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Tandberg TD 20

4 Motor Reel to Reel Tape Recorder (1977-94)

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Tandberg TD 20


Tandberg has a long standing reputation for the creation of excellent and versatile tape recorders.

For years, Tandberg recording technique has set a performance standard for the industry.

In addition to the popular TD 20A, two new versions, the TD 20A-SE and TD 20-SES have been added to the series.

These models feature the unique new special tape equalization circuits which improve the S/N ratio up to 80 dB without any noise reduction circuits involved.

TD 20A-SES is a special model for studio use and includes balanced transformer inputs and outputs through professional XLR sockets.


Track system: 4-track, 2-channel, stereo/monaural system

Heads: 1 x playback, 1 x record, 1 x erase

Reel size: up to 10.5 inch reel

Tape speeds: 3 34  7 12 ips

Frequency response: 20Hz to 30kHz (7 12 ips)

Signal to Noise Ratio: 66dB

Total harmonic distortion: 2%

Input: 50mV (line), 0.2mV (mic)

Output: 1.5V (line)

Dimensions: 435 x 450 x 195mm

Year: 1977

Note: optional 2 track heads / 15 ips


A instruction/owners manual   English -

A flyer   English -

A schematic   English -

A SE instruction/owners manual   English Deutsch Francais -

A service manual   English -

A instruction/owners manual   Nynorsk - Kjell Erik Nilsen

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Reviewed Feb 21st, 2015 by desertdog

Best deck I ever had, wished I never sold it.(the wife didn't like it???)



re: TD 20

Hi, I purchased this yesterday and will get it later today. Just one question, how can I tell apart 2-track vs, 4-track versions? Is there some serials or other marks to look for?
Sorry I posted this as review at first.

Nice site

Hi All

I stumbled on this site through google as I need some help with the repair of my TD20A. It looks okay inside, but one cap is burned and the 'slow' fuse has popped. If anyone has any comment on these matters, please feel free! :-)


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TD 20A

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Tandberg TD 20 A

Great thanks.Wonderfull machine will be soon at work.
Regards Tom from Poland

Many, many, many thanks. Now

Many, many, many thanks. Now I am HAPPY.

Great I may get my TD 20

Great I may get my TD 20 back up and running, thanks very much


Thank you very much, it was a real help for me ! Maybe you give me the possibility to send you some materials you don't have in your archive !


Just to say Thank You for the upload! Great stuff!

service manual (en) TD20

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Many thanks friend

My dad has a Tandberg 20A that needs some TLC. REally appreciate it.

Tandberg TD-20A RECORD head replacement with different make??

Anyone replaced the crappy record head on this machine? mine is worn after very little use. I was thinking of getting a Studer or Akai head, anyone know what's involved? The physical replacement is not my worry, but I am wondering what needs modding on the boards? Anyone? Any help on this, and I owe you for life! haa!

re: Tandberg TD-20A RECORD head replacement with different ...

yes you can replace it with any brand provided they have the same resistance and overall dimension to fit in the mount, and also don"t forget to adjust the bias for recording and playback and you do this with test tape and test tone amplifier.

recording problem

Hello friends. I;ve just got a TD-20A .it plays fine but would only record one channel. all connections checked. I tried line 1 and 2 for input,the same issue. physically in the inside this machine looks intact. I also checked all wires and fuses.Cleaned everything frrom heads to switches thoroughly. is this a common problem? any help would be appreciated. unfortunately, I can't read schematics.
please help

re: recording problem

the first thing you should do is while the circuit board is open look for the marking record amplifier then put tape in record mode then adjust the recording level to medium then as it is recording touch the circuit board marked record ckt. then observe the meter if it is fluctuating or not if it is then the circuit is fine, then playback the recorded sound and you should hear buzz sound if not either the head is bad or the recording circuit is not working and need to replace diode or transistors parts. ok that's all I can tell you and good luck

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