Sony's proto-Walkman that went to the moon*

July 1969 Man landed on the moon.
July 1979 Sony released the Walkman.
Sony’s TC-50 from 1968 connects these events.

*A Sony TC-50 onboard Apollo 10 *orbited* the moon in May 1969.
If you want to know what music the Apollo astronauts played on their Sony TC-50’s - here’s an article
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  • If you want to know what music the Apollo astronauts played on their Sony TC-50’s - here’s an article

    TechmoanTechmoan29 gün önce
    • not a tenuous link! A beautiful design and mechanical execution with a great video :)

      YensRYensR29 gün önce
  • I'm honestly kinda jealous of that audio cassette dress shirt :)

    kassemirkassemir2 gün önce
  • Hard to believe it w as 40 years ago at the age of 12 that i got my first walkman, and i can remember it like it was last week.

    Encore1234567890Encore12345678905 gün önce
  • I always wonder. How you know the size needed? When you buy new drive belts for these machines?

    LittleGiant197LittleGiant1978 gün önce
  • Wow that music was groovie what's the name of the music??? ❤️❤️❤️

    aceDriver53aceDriver538 gün önce
  • Metal Gear Peace Walker. Walkman in 1973.

    Erech FleetErech Fleet9 gün önce
  • Will the WM-EX5 be featured in a future video?

    Blue387Blue3879 gün önce
  • Filed under "Videos with 13 minutes of intro before the real content" ;)

    HenryLoenwindHenryLoenwind10 gün önce
  • Nice video sir, I watch your videos & really love them. Kapil VermaNew Member Messages:14Trophy Points:3Location:India I've got an immaculate condition Sony D6C professional recording Walkman since 1985 & it was running flawlessly but today something strange happened, It forwards the cassettes for 2-3 seconds & stops. Rewind is OK. Playback & Recordings are OK but Fwd is the problem. Any clues???

    Kapil VermaKapil Verma10 gün önce
  • Yo, y'all should come check me out let me know what you think about my music. 🎯🎯

    Joee GiovanniJoee Giovanni12 gün önce
  • No matter what your videos are about, they never fail to entertain me. I have a cheaper end Philco cassette that works just fine. I also have a Sony boombox from 2006 that I use more than my Walkman.

    shooketh to the coreshooketh to the core13 gün önce
  • When I first started watching this video, the TC-50 looked very familiar. I remember using a cassette player with a sliding control like this at the age of 10 or 11, probably some gadget my father picked up at a garage sale. But I remember it was light brown in colour. Do you remember if Sony made a model in brown, or did I have a similar machine made by another manufacturer?

    Morgan AhoffMorgan Ahoff13 gün önce
  • really...flew around the moon...were you born yesterday? I have one that went 20 stories high in an elevator.

    allen schmitzallen schmitz15 gün önce
  • So I’m at the point where you are discussing the creation of the Walkman, and you mentioned that the R&D and marketing people at Sony didn’t think the concept made good market sense. Coming from the perspective of the generation that grew up on the Walkman, went to college with the Discman, and has had IPods since the near beginning, I reacted with expected shock to this naïveté. HOWEVER upon further research in discovered that while there were PORTABLE battery powered 8 track players (I remember Kelvin’s older sister had one in the Wonder Years) they were not that commercially successful. This is probably because the target consumer wanted to use them in a social setting and not for personal use, and that usually meant car stereos for out and about and home stereos. That plus at the time you go more music per pound with a simple battery powered radio provided you lived in an area with a lot of competing radio stations. With a Walkman a person could carry the device in the inner pocket of a jacket with 3-4 extra cassette in various jacket pockets plus a spare set of batteries scotch taped together. Plus of course the “rewind” pencil with is double set of rubber bands. But back before the Walkman was realized in the minds of the lead marketing and R&D that much music requires a player the size of toaster, 5-7 8 track cassette (each double the size of the cassette) and headphones that look like droopy Mickey Mouse Ears, and enough spare batteries to power a watchman flashlight.

    steven heckertsteven heckert17 gün önce
  • Thanks. I wondered about the device seen in First Man.

    Joe MedleyJoe Medley17 gün önce
  • die Videos von Techmoan sind immer super. Ich repariere viele Geräte finde es auch super immer mal reinschauen zu können ohne es vor Ort zu haben. Schön das es auch fast immer so ist wie ich es mir denke.

    Video SechsVideo Sechs19 gün önce
  • I have an interest in Seiko watches and at a very similar point in time Seiko were adding -matic to many of their watch names, Lordmatic, Sportsmatic, Seikomatic... good to see a wider context and everything going -matic was happening more generally too

    irkibbyirkibby19 gün önce
  • Thumbs-up for the shirt! :)

    Lachezar DolmovLachezar Dolmov20 gün önce
  • Can you do a video on the Sony NW-S205F

    ZeroGenesisXZeroGenesisX21 gün önce
  • Ъ

    Глад Валакас ФЭКГлад Валакас ФЭК21 gün önce
  • Stepping into excrement bare feet is a little disgusting but feet are easier to clean than most shoes. However stepping into fresh gum bare feet is really annoying.

    mieze :3mieze :322 gün önce
  • Thanks brother

    Navis BNavis B22 gün önce
  • "I'd rather lick the screen of a smartphone that I found in a cruise ship's toilet." Mind if I have that put on t shirts?

    Winters Battle of BandsWinters Battle of Bands23 gün önce
  • ...not at all, Matt. I'm from the Walkman era (I'll be 50 in a month), and this video was super interesting. We're all very thankful for the expense, time, and effort you put into these.

    Winters Battle of BandsWinters Battle of Bands23 gün önce
  • A head of its time

    Scott morScott mor24 gün önce
  • Hey! that's the blue cassette player from Metal Gear Solid V! Even the cassette tape is the same.

    Laughing OctopusLaughing Octopus24 gün önce
  • I'm glad the dog hadn't done something else.

    wildmutationbluwildmutationblu24 gün önce
  • What's wrong with the puppets hands?

    Aynon YuserAynon Yuser24 gün önce
  • That shirt is hella dope

    Evil GumballEvil Gumball24 gün önce
  • Mr @Techmoan can you tell what this 80s gadget is this? it looks like a smartphone, also the way the girl is grabbing it it's kinda weird

    Jeferson SolanoJeferson Solano25 gün önce
  • The TC 40 which is almost identical was $109.95 in 1972.

    Rick BoatrightRick Boatright25 gün önce
  • Hi Techmoan. I’m addicted to your channel. Don’t be modest about dismantling/repairing stuff, you have a sensible approach and are good at it. What is the Intro music/sound effect please?

    gadgetman36gadgetman3625 gün önce
  • Great vid!

    Peter PaynePeter Payne25 gün önce
  • FUN FACT: Black & Decker designed cordless power tools that went to the moon.

    Movie NerdMovie Nerd25 gün önce
  • Flippin heck!

    HillHill25 gün önce
  • LOL at the Muppets...I told my mother the same thing when I was a child!

    MarkxxxMarkxxx26 gün önce
  • You should make video about sterobelt and walkman. I mean sony already had portable cassette player in 60s

    Alex KimAlex Kim26 gün önce
  • In relation to the outro puppets.... I actually HAVE set foot in the kitchen (just not THAT kitchen) all the time. And rest of the house. I usually go totally barefoot 99% of the time that I'm home.

    david halldavid hall26 gün önce
  • I could never understand why the walkman has a date of 1979. but that player was 10 years ahead? It just shows everyone how NASA's pushed things to be smaller and it took 10 years for it to get into the hands of the public. It's just like flash mob dancing. The web says it was one guy but he copied a movie "The Fisher King" and it was really Terry Gilliam that truly had the concept and it took +10 years for someone to copy him and take the credit. Sad but true.

    ezzz9ezzz926 gün önce
  • Dear Mr Techmoan, I know where you live! I’ve got some CED videodiscs you can have if you want to pick up? I’m in Leigh so you may have to bring your passport. If you’re interested, please get in touch.

    photographicleighphotographicleigh26 gün önce
    • Lol, yeah, was no Laserdisc! No probs pal.

      photographicleighphotographicleigh26 gün önce
    • I gave away my CED players and discs the day the video on them went live. A truly shambolic badly realised rubbish failure of a hopeless awful product - but thanks for the offer.

      TechmoanTechmoan26 gün önce
  • Ive never quite understood how the ban on mailing batteries works. Ive gotten laptops through mail with batteries in place, but other times Ive been told I can't have things with batteries mailed...

    William HetheringtonWilliam Hetherington26 gün önce
  • Just discovered your channel . AWESOME!! 😎. Take me back growing up 70s and 80s. 👍👍

    grumpy guy28grumpy guy2826 gün önce
  • Can you review some vintage Bang & Olufsen or BRAUN HIFI components? Please... Keep up the great work!

    Nathan MelzerNathan Melzer26 gün önce
  • You should review the Sears Solid State no.799, I found one in a little shop for 15.99.

    Deceptacles ReviewerDeceptacles Reviewer27 gün önce
  • I know you’ll say no, but I wanted to ask if you could get me a guardians of the galaxy cassette player. I really want one and cant afford one.

    Brock BurgelBrock Burgel27 gün önce
  • Why do audio companies no longer put an iPod USB interface on their products. Other than car receivers there is no way to get a digital signal to a home receiver. Letting the DAC in your home receiver would do a much better job and result in better audio, besides probably as much as a 1/3 of the world has music an iPod, iPad or iPhone. Also I can find no such USB interface on a decoder board to even build such a interface. What's strange is I have a TDK Boombox I purchased 10 years ago that has a USB input that still plays all my current iPods, iPhone and sounds better than an auxiliary 3.5 connection. Searching on the internet produces no reason why this technology and hardware or components is no longer available to buy or build. Can anyone answer this top secret.

    fossilsol69fossilsol6927 gün önce
  • Now, you've got me interested in the old Sony TC-D5 Pro II. Must be those old analogue gages on the side below the speakers.

    DTD110865DTD11086527 gün önce

      TechmoanTechmoan26 gün önce
  • As I said, Life before Sony Walkman...

    Andres BravoAndres Bravo27 gün önce
  • My family never even owned a cassette player until the mid-80's. Everyone seemed to be using LPs in my area when I was really young. I guess we were late adopters of cassette technology.

    Ion-SHIVsIon-SHIVs27 gün önce
  • The technical reason for the center-negative power jack was explained by Dave Jones of eevblog fame

    Davide BianchiDavide Bianchi27 gün önce
  • It is amazing that you get any sound out of this thing, given the age of the caps! Paddy

    PaddyPaddy27 gün önce
  • IS THIS used by many reporters?

    nishanth parameshnishanth paramesh27 gün önce
  • Would you consider producing a video on the Hafler circuit and Phase 4 Stereo recording?

    Bill FasanoBill Fasano28 gün önce
  • This is how StarLord really got his Walkman

    Gianluca ColateiGianluca Colatei28 gün önce
  • I wanted to let you know that the comedy sketch isn't on your "Comedy" playlist.

    JERealizeJERealize28 gün önce
  • Lovely piece Techmoan. I had the same speed variation issue with a tape recorder from the 1960's, and it wasn't the electronics. I found that when the tape slowed down, gently tapping the motor caused it to recover for a while. In that era, the speed was cleverly regulated inside the motor by using centrifugal forces to momentarily pull away brush contacts as the commutator speed increased , thereby briefly breaking power to limit and maintain a maximum speed, a bit like a governor. This was even adjustable via tiny set screws, all inside the motor. I suspect your device has the same issue. In my case, cleaning and re-seating the brushes, and cleaning the commutator contacts resolved the issue completely. The curved face of the brushes must be preserved though to maximise the surface area in contact with the commutator, otherwise (as I discovered) insufficient power will be delivered to the motor.

    RovingJHRovingJH28 gün önce
  • This thing is out of this world!

    Stuff We PlayStuff We Play28 gün önce
  • I don't agree with you,it should be perfectly functional just from the fact that it's the first Walkman to reach out on space.A little bit of cleaning and oiling the shafts and cogs should do the job. Other than that,nice video.🙂

    Adrian FrigoAdrian Frigo28 gün önce
  • in the foreground, can you spot with what is Armstrong playing? :)

    Janos Nagy J.Janos Nagy J.28 gün önce
  • Puppets = Thumb up

    Froedl MetallmannFroedl Metallmann28 gün önce
  • The Sony Moonman

    Sean MaddenSean Madden28 gün önce
  • More footage of it can be seen and heard in "For all mankind" documentary. Yes they play country but also the theme from "2001".they seemed to love that movie...

    Sauli KoltiainenSauli Koltiainen28 gün önce
  • Watching the puppets makes everything better

    MrStephen182MrStephen18228 gün önce
  • Great channel I enjoyed the movie first man but I thought they made a mistake with the tape player

    adriano Clinchoadriano Clincho28 gün önce
  • just a question regarding framerates of your videos. How come the video is in 30 fps, but there is no light flickering in a 50Hz country? Caught my attention

    Radio ŻelazaRadio Żelaza28 gün önce
  • Great insight

    KayshaKaysha28 gün önce
  • I love episodes like this. The puppets are the cherry on the sundae.

    Paul KanePaul Kane28 gün önce
  • Quality video.

    JS BilodeauJS Bilodeau28 gün önce
  • You should get a wowstick 1f

    House of KillyHouse of Killy28 gün önce
  • I don't know if this is anything new, but I've just picked up a Spacial Stereo vinyl (Space Odyssey 2001 soundtrack), and it seems to be the loudest record I own, and at the beginning there is a big introduction on 'The world of Spacial Stereo' with some whirrs and tones which I assume are to show off the dynamic range or something. No clue what it is, it sounds good on my radiogram, so it might be something to look at?

    Dami NookiDami Nooki28 gün önce
Sony's proto-Walkman that went to the moon*