Reel-to-Reel Tape Recorder

Description (Brief)
This Akai reel-to-reel tape recorder was imported from Japan in the late 1960s. The professional-grade recorder used transistors rather than older style vacuum tubes. That reduced power consumption and made the electronics much lighter. However, the unit features a wooden case and cover that makes it heavier than most recorders in the collection.
Japanese industrialists viewed the task of rebuilding after World War Two as an opportunity to modernize their production facilities and product lines. The transistor was one new technology in which they invested heavily.
Currently not on view
Object Name
tape recorder
recording device
date made
ca 1968
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
metal (overall material)
plastic (overall material)
overall: 51.4 cm x 35.6 cm x 28 cm; 20 1/4 in x 14 in x 11 in
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Magnetic Recording
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Work and Industry: Electricity
Magnetic Recording
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
from Lynn G. Herbert
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