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

    TechmoanTechmoan4 aylar önce
    • not a tenuous link! A beautiful design and mechanical execution with a great video :)

      YensRYensR4 aylar önce
  • Sounds great considering it's 50 years old

    BelethorBelethor18 gün önce
  • Kerenn om

    Gopanelto eltoGopanelto elto24 gün önce
  • This video just gave me an inspiration for my own custom Walkman idea. I love the space age and this machine, so I think I can cobble something together.

    Joshua FriasJoshua Frias26 gün önce
  • Those three inspectors have exactly the same handwriting.

    Carroll ShelbyCarroll Shelby28 gün önce
  • Come for the tech... Stay for the muppets :D

    Mark WilliamsMark WilliamsAylar önce
  • Sony's chairman was not alone. I started my job as export manager in 76, saw the tcm-600 at duty-free. made an adaptor 3.5mm mno plugto 1/4 inch stereo line socket, to play my own recorded cassettes, while on long trans-atlantic flights, albeit in mono. playback thru speaker good, while at hotels. just wish I had licensed idea to Sony :(- I wasonly 26 at the time. still, I avoided the dreadful 'air-tube headsets found on most jets like the 707, back then. lesson, if you have a good idea, patent it, if viable, approach industry-compatible partner, to commercialize it - fast as possible.

    allan redfordallan redfordAylar önce
    • Sony did not patent any of their audio technology during this period because they considered the equipment iterative not inventive. It came back to haunt them when savvy individuals began protecting the same ideas and filing legal writs against them, and other tech firms.

      stemkbstemkbAylar önce
  • did you test the wow & flutter

    art vandecoart vandecoAylar önce
  • Missed opportunity from Sony @ 10:24. They should have named it the Snortman.

    mysdoktornmysdoktornAylar önce
  • Funny how this probably impacted the world today more than the moonlanding itself

    Henry ElbertHenry ElbertAylar önce
  • Where can one obtain a shirt like that, festooned with a cassette tape pattern? That is amazing.

    ModMokkaMattiModMokkaMattiAylar önce
  • A common problem on these is motor failure, due to disintegrating foam pads inside the motor, which push the brushes against the commutator. I had two TC-50's, the first one I got a failed restoration job, but a learning experience. Then when I got my second TC-50, a had a better idea, and inserted new foam carefully with tweezers into the motor. My machine is working now, but speed is still unstable. You got lucky with yours, as the motor on yours still seems to work well with original foam! Beautiful recorder. My unit is shown in this video: I have taken the two machines, and used the outer casing from the failed one and the innards of the new one to get one good-cosmetic condition working unit. But I have kept (and will always keep) the old casing, as it is extremely special... It has the instructions for the astronauts, the stamped serial numbers matching the Apollo documents, and the velcro on the back... I think mine was an actual Apollo unit!

    CassetteMasterCassetteMaster2 aylar önce
  • That sucks that they did not allow shipment of the battery pack!!

    CassetteMasterCassetteMaster2 aylar önce
  • Fabulous!!!

    PhotoshockPhotoshock2 aylar önce
  • Superb.

    Jay DunstanJay Dunstan2 aylar önce
  • that mirror sided walkman must be from 1986. Built in coke mirror

    Joe ShabadoJoe Shabado2 aylar önce
  • I really love the puppet skits, it triggers some sort of nostalgic feeling.

    kylekershkylekersh2 aylar önce
  • Does anybody know what the music was that was on the tape he played at 7:03 to 7:21?

    CrazyGentlemanCrazyGentleman2 aylar önce
  • This might just be me theorizing but,if you look at modern cell phones, it also uses a very similar form factor to the Walkman

    Justyn HJustyn H2 aylar önce
  • I have a telefunken 302ts reel to reel recorder from 1968, which works almost perfectly and also looks like new. Some things really have the potential to last a very long time if handled properly.

    PixelDoomPixelDoom3 aylar önce
  • damn you sir, stop making excellent content. I should be grocery shopping and yard work instead of watching your videos.

    steeldogcheesesteeldogcheese3 aylar önce
  • The things you find out. Damn!

    PauldjreadmanPauldjreadman3 aylar önce
  • I have a tiny TPS-L2 replica. It’s for Hot Toys Star Lord but my Tsum Tsum Star lord wears it

    CoverdrivegirlCoverdrivegirl3 aylar önce
  • Star lord: my Walkman is in space all the time

    CoverdrivegirlCoverdrivegirl3 aylar önce
  • I was wondering if you had any old rectangle type cassette players that don't work that you can possibly send to America All I want is the case and you can keep the internals. I want to make a prop to resemble transformers g1 decepticon soundwave from the 1980s.

    Glow RiderGlow Rider3 aylar önce
  • Conspiracy theorist: * = we never went to the moon

    Bryan HatleyBryan Hatley3 aylar önce
  • Have you seen this? It recently came up in a news headline on my phone.

    Chris ThomasChris Thomas3 aylar önce
  • That guy in First man better be listening to David Bovie Soace Oddity

    Cheryl HeinrichsCheryl Heinrichs3 aylar önce
  • Another excellent one. Great!

    Rob SchofieldRob Schofield3 aylar önce
  • Another appreciated video.👏

    Professor Pat PendingProfessor Pat Pending3 aylar önce
  • What are you doing with Peter Quill's Walkman?

    Grumpy CatGrumpy Cat3 aylar önce
  • laughs at today fixing products compare to older products. that is so much easy to unscrew and fix it!

    terastarship2terastarship23 aylar önce
  • "enjoying it's retirement" aww that made me kinda happy to hear

    Spookay T'is MeSpookay T'is Me3 aylar önce
  • There was also a cassette player in Apollo 13, especially visible in the scene when they abandoned that one part of the spacecraft.

    Gustav GnöttgenGustav Gnöttgen3 aylar önce
  • We are of the generation that went through those periods of quantum leap in technologies - the 60' and 70's. It is nice and nostalgic to se and learn about these devices that we saw or heard all those years past. Thumbs up!

    Mohabat khan MalakMohabat khan Malak3 aylar önce
  • Thanks for showing this. When I saw the Apollo 13 movie my buddy and I were laughing at the "Sony Walkman" in it and said "these werent invented in the 1960s!". But now I see what kind of unit this was and that it was used in the Apollo program. You learn something every day. Thanks again!

    cdcolluracdcollura3 aylar önce
  • Also the 50th anniversary of the Tate/Labianca Murders, Woodstock, and Altamont.

    M ChasM Chas3 aylar önce
  • 1969...

    Kaguya HouraisanKaguya Houraisan3 aylar önce
  • That's a thing of beauty.

    jockadoobeejockadoobee3 aylar önce
  • Wow you’re not kidding. That thing is jam packed.

    Christian SlackChristian Slack3 aylar önce
  • I'm honestly kinda jealous of that audio cassette dress shirt :)

    kassemirkassemir3 aylar 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.

    Encore1234567890Encore12345678904 aylar önce
  • I always wonder. How you know the size needed? When you buy new drive belts for these machines?

    LittleGiant197LittleGiant1974 aylar önce
  • Wow that music was groovie what's the name of the music??? ❤️❤️❤️

    aceDriver53aceDriver534 aylar önce
  • Metal Gear Peace Walker. Walkman in 1973.

    Erech FleetErech Fleet4 aylar önce
  • Will the WM-EX5 be featured in a future video?

    Blue387Blue3874 aylar önce
  • Filed under "Videos with 13 minutes of intro before the real content" ;)

    HenryLoenwindHenryLoenwind4 aylar 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 Verma4 aylar önce
  • Yo, y'all should come check me out let me know what you think about my music. 🎯🎯

    Joee GiovanniJoee Giovanni4 aylar 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 core4 aylar 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 Ahoff4 aylar 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 heckert4 aylar önce
  • Thanks. I wondered about the device seen in First Man.

    Joe MedleyJoe Medley4 aylar 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 Sechs4 aylar 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

    irkibbyirkibby4 aylar önce
  • Thumbs-up for the shirt! :)

    Lachezar DolmovLachezar Dolmov4 aylar önce
  • Can you do a video on the Sony NW-S205F

    ZeroGenesisXZeroGenesisX4 aylar önce
  • Ъ

    Глад Валакас ФЭКГлад Валакас ФЭК4 aylar 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 :34 aylar önce
  • Thanks brother

    Navis BNavis B4 aylar 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 Bands4 aylar 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 Bands4 aylar önce
  • A head of its time

    Scott morScott mor4 aylar önce
  • Hey! that's the blue cassette player from Metal Gear Solid V! Even the cassette tape is the same.

    Laughing OctopusLaughing Octopus4 aylar önce
  • I'm glad the dog hadn't done something else.

    wildmutationbluwildmutationblu4 aylar önce
  • What's wrong with the puppets hands?

    Aynon YuserAynon Yuser4 aylar önce
  • That shirt is hella dope

    Evil GumballEvil Gumball4 aylar 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 Solano4 aylar önce
  • The TC 40 which is almost identical was $109.95 in 1972.

    Rick BoatrightRick Boatright4 aylar önce
    • Why did Sony go backward with their naming conventions. After the TC-50 they released the TC-40 in 1972 and then the TC-55 later the same year.

      stemkbstemkb3 aylar 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?

    gadgetman36gadgetman364 aylar önce
Sony's proto-Walkman that went to the moon*