THE SCHAUB LORENZ MUSIC CENTER


  Devised, researched
 and written
  by
  Peter King Smith BSc

                                                         The mid-1960s, German-built multi-track tape recorder with FM/AM/SW radio

Drawbacks  

  • The 5001 and 5005 models were 'mono' machines
     
  • The tape drum is not readily accessible unless you undo the back cover
     
  • A fully recorded tape drum could not be removed and changed for another 'blank' one (except by a repair engineer), so it was not as flexible as standard reel-to-reel tape recorders and the soon-to-follow audio cassette players
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  • Additional tape drums were never sold to consumers, so once the tape was full, you could only play what you'd recorded, or over-record earlier recordings with new recordings – not an optimal solution 
     
  • Recordings are limited to 22 minutes, or exceptionally 30 mins using Jim Weir's dual-spindled pulley
    (See also a brief discussion about the 22-minute recording feature in Autoreverse suggested by Jim Weir) 
     
  • Unless you were lucky enough to have bought the specially made 'Logbook' (Programmheft)1 at the time, you had to make your own log of all the music and radio programmes you'd recorded, and on which track. Without such a logging system for locating your recordings on the tape, you were up a gum tree! 
     
  • The tape unit will only record one track at a time.

Footnote
1. Schaub-Lorenz's alphabetically arranged 'Logbook' is printed with all the letters from 'A' to 'O', and includes the letter 'I' (i.e. track sector 'I') which, as is pointed out in 126 track 'jukebox', was never printed on the music center's alphanumeric track-selection dial! An oversight on the part of Schaub-Lorenz's marketing and production teams, no doubt.

Source: Schaub-Lorenz logbook, March 1965.

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