Mid-end recorder built in a very solid way, 1970s style, from the same generation as the A-2300 : same motors, same electronics, same controls, pots, pans and switches.
But for the addition of the automatic reverse mode : automatic being if one has previously glued a piece of conductive foil at one end (or both) of the reel tape - a very manual automation in the end.
Also necessary for this planned-in-advance automation : a second play head !
To not build a different head-stack to accomodate said head, in other words to save pennies, Teac devised a special head which performs both duties of erasure and recording.
The rest is an A-2300, but being a year younger the A-1250 has much better channel separation, frequency response and S/N ratio - so who's the small one, really ?