Vintage BIT Talkman II Panasonic FM Cassette Recorder CrO2Metal Boston Inst Tech


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An extremely rare find, a BIT TALKMAN II, custom built by the Boston Institute of Technology on a Japanese Panasonic portable cassette recorder.  No Panasonic model # is visible, and checking under the BIT Talkman II control add-on only shows where the original cover was cut to fit the custom wiring.  Not sure of the extra functions since it currently cannot play a tape but likely the one is variable speed.

Very heavy, powers on and motor does attempt to turn but definitely needs a belt.  FM/AM radio does work, battery cover is missing (has an old business card stuck in place).  Damage to one corner as shown, door hinges are very worn and door is loose.

From what we understand, these Talkman cassette players/recorders by the Boston Institute of Technology were intended for educational/library/institutional use or hearing assistance.  Very high quality audio cassette devices and very few ever made much less still in good working condition!  We could not find any other historical information and surmise the potential copyright infringement to Sony's Walkman at that time likely discouraged further manufacturing of the TALKMAN series. 

We also have a BIT TALKMAN I (USA made) available from the same collection!

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