I would love to see pictures of this gizmo ;-) On 3/12/2010 7:12 AM, Richard L. Hess wrote: > At 10:49 PM 2010-03-11, Corey Bailey wrote: > >> I transferred some home recordings last year from six 8 track tapes >> and every >> one suffered from the problems that Tom mentions below. What a PITA! >> I started >> to sketch out some ideas for mounting an 8 Track head on a >> reel-to-reel deck >> but decided there isn't the demand for the format. > > Hi, Corey, and all, > > Pre-recorded tapes in this format can be surprisingly good, but > home-recorded tapes in this format are mostly ugly. I determined that > there MIGHT be a demand for good recovery of this format and while I > have paid off the head assembly, I don't know if there is a need for > more than one or two people to be able to seriously recover this > format. At this point, I believe I am the only one who is > well-equipped to do this. > > I have the head mounted on a Sony APR-5000 head assembly and it sounds > far superior to a top-of-the-line glass-headed Akai 8-track player. It > is a premium Nortronics quad 8-track head and it is mounted on a > special elevator assembly so that height can be adjusted while > maintaining azimuth. John French did a beautiful job with this. I also > use this head for playing two-track recordings which have been > over-written by quarter-track recordings. With it, I can read any > 21-mil swath of a 1/4-inch tape. > > I do not attempt to re-load the 8-tracks but send the tapes back on 5" > reels. > > 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.