"Scott D. Smith" wrote:Well, I remember the 3M connotation very well in that my brother, John Stephens, originally bought the 3M transport with its unique isometric threading for use with his high signal to noise solid state electronics and transformerless output. Then, when his versions started to be competitive with their total deck plus electronics, they stopped selling John the deck only. That's when John invented his capstanless version to get around their patents. It was a blessing in disquise, since not having a pinch roller allowed the tape to pull more smoothly without physical distortion over his eight, twenty-four and forty track head stacks with resulting better head contact throughout the full length of a reel.
Here is the reply from Del Eilers at 3M: [Scott D. Smith]
Believe it or not, it's a little before my time, before I started at 3M. It's my understanding that it was a group of 3Mer's who had a band called the Scotchmen. I believe it was a studio in Minneapolis. The date would be late 50's, and early 60's that it was used. I joined 3M in 1963.
As I mentioned, I first saw that design in 1959. Anyone here remember that 3M
used to be "Minnesota Mining & Manufacturing Co"?
Marcos Sueiro Bal wrote:
I wonder if anyone on the list knows where the photograph on the box of Scotch 200 of the orchestra musicians comes from. It is a lovely photograph, and one of my favourite product packages.