Welcome to the theophilus/reel2reeltexas.com Vintage recording Collection

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Our goal is to help preserve the history of the development of the open reel, or analog reel to reel tape recorder and recognize those persons who provided the innovations along the way.  In spite of its relatively short history (1930's to the 1980's), the reel tape recorder enabled folks for the first time to capture sound with ever increasing levels of quality. Whether it be the musician preparing for the studio, broadcasters documenting a major event, or just capturing granddad interacting with the kids, reel tape recorders preserved the moments.

  • Neumann U87 mic - 1967
  • Ampex 300 reel tape recorder
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  • Pioneer RT-909 with dust cover
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  • Mitsubitshi X-80 - 1980
  • Teac 80-8
  • Ampex 351 restored by Phantom Productions, Inc.
  • Studer B67
  • Ampex 200A
  • Phantom's Studio & Museum
  • Concertone 2020
  • Ampex AG500
  • Sony 772
  • Ampex ATR 800
  • Tascam BR-20T
  • ReVox B77
  • SonyAPR5003
  • Otari MX-5050 BQII
  • Technics RS-1700
  • Dokorder 1140
  • Magnecord PT6JA & H2
  • Phantom Studio
  • Museum North wall
  • Museum Vocal Booth looking into studio
  • Phantom Studio
  • Phantom Studio
  • Phantom Studio
  • Four track recorders
  • Ampex 600 series
  • ReVox A76, A77 & A78
  • Wall of Sony
  • Pioneer RT-909 & Rt 707
  • Tandberg Model 12
  • Nagra III
  • South Wall Akai & Roberts
  • Akai GX-747
  • Uher 4400
  • Tape Athon
  • Webcor Professional
  • Telefunken 204
  • Wollensak 1980
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Reel to Reel Tape Recorders

 

In collecting our vintage analog open reel tape recorders, we have attempted to include units that had a significant role in the development of audio recording. Our focus is primarily on those reel to reel tape recorders that enabled musicians to hone their craft. We felt it would be interesting to include some of the early cylinder, disk and wire units, however, our main collection reflects the recorders that first became available to musicians and "prosumers" in the late 1940's, '50's, '60's, '70's and early '80's. So many innovations assisted the musician to capture that unique sound. They included, "sound with, and on sound," echo, and then came multi-tracking.  There are presently 151 reel to reel tape reorders in the Theophilus/Reel2ReelTexas.com collection.

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CYLINDER, WIRE, 1/4" TAPE, 1/2" TAPE • 1 TRACK, 2 TRACK, 4 TRACK, 8 TRACK AND 16 TRACK


 

 

Essential to the recordings were the microphones and mixers, so we've added some of those pieces as well,  There are over 100 microphones in our collection.

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 Theophilus/Reel2ReelTexas' Vintage Microphone Collection


Recent updates:  In the last 12 months we have added an additional 3,000+ ads to the collection.  The total image content on the site now exceeds 400 pages and 14,500 images.


Three part quick tour of the R2R Texas.com collection

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For perspective, we added reel to reel pages in radio catalogs from the late '30's to the early '80's and included open reel tape recorder ads as well. We hope you enjoy our online information. Take a look at our "Phantom Time Line" page also. You'll see some of the audio and video units that were interesting benchmarks of production development. It continues to evolve as we have time. Enjoy! Go to the Catalog and Ads Index page


KXAN Austin Recording Museum Update

View Austin's NBC KXAN story by Jim Swift about the vintage collection

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View story on Phantom's Vintage Reel to Reel Tape Recorder Museum

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Vintage recording manufacturers in our analog recorder, microphone and documents  collection include: AKAI, ALTEC, AMPEX, AMERICAN MICROPHONE,AMPERITE, ARGONNE, ASTATIS, BELL, BELL AND HOWELL, BERLANT CONCERTONE,BRUSH, CALRAD, CONCERTONE, CONCORD, CROWN, DOKORDER, EDISON, ELECTRO VOICE EV, FENTONE, FOSTEX, GARRARD, JBL, LLOYD'S, MAGNECORDER, MAGNECORD, MARANTZ, MARTEL, MILES REPRODUCTION, MONARCH, NAGRA, NORELCO, OTARI, PENTRON, PICKERING, PHILLIPS, PRESTO, PIONEER, RCA, REALISTIC, RESLO, REVOX, RHEEM, ROBERTS, SENNHEISER, SHURE, SONY, SPARTA, SPECTONE, TANDBERG, TASCAM, TEAC, TECHNICS, TELEFUNKEN, TELMAR, TOSHIBA, TURNER, VIKING, WEBCOR, WEBSTER CHICAGO, WILCOX GAY, WOLLENSAK, 3M, YORK, YAMAHA

 

 

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