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Saturday
Jun172017

Forgotten Format: The Sabamobil

Here's a video about a forgotten audio format from the 1960s, the Sabamobil from SABA. In this video I'll explain where it fits in with the history of tape players, you get to see it in action, hear the music from a Sabamobil cartridge and find out the simple secret hidden inside the odd looking cartridges. 


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Reader Comments (5)

Surprised to see the controls on the passenger side. I always thought only RHDrivers had to deal with that.

June 23, 2017 | Unregistered Commenteral

Hi in general Saba Hi-Fi equipments are build like a brick.Im a proud owner of a Saba CD936 Professional recorder that still until today works verry well.Im from Romania and this piece of equipment has a verry interesting story about how i found it in 2005.I was browsing a local second hand store that was selling old german furniture and rarely electronics when i seen it on a shelf for a verry decent price.It was in almoust perfect condition except the missing power cord and the broken power button.The store owner said that was untested and possible broken and was in the store from over a year and they ben almoust prepared to give him to the recicling center.I bought it i replaced the cord and the broken button and it workt flawless exept was not recording at all but after some vigurous inspection i saw that a mecanical switch was not enghaging properly and after fixing a metal plate workt like a charm until after one year of hard use the belt parish but i manage to find a aftermaket one.From what i seen online was made somewhere between late 1977 and early 1978.Its still working but now im rarely using it.There are some pictures: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B5rERJu-YVtVdEk0UjVkTkZVNE0

June 23, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterDaogarualexx

@Al - I hadn't thought about that...perhaps it was a safety feature so that the passenger would operate it, but I'm only guessing here.
@ Daogarualexx - That's a nice machine. I like Saba's designs, very similar to Braun and the sideways cassette mechanism is similar to the one on a mint conditionSaba field recorder...I recently picked up and need to replace the belts on.

June 23, 2017 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

I remember the Saba rep a lovely man called Ray Medford. He used to offer me all sorts of kit. I remember getting a Saba alarm clock witch has worked flawlessly for 45 years now and only went fatly wet I could not turn the alum off.
As Daogarualexx says the equipment was built like a tank and rarely went faulty.

June 23, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterJeremy

Hi Mat,
Just wanted to ask if you ever sell on any of the tech that you pick up from time to time? I've been very much enjoying your videos - in particular the hifi stuff and the both sides play/auto reverse record players - something I remember seeing when younger but are hard to pick up these days! Look forward to the next vid as usual.

June 23, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterSam

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