this is my father's 1969 reel to reel tape recorder. it was last used in late 1976 to record an episode of the two ronnies. since then it has been in a cupboard along with 39 tapes, mostly early 70s music. here's pioneering synth-pop track 'popcorn' by hot butter from 1972:
and 'tiger feet' by mud from 74:
here are some of the tapes:
the contents are written down in a little book: geoff love, the new seekers, englebert humperdinck, suzi quatro, t.rex, elvis, louis armstrong, mrs mills, procul harum, des o'connor, the railway children, dougal and the blue cat [which frightened my little brother]...
the only issue right now is that the ffwd and rewind don't work properly, so i have to wind the tapes laboriously by hand. it probably just needs some cleaning.
quaint line from the instruction booklet: after switching on, wait one minute for the valves to warm up.