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Re: [ARSCLIST] Information on open reel players and tapes

G'day, Nigel,

Yes, of course, from the perspective you describe the viewer is
easier--hopefully there will be a loud sound near the head of the tape.
But, with the viewer, how do you determine if it's a quarter track stereo
tape or a mono tape? Do you see enough to determine the programs are
different enough? Also, how do you determine speed?

My preference for the 4-channel machine stems from a different perspective.
Tapes I touch I'm expected to play <smile>...so I might as well be figuring
out the minefield I have before me. Hopefully, I've crafted my agreement
with the client to the point where I'm covered for what I find.



At 04:41 PM 3/30/2004 +1200, Nigel wrote:
G'day, Richard

It is quite common for public archives & libraries to receive by donation or
bequest  collections of open-reel tapes.  Without proper documentation this
can be something of a "poisoned chalice" espially if the tapes are not in
good condition! I suspect many such institutions no longer have easy access
to open-reel tape-recorders but are obliged to store the recordings anyway!

To catalogue such collections usually requires a quick guestimate of their
content and technical details.  The magnetic viewer facilitates this without
having to worry about sticky-shed, faulty splices, over-wide tape, damaged
spools, etc. etc.

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