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From: "Ted Kendall" <[log in to unmask]>
>I just hod-rodded one of those Fostex 8 track things - surprisingly good!
>
"8-track" tapes used 1/4" tape, but arranged in an "endless-loop" format;
they actually, being stereo, used all eight tracks (.25"/8) on the tape. 
Metal
(IIRC) portions at either end of the cartridge signaled the player to play
the next set of tracks...this would continue (as I discovered one drunken
night...?!) for as long as the player was operative...?!

I would guess that the tape, if removed from its cartridge, c/would be
played on an r2r machine, providing it was capable of playing 8 separate
tracks on a .25" tape (standard r2r "stereo" on a back & forth format...?!)

Steven C. Barr