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Recording the Spoken Word & Live Music since 1970


Solid State Sound SMR-8031 Stick Mic RecorderSolid State Sound is a family firm with several decades involvement with every facet of the professional audio industry. Our background is in the provision of every kind of pro-audio device from the microphone all the way through to the design and installation of complete commercial & broadcast studios, as well as public address & sound reinforcement systems. This wide range of experience enables us to provide the very best help and advice to our customers because it is based on a real depth of knowledge of every area in the business of sound. Such a rich history, as well as an abiding love of the subject, serves to add considerable value to our current focus which is on being the only specialist UK company dealing in Solid State Sound Recorders, and their associated audio items and accessories.


Who better to consult, therefore, when considering a purchase of such equipment? Because we can advise, with some considerable authority, on the most appropriate solution for your application - not just sell you what we happen to have in stock, as is so often the case elsewhere.


Having started at the forefront of the affordable open-reel recording revolution in the seventies, distributing famous leading brands including Studer, Revox, Uher & Tascam, we went on to be instrumental in the early pioneering days of solid state recording in the early nineties. As consultants we were closely involved in the the design of the world's first hand portable solid state sound recorder, Maycom's famous HandHeld, the one that started it all.


Our tradition is one of being probably the country's oldest established and most experienced operator in the field of tape-based recording. Now we are leading the way in the specialised product area of solid state sound recording.


Hence we are official agents for all the leading brands of solid state sound equipment with an ever-expanding range of kit to choose from. If it's on the market and we've tested it and approved it, it'll be offered here. We only select the best and most reliable recorders, and back them with our excellent 48+ year reputation, so you can buy with confidence.


Who do we supply?


We are fortunate to enjoy the custom of many and various clients - individual, corporate and public sector - on a daily basis, worldwide. People including...

  • Broadcasters

  • Commercial & Private Recording Studios

  • Universities & Education Establishments

  • Police, Military & Security Services

  • Central & Local Government

  • Public Sector Organisations

  • NHS Trusts

  • Corporate Businesses

  • Museums 

  • Oral History Societies & Organisations

  • Community Groups

  • Charities

  • Freelance Recording Professionals

  • Home Recording Enthusiasts



Over the years we have been lucky enough to have received many kind comments from lots of our valued customers, a handful of which we include below. Please give us the opportunity to delight you too at some point in the future. Meanwhile, many thanks for reading a little about us, in our customers' words here...

"Just a message to say 'thank you' for your excellent handling of my arrived exactly on the predicted delivery time...well done DPD for their wonderful service. Your emails and text from DPD were a real reassurance. I will will be pleased to deal with you again, should I require further items in the future."

"Don't know if you have a formal method to provide feedback, but just to say that I have found your service and website excellent overall. I have deliberated for a long time re purchasing a SSR, and thanks to the detailed information you provide about all of your products, was able to make the right choice. Great prices too. Three cheers for specialists companies that actually know about their products."

"Thanks for your prompt reply and explanation – I have you saved in my ‘favourite sellers’ folder for any future requirements. This transaction has been a delight!"

"Thank you so much for the advice and support provided - this makes a refreshing change and is a credit to your after sales support. I wish more companies were this helpful and professional on after sales support."

"Just a note to let you know the unit arrived safely and in good order. Everything too works really well. The delivery service with the tracking facility also was first class. Thank you so much for your excellent service - I’ve already recommended you to several of my video friends."

"My Zoom H2N order arrived less than 24 hours after ordering. Very impressive. Thank you."

"MANY MANY thanks for the great help yesterday .. and the H6 arrived early this morning. Stunningly good service! Will be delighted to buy from you again. Keep up the excellent work."

"Thanks for the email, I have to say I am very happy with your service...I will certainly be buying again from yourselves in the future."

"Just to say thank you for the excellent service I've received from you guys. I will definitely be returning
to use your store again in the future. Much appreciated."

"Thanks for all your help – your website is clear, helpful, well-written and easy to use."

"...your service has been brilliant, a real pleasure. Sorry to have been a pain but my existing recorder just broke and I'm going to Germany in a week to film a documentary so was at panic stations - you saved the day."

"My order arrived this morning. Many thanks for this and, indeed, for the first rate service that you have provided. I could have wished for no better. Thanks for your help (great website too)."

"Thanks for all your help over my order. Now I have to learn how to work it! I shall definitely consult you in future for upgrades etc. It was good to find that such an impressive website is backed up by helpful people."

"Thank you for your prompt, kind and efficient service, which I will not hesitate to recommend to others."

"The goods arrived this morning - what an impressive service. I look forward to doing business with you again."

"Thanks very much for the notification of despatch, which I am reading after the item arrived, exactly as predicted... you seem to be able to make time travel backwards, for those who need something yesterday! Impeccable service!"

"Thank you for your fantastically fast delivery. The Fostex arrived in less than 24 hours."

"Very many thanks.  Perfect service, so look forward to growing my recording gear collection in due course."

"Dear Solid State Sound,


I just thought I would email you with some compliments.  I have recently placed a number of orders with you, having switched allegiances from one of your competitors. You might like to know the reason why. I run a podcast which is now in its third year. I received some training from the BBC as a freelancer back in the 1980s and although I am not totally ignorant of the technology, it is not my main area of expertise. So you might want to take these on board as plus points:

  1. Your site seems to be aimed at people recording all sorts of sound and not just music, and is much more informative when making equipment choices than other sites. 

  2. I have acted on various recommendations on your site all of which turned out to be spot-on.

  3. You seem to carry stocks of some kit which the musician orientated sites don't.

  4. You deliver very quickly.

Generally, a very happy customer. Praise where it's due."

"Thank you for your very swift service, items received this morning."

"Firstly, thanks for an excellent website and product range!

You'll certainly be my first port of call for similar products in the future.

Great service. Look forward to dealing with you again."

"Just a quick note to say that the equipment I ordered from you following your advice did a great job when we were recording our videos."

"Thanks for the great personal service and advice!"

"Thank you very much for your friendly and speedy service, I will definitely be ordering from you again."

"WONDERFUL! I am extremely grateful. Thank you Solid State."

"My order was delivered today (Saturday, amazing). Thank you for your prompt service
 and very informative web-site."

"Impressive service. Very helpful advice and this morning I received goods ordered yesterday."

"A big thank you so much for all your help. I have really appreciated it, two days ago I knew nothing about microphones and so your advice has been invaluable."

"As with many things in business, it’s not the problems, it’s the way in which they are resolved that stand out, and your service has been exceptional."

"Thank you so much! I'm sure your after-sales support will be just as helpful as the guidance we've received leading up to the purchase."

"Much appreciate the speedy work, will definitely keep you in mind for future purchases!"

"Dear Rodney, I just wanted to thank you for the speedy delivery of the AT8004 microphone and accessories - it's a much more manageable size than my stereo mic and I can't wait to get out there and use it! I also want to thank you for your unending patience and excellent service. I realise I probably ask very silly questions! You really do offer an incredible service and I'm always happy to shop at Solid State Sound."

"Brilliant, thanks Rodney, much appreciated. You've helped me out of a real jam!"

"Many thanks, SSS - once more - a great service!"

"Hi Rodney.  Many thanks for your prompt and efficient reply – much appreciated.  When I can get a bit more time I will have a detailed look at the link. This is however, just the sort of reply I was looking for and I am impressed." 

"Thanks a lot for your help and top service - hope to do more business with you later."

"Hi guys, I received everything this morning, everything nicely packaged and perfectly working...thank you very much for your extremely useful advices and for being so punctual. I will probably buy some more equipment soon and hopefully you'll have some more useful advice to give me... thanks..."

"Great service as always. Thanks for getting me out of the brown stuff on this one."

"Good to hear that there is a route if any tech problems develop as I have had problems in the past with grey imports and didn't want to repeat the experience."

"Thank you for your efficient and helpful service."

"Dear Rodney and all at Solid State Sound,


My box of delights arrived this morning at 10.30 and I am delighted with all the contents. I've installed the editor, and am about to do some sound tests with the Fostex, so I will no doubt be having a lot of fun in the next few days before I do some serious interviewing.


Thank you all again for all your help. I may well come back to you for some other accessories, and I will certainly recommend your brilliant service to other oral history interviewers!"

"Will not hesitate to recommend you if someone wishes to buy
solid state recording equipment."

"Hi All, Many thanks for your smart delivery. Goods received in first class condition. Hope to buy more goods from you too. Good service = returning customer = pennies in the bank!" 

"Thank you very much for your prompt service.  It is really appreciated."

"Thanks for your swift response, Rodney. I have been really impressed with the service you have provided."

"Thanks for my DR-100 that has arrived safely and on-time, and as you promised it is an excellent piece of hardware."

"Thanks for the great service. It is so nice to deal with such a professional company."

"Hi - Thank you so much for your prompt and friendly service. I look forward to the mic arriving tomorrow!"

"Thanks for the confirmation of my order and informing me when I can expect delivery.
How good it would be if everybody followed your example.

"Thank you for getting the order to me today.  I’m very pleased with the Edirol R-44 – I’ll be using it for real tomorrow. And also the Cakewalk Audio Creator – I wasn’t sure when I read the reviews, but I’ve been able to download and install some VST files that have added all the extras I wanted. So many thanks, and I will definitely remember you next time I need audio gear."

"I am absolutely delighted with my new recording system and with your service."

"Thanks for all your help, Rodney – your customer service is amazing, I’m very impressed."

"Thank you so much for your help, advice, and amazingly efficient service! We'll be in touch again
the moment we have funds for more toys!"

"Many thanks for the prompt dispatch and expert advice."

"Thank you very much for getting back to me so quickly.
It's so refreshing to be met with such brilliant service these days!"

"Thank you for your help, studio desk now back and working. We will use you again and recommend to friends."

"Very many thanks for FANTASTICALLY prompt attention to my order!  Everything arrived in perfect condition on Friday last, as promised in your email – very impressive service – congratulations!"

"I have been using the DR-100 over the weekend, and am very pleased with the results.  I work in local radio, so –as you might imagine - I have used a variety of machines in a variety of settings (with a variety of results!) but the DR-100 is already proving to be head and shoulders above the rest."

"I should have known that your returns policy would be as good as your sales."

Cheers guys, very fast, very efficient.

"Wow, got it this morning - thank you for your fantastic customer service."

"Once again great service from Solid State Sound!"

"Just wanted to thank you for the advice on the phone earlier with the file issue I was having, the Audacity ‘edit’ worked and I can now play the file back on the Tascam. Many thanks, you saved me a lot of time!"





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