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Founding Members

the Metzner family

Will Harrison - Space

More donors

Credits and sources

Austin Monthly article on creating an Austin Music Museum

Education

book recommended by Phil Van Praag

Media

Video of Jim Cartwright's acoustic collection

Magnecord SD-1 video - 1948

Education

The Recorder Collection

1920s Webster Chicago microphone #1231 in the Museum of magnetic Sound Recording

The Microphone Collection

picture of R2D2 Replica (complete with sounds.  Teac 80-8 was used to record te sounds of R2Dr and 3CPOin the Star Wars movie

Star Wars' 3CPO and R2D2 were recorded on Teac Tascam's 8-8 reel to reel tape recorder (ad above)?

Our museum has a large collection of magnetic recording ads, magazines and catalogs. more. 

In Memory

 


 

 

Welcome to the Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording

Please take our Museum Survey  • Survey Results •  KXAN Austin Recording Museum Update

Created in 2012, the Museum was established to provide a permanent public non-profit museum that preserves the history of sound recording.

The Museum will include historical/educational displays that trace sound recording tech from the 1800's through acoustic, magnetic and modern digital recording technology. To provide perspective, there will be specific interactive displays to show how sound recording evolved and how it has impacted: broadcasting; education; film, games, music, science and video.  

In addition to displaying and demonstrating recording devices from throughout the history of audio recording, MOMSR will profile significant inventors, manufacturers, engineers, producers and artists who created and benefitted from the technology.  

This is especially important given Austin's being the "Live Music Capitol of the World."  The Museum will have areas that can potentially celebrate the lives of iconic Austin & Texas folks including: Willie Nelson, Stevie Ray Vaughn, George Strait, Dan Rather, Cactus Pryor and others who folks recommend be included.  

The Museum will be internationally inclusive with devices from around the world.  

Our goal is to join with other Austin and Texas collections that will enhance the broad appeal of the Museum.  We envision a world class museum that will become a major destination facility for Austin.  


 
Recent Acquisitions
 
Media

Crown SX824 professional reel to reel tape recorder donated by Dr. Charles Davis and Don Nattinger to the Reel2ReelTexas collectionCrown SX-824, Sony TC-654-4, TC-755 & TC-651Sony TC-654-4 donated by Don Nattinger to the Reel2ReelTexas collection

Crown SX-824 donated to the Reel-to-Reel Museum by Dr. Charles Davis & Don Nattinger, Corpus Christi, Texas, April 2014. more

Sony TC-654-4, TC-755 & TC-651 donated to the Reel-to-Reel Museum by Don Nattinger, Corpus Christi, Texas, April 2014. more


1946 Brush Mail-A-Voice magnetic recorder which mechanically works like a record player, however the phono head magnetically records onto a paper mailable disc.  this unit is in the Phantom productions' vintage recording collection

Brush Mail-A-Voice  1946

The model BK-503 Mail-A-Voice from "The Brush Development Company", represents an entirely different approach to the problem of storing information on a magnetic medium. More


Peter Halferty donated some of his collection of music related memorabilia to MOMSR. more

 


Tadberg 11 dontaed by Dr. Bruce Sommer in AustraliaDr. Bruce A Sommer of Australia donated a Tandberg 11 portable professional reel to reel tape recorder to our museum.  The unit had been used to document Aboriginal languages in Australia. more


Unique and unusual vintage recording related devices in the museum's collection.  more

 


Phantom Productions, Inc.'s Ampex 200-A on display at the Phantom studioThe first professional reel to reel tape recorder built in the United States in 1947 by Ampex who was backed by Bing Crosby.  The Ampex 200A recorder in our museum's collection originally belonged to Capitol Records. more

 

 

MOMSR interview with Robert G. Metzner founder of Califone Corp and Roberts Recorders

The Metzner family are Founding Members
of the Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording

MOMSR interview with David Hough, Audio Director for Austin City Limits

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Our collection includes one of the original reel tape Studer Dynavox T-26 reel to reel tape recorder from Willi Studer in the Museum of Magnetic Sound Recordingrecorders built by Willi Studer.  It is the Studer Dynavox T-26.  Our museum web site includes histories of many of the reel tape recorder manufacturers.  more

The collection also includes the later Studer A807

Studer A807 professional reel to reel tape recorder in the Theophilus/MOMSR vintage recording collectioncollection

Please help us create a permanent facility for the preservation of vintage sound recording devices! 

Please take our Museum Survey  •  Survey Results  •  KXAN Austin Recording Museum Update

About the Theophilus/Reel2ReelTexas vintage recording collectionread the Texarchivist article about MOMSR

View Austin's NBC KXAN story by Jim Swift about the vintage collectionread Swift's story2005 Fox News story

 
   
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