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Quad Tape Transfer

Quad Tape Transfer 2 inch quadruplex or "quad" video tape restoration and transferring to digital. NTSC, PAL, PAL-M, SECAM. Low Band Monochrome, Low Band Color, High Band Color, Super High Band Color.

Half speed 7.5 ips and full speed 15 ips. Mono and/or Stereo audio. 2 inch tape digitizing

Half speed 7.5 ips and full speed 15 ips. Mono and/or Stereo audio. 2 inch tape digitizing

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An experimental model of a tip alignment/clamping/glueing jig for AlFeSil video tips. Designed and built by Bev Gooch at...
03/16/2022

An experimental model of a tip alignment/clamping/glueing jig for AlFeSil video tips. Designed and built by Bev Gooch at Ampex. Bev endlessly was experimenting with ideas pertaining to magnetic recording head design and construction for most of his working lifetime, culminating in some 35 recording head patents over the span of his career. I have been most fortunate to spend a few years studying with and learning from him. Rotary video heads have always been a fascination of mine since age 13 when Buzz Rawls tried to explain to me that a video head in a quad vtr rotated at 240 revolutions per second. That was very difficult for my dumb little brain to comprehend at the time. But after hearing that, I had to know more...and so the lifelong pursuit began.

Our booth today at the 2022 NRB Convention in Nashville, Tennessee. Thank you Shai Drori for all your hard work and long...
03/08/2022

Our booth today at the 2022 NRB Convention in Nashville, Tennessee. Thank you Shai Drori for all your hard work and long hours of traveling that I am not physically able to do.

Golly. 2 years ago. How the time does fly by.
03/04/2022

Golly. 2 years ago. How the time does fly by.

A late 1970s example of side glass sandwiched MnZn polycrystalline quad video head tip. It proved to not be a very good ...
02/12/2022

A late 1970s example of side glass sandwiched MnZn polycrystalline quad video head tip. It proved to not be a very good idea. The intention was good, to protect the ferrite edges from erosion and pullouts, but uneven tip wear and excessive tape wear were two very undesirable side effects. This idea didn't last long for 2"quad. It is quite rare nowdays to find one of these originals. Back in the day the heads would have been sent back for rebuilding and these tips thrown away.

Starting another glue job today. This is the first batch from a 38 reel job, all glue contaminated. For some reason I se...
02/06/2022

Starting another glue job today. This is the first batch from a 38 reel job, all glue contaminated. For some reason I seem to do more and more glue reels with each passing year. Somehow they find me. ๐Ÿ™‚

This is my VR-2000-B International Standards machine here at the shop up and running today.https://youtu.be/JnqB-QreKp0
01/29/2022
Ampex VR-2000-B PAL 625/50

This is my VR-2000-B International Standards machine here at the shop up and running today.
https://youtu.be/JnqB-QreKp0

This is my International Standards Ampex VR-2000-B quad VTR in operation at the shop playing back a PAL 625/50 transfer to digital. This machine is upgraded...

12/31/2021
A new 2"quad development project for 2022 taking shape now with the arrival of test tapes from France. Getting the Nevil...
12/24/2021

A new 2"quad development project for 2022 taking shape now with the arrival of test tapes from France. Getting the Nevilles, Belgium-built Ampex VR-2000-B fixed-up to do 819 French quad standard. To keep the 405 British and 819 French quad standards alive here in the USA.

Circuit guts yesterday and today. Modifying a sync generator to count 10125H for 405 line British quad standard.With Tom...
12/19/2021

Circuit guts yesterday and today. Modifying a sync generator to count 10125H for 405 line British quad standard.
With Tom Ostertag and David Dean. Rob Mobley

12/18/2021

Doing a few NTSC transfers tonight on the AVR-2.
Here is a longer version for those that would like to see more: https://youtu.be/SrnRLD0Wqsg

I've had a few Archiving folks ask me in recent days if I was going to have to raise prices due to all the ongoing infla...
11/15/2021

I've had a few Archiving folks ask me in recent days if I was going to have to raise prices due to all the ongoing inflation. The short and sweet answer is NO. I never have, and I never will. The prices on the website are staying the same as always and are not going to change. Period.
Here is a page link to the prices page for your reference:
https://quadtapetransfer.com/price-list

11/9/2011 - 11/9/2021. 10 years today working with James Paterson of Australian Television Archive on various projects. ...
11/09/2021

11/9/2011 - 11/9/2021. 10 years today working with James Paterson of Australian Television Archive on various projects. It was a project with James' input and consultation and material support in 2011 that a few years later(with others) made it possible for me to make ferrite video tips and rebuild video heads...Not a small thing. Happy Anniversary James, 10 more years, y/n?๐Ÿ™‚ All my best wishes and thanks.

10/27/2021

Last year, August 2020. First startup of RCA TR-60 #3. With Tom Ostertag. Golly, I sure did have a lot of hair.๐Ÿ™‚ One thing about the RCAs, the operator always got plenty of exercise, because everything is either too low to the floor or too high up. Always bending down or stretching to reach a knob or see a monitor. Just like an AVR-2. Operator comfort was not factored-in to the design!

Someone requested awhile back that I put out some "head" audio they could listen to. I didn't have anything really all t...
10/01/2021
The Quad Tape Transfer-RCA TCR-100 Quad Cart Machine Magazine

Someone requested awhile back that I put out some "head" audio they could listen to. I didn't have anything really all that interesting at the time but was looking thru some old photos and videos the other day and made this little video. It may be a little more interesting than just a head whine:https://youtu.be/MCkhH7Arorw
I hope you like it๐Ÿ˜Š

work: [email protected]: www.QuadTapeTransfer.comTesting out the Cart Magazine of the TCR-100, replacing electrolytics, running the magazine thru its...

A nice story about Bev Gooch:https://tnmuseum.org/Stories/posts/beverley-gooch-and-the-evolution-of-magnetic-tape?fbclid...
09/03/2021
Beverley Gooch and the Evolution of Magnetic Tape

A nice story about Bev Gooch:
https://tnmuseum.org/Stories/posts/beverley-gooch-and-the-evolution-of-magnetic-tape?fbclid=IwAR1XwTY_JC2mJEbn_dcUwHk91ccsIAbGoOxkTF7SkgM1HxLvvKIFYbP0Wb8

To trace the history of magnetic tape and recording technology, the Tennessee State Museum received a generous donation from Beverley R. Gooch, a Tennessean who worked as an engineer for the Ampex Corporation, of Redwood City, California, from 1962 until 2001.

Today's new arrival, a Magnatek 2 inch videotape cleaner. This addition will enhance the quad cleaning capability by hav...
07/03/2021

Today's new arrival, a Magnatek 2 inch videotape cleaner. This addition will enhance the quad cleaning capability by having another 'tool' in the shop to work with. These are extremely difficult to find. A very special thanks to my Canadian quad friend Neil for finding it, digging it out of its long forgotten grave, dragging it home, and crating it for the trip South. Thanks Neil, you're the best!๐Ÿ˜ƒโค๐Ÿ™‚

Crate Unpacking over the weekend. This project started a few months ago to digitize 405 British Quad. Why 405 of all thi...
06/13/2021

Crate Unpacking over the weekend. This project started a few months ago to digitize 405 British Quad. Why 405 of all things, you ask?..without divulging too much and violating the NDA without having some further authority, I can say it is for a major Midwest University archiving project working with a quad collection from one of the 3 oldest television networks. I must say, I've had lots of support and help from my quad friends in the UK getting geared-up for doing 405. More on this as things progress. It is a new experience for me, that is for sure, and thanks in no small part to David Dean of Westpoint Television for organizing and overseeing the VR-2000 purchase and loading for me. More updates to come over the next weeks as things progress.

A new and very different quad project arrived earlier this week from overseas. More details over the next couple months ...
06/05/2021

A new and very different quad project arrived earlier this week from overseas. More details over the next couple months as help arrives and things unfold.

05/23/2021

2 inch Archaeology.
Digging down and unsticking a stuck 2 inch tape.
This is one of five water/corrosion reels I started working on last year. It was a very lengthy processof cleaning, scraping, soaking, baking, to get to this step of unrolling-separating the stuck tape layers. Now it is 1/2 mile of tape one-inch-at-a-time. Literally.

Label observed recently on a television network master tape reel:It was a good practice in 1966, and even better practic...
04/20/2021

Label observed recently on a television network master tape reel:
It was a good practice in 1966, and even better practice in 2021.
Unthread and go straight reel to reel for hispeed rewinding. No wear on the 50+ year old tape and No wear the heads.

04/13/2021

You asked to see:
Here is one of the many splices playing thru on the 1958 quad reel.
Video clip used by permission of the tape owner's representative.

Today's transfer project:Digitizing a 1958 splice-edited quad reel.This is one of, or perhaps the oldest quad recording ...
04/09/2021

Today's transfer project:
Digitizing a 1958 splice-edited quad reel.
This is one of, or perhaps the oldest quad recording I have worked with at the shop. It is certainly one of the oldest quad recordings that exists in the world, no doubt.

ACR-25B Progress.
02/23/2021

ACR-25B Progress.

02/19/2021
Restoring A Rusted, Moldy, Water-Damaged 2 Inch Quad Tape And Transferring To Digital(condensed version)

I was recently talking to the Archivist working with the University that owns this tape about the work I was currently involved with 4 more tapes in a similar condition. This job took place over about a three month period in 2018-19 and originally spanned five lengthy videos during that time period. Here I have edited the five videos down into one condensed version that is a little easier to follow from start to finish.

ACR-25B Rebuild Progress
02/06/2021

ACR-25B Rebuild Progress

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Hi Larry!! I am interested to know more about the Ampex VR-2000B and the VR-1200B/C that you use. What is it about the Ampex VR-1200 series that you really recommend as a great machine to replay 2" quad tapes. How reliable is that machine and the VR-2000B? Does the VR-1200 series have a "A" scope built in? I am curious. Write me when you can. Thanks!!
Oh boy, am I glad to have found you! I run a sports archive for fencing and I'd been loaned a 1" and a 2" reel that had some fencing (shot in 1982) and some other material on it. No way for me to watch it or know whether it was worth any effort. I found you through a reference and sent off the tapes with crossed fingers. The transfers are amazing and the footage was more than I could have hoped for. Everything quick & painless, great communication from you and I could not be happier with the results. Thank you so much! If I find more, I know where to send them!
Hi Larry!! I have a question for you. What is the "best" 2" quad videotape that you transferred? Ampex, Fuji, Scotch/3M, Memorex? I am fascinated by the work you do, and if you need a technician/helper let me know. Thanks!!
Thanks Larry, you were a life saver, been wanting to have those films transferred to a cd for years. You were so very helpful, and nice. Thanks again you did a fantastic job, everything came out great I would recommend you to anyone.Big hugs from one Tennessean to another......take care....Madlyn & Jorge
I really have to give two thumbs up to Quad Tape Transfer. My late wife was a weather girl on the American Forces TV station in Vietnam and I had an old 2" reel of one of her weathercasts from Saigon in 1971 that I wanted preserved for our daughters and grandkids. Friends in the TV industry in Los Angeles told me it was hopeless because tape that old would just disintegrate in playback, that it would cost me an arm and a leg with no guarantee of a usable picture. Then I discovered Quad Tape Transfer and Larry came through for me. I now have a beautiful digital copy of the original video and the price was quite reasonable. Bravo!
Iโ€™m a retired TV engineer in Monteagle, TN, and Iโ€™ve wondered if it would be worth experimenting with substituting modern electronics into a vintage quad. Say changing out the preamps and channel amplifiers with lower noise versions - taking advantage of 40 years of advancement. Once down that rabbit hole, thereโ€™s always the possibility of replacing the Intersync, AMTEC, ColorTEC, etc. with modern substitutes. Or maybe even digitize the raw RF right off the preamps to demodulate and process. Makes you wonder what Ampex would use if they were still building the quad today. Obviously, I have too much time on my hands!
Hello, I enjoy you posts and have a few questions as to how you output to digital. Do thses vintage machines have analog component out via a TBC with DOC? Which capture card and codec do you use , and finally, do most of your customers say that they don't want the tape back? -thanks, Bob
Larry did a wonderful job digitizing a 42-year-old 2" quad videotape showing two of my 1974 WCSC-TV weather reports and a station ID and promo, as well as an SCETV interview I co-hosted (1975). He also gave me a flash drive with the same content so I could use the tape in various ways. I recommend him highly. Easy to work with, reasonable price. Thanks, Larry! :)
I just want to get our TR5 working someday!
Thanks to Larry Odham at Quad Tape Transfer our TV shows will come back to us. Can't wait to see the whole show but here is a sample.
Hi Guy's, recently came across your page here in ENGLAND. Some fascinating reading, especially on baking and cleaning. I was operating An RCA TR-70C for many years before switching to a TR-600. Also used VR-1200's too. Gerry Wade, Technical Director of INTERVIDEO in London
I must say, if I'm ever in your area .. I'd certainly enjoy a visit. By the way, when specifically was the Quad tape era. Of course you know about my 2" tapes .. but from what years were the 2" the standard and when did the 1" become commonplace?