Do you have access to a Dictaphone machine? The pickup in the machine
(at least the larger gray machines from the 50s)...
...is crystal, which gives a line-level output that can be plugged directly
into an unbalanced input on a mixing board. Whenever I have to transfer
a Dictabelt, I just play it on one of my machines that way. The speed
varies from machine to machine so you'll have to adjust the pitch after
you transfer it.
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Von: "Mickey Clark" <[log in to unmask]>
Hello-The closest think I have seen to the Dictabelt is the pre-grooved
Victor blanks and filmophone - those both used something I seem to remember
as a "spade"shaped stylus - quite a few years since I have had one of these
so I might have the wrong name for it - Mickey
From: Jeff Willens
I’ve been trying to research the ideal stylus size and shape for playing
back Dictabelts (specifically blue 1960s belts. I assume there is no
material difference between the red and blue belts). I can’t find anything.
I don’t want a combination that’s so heavy or sharp that the embossed groove
is damaged. Any guesses?