I have a novel use for something vintage - one of those wall racks used to store carts ready to play would be ideal to hold bare hard drives one per slot, I'd think... I have lots of IDE drives with personal audio archives (not insitutional ones, that would need more protection I'd think). Just a thought. <L> Lou Judson • Intuitive Audio 415-883-2689 On Mar 5, 2009, at 9:16 AM, Richard L. Hess wrote: > At 07:53 AM 2009-03-05, Tom Fine wrote: > >> I have a Gates model 944-6701-002 cart playback machine, set up >> for mono. I don't know if this works, and don't have any >> documentation for it. Here's what's present in the electronics cage: > > My rule of thumb with this: > Mono NAB cartridge tapes which are 2 Track Stereo configuration > (audio/cue) can be better played on the reel-to-reel of your selection > Stereo NAB cartridge tapes which are 3-track configuration (audio/ > audio/cue) need the special head as, stoopidly the 43-mil centre > channel is the right audio while the outside channel is cue. So if > you come across a stereo machine and the head is in good condition, > save that for future mounting in a good reel-to-reel machine. > If you come across Pacific Recorders MaxTrax TomCat cart > machines, they are a special head yet again -- save it. Also, the > PR TomCats use some nice components -- some may use Jensen 990 op > amps and Jensen transformers. Certainly worth having for parts. > Otherwise--unless you're looking to make a vintage radio studio, > there are (IMHO) better ways of capturing the audio entrusted to > these devices. Also, most of the material are either songs for > Top-40 (they were made from LPs or 45s at the station) or any > announcements/commercials/etc. > > Cheers, > > Richard > > > Richard L. Hess email: [log in to unmask] > Aurora, Ontario, Canada (905) 713 6733 1-877-TAPE-FIX > Detailed contact information: http://www.richardhess.com/tape/ > contact.htm > Quality tape transfers -- even from hard-to-play tapes.