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Reflectograph 3


 

Pamphonic Rfelctograph Descriptive Leaflet

Pamphonic Reflectograph descriptive leaflet. You download a PDF copy here

 

Pamphonic Reflectograph Advert1962

 

Pamphonic Reflectograph advert from 1962. You can download a PDF copy here

 

Pamphonic Reflectograph logo

The Pamphonic logo used from 1962

 

Multimusic Reflectograph Type A Hi-Fi Year Book 1961

 

Hi-Fi year book advert from 1961 for Model A Reflectograph and the CCA and CCB carry cases.You can download a PDF copy here

 

 

 

 

Reflectograph - Pamphonic

Reflectograph 570 Stereo Tape Recorder

The Multimusic Reflectograph 570 from 1959/60. These share the same brick amplifiers as the mono machine but the loudspeakers are detachable and double up as the lid when not in use. I currently have one of these awaiting restoration, once this is complete a nice colour picture will be posted up.

 

In February 1960, an announcement was made to the trade with regard to a new Multimusic tape deck, shortly to be made available to manufacturers of high fidelity equipment, Although the only known recorder to actually feature the deck was the later Dynatron 1200 Specialist. The new deck which would be known as the Reflectograph 248 was styled by industrial designer, Douglas Scott whose claim to fame was the design of the London Transport Routemaster double decker bus during the mid 1950s.

The electronics and mechanics were designed by James Cunningham-Sands, who would also design the new Reflectograph A & B series machines that would incorporate it. This it would appear, would be his last Reflectograph design. The deck was not separately available to the public, a radical departure from previous company policy. The new deck contained no belts or interwheels and in operation there were only five moving parts, with three of these being the motors themselves. The styling of both the deck and recorder were a radical departure from the original Rudman Darlington designs of the 1950s, ushering in a new high quality design of recorder for the 1960s. Whilst gaining an attractive design, the deck lost the variable speed ability, lacked a high speed option of 15ips, and could only accommodate a maximum spool size of 8 1/4 inches. It was not a machine designed to be moved around, moreover it was better suited for semi permanent installation and for that reason was considered cumbersome. The complete machine finally went into production quantity in late 1960, but does not appear to have been particularly well received despite good marketing and the appearance at well known audio shows of the period.

Two other Models prefixed C and D were also issued , the former was a stereo recorder and the latter, designed for copying work. In the summer of 1961, Multimusic finally abandoned the Reflectograph and sold the interest to Pamphonic Reproducers, who marketed the range as Pamphonic Reflectograph. Pamphonic were very well known for public address amplifiers and coincidently had also during the 1950s, marketed a range of high powered amplifiers utilising a brick system of modules, totally unconnected of course with Reflectograph at the time. Pamphonic had originally been absorbed into the Pye group during the 1950s as had Dynatron which had originally been sold to Ekco Radio by Ron and Arthur Hacker of Hacker Radio fame, in 1955, and who in turn by 1960, had became part of the Pye group. With the Reflectograph range now part of the empire, production moved to Westmoreland Road, Queensbury London, partly to meet the demand of an increase in production of the Reflectograph decks and recorders and also the Dynatron Specialist. Pamphonic also produced the `Cosmonaut Reflectograph` cabinet to compliment the recorder. Sales were disappointing and by the close of 1964, all production had ceased.

The remaining stocks of machines were sold off over the following year through Laskys who where a well known electrical retailer of the period, having two stores, one on the Edgware Road and the other on Tottenham Court Road in London. No further attempt appears to have been made to resurrect Reflectograph, and Pye along with its smaller subsidiaries was absorbed into the Dutch giant, Philips in 1967. I would be delighted to hear from anyone who was connected with any of the companies involved with the manufacture of the Reflectograph, in particular, Rudman Darlington. Similarly If you have an unwanted RR102, I may be interested. You can contact me here.



Reflectograph 500
Cunningham-Sands pictured with the Reflectograph 500 at the 1959 Audio Fair in London.


Reflectograph Model A

Reflectograph Model A Hotel Russell 1960

The Model A Reflectograph originally styled by the industrial designer Douglas Scott. The mechanical and electrical design work was by James Cunningham Sands. Four models were produced and were designated A,B,C and D under the Multimusic ownership. The range was continued under Pamphonic after they acquired the Multimusic interests in the summer of 1961. By 1964 production had ceased and the remaining stocks were sold off through Laskys. I have two restored examples of these machines, Model Nos: A and B, both in the collection, restored. The Achilles heal of this machine was the use of Bogen heads which were prone to going open circuit.

James Cunningham Sands at the Hotel Russell, in 1960 demonstrating the new Reflectograph Model A to an interested party. This would be his last tape recorder design for Reflectograph, although it appears he carried on inventing throughout the 1960s. What happened to him?

 

 

 

 

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