When I was growing up I would have given an eyetooth for one of these, a fantabulous FERROGRAPH SERIES 4S tape recorder.
As I’m sure you all know, Ferrograph were a British company who made perhaps the best tape recorders on the planet on the 1950s and 1960s – certainly up there with their contemporaries Revox (the domestic arm of Studer). For decades Ferrograph ruled the roost until the Series Seven came out in the late 1970s. A high end domestic/low end professional machine the Series Seven was capable of stunning results but unfortunately used pressure pads to hold the tape to the heads – a system that in theory made sense but as other manufacturers (such as Roland with their wonderful tape echos) discovered, was prone to clogging as tape residue built up, leading to transport unreliability. This sadly led to Ferrograph becoming overlooked in favour of more modern machines that relied upon a more convoluted tape path and pinch rollers for maintaining tape contact with the heads.
Be that as it was, these early Ferrograph machines are beautiful works of mechanical art and this machine joins others in our display collection.
Guzzle your eyes…