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Revox G36

Reel to Reel Tape Recorder

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Revox G36


The Revox Series 36 has been constantly improved and kept up to date, since it was first introduced in 1956. However, the present G still bears the same basic layout and conception as did the original A recorder.

Compared with the preceding models, the following major innovations have been incorporated in the RevoxX G36 recorder: Hysteresis-Synchronous Capstan motor, VU, meters for record level control and a tape-tension switch to permit the use of all reels from 7 inch up to 10 1/2 inch diameter.

The G36 model is available in both 2 and 4 track versions. Identification is made by the appropriate number being stamped on the head mounting plate, and on the upper side of the lower chassis.

The recorder consists of an upper and lower chassis. These are joined at the rear by means of the back panel which carries the input and output sockets, mains voltage adjuster and fuse-holder, and at the front by means of the loudspeaker panel mountings.

The upper chassis carries the tape transport mechanism and the lower chassis bears the power supply unit and the electronics.

All Audio Connections are led to standard phono sockets. To interconnect the Revox recorder with other audio Equipment, a selection of adapter cables is available.


Track system: 2/4-track, stereo system

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

Motor: 6/12 pole hysteresis synchronous

Reel size: up to 10.5 inch reel

Tape speeds: 3 34  7 12 ips

Wow and flutter: 0.1% (7 12 ips)

Frequency response: 40Hz to 18kHz (7 12 ips)

Signal to Noise Ratio: 52dB

Total harmonic distortion: 3%

Crosstalk: 40dB

Input: 50mV (line), 3mV (mic)

Output: 0.7V (line)

Output power: 6 watts

Speakers: 1 x 210mm

Valve complement: 4 x ECC81, 1 x ECC82, 5 x ECC83, 2 x ECL86

Dimensions: 480 x 340 x 300mm

Weight: 20kg

Finish: grey



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Reviewed May 13th, 2019 by

A great recorder if you want stereo and the “valve” sound. Over engineered and a credit to the makers that it still works so well 50 years on. The III series is the best as it has photo optic tape end detection/shut off and all of the evolution of the A to F series plus running improvements made to the G series.
However, at its age it will require maintenance, the usual things mainly - pinch roller, suppression components, electro capacitors - and it is not the easiest machine to get apart to perform these works. But if you are patient and can do these works yourself it is a “classic” to have.



re: G36

Love my G-36. So here's my situation, capstan motor seized. It can be turned by hand but with plenty of resistance. Can it be freed up? Is it a mechanical or electronic problem? Does it need replacement?

At a loss, any input/ideas greatly appreciated.


re: G36

Hi I'm looking for two knobs from a D36 so not the round ones.

Thanks Ronald

Revox G36 head covers

Hi , Im looking for a pair of head covers for my G36 . Anyone in uk got any for sale pleeeeeze ??
Cheers Gordon.



re: g36

For repair,worst unit ever made!That is why German electronic lost from Japan!Everything must be complicated to disassembly,few thousand of wires with out connectors between two parts of the unit...horror...I had one,and in the future,I shall never service REVOX...enough for me....They made unrepairable units,time consuming units,personally,just car are good,electronic-no way...even battery lamp if it is made in Germany,my advice is DO NOT BUY!

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re: g36

I agree, the 36 series are the most difficult tape recorders I have attempted to service. Replacing a valve socket takes hours. On the other hand, the transistorised models are fine to work on, easier than many japanese units.

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