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    I bought my first 2 track tapes for my reel recorder/player in the Base 
Exchange in Sidi-Slimane, Morocco in 1952.  I still have a couple of them in 
fact.   Jack

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From: "Tom Fine" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Saturday, April 07, 2007 9:40 AM
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] commerical reels history (was Boston Pops question)



> Ampex developed their own, was developed by Leon Wortman in NY and 
> detailed in a 1951 Radio & TV News article. Wortman's line made full-track 
> or half-track tapes. Commercial half-track tapes were available as early 
> as 1951 or 1952, but there was only a very small consumer market for reel 
> to reel machines at that point. > Because this was a new format sold at a 
> premium price, a lot of QC attention was paid by the reputable companies 
> in this era, so the net quality is very high. Akin to what happened when 
> stereo LPs came along.
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