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Re: [AV Media Matters] Akai Terecorder
In reading your message I have some concerns. One major concern is was
machine demagnetized, cleaned, and aligned before playing your tapes? If
the machine is magnetized, it might even damage your tapes.
A second concern is that while this is a good machine, I'm wondering if
there might be better transfers possible using other equipment.
this will be the last time you'll need to play these tapes (although I
wouldn't throw them out).
A third concern is that if you need a manual to operate this machine,
perhaps the best answer is to find someone who doesn't need the manual.
am sure there are many things about archival practice and library
that you know that we geeks don't know--so it's really a matter of
experience and specialization. It's a pretty straightforward machine to
operate. The corollary to this is that there might be enough variables
the format of the original tapes that no manual will help you
need first to determine the format of the tapes before selecting the
setting of the head position knob on the head cover.
These are all the things that I and many others who do tape transfers
either on a part-time or full-time basis worry about. There used to be
geeks around universities that understood this stuff like the back of
hand (I was one of them <smile>). I'm afraid all the younger geeks have
been seduced by computers...maybe even a few of the older ones, too!
While I hate to be mercenary in offering to do these transfers, if you
have a few, and if they're important, it might be the best way to go.
I have a whole bunch of tips and information that might prove useful--as
well as a variety of resources to contact in addition to my work. Please
check out http://www.richardhess.com/tape/
Also, if you have any specific operational questions, I might be able to
help via email or on the phone.
While "spring cleaning" I came across this submission which had not
posted by mistake. Apologies to Richard and the list - not sure how it
Also for those interested in the move from Topica to Stanford - Walter
Henry is now re-examining some aspects of the move from a technical
point of view. I believe that the move will occur - it may take a little
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