1288 Stereo Tape Recorder
Restoration Video Series: Electronics 2
of the video series about the Wollensak 1288 Stereo Tape Recorder Restoration
done by ClydeSight Productions in early 2012 shows the amplifier test after
shows the successful restoration by ClydeSight of the vintage tape recorder’s
amplifier. Fans of Wollensak machines, especially the T-1500 and T-1400 series
of tape recorders will recognize the similarity of the components among these
reel to reel tape recorders, and may find it inspiring to see the formerly
damaged and potentially dangerous amplifier made safe and operational once
The video shows the tape recorder in full stereo playback and recording
mode, functioning much as it did when it was new.
There is a certain thrill that comes from hearing a 40 year old machine
that was dead come back to life and sing.
The Wollensak 1288 stereo tape recorder was issued in 1965, based on the
well known and extremely stable transport used in the Wollensak T1500 and
1400 series of mono tape recorders. With the 1288, Wollensak introduced a
fine quality stereo component machine that was meant to be used in a full
stereo system. Although it could be used as a tape deck, the machine featured
a high quality dual hybrid amplifier, using the famous 6T9 tubes for power
amplification on top of a 2N3009 transistor preamplifier. When sold, the
machine came with two outboard bookshelf speakers. The speakers shown in
the video series are actually made by Zenith. Ironically, Wollensak made
reel to reel tape decks for installation in Zenith console stereo units.
also features a clip from the beautiful song “Dream on
the Horizon” by Craig Farraway.
This is an educational and entertainment video documenting the restoration
of a vintage AC powered stereophonic tape recorder. It is being restored
by a qualified person who knows how to work safely with live electrical equipment.
ELECTRICITY CAN KILL.
ClydeSight Productions is not responsible for anything you do to yourself
or your own tape recorder as a result of watching this video.
This is an educational video, a critique, and report on an historic piece
of vintage audio electronic equipment that is no longer manufactured or sold
in stores. It is covered by the Fair Use Section of U.S. Copyright Law:
"Copyright Disclaimer Under Section 107 of the Copyright Act 1976,
allowance is made for "fair use" for purposes such as criticism,
comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, and research. Fair use is
a use permitted by copyright statute that might otherwise be infringing.
Non-profit, educational or personal use tips the balance in favor of fair
performance in this video is “Dream on the Horizon” by
Craig Farraway. It is used with his permission. Proof is on file at ClydeSight
DO NOT ASK US how to sell your old machine or tapes or records. We will
NOT respond to selling or value estimate inquiries.
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