A few of the more serious looking machines and the TP241 fitted the bill could be even used as basic dictating machines or for taking memos. Sadly I am not aware of this particular model making it on the large or small screen but I would be very surprised if it hadnt made at least one appearance.The 75mm (3-inch) reels, which gave around 10 to 15 minutes recording time also happened to be a convenient size and length for voice letters to send to distant friends and relatives. There are no frills or fripperies and thanks to the ultra simple rim-drive tape transport mechanism, no fast forward function, just Play, Record, Stop and Rewind.Recording quality was generally poor, but it didnt matter too much for speech or a pop song sing along and almost every youngster back then wanted to get their hands on a real working tape recorder.As it happened proper grown up reel-to-reel tape recorders were still far from common in the home.They rarely cost more than 5.00, plus the same again for shipping.Happy times As I recall it needed just the usual capacitor swap, a re-grease of the moving parts and a squirt of switch cleaner on the volume control to get it running, and sounding, like new.The TP-421 was one of hundreds of mini reel-to-reel tape recorders on the market at the time.
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This presses the rotating spindle onto the rubber-rimmed tape platter on the left, for the rewind function, and an idler wheel pressing against the take-up reel on the right for playback and recording modes.
Another common feature that helped keep the cost down is the permanent magnet erase head.
The TR-241 came with a crystal lapel microphone and a magnetic earpiece, which plug into sockets on the front of the case.
What look like two tiny metal handles at either end of the case are for a carry strap, which was also included with the outfit.