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Re: [ARSCLIST] Wishing for old tapes, was Yet another great box set from Mosaic
At one time (the time being 1960), Agfa Magnetophonband Typ C in a cardboard
box could be purchased for $1.49 at TelTronics on Yonge Street..I know, I
bought two rolls of the stuff. At that time the only way to spool it onto small
reels was to place it on an old record player and let it play through the heads
of the Wollensak. I probably tried fast forwarding long enough to have the tape
start flying off the pack and getting totally tangled. It also broke VERY
easily, was barely usable for recording on, and as Richard points out, was
slightly wider than the quarter-inch stuff we know.
The packages are printed in German and Russian, and have the words "Made in
Germany -- Russian Zone" stamped on the labels, along with the words "schwarz"
and "Metallkern" and the numbers "0/1801" on a dotted line next to the words
Somewhere among the tapes I stowed from my parents' basement, I may actually
have some of the tape, containing low level Bob & Ray airchecks.
Richard L. Hess wrote:
Oh, and the vast majority of the WWII era German tapes are still
marginally playable -- at least the ones that I have seen. The
Magnetophonband Typ L which is the homogeneous PVC material still works
well, although its magnetic characteristics are, ummm, interesting by
today's standards. Magnetophonband Typ C if stored in the original metal
cans is at grave risk of vinegar syndrome -- it is a coated acetate
I even played one reel of 1930s carbonyl iron tape from Jack's
collection, but it had nothing but tones on it. It's the gray tape.
Anyway, I'm glad everyone likes the Mosaic box set!
Be careful, the tape is 6.5 mm wide, not 6.35 mm.
Richard L. Hess email: richard@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Aurora, Ontario, Canada (905) 713 6733 1-877-TAPE-FIX
Detailed contact information: http://www.richardhess.com/tape/contact.htm
Quality tape transfers -- even from hard-to-play tapes.