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Leevers-Rich series E 8-track
Leevers-Rich 8-track (detail)
Leevers-Rich 8-track tape recorder behind Delia in 1965

By 1962, a Levers-Rich multi-track variable speed tape deck had been pressed into service, but although too noisy for multi-tracking, its 2-40 i.p.s. speed variance was usefil. By the use of keys it was possible to alter its speed in semi-tone intervals enabling it to be played much like a keyboard.[1]

We had one Leevers-Rich 8-track machine which was a bit of a white elephant, It was an expensive variable speed 8-track machine on one-inch tape but it wasn’t very good sound quality.[2]

[It] could only record one track at a time, which made it almost useless.[3]


  1. A History of Electronic Music by Derek Pierce in Electronics & Music Maker magazine, May 1982, p.27.
  2. Delia in the Radiophonic Ladies interview.
  3. Ray White in the Radiophonic Workshop Gallery.