The Fostex B16 tape machine

Download fourteen pages of early-80s publications regarding the Fostex B16 1/2″ sixteen-track tape recorder.


You will find in the package: a complete pricelist; a lengthy ‘test report’ as published in ‘Modern Recording and Music’ Nov 1984; plus an original 6-panel full-color product sheet.

The B16 was the flagship product-offering from FOSTEX in the 1980s; it was available in 3 models.  The base model had a belt-driven system and was capable of 7.5 ips or 15ips operation.  The B16D was direct-drive and offered a number of additional ‘professional’ features, including 30ips operation.  The B16DM was a 3-head version, which I have never seen or heard of outside of the literature that I am offering here.

Anyone using one of these things?  impressions?

Follow this link for earlier PreservationSound dot com coverage of the FOSTEX B-16, featuring Christine McVie.

6 thoughts on “The Fostex B16 tape machine”

  1. I never saw a three head version either!

    One of the more tedious alignments, I did a ton of these in NYC when they were popular.

    It was not a bad sounding machine for what it was.

    Do you recall what these sold for when they came out?

  2. I have a few tapes made on this machine from the 1980s, but have no machine. Does anyone have a contact in Australia with a working deck?

    1. I have just received a B16 in great condition. Will be checking
      have service manual alignment tape and great service shop. My business is sound transfer. Doing the best work here at a fully equipped facility. My work is know worldwide in the Film Score business.

      Johnny Dee Davis

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