Nagra II (2) Autonome Tape Recorder

Kudelski SA; Cheseaux-sur-Lausanne

  • Year
  • 1953
  • Category
  • Sound/Video Recorder and/or Player
  • ID
  • 257124
    • Brand: Nagra

 Technical Specifications

  • Number of Tubes
  • 4
  • Main principle
  • Audio-Amplification
  • Wave bands
  • - without
  • Details
  • Tape Recorder
  • Power type and voltage
  • Dry Batteries / 2 x 1.5 & 135 Volt
  • Loudspeaker
  • Permanent Magnet Dynamic (PDyn) Loudspeaker (moving coil)
  • Material
  • Metal case
  • from
  • Model: Nagra II Autonome Tape Recorder - Kudelski SA; Cheseaux-sur-
  • Shape
  • Portable set > 8 inch (also usable without mains)
  • Dimensions (WHD)
  • 330 x 175 x 123 mm / 13 x 6.9 x 4.8 inch
  • Notes
  • The Nagra II is a self-contained tape recorder using 1/4 " magnetic tape in reels of 5", powered by two batteries of 2 x 1.5 V for the tube filaments and one of 135 V.

    During the year of 1952 Stefan Kudelski developed the Nagra I equipped with clockwork motor (Thorens) and low power electronic tubes. Kudelski sold some unities of the Nagra I for Radio broadcast stations and reporters with highly acclaimed success. In 1953, in a new facility, Nagra began the production of the Nagra II (a Nagra I with the option to have an external modulometer [a kind of a VU meter] in the sidewall. Later the Nagra II was improved to the Nagra II b and, after this, in 1955, to the Nagra II c (a Nagra II with some improvements in electronics  and using the first Nagra printed circuit).

    In Nagra I and Nagra II tape transport is done using a mechanical spring (steel tape) motor (Thorens 144\F).  Electronics is hand wired within a very compact volume of 110 mm x 110 mm x 90 mm where the four tubes (pentodes), two DAF96 and two DL94, are assembled.

    The spring motor provides about  6 minutes of continuous recording and the battery discharge in about 5 hours of continuous use of electronics. The recorder have a mechanical indicator of available tape (or recording time) that is based on the number of revolutions available of spring tape of the motor. 

    With the help of the hand crank, the spring strenght may be recharged. Rewind of tape is done manually by using a small key that can be plugged in a hole in the back of recorder.

    The three parts metallic box measures 300 mm x 152 mm x 123 mm but the external dimensions of the recorder (because of buttons and the crank dimension)  occupies 330 mm x 175 mm x 123 mm.

  • Net weight (2.2 lb = 1 kg)
  • 6 kg / 13 lb 3.5 oz (13.216 lb)
  • Author
  • Model page created by Moisés Piedade. See "Data change" for further contributors.

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The model Nagra II (2) Autonome Tape Recorder is part of the collections of the following members.