At 07:53 AM 2009-03-05, Tom Fine wrote:
>I have a Gates model 944-6701-002 cart playback machine, set up for
>mono. I don't know if this works, and don't have any documentation
>for it. Here's what's present in the electronics cage:
My rule of thumb with this:
Mono NAB cartridge tapes which are 2 Track Stereo configuration
(audio/cue) can be better played on the reel-to-reel of your selection
Stereo NAB cartridge tapes which are 3-track configuration
(audio/audio/cue) need the special head as, stoopidly the 43-mil
centre channel is the right audio while the outside channel is cue.
So if you come across a stereo machine and the head is in good
condition, save that for future mounting in a good reel-to-reel machine.
If you come across Pacific Recorders MaxTrax TomCat cart machines,
they are a special head yet again -- save it. Also, the PR TomCats
use some nice components -- some may use Jensen 990 op amps and
Jensen transformers. Certainly worth having for parts.
Otherwise--unless you're looking to make a vintage radio studio,
there are (IMHO) better ways of capturing the audio entrusted to
these devices. Also, most of the material are either songs for Top-40
(they were made from LPs or 45s at the station) or any
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