Value of 7-track TU10

william degnan billdegnan at
Mon Sep 19 13:43:26 CDT 2016

What is the model number of the TU10?  They can be 9 or 7 track.  For
example TU10-EE is 9-track, TU10-FE is 7 track .  (assuming 60hz/115V).

Photo of the door, that indicates 7 or 9 channel

The presence of the TU10M label along with a separate TU10 label plate
means the tape has the the master transport unit installed.


Hopefully this will compare with the unit you're interested in and assist
with your assessment.

See DEC-00-TU10S-DC and related doc for more diffs 7 vs, 9 track,


On Mon, Sep 19, 2016 at 1:28 PM, Jon Elson <elson at> wrote:

> On Mon, Sep 19, 2016 at 12:34 PM, Noel Chiappa <jnc at>
> wrote:
>> So what do people think the (monetary) value of a 7-track TU10 master
>>> drive
>>> is?
>> I don't know about monetary value, but it is likely to be one of the VERY
> FEW 7-track drives that might be brought back to life.  There certainly
> should be a few of these drives kept available for reading ancient data
> tapes.
> Jon

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