Hi, Spencer,

I've done about a half dozen of these cartridges in the past year. Each one had the tape removed and it was played on a Sony APR-5003V with a1/4-track stereo head from Nortronics.

These tapes were recorded at 3.75 and 1.88 in/s and could be left/right or stereo. The most frustrating ones are the dual mono 1.88 in/s ones that never seem to end!

The quality of the pre-recorded tapes (at least one example) was surprisingly good. The client was very happy.

I can't say the same for the home-recorded ones. At least some of the machines would record with the cartridge misaligned. No joy here!

Cheers,

Richard

At 04:57 PM 7/15/2003 -0700, you wrote:
Hello!  My name is Spencer Secoy, and I am an audio mastering engineer in Nashville, Tennessee.  We also cut vinyl masters, so anyone with questions on the subject can feel free to ask.  I currently have an RCA StereoTape cartridge player/recorder, and it is fully functional.  I also have all the original paperwork and booklets.  I'd be happy to post/share any information I have on the medium if anyone is interested.  One thing I'd like to know is if the head configuration/track layout on the tape the same as typical 1/4 track reel to reel tape.  And if so, can the tape essentially be removed from the cartridge and spooled onto a reel?  Look forward to conversing with you all.
 
-Spencer J. Secoy  


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