Is this a 3" tape? If so, there was a group of battery-operated recorders
used during the Nam war period where the tape was pulled past the heads by
the take-up reel rather than a capstan near the head. When played on a
regular tape machine, the speed goes from very slow to very fast.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Marie O'Connell" <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Thursday, March 04, 2004 9:30 AM
Subject: [ARSCLIST] Odd Speed
> Recently, in our collection, I came across a 1/4 inch reel to reel tape
> which has a spliced in section at the head. It has audio on it which is
> neither 3 3/4ips or 7 1/2ips, infact I think it is in the middle of that
> and could be 5.625ips! Is there such a speed? I was able to make out
> the audio too which was very interesting, to say the least. The
> unidentified person first sings a song, then goes on to apologise and
> says you can erase this if you want and that he didn't have the heart to
> do it and then, says sorry if you are the person who has found it! He
> also thinks the image of the police officer has gone upwards!
> With that aside, are there machines that play this speed?
> Marie O'Connell
> Sound Archivist
> Mississippi Department of Archives & History
> Ph: 601-576-6909