54 TK50 tapes on eBay

Johnny Billquist bqt at update.uu.se
Wed May 20 14:11:23 CDT 2015

On 2015-05-20 21:06, Jochen Kunz wrote:
> Am 19.05.15 um 12:25 schrieb Johnny Billquist:
>> Wow. That is definitely YMMV then. I've never seen that happen anywhere,
>> and I occasionally still work with TK50s. (Even professionally.)
> It was a TZ30 in a DEC3000 running NetBSD, IIRC. We tried several TK50
> tapes and all of them exhibited the sticky tape problem. And my 9-track
> tapes are rotten to the point of uselessness too. They still worked most
> of the time about 10 years ago. (In 2001 I installed 2.11BSD on my /73
> using a TK50.) The tapes where stored under normal household conditions.
> I suppose the time of those tapes is long gone. The only use for them
> now is wall decoration. :-(

Hmm. There might also be other issues when using a TZ30 as compared to a 
TK50 here... I don't even remember how the TZ30 looks inside. There 
might be rubber parts in there.


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