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This list is not complete. I'm doing my best to try to list as many Webcor reel-to-reel machines as I can find. Info comes from several sources (see Notes below) which explains why I sometimes have data (like frequency response) and sometimes not.

I have noted examples where I actually own the machine. For some things like frequency response, having the unit doesn't tell me the info; for other things like the recording level indicator or the tube compliment, it works great.

Wire machines are listed in order they appear on Webcor's Technical Service Bulletin #37 (see Sources at bottom of pate). Tape machines are listed in numeric order by Model Number.

Webcor did not assign model numbers strictly in numerical order; they tended to be grouped, but they also followed some internal company logic that is now lost to us. The result is that the years of introduction are somewhat chronological but not strictly. Dash numbers typically indicate cabinet style, and letters typically refer to revisions.

Webcor liked to reuse its model names (Royal, Viscount, Coronet, etc.) even though the model numbers changed. Names begin appearing on tape recorders after the first generation or two. When looking at recorders with names, be sure to find out which model number it really is. e.g. the Royal could be a mono-only model, a high-fidelity mono, a mono with built-in AM radio, or a stereo-playback machine, but they're all called Royal and they're cosmetically very similar.

Models types are roughly:

Service manuals: Webcor-factory manuals are available but tend to be only found on eBay and are usually pricey. A few schematics are floating around—try a Google search. SAMS Photofacts are available on eBay or from Steve Johnson—prices vary; it pays to shop around.

Wire Recorders

Type
Model
Year
Removable drum
No-Spill Feature
Recording Indicator
Foot Control
Photo
Built-in Speakers
Tubes
Photofact (Folder/Set)
Other
Price (new)
Deck
79-1
1947
no
no
no
no
Basic recorder mechanism. No base, no amp, no speaker.
Deck
78-1
1948
no
no
meter
no
no
Basic recorder mechanism. On-base recorder mechanism.
Deck
178-1
1948-1949
yes (on 178-1R)
no
neon
no
no
Basic recorder mechanism.
Portable
80-1
1947-1948
no
no
no
Complete recorder with playback.
$149.50
Portable
180-1
1948-1949
yes (on 180-1R)
no
no
Complete recorder and playback.
Table
7
1948
no
no
stop/start
 
Office Dictation
18
1949-1950
no
stop/start
2"
4 push-button control
Table
81
1948-1949
no
no
no
 
Table
181
1949-1950
no
no
no
Improved version of 81
Table
181-1R
1950-1954
no
yes
no
Improved version of 181
Office Dictation
228-1
1950
yes
Record/ Playback/ Stop/ Start/ Rewind
2"
2 push-button control.
Office Dictation
228-1C
1952-1954
yes
Record/ Playback/ Stop/ Start/ Rewind
2"
Revised 228-1. Added safety catch to Record/Listen. Push-buttons restyled. White silk-screening.
Portable
288-1R
1952
yes
yes
Revised case over Model 180. Added monitor feature. Bass response. New circuit.
Portable
288-1A
1952-1954
yes
yes
Revised 288-1R. Speaker grill color changed to burgundy

Tape Recorders

Name
Model
Year
Speeds (ips)
Records
Plays
Freq Resp (Hz)
Record Level Indicator
Weight (lbs.)
Built-in Speakers
Tubes
Photofact (Folder/Set)
Photo
Other
Price (new)
(none)
210
1951
3-¾, 7-½
½-track mono
½-track mono
magic eye
1
159 / 17
model number: no letter = base model; A adds improved snap-on control knob and assy; B adds improved drum and wheel assy; C converts to 50Hz AC power source
$197.50
(none)
240
3-¾, 7-½
½-track mono
½-track mono
magic eye
 
2000
1969
1-7/8, 3-¾, 7-½
4-track
stereo
4-track
stereo
30 to 15,000
20
2
Described in Tape Recording, 1/1969
Royalite
2001
1-7/8, 3-¾, 7-½
mono
50 to 15,000
magic eye
20
Ad and described in Tape Recording, 5/1959
$189.95
Regent
2005
1-7/8, 3-¾, 7-½
mono
magic eye
 
(none)
2010
1953
3-¾, 7-½
½-track mono
½-track mono
magic eye
1
159 / 17
C is first—same as 210-1 except for new styling and color combo of carrying case; A adds friction clutch drive assy; B adds 5W amplifier
$207.50
(none)
2020

2021

2022

2023

2024
1954
3-¾, 7-½
½-track mono
½-track mono
304 / 12
2020 - portable cabinet
2021 - walnut
2022 - mahogany
2023 - blonde
2024 - beige plexitone
Ad: Life 10/4/1954
$169.50
(none)
2030
1954
3-¾, 7-½
½-track mono
½-track mono
magic eye
3
159 / 17
Similar to 2010 but with 3 speakers and 4W output. Reviewed in Tape Recording magazine, May 1954
Royalite II
2101
1961
1-7/8, 3-¾, 7-½
mono
mono
19
2101 - mono
2108 - stereo
Ad and described in Tape Recording, 5/1961
$199.95
Viscount
2103
1963
1-7/8, 3-¾, 7-½
½-track mono
½-track mono
none
Consumer Reports 11/63 rated this "acceptable"
$219.95
Microcorder
2104
1960
1-7/8, 3-¾
½-track mono
½-track mono
250 - 5,000
none
4.3
1
solid state

3" reels only
110V AC or 12V DC
Ad in in Tape Recording, 5/1961
Described in Tape Recording, 9/1960

$175.00
Royalite II
2108
1961
1-7/8, 3-¾, 7-½
½-track mono
stereo
19
2101 - mono
2108 - stereo
Ad and described in Tape Recording, 5/1961
$249.95
(none)
2110
1954
3-¾, 7-½
½-track mono
½-track mono
magic eye
588 / SERVICER
I own one of these.
(none)
2130
1954
3-¾, 7-½
½-track mono
½-track mono
magic eye
588 / SERVICER
Same as 2110 but with 3 internal speakers
Compact Deluxe
2202
1961
3-¾, 7-½
2-track mono
2-track mono
150-12,000
none
13
Works with Webcor slide synchronizer
Described in Tape Recording, 9/1961
$99.95
Viscount
2203
1-7/8, 3-¾, 7-½
mono
mono
none
 
Royal Coronet
2207
1-7/8, 3-¾, 7-½
stereo
stereo
meter
 
Regent Stereo-lite
2208
1-7/8, 3-¾, 7-½
stereo
Detachable speakers
Statesman
2300
1962
3-¾, 7-½
stereo
stereo
none
14
Ad and described in Tape Recording, 3/1962
$79.95
Compact Deluxe
2302
3-¾, 7-½
mono
mono
none
 
Music Man
2356
1963
1-7/8, 3-¾, 7-½
magic eye
26
Reviewed Consumer Reports 11/63
$259.95
Squire
2357
1963
1-7/8, 3-¾, 7-½
magic eye
26
Same as BP 2356 Music Man but with detachable speakers. Also reviewed Consumer Reports 11/63
$259.95
Regent Coronet
2360
1-7/8, 3-¾, 7-½
4-track mono and stereo
4-track mono and stereo
meter
 
Compact Deluxe
2403
3-¾, 7-½
mono/div>
mono
meter
 
Regent
2456
1-7/8, 3-¾, 7-½
4-track mono and stereo
4-track mono and stereo
magic eye
26
Same as BP 2356 Music Man but with detachable speakers. Also reviewed Consumer Reports 11/63
$259.95
Squire
2457
1964
1-7/8, 3-¾, 7-½
4-track mono and stereo
4-track mono and stereo
meter
 
Compact
2500
1964
3-¾, 7-½
2-track mono
2-track mono
300-7,000
none
19
1
Described in High Fidelity magazine, 9/1964
$109.95
Compact Deluxe
2502
19654
3-¾, 7-½
2-track mono
2-track mono
150-12,000
none
19
1
portable;pre-amp headphone outputs; slide sync.
Described in High Fidelity, 9/1964
$109.95
Viscount IV
2503
1964
1-7/8, 3-¾, 7-½
4-track mono
4-track mono
100-15,000
VU-meter
21
2
radio-phono input; pre-amp and external speaker outputs.
Described in High Fidelity, 9/1964
$159.95
Regent IV
2520
1964
3-¾, 7-½
4-track mono and stereo
4-track mono and stereo
150-15,000
neon
27
2
2 mic inputs; 2 external speaker outputs.
Described in High Fidelity, 9/1964
$199.95
Coronet
2522
1964
1-7/8, 3-¾, 7-½
4-track mono and stereo
2 and 4-track mono and stereo
50-15,000
neon
34
2
2 mic and radio-phono inputs; 2 preamp and external speaker outputs; sound-with-sound; auto-shut-off.
Described in High Fidelity, 9/1964
$259.95
Royal
2611
1956
3-¾, 7-½
½-track mono
½-track mono
70-10,000
magic eye
42
1
6E5, 6V6 (2), 6X5, 12AX7 (2)
328 / 13
-1 black case, -2 tan, -3 black case, 220V, -4 tan 220V. I own one of these.
$219.95
Royal Coronet
2612
1956
3-¾, 7-½
½-track mono
½-track mono
70-10,000
magic eye
49
3
6E5, 6V6 (2), 6X5, 12AX7 (2)
328 / 13
Same as Royal 2611 but with 3 speakers instead of 1
Squire
2650
1963
1-7/8, 3-¾, 7-½
4-track mono and stereo
4-track mono and stereo
40-18,000
2 meters
72
2
2 mic and radio-phono inputs; 2 preamp and external speaker outputs; sound-with-sound; sound-on-sound; speakers in wing carrying case covers.
Described in High Fidelity, 11/1965
2702
1966
3-¾, 7-½
2-track mono
2-track mono
100-12,000
VU meter
16-½
1
Described in High Fidelity, 11/1966
$109.95
2703
1966
1-7/8, 3-¾, 7-½
4-track stereo
4-track-stereo
50-15,000
VU meter
17-3/4
2
Described in High Fidelity, 11/1966
$149.95
Royal
2711
3-¾, 7-½
magic eye
Same as 2611 but different cabinet color
2715
1966
1-7/8, 3-¾
2-track mono
2-track mono
300-5,000
VU meter
15
1
Battery operated portable.
Described in High Fidelity, 11/1966
$124.95
2721
1966
1-7/8, 3-¾, 7-½
4-track stereo
4-track-stereo
100-15,000
2 VU meters
17-3/4
2
Described in High Fidelity, 11/1966
$179.95
2722
1966
1-7/8, 3-¾, 7-½
4-track stereo
4-track-stereo
80-15,000
2 VU meters
22-½
2
Described in High Fidelity, 11/1966
$199.95
2730
1966
1-7/8, 3-¾, 7-½
4-track stereo
4-track-stereo
40-18,000
2 VU meters
36-½
2
Described in High Fidelity, 11/1966
$289.95
2731
1966
1-7/8, 3-¾, 7-½
4-track stereo
4-track-stereo
40-18,000
2 VU meters
36-½
2
Described in High Fidelity, 11/1966
$289.95
Royal
2791
3-¾, 7-½
magic eye
Similar to Royal model 2611, but has integrated AM broadcast radio
Regent
2810
1958
1-7/8, 3-¾, 7-½
½-track mono
½-track mono
50-12,000
magic eye
6AT6, 6E5, 12AB5, 12X4, 12AU7 (2), 12AX7 (2)
458 / 17
2810 is standard monaural.
2819 is mono with remote control
2820 is stereo with stacked heads
2820-1C has two receptacles for external channels 1 & 2 instead of output jack
2910 is mono
2919 is mono with remote control
2923 stereo tape recorder
2950 is stereo tape deck
2955 is stereo with stacked heads
$199.95
Royal High Fidelity
2811
1957
3-¾, 7-½
½-track mono
2-track stereo
50-12,000
magic eye
42
2
413 / 14
2811 is standard monaural.
2821 is stereo.
2891 is mono built-in AM radio.
$199.95
Royal Coronet High Fidelity
2812
1957
1-7/8, 3-¾, 7-½
½-track mono
magic eye
3
393 / 12
2812 is standard monaural.
2822 is stereo.
2892 is mono with built-in AM radio.
Imperial
2816
3-¾, 7-½
magic eye
393 / 12
 
Regent
2819
1958
1-7/8, 3-¾, 7-½
½-track mono
2-track mono
50-12,000
magic eye
6AT6, 6E5, 12AB5, 12X4, 12AU7 (2), 12AX7 (2)
458 / 17
2810 is standard monaural.
2819 is mono with remote control
2820 is stereo with stacked heads
2820-1C has two receptacles for external channels 1 & 2 instead of output jack
2910 is mono
2919 is mono with remote control
2923 stereo tape recorder
2950 is stereo tape deck
2955 is stereo with stacked heads
Regent Stereo
2820

2820-1C
1958
1-7/8, 3-¾, 7-½
½-track mono
2-track stereo
50-12,000
magic eye
31
6AT6, 6E5, 12AB5, 12X4, 12AU7 (2), 12AX7 (2)
458 / 17
2810 is standard monaural.
2819 is mono with remote control
2820 is stereo with stacked heads
2820-1C has two receptacles for external channels 1 & 2 instead of output jack
2910 is mono
2919 is mono with remote control
2923 stereo tape recorder
2950 is stereo tape deck
2955 is stereo with stacked heads
Royal High Fidelity Stereo
2821
1957
3-¾, 7-½
½-track mono
2-track stereo
50-12,000
magic eye
2
42
413 / 14
2811 is standard monaural.
2821 is stereo.
2891 is mono built-in AM radio.
Ad: Life 12/8/1958, Tape Recording 6/1958
Described: Tape Recording 10/1957
$239.95
Royal Coronet Stereo
2822
1959
3-¾, 7-½
½-track mono
4-track stereo
40-15,000
3
393 / 12
3 internal speakers.
2812 is standard monaural.
2822 is stereo.
2892 is mono with built-in AM radio.
Ad: Life 12/8/1958
Described: Tape Recording 10/1957
$289.95
Imperial Stereo
2827
1957
3-¾, 7-½
½-track mono
2-track stereo
393 / 12

2827: base model
2897: with built-in AM radio
Ad, described, reviewed: Tape Recording, 10/1957

$119.95
Royal High Fidelity
2891
1957
3-¾, 7-½
½-track mono
½-track mono
50-12,000
magic eye
42
2
413 / 14
2811 is standard monaural.
2821 is stereo.
2891 is mono built-in AM radio.
Royal Coronet High Fidelity
2892
1957
1-7/8, 3-¾, 7-½
½-track mono
2-track stereo
magic eye
393 / 12
3 internal speakers.
2812 is standard monaural.
2822 is stereo.
2892 is mono with built-in AM radio.
Imperial Stereo
2897
1957
3-¾, 7-½
393 / 12
2827: base model
2897: with built-in AM radio
Ad, described, reviewed: Tape Recording, 10/1957
Regent
2910
1959
1-7/8, 3-¾, 7-½
½-track mono
½-track mono
28
6AT6, 6E5, 12AB5, 12X4, 12AU7 (2), 12AX7 (2)
458 / 17
2810 is standard monaural.
2819 is mono with remote control
2820 is stereo with stacked heads
2820-1C has two receptacles for external channels 1 & 2 instead of output jack
2910 is mono
2919 is mono with remote control
2923 stereo tape recorder
2950 is stereo tape deck
2955 is stereo with stacked heads
Ad: Life 12/8/1958
$159.95
Regent
2919
1959
1-7/8, 3-¾, 7-½
½-track mono
½-track mono
6AT6, 6E5, 12AB5, 12X4, 12AU7 (2), 12AX7 (2)
458 / 17
2810 is standard monaural.
2819 is mono with remote control
2820 is stereo with stacked heads
2820-1C has two receptacles for external channels 1 & 2 instead of output jack
2910 is mono
2919 is mono with remote control
2923 stereo tape recorder
2950 is stereo tape deck
2955 is stereo with stacked heads
Custom 10
2923
1959
1-7/8, 3-¾, 7-½
½-track mono
2-track stereo
magic eye
6AT6, 6E5, 12AB5, 12X4, 12AU7 (2), 12AX7 (2)
458 / 17

Custom 10 was a console that came as either a tape machine or phonograph. The cabinet was available in mahogany, blonde, or cherry.
Tape recorder is a Regent.
Ad: Life 3/10/1958, Tape Recording 3/1958
Described: Tape Recording 6/1958

$299.95
Regent
2950
1959
1-7/8, 3-¾, 7-½
½-track mono
2-track stereo
magic eye
6AT6, 6E5, 12AB5, 12X4, 12AU7 (2), 12AX7 (2)
458 / 17
2810 is standard monaural.
2819 is mono with remote control
2820 is stereo with stacked heads
2820-1C has two receptacles for external channels 1 & 2 instead of output jack
2910 is mono
2919 is mono with remote control
2923 stereo tape recorder
2950 is stereo tape deck
2955 is stereo with stacked heads
Regent
2955
1959
1-7/8, 3-¾, 7-½
½-track mono
2-track stereo
magic eye
6AT6, 6E5, 12AB5, 12X4, 12AU7 (2), 12AX7 (2)
458 / 17
2810 is standard monaural.
2819 is mono with remote control
2820 is stereo with stacked heads
2820-1C has two receptacles for external channels 1 & 2 instead of output jack
2910 is mono
2919 is mono with remote control
2923 stereo tape recorder
2950 is stereo tape deck
2955 is stereo with stacked heads
Cabinets: mahogany, limed oak, maple, walnut
Professional
CP2550
1964
1-7/8, 3-¾, 7-½
4-track stereo
4-track stereo
40-18,000
2 VU-meters
45
2 in wing carrying case
 
$499

Sources:

Information comes from a variety of sources, which explains why I sometimes have data and sometimes not. My major sources:

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