This is why I'm such a fanatic about developing tapes and looking at 
them. The fact that track 3 has B NOT backwards confuses me.

Also, I'm surprised you are writing 1/3/2/4 because visually on the tape 
you'd see 1/2/3/4 and that helps understanding.

You could use 1 + 4 to capture, but I'd rather fully understand why as 
the narrow tracks, especially at the edge, are not the most desirable 
unless that's all you have.

With track 3 B NOT backwards, I'm at a loss to explain.

Develop the tape and post a photo and link to it from the reply message 
to the list.

Do not rule out misaligned heads. Also, some machines used 1/2 and 4/3 
as stereo recording and they might have been UK machines instead of the 
more common US practice of 1/3  4/2 (in all instances L/R and SideA SideB).



On 2012-02-27 5:39 AM, Gregorio Garcia Karman wrote:
> Dear List,
> looking forward to the beginning of a new digitization week: everything is going well in Cambridge thanks in great extent to the support of the members of the list. Huge thanks!
> Now, I have a small group of 1/4 inch tapes in the collection on which I am working (ca 1950s-70s, recorded mainly on Ferrographs) which seems to have a track format, which I haven't met before. On those tapes standard half-track and half-track butterfly Studer blocks consistently produce a dual mono signal with unacceptable crosstalk on both channels (bleeding of about -20 dB referring to the signal on the other channel).
> On the other hand, the output of a quarter-track headblock is as follows:
> track 1: Signal A
> track 3: Signal A + B
> track 2: Signal A + B backwards
> track 4: Signal B backwards
> It would seem that this very small group of tapes would have been recorded on a machine with a very narrow guard-band in comparison to the rest of the tapes I have. What is your opinion about transferring those tapes on a quarter track headblock and keeping tracks 1 and 4?
> I would also be curious about which machine could have had a track format that would agree with the former observations.
> Thanks for your comments!
> Gregorio Garcia Karman
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