Tape Drive Capstans

Ali cctalk at fahimi.net
Thu Jan 29 12:55:07 CST 2015

Does anyone know if at any time in the past thirty years if the material
used to make capstans has changed? I.E. can one be more confident of tape
drives manufactured after some era to have non-goo capstan or is it that all
tape drives (including ones manufactured now are ticking time bombs?

Also how do you guys check capstans? Just stick long Q-tip in there? Thanks.


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