Reel-to-Reel Tape Recorder

Description (Brief)
This Ampex model 750 recorder is a professional-grade unit. In 1927, Alexander M. Poniatoff emigrated from Russia to the United States and in 1944 founded Ampex to make equipment for the U. S. Navy. Looking for a post-war product, he attended a demonstration of a German tape recorder. Poniatoff decided that magnetic recording would be a good post-war market. Ampex concentrated on building higher-quality products for professional studio use rather than selling consumer products.
The donor purchased this unit as a graduate student for use in field work in the late 1970s. He was researching black gospel music.
Currently not on view
Object Name
tape recorder
recording device
date made
ca 1965
Ampex Corporation
Physical Description
plastic (overall material)
metal (overall material)
overall: 21.5 cm x 36 cm x 43 cm; 8 7/16 in x 14 3/16 in x 16 15/16 in
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
model 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 John Hasse
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