Information based on www.prestohistory.com
PRESTO Recording Corporation was an important company in the broadcast and recording industry, and most radio stations and networks that made use of disc recorders for delayed broadcast, or air checks, etc., were users of PRESTO EQUIPMENT. All of the major broadcast network headquarters, as well as many recording studios used PRESTO recorders.
During WWII, PRESTO was based in New York City, and was involved in military production, including location/range finding equipment, radar installations, long range navigation. Presto was awarded the Army-Navy E award for its contribution in the war effort.
After the war, PRESTO started developing tape recorders. Since AMPEX was ahead and on its way to developing consumer tape recorders, PRESTO never reached its success. Instead PRESTO focused on developing 3 disc tape recorders for broadcast and professional use.
Presto design never changed much over the years.
You can find the interesting history of Presto recorders by going to www.prestohistory.com
PRESTO's last machine that debuted in 1957-8 was the A 908 which was available in Stereo as well as 1/2 track mono. Presto was finished by 1965-ending a long history of recording equipment.
Frank Sinatra famously owned and used PRESTO tape recorders.
More specification can be found at www.historyofrecording.com
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