Basic 4 tape drive?

From: Richard Erlacher <>
Date: Thu Nov 4 11:54:34 1999

The only thing that is in any way familiar about this is the Cipher name.
Cipher Data Products was a supplier of 9-track tape drives for most of the
time during which 9-track drives were relevant. For example, I've got an
S-100 board set and a controller formatter which comes from Cipher. The
board set I have seems to be a Pertec-type interface adapter, though, i.e.
it uses the same pair of 50-conductor cables. Is that what you have on this
tape drive? Is it a 9-track type?


-----Original Message-----
From: Charles E. Fox <>
To: Discussion re-collecting of classic computers
Date: Thursday, November 04, 1999 10:00 AM
Subject: Basic 4 tape drive?

> I was just bequeathed a batch of Basic 4 bits, terminals, etc. and the
>only thing that looks interesting is some sort of tape drive with the
>following identification:
> MAI Basic 4 Information Systems
> Model 4402
> and
> Cypher F880640-90-1025U
> Can anyone tell me what this thing is?
> Regards
> Charlie Fox
> Charles E. Fox
> Chas E. Fox Video Productions
> 793 Argyle Rd. Windsor N8Y 3J8 Ont. Canada
> email Homepage
Received on Thu Nov 04 1999 - 11:54:34 GMT

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