A Grundig TK20 reel-to-reel tape recorder used by The Quarrymen,
the two-tone portable machine with separate microphone, four inputs to back, removable lid, sold with background details, 30 x 35 x 18cm (11¾ x 13¾ x 7in)
This is the tape machine that Paul McCartney borrowed on occasion from a neighbour, Charles Hodgson. In an interview in November 1994 with Mark Lewisohn, Paul recalled: 'Sometimes I borrowed a tape recorder, a Grundig with a little green eye, and we'd sort of go 'round to my house and try and record little things...but those were very much home demos'. Coincidentally, the machine had been discovered around the same time, together with some tapes, in the attic of the home of Charles Hodgson's mother. One of the tapes comprised some seventeen Quarrymen recordings, a compilation made, according to Paul, around Easter 1960. This tape was sold privately to Paul in 1995 for an undisclosed sum.
A letter accompanying the lot is from Joe Flannery, former Beatles booking manager, confirming that this recorder '...was used by the Quarrymen and The Beatles during the period 1959 through 1961 to record their practice sessions at various locations around Liverpool, England. These locations included Paul McCartney's home in Forthlin Road, Allerton and the Cavern Club...'
Literature: 'Way Beyond Compare: The Beatles Recorded Legacy 1957-1965', John C. Winn, Multiplus Books, 2003.