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The Birth of Tape Recording in the U.S.

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In 1945, when Major Jack Mullin, U.S.A. Signal Corps, came home to San Francisco with two German Magnetophon audio tape recorders, he had no idea that he and three other Bay Area engineers, Bill Palmer, Harold Lindsay, and Myron Stolaroff - not big companies like GE, RCA or Westinghouse - would be the ones to revolutionize American recording. By 1947, tiny Ampex Corporation surprised U.S. studios and broadcasters with the first successful American version of the tape recorder. How were Ampex's Lindsay and Stolaroff able to build a high-fidelity tape machine while others failed?

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