I would love to see pictures of this gizmo ;-)
On 3/12/2010 7:12 AM, Richard L. Hess wrote:
> At 10:49 PM 2010-03-11, Corey Bailey wrote:
>> I transferred some home recordings last year from six 8 track tapes
>> and every
>> one suffered from the problems that Tom mentions below. What a PITA!
>> I started
>> to sketch out some ideas for mounting an 8 Track head on a
>> reel-to-reel deck
>> but decided there isn't the demand for the format.
> Hi, Corey, and all,
> Pre-recorded tapes in this format can be surprisingly good, but
> home-recorded tapes in this format are mostly ugly. I determined that
> there MIGHT be a demand for good recovery of this format and while I
> have paid off the head assembly, I don't know if there is a need for
> more than one or two people to be able to seriously recover this
> format. At this point, I believe I am the only one who is
> well-equipped to do this.
> I have the head mounted on a Sony APR-5000 head assembly and it sounds
> far superior to a top-of-the-line glass-headed Akai 8-track player. It
> is a premium Nortronics quad 8-track head and it is mounted on a
> special elevator assembly so that height can be adjusted while
> maintaining azimuth. John French did a beautiful job with this. I also
> use this head for playing two-track recordings which have been
> over-written by quarter-track recordings. With it, I can read any
> 21-mil swath of a 1/4-inch tape.
> I do not attempt to re-load the 8-tracks but send the tapes back on 5"
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