54 TK50 tapes on eBay

Mark Wickens mark at wickensonline.co.uk
Wed May 20 15:35:26 CDT 2015

In case someone hasn't mentioned baking the tapes apparently an hour at 50
degc works wonders
On 20 May 2015 20:48, "Johnny Billquist" <bqt at update.uu.se> wrote:

> On 2015-05-20 21:36, Al Kossow wrote:
>> On 5/20/15 12:11 PM, Johnny Billquist wrote:
>>> There might be rubber parts in there.
>>>  Nope, I like them better than TK50s, though, because you pop off the two
>> C rings and the head assembly
>> lifts up to clean, which is necessary after every tape you try to read.
> I think I have one or two TZ30 somewhere. Maybe I should look more at them.
> But the TK50 is really easy to clean. You just remove the 3 screws that
> holds the cover plate, and then you just clean the heads where they are.
> But yes, you do need to clean the heads a lot on those drives. I believe I
> mentioned that in my original reply. :-)
>  TK50 tapes stick or gum up at the ends just like QIC carts do. I haven't
>> tried baking them. Thankfully
>> there are almost none in the queue right now to read and hopefully it
>> will stay that way.
> Interesting. I haven't seen that. And they construction is totally
> different from QIC tapes as well, unless my memory is failing me even more.
>         Johnny

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