At 05:54 PM 3/26/2004 -0600, you wrote:
>on 3/26/04 4:44 PM US/Central, Richard L. Hess at [log in to unmask]
> > The track width is basically the same for two-track stereo and
> two-track mono.
> > Half-track mono is the same as two-track mono as far as I can tell.
> Both use
> > 0.082 inch track widths.
>At the risk of over zealously picking nits here, there are at least three
>different standards for two track and/or half track widths.
>In order of narrow to wide differences there are: 1) Ampex, 2) NAB and 3)
>Euro standard widths. If you use a narrower playback head than the recorded
>track width, you will experience the "fringing effect" which is a low
>frequency boost below 100Hz.

Hi, Parker,

I hate on first broaching the subject to overload people with that item.
Yes, there is a relatively big difference between US and European practice,
but the three you list are 0.075, 0.082, and 0.100 inches wide.

>Richard Hess' web site contains a wealth of information on this topic, and

Thank you!

>there is some additional information at:

I think your Web site mentions the "1/8" inch width, but that metric chart
from Tascam on my site shows 3.81 mm as the tape width which works out to

preparing and maintaining this information is difficult--please, anyone let
me know of any errors in my site. I'm sure they're there <smile>.