Reading MT/ST tapes

Len Shustek len at
Sun Aug 1 21:46:48 CDT 2021

>Date: Wed, 28 Jul 2021 18:37:17 -0500
>From: Cory Heisterkamp <coryheisterkamp at>
>  This is a bit of a long shot, but is anyone aware of a successful 
> method to read IBM Selectric MT/ST tapes?
>  A museum in Australia has a box of them and are interested in the contents.

At the Computer History Museum we sometimes use a software technique 
to recover data from the analog waveforms on mag tapes.
I'd like to try that on MT/ST tapes. Does anyone have a couple of 
MT/ST tape cartridges with data that I can experiment with?

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