The Realistic SCP-18 is a Stereo Cassette Player made in Japan in the early 1970s. This is probably one of the earliest examples of a stereo cassette player on the Internet.
The inside mechanism and design layout of this unit is very similar to the early Philips EL-3302, which of course was one of the earliest compact cassette recorders.
The red piano key button often gives the impression that this unit can record, but it is just a stereo player, it cannot record.
Back then, it was very popular to use wooden cabinets. Adults would often polish the teak cabinet of their hi-fi in order to improve the sound. :-)
The case is plastic with a wood effect pattern. This is a small shoebox style unit measuring 22 cm × 14 cm × 6 cm in size approximately. From the outside, it is not much to look at, however, inside it has a metal alloy chassis, and is extremely robust.
Manufactured in Japan especially for the Realistic brand, Tandy / RadioShack often made some excellent consumer electronics products.
This unit does not have an internal speaker or an amplifier circuit for driving a speaker. This is more like a tape deck. There are RCA sockets for the left and right channel audio outputs, which connect to an amplifier of a hi-fi system. There is also a volume control to set the output signal level.
The label at the back reads the following.
- Realistic CAT NO 14-892
- Model SCP-1B
- AC 120 V 60 Hz 3 W
- Custom Manufactured for Radio Shack
- Tandy Corporation Company
- Fort Worth
- Texas 76107
- CSA NO. LL29392
- Made in Japan
This Article Continues...Realistic SCP-1B
Realistic SCP-1B Inside
Realistic SCP-1B Chassis