54 TK50 tapes on eBay

Johnny Billquist bqt at update.uu.se
Wed May 20 14:48:29 CDT 2015

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.


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