--- On Wed, 9/24/08, Steven C. Barr <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> I actually used a similar approach to put as many 78's
> as possible onto a
> (theoretically) "stereo" reel-to-reel tape...!
> The first bunch put the mono
> signal onto the, say, Left, channel of the tape, by feeding
> the mono signal
> only into that channel input. The second bunch did the
> same, with the tape
> reversed (track 2?). Then repeat both processes, except
> plug the mono
> signal into the Right channel. Result...?! Four separate
> tracks full of mono
> on one r2r reel of tape!
> Of course, one didn't want to play this result back in
> Steven C. Barr
Most old radio collectors who used the open reel format made their tapes this way. It was more economical, and it obviously meant you only had to store half as many reels of tape, but long-term, there was always a high risk of bleed-thru becoming a problem.