Sony TC-630 Stereo Reel-to Reel Tape Recorder
This is a Sony TC-630 three-head stereo tape recorder I have. I purchased this recorder circa
1969. It has 3 tape heads for tape/source monitoring and built-in switching for sound-on-sound
and echo effect recording. It is a "portable" system and contains a 40 Watt stereo amplifier
with two full range speaker built into the lids (lids not shown above). This recorder features:
Sound-on sound and echo effect recording
Slide volume recording controls
Stereo control center
40 Watts of dynamic power
Ultra-high frequency bias
Left, right, or stereo mode switch
Two large VU meters
Other specifications include:
Frequency Response: 30-22,000 Hz @ 7 1/2 ips; 30-13,000 Hz @ 3 3/4 ips; 30-10,000 Hz @ 1 7/8 ips
WOW/Flutter: 0.09% @ 7 1/2 ips; 0.12% @ 3 3/4 ips; 0.16 % @ 1 7/8 ips
Signal/Noise: 50 dB
Maximim reel size: 7 in
Size: 17 7/8 in x 20 in x 11 5/8 in
Weight: 46 lbs 3 oz.
Below is a page from the 1969 Sony Superscope catalog describing this tape recorder.
This recorder sold for $379.50 in 1970 as shown in the 1970 Allied catalog below.
Below is the front cover of the owner's manual.
Below is the cover of the service manual for this tape recorder.
This tape recorder still works well. I have over 35 7-inch reels of music I recorded in the
early 1970's. I recorded them at 7 3/4 ips, so each reel will hold about 3 hours of recordings.
The music includes rock, folk, bluegrass, jazz, and classical. The tapes are still good. They
have not exhibited any feedthrough from layer to layer, nor have they become brittle.