Historic Sound Equipment
More than just a home for compact discs and vinyl records, the Bill Schurk Sound Archives also preserve a variety of sound recording and playback machines. Some are artifacts from previous eras, while others are still used to play obsolete formats. These images serve as a showcase of the kinds of materials used for playback throughout the history of recorded sound. They range from some of the earliest commercially available cylinder players to modern compact disc players. These images also illustrate the history of recorded sound and its manifestations in daily life with examples ranging from utilitarian to decorative.
All photographs were taken using a Nikon D90 by Paul Rickard and Sarah Modene.
Accessing the Equipment
The physical objects are for library use only. To access, please contact the BGSU Music Library and Bill Schurk Sound Archives. All contact information can be found on the library's website.
BGSU Music Library and Bill Schurk Sound Archives. “[Item Title],” Historic Sound Equipment Collection. [date accessed]. [link to item].
SONY TC-580 Reel-to-Reel Tape Deck
The SONY TC-580 is used for recording, playback and erasing of magnetic tape reels seven inches in diameter, or smaller. It contains a three motor, six-head function, and an ESP automatic reversing system. 117V 60Hz 90WSource: HiFi Engine. Library/Sony "Sony TC-580: Bi-Lateral Six Head Stereo…
RCA Victor 2US7 Radio-Phonograph
The 2US7 radio-phonograph is used for playback of 33, 45 and 78 records. It contains an AM radio, automatic changer, and speaker.
Philips 212 Electronic Turntable
The Philips 212 Electronic turntable is used for playback of 33 and 45 rpm records. It features electronic speed control with high stability of turntable speed. It also contains a "feather touch" on/off switch and rocker bar for silent operation. Source: "Phillips bows new turntables; adds 'silent'…
Vanity Fair Bee Gees Phonograph
The Vanity Fair Model 57 was used for playback of 45 and 33 rpm phonograph records. It contains a built-in speaker and strobe light, and a microphone jack. Originally, this model was sold with a microphone. 110-120V, 45W, 60CPS
Fisher 400-CX Preamplifier
The Fisher 400-CX is an audio control until used for adjustment and amplification of sound equipment. It contains ten vacuum tubes, 27 controls, three outputs and ten inputs.
Source: Stereo Review, Ziff-Davis, 1960, 4-5
Markel Playmaster, Model 74
The Markel Playmaster 74 is usedfor playback of 33, 45 and 78 rpm phonograph records. It can hold up to twelve 10 inch records, ten 12 inch records or twelve 7 inch records. It can be set to play one or both sides of queued records automatically, and features automatic shut off. 115-117V, 60CSource:…
Sharp RP-117 Turntable
The Sharp RP-117 turntable is used for playback of 33 and 45 rpm records. It is a front-loading turntable and has continual, repeating, and automatic programmable music selection playback functions.Source: Burton, William, "What are your options? Unusual turntable features for special needs and…
Sony TA-1120 Amplifier
The Sony 1120 is an 120-watt, integrated amplifier with an all-silicon transistor. It includes bass and treble tone controls. 117V AC, 40-260WSource: The Vintage Knob. "Sony TA-1120, TA-1120A."
The Rek-O-Kut LP-743 was used for playback of transcription discs ranging from 10 to 16 inches in diameter, but it is also capable of playing commercial 78, 45 and 33 rpm phonograph records. It contains an Audax 16 tonearm.Source: Vinyl Engine. "Rek-O-Kut LP-743 Owners Manual," Library / Rek-O-Kut.
Edison Amberola Phonograph
The Edison Amberola was used for playback of two and four minute Amerbola wax cylinders, and four minute Amberola blue celluloid cylinders. This is a table top model with an internal horn. Source: "Edison Record Players." in Encyclopedia of Recorded Sound, edited by Frank Hoffman, 355-359. New York:…
General Electric Toy Record Player
The GE eletronic toy record player was used for playback of 45 rpm phonograph records, up to 12 inches in diameter. It uses a standard-sized needle and is decorated with fairy tale characters. 105-125V, 60C, 45W