Dylan Jones was so enamoured with the device's dazzling ability to make a noise when it stopped recording, he promptly scribbled down the make of the machine.
He reckoned the archaic device would be perfect for his interviews for the David Cameron biography that he's writing.
Unfortunately, the poor minion at Vogue House he gave the task of acquiring the antique to had some trouble finding it, so was forced to phone Campaign for the details.
GQ has only just shaken off the "lads' mag" moniker. Unfortunately, after this revelation, it could end up being saddled with the more apt title of "lud's mag".