1959 - TC-101 - Recorder. A more refined version of the H Type home reel-to-reel recorder. More compact, yet compatible with 7-inch reels. To create the TC-101, Sony introduced a technique of cutting notches into the veneer to form a loop, producing rounded corners. The case is covered in vinyl with a printed pattern for a more familiar appearance. Designers also added other convenient features for better usability, including pictograms showing how to control reels.