Magnecord Historical Archive Material Part VI

Today we’ll wrap up our series of original-source documents pertaining to Magnecord corporation, one of the pioneers of high-fidelity recording.

Click each link below to download the corresponding issue of ‘Magnecord INC,’ the company’s in-house publication.

Magnecord_INC_jan1953

Magnecord_INC_Nov1953

Magnecord_INC_Sept1953

Magnecord_INC_July1954

Magnecord_INC_may1954

As I noted earlier in this series, these documents are fascinating because they reveal a culture beginning to grasp the potential of affordable, widely accessible audio-recording.  Each issue of ‘Magnecord, INC’ describes what were essentially new-ideas as far as recording and playing-back sound in various artistic and commercial/industrial applications.  Consider the example above: the New Haven fire dep’t circ 1951.  Notice that there is no mention in this piece about enhancing public health and/or safety: here, the Magenecorder is being used to “..protect() the city and the fire department against complaints.”  While I am not saying that this was the birth of ‘PYA,’ aka, ‘Protect Your Ass,’ it’s certainly an example of an early milestone.  “This call is being recorded for quality and training purposes.”  Here’s where it began…

So many tape recorders.  So much tape.  So much to record.

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One Response to Magnecord Historical Archive Material Part VI

  1. Lon Stuart says:

    I have a Magnecord Tape Recorder Model 728–4, serial #1899 that has a power resistor on rear apron of the middle upper chassis burned out. Has anyone got a schematic of that section so that I can get a replacement ceramic resistor? I’d really like to get a complete schematic, if possible.

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