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Sony TC-458

Auto Reverse Tape Deck

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Sony TC-458


The Sony Model TC-458 is a premium quality stereo tape deck specially designed for serious home recordists.

It features sophisticated electronic and mechanical refinements for rich, clear sound reproduction.

A closed-loop dual capstan tape drive assures positive tape to head contact regardless of external vibration.

The servo controlled AC capstan motor maintains speed variation to a minimum, even during large discrepancies in live voltage, load and frequency.

A Roto bi-lateral head assures the finest recording and playback performance in either direction.

Automatic reversing system is activated by sensing foil in both record and playback modes.


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

Heads: 1 x playback, 1 x record, 2 x erase

Reel size: up to 7 inch reel

Tape speeds: 7 12 ips

Wow and flutter: 0.06% (7 12 ips)

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

Signal to Noise Ratio: 56dB

Total harmonic distortion: 1.2%

Input: 60mV (line), 0.2mV (mic)

Output: 0.775V (line)

Semiconductors: 2 x FET, 1 x IC, 55 x transistors, 36 x diodes

Dimensions: 16-3/16 x 15-13/16 x 7-15/16 inches

Weight: 32lbs

Accessories: reel, RK-74 connecting cord, head cleaning ribbon, sensing foil



re: TC-458

Unit has 1 large flat belt in front mech (capstain) and 2 large round belts (tablereels), 1 small round belt (head turning mech) in rear of unit. Counter belt in front mech is also a round belt. Belts may be very hard to find.

re: TC-458

Does anyone have the schematics on this machine? I have a channel dead and would love to have the schematics so I can fix this problem.

re: TC-458

I uploaded the Service Manual.

re: TC-458

Many thanks for manual. my TC-458 has gone sluggish, suspect lube needs to be replaced.

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