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Can you identify this three-track tape head?
Old 4 weeks ago
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Can you identify this three-track tape head?

Mystery.

I have taken custody of a box of 1/4" Otari and Ampex tape machine spares. In it amongst boards capstan and reel motors is an intriguing old three-channel head. Unlike centre track timecode heads the three tracks are equivalent in size and spacing.

It is marked MC England.

I can find no info on three track 1/4 inch machines so I'm intrigued!

I also have a 1/4" half-track stereo head from the same type of machine so I pictured them together for comparative purposes.

I've been using tape since 1986, but I had no idea such a format exists. Anyone have any ideas?
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Old 4 weeks ago
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That's from a broadcast cart machine.

Three tracks on 1/4" tape, two for L & R, and one track is the cue track to control starts and stops.

The stud on the back is how the head is held in place, because the head face needs to protrude into the tape cartridge so the head isn't mounted from the bottom or in a clip/clamp like assembly on a reel to reel machine.
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