Magnetic Recording Head

Description (Brief)
This “Red Head” recording-playback head was designed by Brush Company around 1950 for sale to tape recorder manufacturers. Inside the housing is a small, specially-shaped electromagnet designed to produce a focused magnetic field. When recording, a current fed into the head varied according to the strength of the input signal and that variation was captured by the recording tape. For playback, the magnetic field on the tape generated a signal in the head as it passed close. The closer the playback signal matched the input signal, the more accurate the recorded sound.
Currently not on view
Object Name
recording device
tape recorder component
date made
ca 1948
Brush Development Co.
Physical Description
plastic (overall material)
metal (overall material)
overall: 1/2 in x 1/2 in x 9 in; 1.27 cm x 1.27 cm x 22.86 cm
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 Ruth W. Begun, in memory of Semi J. Begun
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