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Welcome to the Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording

MOMSR is dedicated to the preservation of the technology of sound recording including the reel to reel tape recorder and its impact on music, broadcasting, film/video and science. In addition to the vintage technology, our Museum documents the significant individuals who invented, manufactured, engineered and produced audio creating the sounds in our lives!


What's new?

SBE Society of Broadcast Engineers interview of Martin Theophilus MOMSR

Martin's interview with the Society of Broadcast Engineers  Martin's interview with the Society of Broadcast Engineers  Martin's interview with the Society of Broadcast Engineers  Martin's interview with the Society of Broadcast Engineers 


Here's a pdf of photos taken of the MOMSR collection August, 2020


Roberts 400X reel tape recorder in the MOMSR vintage recording collection  MOMSR Concertone 800 reel to reel tape recorder being exercised on June 13, 2020  MOMSR Ampex 2000 reel to reel tape recorder being exercised on June 13, 2020  MOMSR Ampex AG500 reel to reel tape recorder being exercised on June 13, 2020

MOMSR reel tape recorder maintenance exercise June 13, 2020 • Phantom Studio pan during MOMSR SBE interview prep

Keeping it reel • Magnetic Recording Part 1Modern Recording's History of Recording part 2 to 6

• Reel-To-Reel Recorders – Is There A Resurgence • Mathmatics of Tape Recording (pdf)

There's Music In the Air •  Capturing sound during WW II • Updates to: EMI & MultiTrack

A variety of magnetic recording formats • Historical Development of Magnetic Recording and Tape Recorder by Masanori Kimizuka

NEW Tape Recorder resources: Kosas Metaxas Recorders  (pdf) • Ballfinger Germany • Refurbishing  J Corder restyling recorders

• Larry DeVivo shared photos about the Presto studio he's created as well as Presto ads. View  

Download 7 hours of video about our collection


Our Ampex 200A #33 may now be seen on the third floor of the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum in Austin Texas.  View video

The 1948 reel tape recorder is on display with items from Asleep At The Wheel, Floyd Domino and George Strait. While the Bullock Museum is temporarily closed due to Covid19, we hope it will be available again soon! Please stay safe!

MOMSR Ampex 200A on display at the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum  Chris and Martin Theophilus with the MOMSR Ampex 200A on display at the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum


On January 5, 2020 the Ampex AG-440 reel to reel tape recorder from our collection arrived at Atlanta's Screen Gems Studio 6 to appear in Jennifer Hudson's movie, "RESPECT," about Aretha Franklin. It's scheduled to be released in October 2020. Hope it passes its screen test!

MOMSR Ampex AG-440   MOMSR Ampex AG-440  MOMSR Ampex AG-440

RELEASE DATE

MGM has moved the release date of Jennifer Hudson’s Aretha Franklin biopic “Respect” from Oct. 9 to late in the awards seasons with a limited Christmas Day debut.

“Respect,” titled after Franklin’s 1967 hit, will expand Jan. 8 and go into wide release Jan. 15 at the start of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend. Hudson, who won a supporting actress Oscar for “Dreamgirls,” was personally selected for the role by Franklin before Franklin died in 2018 at the age of 76.

Franklin won 17 Grammys, starting with “Respect” in 1968 and “Chain of Fools” in 1969. The film, directed by Liesl Tommy, also stars Forest Whitaker as C.L. Franklin, Marlon Wayans as Ted White, Mary J. Blige as Dinah Washington and Tituss Burgess as Rev. Dr. James Cleveland. The news was first reported by Deadline Hollywood.


Special notice: Our private reel to reel tape recorder collection, purchased over the past 20 years is currently undergoing downsizing. We are retaining many of the historically significant recorders. However, there is some duplication and many sound recorders that are represented by other machines. We will list the items currently for sale on our "Sale" page.

What is unique about our online sound recording museum?

Ampex 200A and Ampex 300 in the Theophilus collection

• Over 100 + vintage (most are working) reel to reel tape recorders displayed with supporting memorabilia The collection has been downsized from 225 reel and wire recorders.

• 125 + vintage microphones and numerous mixers and recording accessories

• Vintage documentation from the 1900's to the present including manuals, ads, catalogs and magazines

• Sound recording devices that include most of the US and many international manufacturers

• Some of the first magnetic tape recorders from Ampex, Brush, Magnecord, Sony, Studer and Teac

• Historical summaries and personal stories from the major international sound recording companies

 

Recording devices

Ampes 200A and 300 in the MOMSR collection

Manufacturers

Magnecord machine shop

Extensive vintage archive

1940s photo of John Boyers one of the founders of Magnecord

Ads, catalogs and docs

Cover of the 1965 Tape Recorder Annual

 

Interviews

Lisa Fletcher giving tour of Arlyn Studios in Austin

The vintage collection

MOMST Teac A3340 and Model 2 mixer

 

We documented our collection and made the 7 hours of video available on line!

"The most comprehensive information about the open reel, or analog reel to reel tape recorder!" See below