Greetings Ms. Menn
Thank you for the inquiry about 4-track tape decks.
I, personally, don't know where there might be one in good enough condition for you to complete your digitizing task.
However, there IS Ebay and they seem to have quite a few for sale.
Here are a few 4-track tape decks which might serve your purpose.
BTW: I've purchased several (9 or 10) different kinds of items (mostly printers and tape decks) from Ebay sellers and was satisfied most of the time.
You'll have recourse should you not be satisfied with anything you buy from them.
I wish you the best of luck.
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Subject: [ARSCLIST] Need use of 4-track stereo tape deck/monaural output for digitization project
Hello, I am a new member of this list and totally naive about how to use your collective knowledge so I hope you'll be patient with me and ask for additional information if you think you can help me.
I have about 60 remaining hours of audiotapes made in the 1970's on a Tandberg Model 12 which can no longer be repaired (at least not here in Boulder CO), apparently because its rubber parts have degenerated.
To save money when I was a student, I recorded the four tracks monaurally at 3 3/4 ips, so that I could get 4 hours of speech recording per reel. I started digitizing the tapes gradually a few years ago but when I was about 1/3 thru the job, the Tandberg stopped being repairable. The contents of the tapes are worth preserving for research in language development; I will donate the digitized versions to the CHILDES archive at Carnegie Mellon.
Is there a similar working Tandberg someplace that I could visit for a week or so and use to complete this job? Is there some other 4-track machine that will permit monaural playback? Is there someone who knows how to machine new parts for my old tape deck? Any other ideas? Please help, and thank you.
Lise Menn Home Office: 303-444-4274
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Professor Emerita of Linguistics
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University of Colorado
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