According to the Nortronics tape head guide c1970, cassette head specs were; 2trk mono .056 track width, 2 track dual channel .056 track width / .088 c/c spacing.
2 track stereo .020 track width .035 c/c spacing
4 track stereo; .037 track width - .071 c/c spacing. Standard for all mfgrs.
I hope this helps
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From: Tom Fine <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Friday, October 5, 2012 6:08 AM
Subject: [ARSCLIST] 4-track cassette format
Harken back to those wonderful days of the 80s ...
Does anyone know for a fact if the 4-track cassette format was standardized between the various manufacturers of PortaStudios and similar recorder/mixers (Tascam/Teac, Akai, Yamaha and perhaps others)? Should the dbx II track correctly between different machines? I have some tapes made on a PortaStudio, which I still have, and some made on either a Yamaha or Akai (long-gone, not findable, likely long ago trashed, I can't even remember what brand it was). I'd like to transfer all of the tapes to a DAW in the best quality possible.
At 3.75IPS with dbxII, I remember those recorders being surprisingly good with rock and roll music. I'm sure if you attempted a string quartet with that recorder, you'd hear all the flaws, but we were a heavy metal army back then.
-- Tom Fine