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Old 14th Mar 2018, 10:02 am   #1
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Exactly as the title says. 'What is This?'

Strictly speaking this should have gone under another heading but this would have given the game away far too quickly. John.
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Old 14th Mar 2018, 10:18 am   #2
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Intruder alarm or hidden camera, to be placed among books on a bookshelf?

I recall Heathkit doing one many years ago.
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Old 14th Mar 2018, 10:25 am   #3
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Could be a VHS cassette case, for collectors of old episodes of 'Corra' who want nonetheless to project an air of erudition from their living room shelves...
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Old 14th Mar 2018, 10:26 am   #4
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Inexpensive Far Eastern tape recorder? I remember one that looked rather like this, branded "Parrot" inside and on the spine.

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Microprofessor 1 educational board?
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Old 14th Mar 2018, 10:56 am   #6
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Intruder alarm or hidden camera, to be placed among books on a bookshelf?

I recall Heathkit doing one many years ago.
I believe the title on the spine of the book was "The Informer".
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When I was young (around 10) I had a small reel to reel tape recorder in a faux book just like that ... wish I still had it ... I hope that's what it is as I'd like to see if it is as I remember.

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Old 14th Mar 2018, 7:50 pm   #8
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Oh you lot are faarrrrr too clever! [Pulled it off the tip 20 years ago]

'Vantone' and it's made in Japan!
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Yes thatís the exact one I remember removing the motor

What date would it be?

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Old 14th Mar 2018, 8:36 pm   #10
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Microprofessor 1 educational board?
Microporofessor is thicker than that, and has the name on the spine. I have one on the shelf.
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Yes that’s the exact one
In typical vintage-Japanese fashion, it's exactly like the Parrot too About 1965?

Now I think of it, I had a fairly similar version in a red binding as well, a Binatone Book-Corder. They may both have been sold a few years ago during my last attempt to gain some space to live in.

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Old 15th Mar 2018, 9:43 am   #12
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The model number is TSK-4000. The motor drives the two tape tables direct. No capstan of course. The microphone acts as loudspeaker in playback. It works quite well on speech.
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Don't leave it on your bookshelf if it says 'Good Morning, Mr. Phelps'.
It's about to catch fire!
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Hmm, I can't find any photographs of the Parrot, which I think may mean it's still on the premises. Binatone's model, which isn't, turns out to be less different from the Vantone than I had imagined, notwithstanding its landscape rather than portrait orientation.

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Yes I thought that.. 'Mission Impossible'. J.
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