Good sleuthing! It is from the Juan Downey piece. The original deck
fell apart and I am trying to track down a replacement or something
comparable. Thanks to Shai's Lafayette tip, I've been able to confirm that
it's a Lafayette RK815. Also, thanks to everyone who chimed in!
If anyone knows how I may be able to track down another RK815, please
let me know. It can be in any condition.
On Wed, Jul 3, 2013 at 1:26 PM, Richard L. Hess <[log in to unmask]>wrote:
> Hi, Peter,
> I never recall seeing a tape machine marked "Do Your Own Concert".
> I came across this
> Showing with Howard Wise’s experimental media art gallery in New
>> York, Downey created pieces like his 1969 Do Your Own Concert, which
>> records and plays back the viewer’s sounds via interactive
> and wonder if it was related. The additional buttons make this look
> I took a quick look through "Evolution of the Audio Recorder" by Phil Van
> Praag and nothing jumped out at me.
> I tried your image in Google Image Search including a more rectified
> version using the new "Upright" tool in Lightroom 5...nothing useful.
> I also tried matching the image searching on 815 and tape recorder, but
> My guess is that it is European rather than American or Japanese and while
> my link to Howard Wise's experimental media art gallery in NY and the
> reference to Downey specified 8-track we don't know if that is really
> correct and/or a similar installation could have been done in another venue
> with the reel.
> I am thinking something along the lines of Braun, Beocord, Telefunken,
> etc. The buttons below the deck imply it is an electrically remotable deck,
> but the image at the right hints at mechanical transport levers.
> Good luck and please let us know if you ever find anything.
> On 2013-07-03 10:31 AM, Peter Oleksik wrote:
>> Hi All, I need to ID the make/model of the reel to reel deck in this
>> I can make out that it's a 4-track solid state, with the model
>> (presumably) 815. Unfortunately, I can't make out the manufacturer of
>> the deck. Does anyone out there know what this deck is? Also, an even
>> bigger long shot, would anyone know where I could find some more of
>> that exact model? Please email me directly at
>> [log in to unmask]
>> Thanks in advance! Peter
> Richard L. Hess email: [log in to unmask]
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