Vintage audio cassette recorders.
1974. Amstrad Model 7000 stereo cassette deck.
Amstrad marketed the 6000 and 7000 stereo cassette decks in 1974, They were an entry level product. They sold well
through the new chain of Comet stores. I bought one of these cassette decks brand new from Comet in either
1974 or 1975. It was used in a house we owned from 1974 until the beginning of 1976 and so the purchase date
can be pinned down to 74 or 75. This particular sample came into the museum in 2008. The quality, as with
many Amstrad products was, to be kind, average but it was also cheap and looked good. Can't remember how
much it cost .... One recollection was possibly £24 and the other was possibly £42 ?? If anyone knows the
purchase price in 1974, please send an e-mail. Wonder whether either of these memories are accurate....?
Update Feb. 2011
Three emails about this unit and it's price.
"Amstrad 7000 - I bought mine at B B Adams shop in Norwich in 1975 for £35."
"I bought my one new from Lasky's in 1976 for £56.25 (I worked all my summer holidays to save up for it!).
There was also a model 6000 which was cheaper as it had no Dolby system. I still have my 7000, but I
haven't used it for many years."
"Iíve just seen your page about the vintage Amstrad cassette decks. I bought the 6000, (non-Dolby) model
in í74 for £42 Ė I remember being a bit annoyed that the 7000 Dolby version came out pretty soon after for
only another £8 at £50. As you say, performance was only average, but HFN did a good review of the 6000
and found it mostly OK apart from pretty high levels of intermodulation distortion. Iíve actually had some
records cut from old recordings on the 6000, so it canít have been so badÖÖ
Looks like my memory of £42.00 was the accurate option.
1974. Tandburg TCD310 stereo cassette deck.
This is a very high quality semi professional cassette tape recorder. It is claimed to be a worlds first cassette recorder
with 3 motors and closed-loop dual capstan drive system. It also has 2 ferrite heads. It also has Dolby B noise
reduction circuitry. This unit is built like a tank and weighs 6.5Kg. It belonged to my cousin from new.
He donated it to the museum in 2007.
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