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This item sold on August 16, 2013.

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This tape recorder comes from RCA circa 1960's -- after much research, we've come up with some scant details, which may point to this models scarcity.

This is the YHS 12E with a darker color set. Similar Models YHS 18J can be seen here: http://www.radiophile.com/rcayhs18.htm

Based on the model naming schema, we know this recorder has a manufacture date prior to 1966, and came before the YHS 18J.

A unique, boxed, excellent condition piece of audio recording history. Great for your shelf in your cool-ass dive, or a prop for that ironically historic coming age short film you wanted to shoot. Better yet, get some reel-to-reel and used this bad-boy!

As with all vintage items, this recorder is sold as-is.

RCA Transistorized Battery Operated Tape Recorder - Model YHS 12E (Tape Reel Recorder Pre-1966)


  • Vintage item from the 1960s
  • Materials: vintage cardboard, vintage electronics
  • Ships worldwide from United States
  • Feedback: 71 reviews
  • Favorited by: 13 people