Thanks Mark, is there a suitable solid state replacement available?
I have a variety of odd-ball NOS tapes and may have that one. I'll check
on Tuesday at the shop.
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Thanks John, let me know what you find
I have a NOS Tape Loop for Flying Carpet. This is a shortish bit of what
looks like 1/4" to 3/8" wide tape. It is about 18" to 24" in length -
joined to be a continuous loop. A few seconds of sound...
A copy of this would be $25...fussy handling to make...I should send it
to Mark C. and let him play with it.
Mark, what's the chance of getting the sound files off of this for
MP3? Would you want me to ship a player along with it?
Thanks much for the offer. Thanks to Brian Hein, I already
have a Flying Carpet tape loop. It's standard 1/4 inch magnetic
tape in a short loop, as you say. I got it coiled in a small
plastic globe like you may get out of a giant gumball machine
or redemption machine. Don't know if it came that way from
the factory, but pretty cute...
I could get the sounds off the tape by splitting the loop
and feeding it through my Teac 3440 reel to reel, but
to get all of the tracks out, I'd need to fuss with
something where I can adjust the tape heads further -
maybe an 8-track player could get them all. As John
says, very fussy to make a copy, and then you still have
the problematic tape drive and preamp to deal with.
Jim, in any case, you'll need to have working preamps
and audio amplifier. Once that's done, it's a simple
matter to drop in a new tape. For testing, you can use
a junk 8-track with pre-recorded music on it. Just scotch tape
together a loop and see what happens. the tracks may not line
up with the heads very well, but you should be able to get
good sound on at least some of the heads. If that doesn't work,
look towards the amp. A signal injector would be useful here,
but at the preamp stage, just touching a signal lead should
generate a nice and loud hum. I wouldn't be able to troubleshoot
further without having the entire game. Wouldn't mind buying one
if it came up locally - I've been looking...