G-Type Tape Recorder

Japan's first reel-to-reel tape recorder

Announcement / Release
January 1950
around 1955
Birth Place
Tokyo, Japan


When released, the recorder was viewed as a product for government use, hence the G in G Type. The recording medium was actually long-fiber craft paper ordered from a mill, onto which dissolved magnetic powder was painted. Users found the recorder neatly organized, with the transport system on top and recording controls on the front. Carrying handles on both sides made the 35 kg unit somewhat easier to carry.

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