The protokind for this portable music player, the initially Sony Walkman, was built from a modified Sony Pressguy. The Sony Pressmale was a little tape recorder marketed solely to reporters and also released in 1977. The metal-cased blue-and-silver Sony Walkmale TPS-L2, the world's first low-expense personal cassette deck, went on sale in Japan on July 1, 1979. The original price was $150.00, roughly $270 in today"s money (2021).Before the brand-new player was easily accessible to the public (instead of having a typical advent to the press, Sony arranged a bus tour with actors throughout Tokyo posing via the Walkmale while the reporters listened to a taped tour), the press lampooned it.

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Some asserted that nobody would be interested in a tape player without a record attribute.

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Others discussed that the a lot of famous tape recorder of the time had sold less than 15,000 devices, and also Sony had developed 30,000.

Sony was unfazed by such criticism and also pumelted on with promovement, distributing the player to young world and also celebrities around Japan, generating demand. Though the company predicted it would market about 5,000 devices a month, it marketed more than 30,000 in the first 2 months!

Other names

The player was named in different ways in other countries:Japan and some various other nations -> WalkmanUSA -> SoundAbout "Stereo Cassette Player"UK -> StowawaySweden -> Freestyle


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Sony TPS-L2 worth and price guide

What"s your Sony TPS-L2 worth in 2021? Here are some recently sold items with prices.

Item Title Date Price
Boxed Sony Walkman TPS L2 MDR308/2021$ 1549.53
SONY TPS L2 WALKMAN Cassette Player W07/2021$ 1353.60
SONY TPS L2 Walkguy Cassette Player08/2021$ 885.48
SONY TPS L2 Walkguy Cassette Player08/2021$ 840.36
Walkman Sony Wm 2 Sony Dynamic Stereo07/2021$ 798.11
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