ID help, Ampex tape drive and other things.

Jon Elson elson at
Mon May 18 08:31:26 CDT 2015

On 05/18/2015 03:48 AM, Dave G4UGM wrote:
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: cctalk [mailto:cctalk-bounces at] On Behalf Of Pontus
>> Pihlgren
>> What system would the the Ampex Series 800B have been used with?
> They don't look like computer tape drives. They have notes on the side that
> talk about tracks 8-14 which is odd if they were computer drives as that's
> normally 9-track tape. Possibly some kind of audio recorder?
Right, the connector labels show 14 tracks, so while they 
use standard 1/2" computer tape, they seem to be analog data 
recorders. They also appear to have no system to start and 
stop quickly, as needed for computer drives.  I've seen 
analog recording drives that looked a lot like these before.


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