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Revox T26 Radio Reel to Reel Player (1 of 9)
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Wiltshire, UK

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Revox T26 Radio Reel to Reel Player

REF: LA355941
£1,450
€1,624
$1,784
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Description
This rare Revox t26 machine dates to c1951-5 and was the first machine by the infamous Willy Studer that was branded for his newly formed Revox Company.  The story goes that Studer was asked in the late 1940s to modify a group of US made Brush Sound-Mirror recorders because they didn't work properly on the Swiss electrical grid. Self-taught as an audio engineer, Studer not only made the necessary modifications, but decided he could do a better job himself.  He very briefly released his new machine under the name Magnavox, before rebranding as Revox and re-releasing the same machine as the T26. For anyone who is interested  there is a good full history on the internet about the  early days of the company, but the T26 stands out because it was their first so is a desirable machine today. Interestingly one of the original selling points of the machine was not only its sound quality, but that it was provided with an over-sized spool so could play for over an hour of tape without changing reels. The T26 came in a two main variations (a basic model and a deluxe model with a radio). The example offered here was that deluxe variation. The small size of the company at the time (and its rapid success) meant only 2,500 T26s rolled off the production line in total and their next machine started selling in 1952. And of that number only a small fraction would have been their most expensive variation. Indeed searching around the internet and I have only come across 3 or 4 other known examples like this so far.

measurements

Height:
45 cm
Width:
58 cm
Depth:
41 cm

declaration

Historic Tech has clarified that the Revox T26 Radio Reel to Reel Player (LA355941) is genuinely of the period declared with the date/period of manufacture being c1951

condition

This machine is offered in good original and working order both to the radio and to the tape player. It looks to have been partially restored some time in the past, but I've also had it checked, greased and recapped where necessary. Being a European machine the T26 was created to run off either 220v or 110v, however a transformer has been added to this example so it will run off 240v now as well. This does have a great quality sound overall and now it just needs a bit of knowledgeable tweaking by the new owner to iron out a few kinks ( including currently it has a tendency for the tape to slip off the rollers at the start of the reel which may be to do with the pinch roller).  The recording capacity has not been tested with a mic yet and the rear backboard is a replacement. This has been PAT tested for the UK.

location

This Revox T26 Radio Reel to Reel Player is located in United Kingdom

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