soon.

Philips TVs from the same era (1964/5).

Philips Projection TV el3. Philips Projection TV el5770.

Philips black and white TV et9100.

Another Philips EL3400.

The Philips EL3400 Manual. 1964. The Philips EL3400 Manual. 1964.

We now have a second Philips EL3400 in the museum. See above.



1965. The Ampex VR 5003 VTR

We believe this to be the first Ampex 1-inch tape video recorder.

The Ampex VR 5003. The Ampex VR 5003.

Profession 1-inch reel to reel video tape recorder (VTR).
The VR 5003 was the international version of the Ampex 5000 (US version).
Ampex was founded in 1944 and incorporated in Califirnia in 1946. In 1947 they introduced their
first audio tape recorder - the model 200A. In 1956 they introduce their first (reel to reel) video
tape recorder - the VR 1000. This was a quadruplex VTR. It was the first production VTR ever sold
(as opposed to earlier prototypes). It was a large floor standing unit on wheels and cost $50,000
The VR 5003 (& 5000) here from 1965 was called a "portable VTR!"
One person could carry it with a little effort. Build quality was very high.
Ampex are still in business today.



1967 The Sony "Video Rover" Dv-2400 Portapack
The 1st ever portable reel to reel video recorder.


Sony DV-2400 library picture

With DVC-2400 vidicon camera. A complete portable kit.

Sony DV-2400 Video Rover Sony DV-2400 Video Rover brochure

Sony DV-2400 Video Rover with camera

Sony Video Rover Sony Video Rover brochure

This recorder is an important part of the collection as it is a first achievement.
It is complete with the DVC-2400 vidicon camera. It was a record only machine. The lack
of a playback facility kept the size and weight to a minimum



1969 The Shibaden SV707 portable VTR

The Shibaden SV707 portable VTR The Shibaden SV707 portable VTR

The Shibaden SV707 portable VTR The Shibaden SV707 portable VTR

The Shibaden SV707 portable VTR The Shibaden SV707 portable VTR

The Shibaden SV707 portable VTR The Shibaden SV707 portable VTR

The Shibaden SV707 portable VTR

This is a rare Shibaden sv707 record only potapak VTR and FP707 camera. The complete portable kit with SBC-12 battery charger
in excellent condition. Manufactured by the Shiba Electric Co Ltd in Japan. This is an important addition to the museum's exhibits.
In the late 1960 and early 1970s Shibaden equipment was to be found in schools colleges and universities in the UK.
Here we can see the first videographer's typical equipment. The build quality was high but that also meant it was heavy.
The choice at the time may have been this unit, the Sony 2400 or 3400 or National (Panasonic) 3085 also shown on this page.



1970 - The Sony AV-3400 Portapack
The second portable reel to reel video recorder.


Sony AV-3400 Portapack. Library picture. Sony AV-3400 Portapack.

Sony AV-3400 Portapack. Sony AV-3400 Portapack.

Sony AV-3400 Portapack. Sony AV-3400 Portapack.

including leather case camera & power supply. It was the first portable that could
record AND play back video. Included is the AV-3420CE reel to reel video, the
AC–3420CE power supply and the AVC–3240CE EIAJ B/W camera.
The AV-3400 was the most mass produced successful “Portapack” system ever sold.



1969 - The VT-100 AKAI VC-100
with VT Video Camera B/W VTR Videocon Portapack.


This was a very compact highly portable complete 1/4 inch video tape system.

Akai VC-100 with camera.

The VT-100 was the first ever 1/4 inch video tape portable VTR. It was the lightest portable
recorder of that era and as such was the lightest reel to reel portable ever made.



1968 - Philips LDL1002 1/2" domestic videotape
reel to reel recorder


Philips LDL1002 1/2 inch VTR Philips LDL1002 1/2 inch VTR

Philips LDL1002 1/2 inch VTR Philips LDL1002 1/2 inch VTR

Philips LDL1002 1/2 inch VTR Philips LDL1002 1/2 inch VTR

This unit was marketed by Philips as a domestic video recorder and it was sold in relatively
large numbers. It could be considered as a very early mass produced domestic
video recorder although clearly three years later than the Sony CV2000.

1st ever domestic video tape recorder? Philips LDL1002 advert

It used 1/2 inch reels and the unit was no larger than audio tape recorders from that time.
(It is compact at 43.5cm wide by 36cm deep by 19cm high)
Philips marketing brochures were very definitely aimed at the domestic consumer.
The unit is remarkably light. Indeed it is even lighter than many audio reel to reel
recorders of that time at only 13.55Kg.It is also very aesthetically attractive.
It was housed in an attractive wood appearance case to match a domestic setting.



1968 - Philips EL3402 1" videotape
reel to reel recorder


Philips EL3402 1 inch VTR Philips EL3402 1 inch VTR

Philips EL3402 1 inch VTR

We are delighted to have examples of 1-inch reel to reel video recorders in the museum. Designed for
high quality recordings of master tapes, these units are heavy. This one from 1968 was derived from
the earlier Philips EL3400 of 1963. However 5 years later, this is a much more advanced and "compact"
unit. In fact, although it is heavy, it is not much different in overall size to 1/2 inch units of the time.
This unit was donated in 2006



National NV 3030 E1 reel to reel video recorder.
1970 approx.


National NV 3030 E1 VTR National NV 3030 E1 VTR

National NV 3030 E1 VTR

It is important to have a National Panasonic black and white reel to reel video tape recorder
in the museum as this company played a major part in early video development.



A JVC video shoulder cart in it's original box. See below.

Video shoulder cart



Video History. "Time" magazine 1954

Time magazine 1954 Time magazine 1954



Go to the colour reel to reel video page and see,
A pair of Shibaden SV-620 E Color EIAJ VTR video recorders 1/2 PAL reel video recorders.
JVC PORTABLE VIDEO TAPE RECORDER PV-4800E / PV4800E. This was the last reel to reel portable
ever made but it is arguably the first COLOUR domestic portable reel to reel recorder. Indeed it is
arguably the first COLOUR domestic portable recorder whether reel to reel or cassette.



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