On Friday, December 17, 2010 06:13:53 am Ralf Mardorf did opine:
> On Fri, 2010-12-17 at 05:57 -0500, gene heskett wrote:
Of course I do, that pic on my front page is 6 years old now. ;-)
> Of cause, I guess the Telefunk - or was it AEG? - machines
The first Telefunken wire, or tape machines I saw, were definitely tubes.
And older types at that, 8 pin octal based stuff. Yes folks, I have been
chasing electrons for a living for a long time. And TBT, my first
experience with a wire machine was enough to break me of any further
interest. No amount of level winding contraptions could stop the
backlashes & broken wire. Not to mention the head wear rate was very high.
At least we could get 200-400 hours out of the first tape heads if we fed
then plastic tape. Wire, maybe 50 hours as the wire sawed them deeply in
just a few hours.
> Because the tapes were stored spooled to the end, there even was no
Print through was a real problem in the early years.
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