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Vintage Technology: Bric-a-brac HMV Reel-to-reel-tape: Band of the Royal Marines

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Music by the Band of the H.M. Royal Marines (Portsmouth).  Conductor Colonel F. Vivian Dunn M.V.O., F.R.A.M., (C.V.O., M.B.E.). (Principal Director of Music, Royal Marines)
TA-CLP 1016

The Only Example on the web!

Dimensions: 132mm x 132mm x 15mm, weight: 122g

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3- 3/4 ips twin track mono 1/4" tape record.  The sturdy box is printed in a three spot colour half-tone (blue, black and red) design.  "Twin track mono" means that you play the tape one way for Track one, and at the end, reverse the reel in order to play Track two back. The leader and trailer tape tell you which side (track) you are playing.
Publisher:: His Master's Voice (HMV), EMI Records Limited (controlled by Electric and Musical Industries Limited), Hayes, Middlesex, England.  Made and printed in Great Britain.
Tracks:: Track1: Regimental March of the Royal Marines, Regimental Slow March of the Royal Marines "The Globe and Laurel", The Captain General, Novelty - "The sailor's Holiday", Trumpet Trio - "Three Jolly Sailormen", March, Under the White Ensign.
Track 2: Cannatex, Waltzing Matilda, Post Horn Solo - "The Huntsmen", With Sword and Lance, Washington Post, Semper Fidelis, Blaze Away, Army of the Nile.
Age: Estimated as late 1950s, early 1960s
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Pre-recorded reel-to-reel tapes never did gain general acceptance, so this is a rare example of a "Recording enthusiast's" purchase.

The 4-inch tape reel is held safely in a sturdy inner former of white cardboard.  The reel is embossed with "Side 1" and "Side 2" and also has an embossed EMI branding and a rough length gauge from one to six. Included is am Emitape advertising flyer with a list of blank tapes available.  This is 123 x 123.5mm in size and printed in two tone red and black.  The prices quoted appear to be very expensive for their time (a 5-inch standard play tape costing over ?1).
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