Storage for 1/2" open reel tape

Charles Anthony at
Fri Apr 5 19:14:49 CDT 2019

On Fri, Apr 5, 2019 at 4:54 PM Chuck Guzis via cctalk <cctalk at>

> On 4/5/19 4:15 PM, Grant Taylor via cctalk wrote:
> > ACK
> >
> > I'm getting the mental impression that it's somewhat like a spring form
> > pan.  The latch opens and releases tension off of the strip that goes
> > around the tape reel.  When it's latched, it cinches against it.  When
> > it's unlatched, there's enough play to allow the tape reel to come out.
> >
> > Am I remotely close?
> You're very close--same idea.

They came in two varieties (that I remember seeing). A more rigid one like
the springform pan; unlatching it allowed a few inch gap, and the ring
would expand enough for the reel to be removed. (I also seem to remember
seeing tape drives that would open the latch and draw the tape through the
gap - the reel was still "inside" the ring, but clear enough for the reel
to spin.) The other variety was a much more flexible material, more like a
clothing belt. It could easily be pulled straight.

-- Charles

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