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Re: [ARSCLIST] Gates broadcast cart machine -- free plus shipping

I have a novel use for something vintage - one of those wall racks used to store carts ready to play would be ideal to hold bare hard drives one per slot, I'd think...
I have lots of IDE drives with personal audio archives (not insitutional ones, that would need more protection I'd think).

Just a thought.

Lou Judson • Intuitive Audio

On Mar 5, 2009, at 9:16 AM, Richard L. Hess wrote:

At 07:53 AM 2009-03-05, Tom Fine wrote:

I have a Gates model 944-6701-002 cart playback machine, set up for mono. I don't know if this works, and don't have any documentation for it. Here's what's present in the electronics cage:

My rule of thumb with this:
Mono NAB cartridge tapes which are 2 Track Stereo configuration (audio/cue) can be better played on the reel-to-reel of your selection
Stereo NAB cartridge tapes which are 3-track configuration (audio/ audio/cue) need the special head as, stoopidly the 43-mil centre channel is the right audio while the outside channel is cue. So if you come across a stereo machine and the head is in good condition, save that for future mounting in a good reel-to-reel machine.
If you come across Pacific Recorders MaxTrax TomCat cart machines, they are a special head yet again -- save it. Also, the PR TomCats use some nice components -- some may use Jensen 990 op amps and Jensen transformers. Certainly worth having for parts.
Otherwise--unless you're looking to make a vintage radio studio, there are (IMHO) better ways of capturing the audio entrusted to these devices. Also, most of the material are either songs for Top-40 (they were made from LPs or 45s at the station) or any announcements/commercials/etc.



Richard L. Hess email: richard@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
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