WTB /WTT DEC TZ30 and/or 1/2" open reel SCSI magtape drives

Chuck Guzis cclist at sydex.com
Wed Jun 10 00:11:25 CDT 2015

On 06/09/2015 09:13 PM, Mark J. Blair wrote:

> Thank you very much for the offer! If I'm not mistaken, that drive
> has a Pertec interface, though, like the Kennedy 9610 that I already
> have, so I think I will let somebody else have a crack at it. That
> drive model looks familiar; we probably had at least one in the
> computer room I worked in during college in the late 1980s, and I may
> have done a tape mount or two on them!
> Hmm, I guess I have yet another option: Once I fix the hub motor
> drive in my Kennedy 9610, maybe I could just make my own interface
> for it. Maybe a small FPGA to handle the interface signals, and an
> off the shelf microcontroller (like a BeagleBone Black board?) to
> give it a UI and interface it to the outside world. Much more effort,
> but also more fun!
> I may be able to borrow a SCSI-interface magtape drive locally, but I
> still wouldn't mind having one of my own. And I am still hoping to
> find a TZ30 drive.

Not complete off-topic, but I just received an email from Shaun Halstead 
that he's looking to get rid of a CDC Keystone drive (vertically 
mounted) (read: TU80 family, with Pertec interface) that was apparently 
used on a Xerox system.

If you're in the Chicago area and interested, you might want to drop 
Shaun a line at microfilm at microfilm.kscoxmail.com

Any particular reason why Pertec IF isn't desirable?  I'm coding now for 
a Pertec-to-USB interface board.  How's that for an anachronism?


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