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Reel To reel tape machines

Reel to Reel recorders like vinyl in records are here to stay.

The period tape machines like Ferrograph were hand built to last and were built  in the UK, just like the classic radio's of the same period use off the shelf components . With that classic valve sound and mechanical design whats not to like. Every instutution had them BBC, schools, armed forces and if you were lucky the private owner to .With the correct servicing some 50 years later they are  as good as the day they left the factory

 

Retro with Classic designs are now very popular. There are a number of client's who collect from a certain decade, this can be for personal interest or as props in television or film, through to interior design. At times we are asked to supply good looking models but are not fully functional. If there is a particular period radio you require please contact me to your specific needs so we c

an do the hard work for you.

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Ferrograph Tape machines

Just As record players never really had gone out of fashion and now is main stream again. Tape machines are also doing the same thing , with interest from the public as well as the professional  studio's who are now using good quality tape machines. One that comes to mind is the all British built Ferrograph.

These were built to a very high standard so much so, that every broadcaster was using them and to some degree still do. All the models had three independant motors, and had tropical treatment given to all the windings, hence you will not find a faulty motor.

First produced in 1949 the model's over 3 decades had only minor changes in design and operation apart from the model 7 series. All the other model's were using valve technology given that warm sound. The prices at the time were not for the average home owner as even in 1959 a series 4A model was £81 gns  which was nearly 8 times a weekly wage for a skilled man , which in today prices places it in the order of £4000 , hence why they were so well built and work just as well today.

I will be offering a number of different models for sale all guranteed from the 4 to the 6 series and when using them , there is that something special about mechanical and valve technology working together you just love.

One thing to note with Ferrographs if the tape you are using has issues ie the rewind can seem poor, this make be due to your machine requiring a service or as often is the case its the tape itself, it at first seems hard to understand but this is a common issue with old tapes. Service Sound who are experts in their field will be able to advise you on this and any other issues you might have , there details are on my main page.

Ferrograph 634H, being taken apart for a comprehensive service.

This model is very sought after as it offers high tape speed and stereo recording.

Ferrograph Series 5 (1963) with Ferrograph factory date stamp 31st Oct 1963 SOLD

A nice one owner from new Ferrograph mono reel to reel tape machine, offering 3.75 and 7.5 inches per second tape speed. If required a additional tape head can be fitted , but i feel its perfect as it is. Condition is very good with the usual slight marking and wear to the outer case, but the chassis and tape transport and controls are like new. The spool size can go up to 8.25 inches and comes supplied with 7 inch spools.

The electronics have been taken apart fully and tested, the valves are perfect like new again indicates minor use, typical in private ownership , and any components requiring replacement have been undertaken. The record and seperate playback head fully cleaned, all the tape transport system fully cleaned. The motor's 3 seperate units, re-oiled and transport system re-greased , all knobs work smoothly and the record function is very sensitive.

The recorder comes complete with its original Ferrograph Series 5 manual including, Ferrograph service and invoice in 1969 plus original mains lead see other photo's below and 7 inch tape plus Ferrograph take up spool . The tape has a recent recording of the Navy Lark used as a test and for something you can listen to straight away while you get used to the machine.

Like all Ferrographs, quality is first class and the audio ampilifier produces 2.5 Watts from a single 15 ohm 10 by 6 inch loud speaker. Monitoring while recording into either of the 2 inputs is very straight forward and you can if required switch the speaker off. A book published "built like a battle ship" tells you the quality of build and that it also weighs just under in old english 50 pounds.

All British built and in the year when purchased would in todays value be in the order of £4000, thats quality for you.

Comes complete with mains plug, original documents tape and 3 months gurantee

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Ferrograph Series 5 (1963) with Ferrograph factory date stamp 31st Oct 1963 SOLD

£400.00 SOLD

A nice one owner from new Ferrograph mono reel to reel tape machine, offering 3.75 and 7.5 inches per second tape speed. If required a additional tape head can be fitted , but i feel its perfect as it is. Condition is very good with the usual slight marking and wear to the outer case, but the chassis and tape transport and controls are like new. The spool size can go up to 8.25 inches and comes supplied with 7 inch spools.

The electronics have been taken apart fully and tested, the valves are perfect like new again indicates minor use, typical in private ownership , and any components requiring replacement have been undertaken. The record and seperate playback head fully cleaned, all the tape transport system fully cleaned. The motor's 3 seperate units, re-oiled and transport system re-greased , all knobs work smoothly and the record function is very sensitive.

The recorder comes complete with its original Ferrograph Series 5 manual including, Ferrograph service and invoice in 1969 plus original mains lead see other photo's below and 7 inch tape plus Ferrograph take up spool . The tape has a recent recording of the Navy Lark used as a test and for something you can listen to straight away while you get used to the machine.

Like all Ferrographs, quality is first class and the audio ampilifier produces 2.5 Watts from a single 15 ohm 10 by 6 inch loud speaker. Monitoring while recording into either of the 2 inputs is very straight forward and you can if required switch the speaker off. A book published "built like a battle ship" tells you the quality of build and that it also weighs just under in old english 50 pounds.

All British built and in the year when purchased would in todays value be in the order of £4000, thats quality for you.

Comes complete with mains plug, original documents tape and 3 months gurantee


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The machine comes with a near mint original users manual and abridged operating instructions with Date stamped final inspection lable from the factory.

Ferrograph series 5 lid opened for service, visible are the 3 seperate motors and switch assy. Everything was built to a first class level, these machines were intented for the professional marketl and every was made  in their factory at Simonside Works, South Shields. The motors as standard were built for the tropics, so apart from minor maintenance are as good as the day they were built.

Ferrograph Series 634H (1968) SOLD

This is the one collectors are looking full, the ultimate in reel to reel machines. The H series offeres 15 inches per second and 7.5 as well as 3.75. with quater track and stereo switchable and can use reels up to 8.25 inches in diameter. The machine has been stripped down, any electronics that were not up to specification have been replaced and all mechanical parts cleaned re-greased and fully tested.There is only slight marking to the case, the only issue the owner was unable to find the lid which is rather annoying though not to important for everyday use. comes complete with its original user manual as the does so much you would need it, one spool of tape pre-recorded so you can straight away get used to how it works with the pick up spool. Because of the stero pre-amp circuits etc the audio output is a single small speaker fitted to the right hand side for monitoring, Ferrograph assumed that this would be connected to a hifi ampifier which is fitted  via phono plugs at the rear above the two stero inputs. I always wanted to get one of these and even on Ebay untested are going for lots of money. Offered with 3 months gurantee and full packing with insurance

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Ferrograph Series 634H (1968) SOLD

£525.00 SOLD

This is the one collectors are looking full, the ultimate in reel to reel machines. The H series offeres 15 inches per second and 7.5 as well as 3.75. with quater track and stereo switchable and can use reels up to 8.25 inches in diameter. The machine has been stripped down, any electronics that were not up to specification have been replaced and all mechanical parts cleaned re-greased and fully tested.There is only slight marking to the case, the only issue the owner was unable to find the lid which is rather annoying though not to important for everyday use. comes complete with its original user manual as the does so much you would need it, one spool of tape pre-recorded so you can straight away get used to how it works with the pick up spool. Because of the stero pre-amp circuits etc the audio output is a single small speaker fitted to the right hand side for monitoring, Ferrograph assumed that this would be connected to a hifi ampifier which is fitted  via phono plugs at the rear above the two stero inputs. I always wanted to get one of these and even on Ebay untested are going for lots of money. Offered with 3 months gurantee and full packing with insurance


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Ferrograph Series 5 (1965) SOLD

A nice one owner from new Ferrograph mono reel to reel tape machine, offering 3.75 and 7.5 inches per second tape speed. If required a additional tape head can be fitted , but i feel its perfect as it is. Condition is very good with a near perfect outer case, the chassis and tape transport and controls are like new with only slight marking on the tape deck by the plack switch. The spool size can go up to 8.25 inches and comes supplied with 7 inch spools.

The electronics have been taken apart fully tested as the valves to ensure good emmisions , and any components requiring replacement have been undertaken. The record and seperate playback head fully cleaned, all the tape transport system fully cleaned. The motor's 3 seperate units, re-oiled and transport system re-greased , all knobs work smoothly and the record function is very sensitive.

The recorder comes complete with its original Ferrograph Series 5 manual including abridged operating instructions and gurantee card, mains lead  and 7 inch tape plus Ferrograph take up spool, with its original ock keys . The tape has a recent recording of Hancock's Half Hour used as a test and for something you can listen to straight away while you get used to the machine.

Like all Ferrographs, quality is first class and the audio ampilifier produces 2.5 Watts from a single 15 ohm 10 by 6 inch loud speaker. Monitoring while recording into either of the 2 inputs is very straight forward and you can if required switch the speaker off. A book published "built like a battle ship" tells you the quality of build and that it also weighs just under in old english 50 pounds.

All British built and in the year when purchased would in todays value be in the order of £3,500, thats quality for you.

Comes complete with mains plug, original documents tape and 3 months gurantee

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Ferrograph Series 5 (1965) SOLD

£325.00 SOLD

A nice one owner from new Ferrograph mono reel to reel tape machine, offering 3.75 and 7.5 inches per second tape speed. If required a additional tape head can be fitted , but i feel its perfect as it is. Condition is very good with a near perfect outer case, the chassis and tape transport and controls are like new with only slight marking on the tape deck by the plack switch. The spool size can go up to 8.25 inches and comes supplied with 7 inch spools.

The electronics have been taken apart fully tested as the valves to ensure good emmisions , and any components requiring replacement have been undertaken. The record and seperate playback head fully cleaned, all the tape transport system fully cleaned. The motor's 3 seperate units, re-oiled and transport system re-greased , all knobs work smoothly and the record function is very sensitive.

The recorder comes complete with its original Ferrograph Series 5 manual including abridged operating instructions and gurantee card, mains lead  and 7 inch tape plus Ferrograph take up spool, with its original ock keys . The tape has a recent recording of Hancock's Half Hour used as a test and for something you can listen to straight away while you get used to the machine.

Like all Ferrographs, quality is first class and the audio ampilifier produces 2.5 Watts from a single 15 ohm 10 by 6 inch loud speaker. Monitoring while recording into either of the 2 inputs is very straight forward and you can if required switch the speaker off. A book published "built like a battle ship" tells you the quality of build and that it also weighs just under in old english 50 pounds.

All British built and in the year when purchased would in todays value be in the order of £3,500, thats quality for you.

Comes complete with mains plug, original documents tape and 3 months gurantee


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£400.00
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Ferrograph series 4AN (1960/61) Mint condition

A near mint working machine , with one owner from new and records and playback perfectly. As in all apart from the last model, the style was very similar and mechanicaly the same, why change perfection. This model 4A offers two speeds 3.75 and 7.5 inches per second and playback offeres an impressive 2.5 Watts output into a 10 inch by 5 ellipitical loudspeaker.

This professional built tape machine has three independant motors, direct drive, so no issues with drive belts., a turns counter gear driven, with a brief stop fitting to the head cover.Recording level meter and the choice of interchangeable heads, allowing stero or monitoring if required, unlike the series 5 which by then was standard by switching in or out the 4 did not. The Ferrograph will also take upto 8.25 inch spools, but comes complete with 7 inch Ferrograph sppol and a tape with a test recording done for you to get used to the machine. When new this model cost £85 , that is £4000 in todays money, no wonder collectors like them and the fact they still work today.

As standard the unit has been taken apart all servicing electronicaly and mechanicaly have been carried out, all tape paths and erase and record/playback head cleaned. Fully tested to meet Ferrographs requirements

The general condition of the outer case is very fine with only one age related wear to it. Comes complete with mains lead and a original copy of the Ferrograph sales information plus tapes and 3 months gurantee.

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Ferrograph series 4AN (1960/61) Mint condition

£400.00 Incl P&P

A near mint working machine , with one owner from new and records and playback perfectly. As in all apart from the last model, the style was very similar and mechanicaly the same, why change perfection. This model 4A offers two speeds 3.75 and 7.5 inches per second and playback offeres an impressive 2.5 Watts output into a 10 inch by 5 ellipitical loudspeaker.

This professional built tape machine has three independant motors, direct drive, so no issues with drive belts., a turns counter gear driven, with a brief stop fitting to the head cover.Recording level meter and the choice of interchangeable heads, allowing stero or monitoring if required, unlike the series 5 which by then was standard by switching in or out the 4 did not. The Ferrograph will also take upto 8.25 inch spools, but comes complete with 7 inch Ferrograph sppol and a tape with a test recording done for you to get used to the machine. When new this model cost £85 , that is £4000 in todays money, no wonder collectors like them and the fact they still work today.

As standard the unit has been taken apart all servicing electronicaly and mechanicaly have been carried out, all tape paths and erase and record/playback head cleaned. Fully tested to meet Ferrographs requirements

The general condition of the outer case is very fine with only one age related wear to it. Comes complete with mains lead and a original copy of the Ferrograph sales information plus tapes and 3 months gurantee.


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Rare find indeed. The original sales receipt with all the original documentation present, indicates a very careful owner.

£345.00
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Ferrograph Model 2A

A near mint early Ferrograph series model 2A, i would think 1957 ,this was purchased from the family who's uncle had purchased this from new, there is a receipt showing a replacement head was purchased in 1978 and interesting the manual has tele recording section Lime Grove , I was informed that he had something to do with this so perhaps at the time the book was offered for use there . The machine has had a service and as standard the components either known to cause issue or were out of specification have been replaced. I would think it will be very difficult to find another model in such good condition, the chassis is like new, the valves all tested perfectly and the lack of marking to the deck would imply either really good care or not high use. Comes complete with tape pre-recorded so you can use it straight away, original user/service manual, receipts  and 6 months gurantee with original mains plug

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Ferrograph Model 2A

£345.00 incl.P&P

A near mint early Ferrograph series model 2A, i would think 1957 ,this was purchased from the family who's uncle had purchased this from new, there is a receipt showing a replacement head was purchased in 1978 and interesting the manual has tele recording section Lime Grove , I was informed that he had something to do with this so perhaps at the time the book was offered for use there . The machine has had a service and as standard the components either known to cause issue or were out of specification have been replaced. I would think it will be very difficult to find another model in such good condition, the chassis is like new, the valves all tested perfectly and the lack of marking to the deck would imply either really good care or not high use. Comes complete with tape pre-recorded so you can use it straight away, original user/service manual, receipts  and 6 months gurantee with original mains plug


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£500.00
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Ferrograph Series 631 (1968)

A near mint example of the last machine before the logic 7 series in the early 1970's, just like the car salesman "one careful owner from new", but in this case this is true, it was a 21st birthday present, wow some present and was looked after until the owner died some 10 years ago and was stored until now. There is just a few marks to the rear tape deck, but apart from that its as near perfect I have seen. Also supplied very rare is the zip cover. The machine has been fully serviced, heads cleaned etc plus any electrical components not up to specification replaced. It offers 3 speeds, 1.7/8,3.75,and 7.5 inches per second, spool capacity up to 8.25 inches and as to all Ferograph motors, these are tropical treated which in our climat means damp cannot penetrate the windings. Costing originally £88 gns and quality counts, comes complete with abridged operating instructions , original sales details and 6 months gurantee.

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Ferrograph Series 631 (1968)

£500.00 incl. P&P

A near mint example of the last machine before the logic 7 series in the early 1970's, just like the car salesman "one careful owner from new", but in this case this is true, it was a 21st birthday present, wow some present and was looked after until the owner died some 10 years ago and was stored until now. There is just a few marks to the rear tape deck, but apart from that its as near perfect I have seen. Also supplied very rare is the zip cover. The machine has been fully serviced, heads cleaned etc plus any electrical components not up to specification replaced. It offers 3 speeds, 1.7/8,3.75,and 7.5 inches per second, spool capacity up to 8.25 inches and as to all Ferograph motors, these are tropical treated which in our climat means damp cannot penetrate the windings. Costing originally £88 gns and quality counts, comes complete with abridged operating instructions , original sales details and 6 months gurantee.


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Internal view of the 631 chassis, its like new, will not find better, the other photo's below reveal its condition. The heads are in excellent condition as you would expect, and below that the power supply now fitted witha bridge rectifier and note the standard large elliptical loudspeaker

£440.00
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Ferrograph 631 (1968)

A very fine series 6 Ferrograph, the specification is the same as the one above , case is clean chassis is like new again this model 6 offere's 3 speeds. The volume control knob, far right had the top steel lid missing when received , this has been replaced with a series 5 that does not have the black pointer on top as the others, though you still have the original red marker near the numbers.

The tape deck and controls are in very fine condition, often the series 6 are in better condition than the earlier models due to being the latter version and has had less use.Comes complete with the full user manual and recorded tape

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Ferrograph 631 (1968)

£440.00 incl. P&P

A very fine series 6 Ferrograph, the specification is the same as the one above , case is clean chassis is like new again this model 6 offere's 3 speeds. The volume control knob, far right had the top steel lid missing when received , this has been replaced with a series 5 that does not have the black pointer on top as the others, though you still have the original red marker near the numbers.

The tape deck and controls are in very fine condition, often the series 6 are in better condition than the earlier models due to being the latter version and has had less use.Comes complete with the full user manual and recorded tape


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The model 6 open ready for inspection. Unlike the earlier models you have to remove the tape spools to allow the deck to open, this in many ways is better as the earlier versions when opened had to be held open with a bar here easy access can be seen.

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