The spools used in VHS video tapes are close to those dimensions, cheap and
readily available.  You also have a choice of hub diameter as the tapes of
shorter duration have larger hubs than the 3-hour tapes.  Spools from the
earlier "video cartridge" format have similar dimensions but are harder to

Good luck

Nigel Champion
Archive of Maori & Pacific Music
Faculty of Arts
The Univeristy of Auckland
Private Bag 92019

Tel: 09-373-7599 ext 85008
Fax: 09-373-7441

-----Original Message-----
From: Lawrence A Appelbaum [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
Sent: Thursday, 19 February 2004 8:18 a.m.
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: [ARSCLIST] open tape reel inquiry

I'm forwarding the following inquiry. All replies should go directly to John

We are currently working on 1cm wide superconducting tape at the
Superconducting Technology Center here at Los Alamos National Lab. We are
having trouble finding tape reels to archive tape samples ten to twenty
meters long. Here are the dimensions that would be ideal, .4" wide to .5"
wide between the flanges, 1" to 2" hub diameter, and 3.25" total diameter of
flanges. Any material would be acceptable, plastic preferred. Do they

make anything like this? Who would be a good vendor for this type of item?
Any help you can offer is appreciated.

John Sullard
Phone: (505) 663-5592
Fax; (505) 663-5550
[log in to unmask]