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Lou, I was actually replying to Andrew Dapuzzo who was asking about cassettes within this thread.  I use the Otari MX5050-BQIII to transfer quarter track tapes myself, but unfortunately these are not easy to come by and doesn’t help the OP much.

-Aaron
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> On Mar 25, 2015, at 12:52 AM, Lou Judson <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
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> OP wants reel, not cassette. I do that with a Sony TC-854-4…
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> On Mar 24, 2015, at 5:55 PM, Aaron Coe <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
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>> Andrew,
>> 
>> Cube-Tec sells an expensive proprietary system that uses special Otari top-loading cassette players that can accomplish this: http://www.cube-tec.com/news/highlights/news/317-otari-and-cube-tec-partners-for-audio-cassette-transfer-system
>> 
>> I have a nice Tascam 134 rack-mount 4-track cassette deck that can play back all four channels of a stereo cassette simultaneously, but unfortunately these are extremely rare and hard to find.
>> 
>> -Aaron
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>>> On Mar 13, 2014, at 4:59 PM, Andrew Dapuzzo <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>>> 
>>> Does anyone know if the same possibility exists for cassettes?
>>> 
>>> machines that "could reproduce 4 tracks at once, which would speed up the
>>> digitization project. You'll need to reverse the two backwards channels" in
>>> the DAW?
>>> 
>>> When we duplicated prerecorded music cassettes we recorded them this way
>>> but I am unaware of a playback machine that could playback all four at
>>> once.  I assume they don't exist but .....
>>> 
>>> Thanks
>>> Andrew Dapuzzo
>>> Sony DADC
>>> 
>>> 
>>> On Thu, Mar 13, 2014 at 3:55 PM, Richard L. Hess
>>> <[log in to unmask]>wrote:
>>> 
>>>> 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 Terrysrubberrollers.com -- 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.
>>>> 
>>>> Cheers,
>>>> 
>>>> Richard
>>>> 
>>>> 
>>>> 
>>>> 
>>>> 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
>>>>> 
>>>>> 
>>>>> Lise Menn                      Home Office: 303-444-4274
>>>>> 1625 Mariposa Ave
>>>>> Boulder CO 80302
>>>>> home page:   http://spot.colorado.edu/~menn/
>>>>> 
>>>>> Professor Emerita of Linguistics
>>>>> Fellow, Institute of Cognitive Science
>>>>> University of  Colorado
>>>>> 
>>>>> Fellow, Linguistic Society of America
>>>>> 
>>>>> -- Richard L. Hess                   email: [log in to unmask], Ontario, Canada                             647
>>>> 479 2800 http://www.richardhess.com/tape/contact.htm Quality tape
>>>> transfers -- even from hard-to-play tapes.
>>>> 
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