BA123 Side panels and Stuck TK50

Ethan Dicks ethan.dicks at
Tue Aug 30 17:40:40 CDT 2016

On Tue, Aug 30, 2016 at 6:32 PM, Rob Jarratt
<robert.jarratt at> wrote:
> I think you are referring to me. The leader I was talking about was the one
> *inside the drive* that hooks the tape in the cartridge. I may have used the
> wrong term, if so sorry about that.

I saw your posts and saw that you were referring to a torn barb, so I
read that as the part that does fail and was replaced from time to
time with a fresh spare.

So far, I don't think anyone has come up with a good repair or
replacement other than "use a new one"... I think it might be
possible, now, to inexpensively laser-cut one from a suitable material
- I was thinking PET film of the appropriate weight and stiffness.
Someone mentioned trying 35mm acetate unsuccessfully.

Step 1: CAD up a good leader...
Step 2: experiment with different materials...
Step 3: Profit!


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