Here’s Dale Cooper’s Original Tape Recorder Prop (Photo)

Dale Cooper's tape recorder: Realistic Micro 27

Here it is. Or here she is.

Below is an original photo of “The Diane“, as prop master Jeff Moore affectionately calls the holy grail of Twin Peaks props: Special Agent Dale Cooper’s voice activated microcassette recorder.

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The 1989 newspaper ad for Dale Cooper's tape voice-actuated recorder. Only $79.95
The 1989 newspaper ad for Dale Cooper’s tape voice-actuated recorder. Only $79.95

One of three screen used models, this Realistic Micro-27 (search on eBay) is the actual tape recorder you see on Coop’s bedside table in the season two première, when he’s lying bleeding on the floor of his hotel room and getting visits from some peculiar characters.

Actor Kyle MacLachlan wanted Cooper’s dictaphone for himself, says the prop master, but it ended up in Jeff’s personal prop collection and has been on display for many years at his restaurant in Sedona, AZ.

UPDATE: The tape recorder has switched hands since this was originally posted. Stay tuned for more news on its new location.

Dale Cooper's tape recorder prop

“Diane…
My recorder is on the table.
l’m unable to reach it at this time.
l can only hope that l inadvertently pressed the voice activation button.”
—Special Agent Dale Cooper

Originally produced by RadioShack in the ’80s, the Realistic Micro-27 voice activated tape recorder occasionally pops up on eBay, though it’s obviously not the prop operated by Kyle MacLachlan in Twin Peaks. You can also turn your iPhone or Samsung Galaxy S4 into “Diane” with Dale Cooper’s tape recorder case based on the Realistic Micro-26 as seen recording Waldo the myna bird in episode 6.

Pieter Dom

Written by Pieter Dom

Founder and curator of Welcome to Twin Peaks since 2011. Bobsessed since March 1991.

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  1. There’s one thing that bothers me enormously from the first episode of Twin Peaks’ second season. Cooper’s voice-activated tape recorder is taping his monologue to Diane. Then he has a conversation with The Giant. Why is there no scene in which Cooper listens back to the tape for proof of The Giant’s existence? Maybe The Giant’s voice wouldn’t have activated the recorder, since it’s from another world, but I’d like to have seen that dealt with. I know he was shot and had other things to do, but not seeing Cooper investigate this loose end gnaws at me!

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