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" reels.
Richard L. Hess email: [log in to unmask]
Aurora, Ontario, Canada (905) 713 6733 1-877-TAPE-FIX
Detailed contact information: http://www.richardhess.com/tape/contact.htm
Quality tape transfers -- even from hard-to-play tapes.