The prototype for this portable music player, the very first Sony Walkman, was constructed from a amendment Sony Pressman. The Sony Pressman to be a little tape recorder marketed solely to reporters and released in 1977. The metal-cased blue-and-silver Sony Walkman TPS-L2, the world's very first low-cost an individual cassette deck, go on sale in Japan top top July 1, 1979. The initial price was $150.00, roughly $270 in today"s money (2021).Before the brand-new player was available to the general public (instead of having actually a conventional arrival to the press, Sony arranged a bus tour v actors throughout Tokyo posing through the Walkman if the reporters listened to a taped tour), the press lampooned it.

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Some claimed that nobody would be interested in a tape player there is no a record function.

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Others pointed out that the most renowned tape recorder of the time had actually sold much less than 15,000 units, and also Sony had created 30,000.

Sony to be unfazed by together criticism and also pushed on with promotion, distributing the player to young people and celebrities around Japan, generating demand. Though the agency predicted it would certainly sell around 5,000 units a month, that sold an ext than 30,000 in the an initial two months!

Other names

The player to be named in different ways in various other countries:Japan and also some other nations -> WalkmanUSA -> SoundAbout "Stereo Cassette Player"UK -> StowawaySweden -> Freestyle
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Sony TPS-L2 value and price guide

What"s her Sony TPS-L2 worth in 2021? below are some newly sold items v prices.


Item Title day Price
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Boxed Sony Walkman TPS L2 MDR308/2021$ 1588.68
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SONY TPS L2 WALKMAN Cassette Player W07/2021$ 1387.80
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SONY TPS L2 Walkman Cassette Player08/2021$ 907.85
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SONY TPS L2 Walkman Cassette Player08/2021$ 861.59
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Walkman Sony Wm 2 Sony Dynamic Stereo07/2021$ 818.27
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