wasn't then the best cassette recorder, it still isn't now, but
this Superscope recorder sure was lavish, luxurious, wide, large,
lit and tall.
Model 5420 sported a full-size 4-channel
mixing board complete with master fader and panpots, a Dolby function
which could be used internally or externally with another source
or even a Dolby-compatible FM tuner or receiver. Big VUs with peak
level LEDs and a 20° up tilting top panel. Plus Ferrite head,
a FeCr tape position and i/o and Dolby calibration pots.
the enclosure and finish are perhaps the most striking elements
as the Model 5420 only had two heads
(R/P + erase) and one DC-Servo motor...
siblings included the Model 5400 (sans
Dolby), 5220 (frontal loading), 5200
(a 5220 sans Dolby) and 5120 (a 5220
in console type).
were built by whoever in Japan with parts coming from around Korea
and Japan. Some say Sony
had a hand in the Model 5420 but I don't believe in this at all...
about the Model 5420 here.