Hi, Lise,

Some of the Teac and Sony machines could reproduce 4 tracks at once, 
which would speed up the digitization project. You'll need to reverse 
the two backwards channels in your DAW software.

If you are willing to play back single channels and move connectors, 
almost any 1/4-track recorder from "back in the day" could do this for 
you as long as it has a 3.75 in/s speed.

For the Tandberg, you might contact -- he 
rebuilds the part, but I don't think he fixes machines.

Of course, there are several of us who could do this for you--on much 
better machines than the Tandberg, but I fear that the price is high.



On 2014-03-13 2:30 PM, Lise Menn wrote:
> Hello, I am a new member of this list and totally naive about how to use your collective knowledge so I hope you'll be patient with me and ask for additional information if you think you can help me.
> I have about 60 remaining hours of audiotapes made in the 1970's on a Tandberg Model 12 which can no longer be repaired (at least not here in Boulder CO), apparently because its rubber parts have degenerated.
> To save money when I was a student, I recorded the four tracks monaurally at 3 3/4 ips, so that I could get 4 hours of speech recording per reel.  I started digitizing the tapes gradually a few years ago but when I was about 1/3 thru the job, the Tandberg stopped being repairable.  The contents of the tapes are worth preserving for research in language development; I will donate the digitized versions to the CHILDES archive at Carnegie Mellon.
> Is there a similar working Tandberg someplace that I could visit for a week or so and use to complete this job?  Is there some other 4-track machine that will permit monaural playback? Is there someone who knows how to machine new parts for my old tape deck?  Any other ideas?  Please help, and thank you.
> Lise
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