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:

Three heads
Sound-on sound and echo effect recording
Slide volume recording controls
Stereo control center
40 Watts of dynamic power
Vibration-free motor
Ultra-high frequency bias
Left, right, or stereo mode switch
Noise-suppressor switch
Two large VU meters
Vertical/horizontal operation

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.