This is the Philips Model N4418,
their top of the range open reel tape recorder in the 70s.
I picked it up for £10 from the
local recycling centre after filling in numerous forms, presumably
to imdemnify the workers, local council officials, the UK Government
and Brussels beaurocrats if I accidentally electrocuted myself
when plugging it in. Absolute and utter nonsense! What's the
world coming to?
Fortunately the mains lead was intact,
tucked into a little compartment. Were the recycling people breaking
some sort of law not cutting it off!
£10 was a lot of money considering
the showroom was not available for demonstrations, but I was
very pleasantly surprised when I plugged it in, and switched
it on, to find it was in perfect working order.
Even the perspex cover is intact. The
only faults I could find were a slipping belt on the tape counter
and a faulty bulb in the RH output meter.
Considering that the price of the machine
when new was about 50% of a small car such a mini, £10
wasn't bad. As the chap said when he quoted £10, "collectors
are after them". Well one was and I'm very pleased I coughed
up the cash.