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I just hod-rodded one of those Fostex 8 track things - surprisingly good!

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Richard L. Hess" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Friday, March 12, 2010 5:12 AM
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] 8-track cartridge degradation problems


> 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
>
>
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