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Is this a 3" tape?  If so, there was a group of battery-operated recorders
used during the Nam war period where the tape was pulled past the heads by
the take-up reel rather than a capstan near the head.  When played on a
regular tape machine, the speed goes from very slow to very fast.

Steve Smolian





----- Original Message -----
From: "Marie O'Connell" <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Thursday, March 04, 2004 9:30 AM
Subject: [ARSCLIST] Odd Speed


> Recently, in our collection, I came across a 1/4 inch reel to reel tape
> which has a spliced in section at the head.  It has audio on it which is
> neither 3 3/4ips or 7 1/2ips, infact I think it is in the middle of that
> and could be 5.625ips!  Is there such a speed?  I was able to make out
> the audio too which was very interesting, to say the least.  The
> unidentified person first sings a song, then goes on to apologise and
> says you can erase this if you want and that he didn't have the heart to
> do it and then, says sorry if you are the person who has found it!  He
> also thinks the image of the police officer has gone upwards!
>
> With that aside, are there machines that play this speed?
>
> Regards
>
> Marie O'Connell
> Sound Archivist
> Mississippi Department of Archives & History
> Ph: 601-576-6909
>