Destructive Imaging of DECTAPE II Media

Bob Rosenbloom bobalan at
Wed Jan 28 01:24:09 CST 2015

On 1/27/2015 6:28 PM, Mark J. Blair wrote:
>> On Jan 27, 2015, at 15:58 , Mike Stein <mhs.stein at> wrote:
>> I can't find it at the moment but somewhere I have a Burroughs digital cassette drive, capstan-less and capable of high-speed bidirectional seek. AFAIK it uses the standard half-track mono tape format, one track for data and the other for the clock.
>> Don't know if it'd be useful and not sure if I want to part with it permanently, but keep it in mind if nothing else works out and you get desperate ;-)
> If I had one sitting around, then I might consider using it. But I wouldn't want to borrow one, especially because I'm much better at starting projects than finishing them. ;)

Could you use an instrumentation recorder's cassette transport? Teac 
made cassette systems with 7 and 9 tracks. Ebay item 251372482082
I believe is a 7 track assembly. Or look for one of their complete units 
MR-30, MR40 etc. Might be a good starting point for building up
a reader. They are variable speed units also, with a wide range of speeds.


Dentopedalogy is the science of opening your mouth and putting your foot in it.
I've been practising it for years.
-Prince Philip

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