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Guys, I betcha 1/4-track isn't the issue, it's 3.75IPS speed. Easily solved with a variety of 
professional decks of the more modern vintage (the older decks not so much). Some of these tapes 
date from before the development of the 1/4-track format, according to the article. In any case, 
there is no format issue that requires using an aged consumer deck. I would suggest that budgetary 
issues were paramount here.

-- Tom Fine

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Richard L. Hess" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Sunday, March 22, 2009 7:37 PM
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] "Country discovery is reel find"


> At 07:02 PM 2009-03-22, Scott D. Smith wrote:
>>Too bad he's using a old Pioneer deck for the transfers. You would
>>think that recordings unique as these would deserve something better...
>
> Hi, Scott,
>
> I agree based on reading the article it does sound as if the tapes may actually be half-way 
> decent. Too bad they didn't use a pro deck with 1/4-track heads.
>
> Cheers,
>
> Richard
>
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