THE PRESTO 6 SERIES RECORDERS
The model E and 16X. The E stood for "with The "Original" PRESTO recorder, the 6D. This
electronics", and the 16X, or model 16 was a particular model was introduced sometime in the early
16" chassis only. This was one of the first years of the company, perhaps as early as 1934.
units made by PRESTO, and evolved to the There were several modifications in it's history. $400.
The 6N recorder replaced the 6D in May
of This is a 6N mounted in a
Gates console. Many
1941. The 6N was the most popular of the suppliers of broadcast equipment used the 6N
PRESTO line because of it's price. It was as a basis for selling added modifications and
installed in more radio stations and independent there own additional equipment, especially in
producers than any other recorder. Many are "turn key" radio installations. Until the advent of
still in use, and is very sought after on the used tape recorders, the 6N was used extensively for
market. Prewar price was $455. In 1950 delayed broadcasts.
it was priced at $735. The 6N was an important
improvement over the 6D, especially the hand
crank for lead in and run out grooves.
THE MODEL K SERIES
K-6 78 rpm
K-8, circa 1941. 2 speed, Pre-war price was $275.
In 1946 it was $297.
The "K" series was a very popular unit in the PRESTO catalog.
changed very little, especially in the basic design of the electronics,
used a pair of 45's in push pull output. The unit had an output
10 watts. Major changes were from 78 only in the K6, to 2 speed,
then a 45 speed adapter for the model K10.
There was an adapter with a second turntable and shaft which would stand on top of the K turntable, and with a second playback arm on a pedestal, would enable duplicate records to be made. This locked the turntables together, and no wow was introduced as the speed was locked together. The K series remained in the catalog from about 1936 to the demise of the company.
The K10 - 2 speed, microgroove, 112 & 225 The last model, K11 - released in 1956, has 3
lpi, with advance ball. Introduced in 1951, speeds, and used the newest turntable. This is the
priced at $348. first departure from the earlier "K" look.
The price was listed at $445 in 1956.
The model 75A. This was PRESTO's economy
model 16" recorder. The pre 1941 price was
listed as $424. This model was also supplied with .
an 8 ohm cutter head, and offered as a unit for
installation in custom home systems.
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