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Revere T-700 ad (1953)Wollensak T-1500 ad (1957)This list is not complete. I'm doing my best to try to list as many Revere and Wollensak reel-to-reel machines as I can find. Info comes from several sources (see Notes) which explains why I sometimes have data (like frequency response) and sometimes not.

Wollensak data mostly come from a very nice write-up (see Sources at bottom page), but there is no version for Revere, so I'm having a tougher time collating information.

According to the Wollensak Guide (see Sources at bottom of page), the original Wollensak T-1500 was based on the Revere machine, but optimized for a portable cabinet with a bare-aluminum finish, as opposed to the more traditional cases of the Reveres. The same source says that Revere and Wollensak machines were made in the same factory, but that they were made by diifferent staffs and they were very competitive against each other.

 

 

Revere Tape Recorders

Listed in order by date of introduction, then by model number (with reasonable exceptions).
Models beginning with T- are tape recorders only; TR- models include a built-in AM radio

Model Year
Speed (IPS)
Plays
Records
Weight (lbs)
Freq Response (Hz @ 7-½ IPS)
Price (new)
Photo/
Video
Comment
T-100 1951
3-¾
half-track mono
half-track mono
 
   
T-700 1953
3-¾
half-track mono
half-track mono
 
$225.00
  Base model. Push-button control.
T-700D 1955
7-½, 3-¾
half-track mono
half-track mono
 
$212.50
YouTube T-700 with 7-½ IPS speed
TR-800 1953
3-¾
half-track mono
half-track mono
$277.50
  T-700 with built-in AM radio
TR-800D 1955
7-½, 3-¾
half-track mono
half-track mono
$277.50
  T-700D with built-in AM radio
T-10 1953
7-½
half-track mono
half-track mono
50-15,000
$235.00
  Studio model, 7-½ IPS speed
TR-20 1953
7-½, 3-¾
half-track mono
half-track mono
$287.50
  T-10 with built-in AM radio
T-900 1954
3-¾
half-track mono
half-track mono
$199.50
  Single-knob control; perforated case for sound distribution
TR-1000 1954
3-¾
half-track mono
half-track mono
$249.50
  T-900 but with built-in AM radio
T-1100 1955
7-½, 3-¾
half-track mono
half-track mono
$159.50
  T-900 with with 7-½ IPS speed
TR-1200 1955
7-½, 3-¾
half-track mono
half-track mono
$209.50
  T-1100 but with built-in AM radio
T-1120 1957
7-½, 3-¾
2-track stereo
half-track mono
75-13,000; 85-7,000 @ 3-¾ IPS
$199.50
   
T-11 1955
7-½
half-track mono
half-track mono
40-16,000
$264.00
  Similar to T-10; accepts 10-½ reels; designed for 19" vertical rack mounting but may be used horizontally
T-202 1957
7-½, 3-¾
half-track mono
half-track mono
40-15,000; 40-8,000 @ 3-¾ IPS
$207.50
  Same as T-204 but monoaural only
T-204 1957
7-½, 3-¾
2-track stereo
half-track mono
40-15,000; 40-8,000 @ 3-¾ IPS
$237.50
   
T-2000 1961
7-½, 3-¾
monoaural
monoaural
25
40-18,000
  T-2200 but monaural only
T-2200 1961
7-½, 3-¾
4-track stereo
2-track stereo
25
40-18,000
$239.50
  Also offered with companion unit that played cartridges, for an additional $70
M-2 1964
1-7/8
2-track stereo
2-track stereo
32
40-15,000
$399.00
  Branded as Revere-Wollensak; uses tape cartridge system.
M-3 1964
1-7/8
n/a
2-track stereo
32
40-15,000
$329.00
  M-2 deck version: no speakers, no recording capability
M-20 1964
1-7/8
2-track stereo
2-track stereo
32
40-15,000
$269.00
  M-2 deck version: no amplifiers, no speakers
M-30 1964
1-7/8
n/a
2-track stereo
32
40-15,000
$339.00
  M-2 deck version: no amplifiers, no recording capability
M-4 1964
1-7/8
2-track stereo
2-track stereo
45-½
40-15,000
$459.00
  Branded as Revere-Wollensak; uses tape cartridge system; wood cabinet.

Wollensak Tape Recorders

Listed in order by model number. All models are assumed to be dual-speed, 7-½, 3-¾ IPS unless otherwise noted in comment

Model
Year
Plays
Records
Weight (lbs)
Freq Response (Hz @ 7-½ IPS)
Price (new)
Photo/
Video
Comment
T-524 Bantam
1964
2-track mono
2-track mono
20
$125
Low end, different design from T-15xx/16xx/17xx series
T-600
1964
2-track mono
2-track mono
4-½
250-5,000
$119
Battery portable; speeds 1-7/8, 3-¾ IPS only
T-1220
1964
4-track mono
4-track mono
27-½
50-17,000
$129
Mechanically similar to T-1580, but lower priced version; mono only
T-1280
1964
4-track stereo
4-track stereo
30
50-17,000
$199
Mechanically similar to T-1580, but lower priced version; also available as deck: $169
T-1400
1964
2-track mono
2-track mono
20
40-13,000
$149
Economy version of T-1500—painted dark gray instead of bare aluminum
T-1440
2-track mono
2-track mono
20
Economy version of T-1500—painted dark gray instead of bare aluminum
T-1500
1956-
1965
2-track mono
2-track mono
20
40-15,000; 40-8,000 @ 3-¾ IPS
$179
The original, base model for most of the others after it
T-1500AV
1965
2-track mono
2-track mono
20
40-15,000; 40-8,000 @ 3-¾ IPS
Industrial (AV) version of 1500
T-1500SS
1966
2-track mono
2-track mono
18-½
40-15,000; 40-8,000 @ 3-¾ IPS
$185
Solid-state version of 1500
T-1515
1958
2-track stereo
2-track mono
20
40-15,000; 40-8,000 @ 3-¾ IPS
$199
2-track stereo playback version
T-1515-4
1959
4-track stereo
2-track mono
20
40-17,000; 40-8,000 @ 3-¾ IPS
4-track stereo playback version
T-1520
(TS-1520)
1960
2-track mono
2-track mono
22
40-15,000; 40-8,000 @ 3-¾ IPS
12V battery/automobile model
TS-1520AV
1969-
1981!
22
40-15,000; 40-8,000 @ 3-¾ IPS
Updated AV model, adds auto-level recording
T-1570
1962
Monoaural version of 1580
T-1580
1962-
1966
4-track stereo
4-track stereo
26
40-18,000
$319
First 4-track stereo recorder, and base for most units after it
T-1600
2-track mono
2-track mono
20
40-16,000
Push-button version of T-1500, included remote control
T-1616
2-track stereo
20
40-16,000
Push-button version of T-1515, included remote control
T-1700
26
40-15,000 ; 40-8,000 @ 3-¾ IPS
12V battery/automobile model
T-1780
1962-
1966
4-track stereo
4-track stereo
26
40-18,000
$269
Deck version of 1580
T-1980
1964
4-track stereo
4-track stereo
42
40-18,000
$379
Internally almost identical to 1580, but redesigned cabinet configuration, VU meters
T-1981
1964
4-track stereo
4-track stereo
42
40-18,000
$340
Same as 1980 but without speakers
T-4100
1965
2-track mono
2-track mono
3
120-6,000
$100
1-7/8 IPS only; plays cartridges only; portable, C-battery powered unit
T-5150
1965
2-track mono
2-track mono
20
40-17,000
$150
Speeds 15/16, 1-3/8, 3-¾ and 7-½; all solid-state
T-5200
1965
4-track stereo
4-track stereo
45
40-17,000
$180
Deck version of 5300—no cabinet, no tuner, no speakers; pre-amps only
T-5250
1965
4-track stereo
4-track stereo
45
40-17,000
$190
5300 but with built-in speakers, no tuner provision
T-5280
1965
4-track stereo
4-track stereo
45
40-17,000
$220
5300 but with smaller speaker cabinets
T-5300
1965
4-track stereo
4-track stereo
45
40-17,000
$280
Speeds 15/16, 1-3/8, 3-¾ and 7-½; all solid-state
T-5710
1966
4-track stereo
4-track stereo
28-½
40-17,000
$230
Similar to 5750
T-5720
1966
4-track stereo
4-track stereo
28-½
40-17,000
$230
Similar to 5750
T-5730
1966
4-track stereo
4-track stereo
28-½
40-17,000
$230
Similar to 5750
T-5740
1966
4-track stereo
4-track stereo
28-½
40-17,000
$230
Similar to 5750
T-5750
1966
4-track stereo
4-track stereo
28-½
40-17,000
$250
Two speakers with split cabinet
T-5800
1966
4-track stereo
4-track stereo
28-½
40-17,000
$299
 
5750 with provision to add matching tuner, more elaborate speaker system
6300
1969
4-track stereo
4-track stereo
 
 
$230
 
Discussed in Popular Mechanics, 10-1968, p.182
T-7000
1965
2-track stereo
2-track stereo
32
40-15,000
$340
Deck version of 7100, pre-amps only
T-7100
1965
2-track stereo
2-track stereo
32
40-15,000
$400
Speeds 1-7/8 only; plays cartridges only
T-7200
1965
2-track stereo
2-track stereo
32
40-15,000
$460
Deluxe version of 7100 with wood cabinet, bookshelf speakers

Sources:

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

Wollensak Recorder History and Guide by Stenkbomm

Tape Recording magazine and High Fidelity magazine (various issues) via the fantastic American Radio History.com website.

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