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"Antique" Wollensak T-1500???

by europa105 / April 20, 2007 11:30 AM PDT

I recently found some old reel-to-reel tapes I made about 40 years ago. I made them on a Wollensak T-1500 tape recorder, and the thing had a wheel to change "tracks-" Track A and Track B. I'm trying to locate a tape recorder that'll play the tapes, without any success. I found an old Wollensak machine on eBay but it lacked the A&B wheel.
Can anyone help me?
Much thanks.

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Wollensak -- another name from the past
by HTHMAN / April 21, 2007 2:59 AM PDT

Been a long time, but on the old reel-to-reels, wasn't the A-B switch used to allow you to play the reel in reverse instead of taking the reel off and flipping it to the other side? Sort of like the auto-reverse cassette tape players. I will bet you can play it on any reel-to-reel. Seems like Sony made a nice unit back then and it may have had that feature.

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I did try to play those tapes on
by europa105 / April 21, 2007 9:33 AM PDT

other machines, but they sounded like the tapes were playing backwards. I vaguely remember that A-B wheel (switch) had a third position, between the A and the B. Stereo?
Stewart- Thanks for the good luck wish- I'm going to need it.
I smiled when I read "Ampex." Wasn't that the Rolls Royce of tape recorders back then?

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by Riverledge / April 21, 2007 4:39 PM PDT

3M, BOUGHT WOLLENSAK in the 1960's I believe;

THE 1960's....WOLLENSAK was associated with 3M's SCOTCH BRAND RECORDING TAPES;
R to R, as well as SCOTCH cassettes. (affectionately known as "SCRATCH TAPES.")

I'D try 3M's archives first; just a thought!

Thanks for the DEJA VU, I was about twelve then.


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by stewart norrie / April 21, 2007 3:17 AM PDT

When I was a young chap I owned an AKAI reel to reel recorder. it was a clone of the Ampex what a beautiful machine. It would record and play back at 15 i.p.s. and the stereo amps were below the reels , the amps would slide out on roolers for easy access. Did you know that the reel to reel tape recorder was invented in Germany during warld war two.. The recorder was found buy an american and brought back to the u.s.a. where it was refiend and thats were Ampex was started. good luck to you stewe

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