Mayfair TR-1964

Mayfair TR-1964, ca. 1964

Approximately 9-1/4 inches / 235 mm wide, not including the strap brackets on the sides.

This recorder is unusual in a couple of ways:
  • It takes only two "UM-2" (C size) batteries, which power both the motor and the electronics.  Most cheap recorders use two C cells for the motor, and an "006P" (9V rectangular) battery for the amplifier.
  • Although it's a rim-drive, it uses an idler wheel to transfer torque from the motor spindle to the take-up reel turntable.  I think this method provides better speed stability, although it is still unsuitable for music.  (It must have provided some benefit, or the manufacturer would not have done it.)



It's fun (at least for me) to collect the myriad made-up brand names that were affixed to these small Japanese recorders.  The names were probably applied to the manufacturing output of just three or four companies, judging by the similarities among the surviving recorders found today.  So far, mostly from devoted eBay watching, I've collected this list of brand names:
Acme
Afco
Aiko
Alaron
Alco
Alsi
Answer
Apolec
Apolex
Argent
Belmont
Biltmore
Claricon
Clystar
Columbia
Comet
Commodore
Consul Deluxe
Continental
Ehrcorder
Electra
Electro-brand
Encorder
Encore
Fairmate
Hako
Hamilton
Harlie
Harpers
Hiltra
HiT
Homey
Honeytone
International
Invicta
Ionic
ITI
Jaguar
Juliette
Kent
Kraemer
Lefco
Le Sabre
Lincoln
Lloyd's
Marfield
Martel
Master-craft
Mayfair
Midland
Miny
Monacor
Nipco
Nobility
North American
Norwood
Nuvox
O.M.G.S.
Pateks
Pion
Poppett
Raleigh
Realtone
Regent
Rosko
Ross
Royco
Sandy
Senior Corder
Shalco
Snow Man
Sonic
Sonic-Aire
Star Fire
Star-Lite
Starline
Sublime
Summitone
Sun Ace
Sun Mark
Superior
Tempest
Toho
Tonex
Transicorder
Transworld
Travel Pak
Universal
Valiant
World Tone



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