Tape Recorder

  • In our younger days, high quality tape recorders (e.g. Ampex) were not easily available.
  • Burma Broadcasting Service (BBS) used Ampex.
  • Most people use Grundig, Sony, and Akai tape recorders with mono or stereo heads.
    The standard tape reels cover 1200 feet.
    Two tracks are recorded for mono.
    Four tracks are recorded for stereo.
  • Mogok Sayadaw’s dhamma talks were recorded by U Sway Tin (son-in-law of U Than Daing, co-founder of Mogok Yeiktha) and team.
    Over the years, the devotees have distributed Sayadaw’s talks with (a) tapes (b) cassette tapes (c) CDs and DVDs (d) memory sticks.
  • Some companies (e.g. SuperHet) distributed dhamma talks with the media (of the era).

Record (Dat Pya)

  • For some time, vinyl records were available.
    Even today, some (e.g. U Tin Myint (David Ko, M67)) prefer to build and maintain record players.
  • Burma Broadcasting Service (BBS) issued “Dat Pya” of selected musicians.
    Saya U Thet Lwin (former Registrar of RIT) received several Dat Pyas for his musical compositions (e.g. Mya Kyun Nyo Nyo Kun Yeik Kho). He received a remuneration of 100 kyats per “Dat Pya”, and treated his fellow Ah Nu Pyinnya Shins.


  • Technological advances have made the recording, copying and distribution of music, lectures easy.
  • Ethical issues
  • Legal issues
  • IP (Intellectual Property) issues
  • Copyright issues
  • Digital Rights Management (DRM) issues

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