Purchase of Cassette Players

NLS Factsheets

Sources for Purchase of Cassette Players and Player-Recorders Compatible with Recorded Materials Produced by the National Library Service (NLS) Issued 2005


Part I. Producers
Part II. Distributors


The National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped provides a free library service of recorded books and magazines to persons who are unable to read or use standard print materials because of visual or physical limitations. This service is available to eligible residents of the United States and American citizens living abroad.

Individuals and institutions eligible for the NLS program may request appropriate playback equipment on free loan for as long as they are actively using this library service. Full details about eligibility requirements, a list of available equipment, and the addresses of cooperating libraries may be obtained by contacting the Reference Section, National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, Library of Congress, Washington, DC 20542.

This buying guide is intended for individuals and institutions that wish to purchase their own playback equipment, desire special features, or are ineligible for the free loan of NLS-provided playback equipment. It lists cassette players, followed by cassette player-recorders, available from a variety of sources. Playback speeds are noted in inches per second (ips). The standard commercial speed is 1-7/8 ips, and the NLS-compatible speed is 15/16 ips.

Part I lists producers of playback equipment that sell their products nationally and internationally or will make referrals to authorized distributors. Basic and optional features of each product are given. Accessories such as carrying cases, AC adaptors, headphones, and beltclips may be available at additional cost. Prices do not include shipping and handling charges or any applicable state taxes. Catalogs and the latest price quotations may be obtained directly from producers.

Part II includes additional distributors of the products described in detail in Part I. These distributors sell items nationally and internationally and should be contacted directly for catalogs or descriptive literature. No attempt was made to identify and list distributors at the local level.

Monaural headphones compatible with NLS machines are available from: American Printing House for the Blind, Ann Morris, LS&S Group, Inc., and National Federation of the Blind (NFB) Materials Center. Monaural headphones are also available from local Radio Shack stores and electronic outlets that sell Telex products.

Items listed in this reference circular are not part of the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped program, and their listing does not imply endorsement.

Part I. Producers

American Printing House for the Blind (APH)

Marketing Department
1839 Frankfort Avenue
Louisville, KY 40206-0085
(502) 895-2405
(502) 899-2274 fax

Handi-Cassette II, a cassette player-recorder.
Table Top Cassette Recorder-Player

The American Printing House (APH) also has a foot-pedal switch that will turn a tape recorder on and off with a foot. It works with all APH cassette recorders. Catalog no. 1-07020-00, $10.

Innovative Rehabilitation Technology, Inc. (IRTI)

13465 Colfax Highway
Grass Valley, CA 95945
(530) 274-2090
800-322-4784 sales
(530) 274-2093 fax

The Multistation-4, a modified Sony cassette player-recorder, with AM/FM radio, TV sound, and weatherbands.
Study Station Recorder, a modified Sony cassette player-recorder.
TCM-4TR, a modifed Sony cassette player-recorder. A hand-held model with speech compression.
TTR-200, a modified hand-held Sony cassette player-recorder.
TTR-30D, a modified hand-held Sony cassette player-recorder with stereo playback and record.
TTR-221, a modified hand-held Sony cassette player-recorder with AM/FM radio.
TTR-929-SP, a modified Sony desktop cassette player-recorder.

LS&S Group, Inc.

P.O. Box 673
Northbrook, IL 60065
(847) 498-9777
866-317-8533 TTY
(847) 498-1482 fax

Tape Talker, a modified cassette player.
4 Track Play/2 Track Record, a modified Panasonic cassette player-recorder.
4 Track Play/4 Track Record, a modified Sony cassette player-recorder.
4 Track Play/4 Track Record, a modified Panasonic player-recorder.

Also distributes the TutorT, a cassette player-recorder produced by Telex.

The Spinoza Company

2666 Patton Road
Roseville, MN 55113-1136
(651) 604-6681 fax

Spinoza Bear with Talking Book Cassette Player

Telex Communications, Inc.

Corporate Offices
12000 Portland Avenue South
Burnsville, MN 55337
800-828-6107, x7406 customer service
(952) 887-5595 fax

Tutor™, a cassette player-recorder.

Part II. Distributors

All the machines listed in this section are described in Part I.

Ann Morris Enterprises, Inc.
P.O. Box 9022
Hicksville, NY 11802-9022
(516) 937-1848
(516) 937-3906 fax

Distributes Telex products and others.

Independent Living Aids
P.O. Box 9022
Hicksville, NY 11802-9022
(516) 937-1848
(516) 937-3906 fax

Distributes APH, IRTI, Telex products and others.

Maxi-Aids, Inc.
42 Executive Boulevard
Farmingdale, NY 11735
(631) 752-0521
800-522-6294 sales
(631) 752-0738 TTY
(631) 752-0689 fax

Distributes APH, LS&S Group products and others.

National Federation of the Blind (NFB) Materials Center
1800 Johnson Street
Baltimore, MD 21230
(410) 659-9314, x2216

Distributes IRTI products and others.

Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic
Customer Services Department
20 Roszel Road
Princeton, NJ 08540

Distributes IRTI and Telex products.

Compiled by
Ruth Nussbaum
Revised 7/2005

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Posted on 2010-08-25