Possibly interesting tape drive available

From: J.C.Wren <jcwren_at_jcwren.com>
Date: Tue Jan 14 10:40:01 2003

        Lloyd at Austin Electronics (www.austinelex.com) has what appears to be a 9
or 7 track tape drive sitting on the shelf. This unit is about 20" high,
12" wide, and 12" deep. The model number is "1053D", and it seems to be
badged as an "Acknowledge" tape drive (I assume this is a private label, and
not something to do with the roll it was used in). There are no indications
of manufacture on it. It's in a beige powder coated box, and looks like it
was intended to either bolt to the side of something, or free-stand on a
desk. It's definitely not configured for rack mounting. It looks to be
pretty clean, but I know nothing about tape drives. I didn't have my
digital camera with me, so I couldn't take a picture.

        If anyone is interested, or perhaps even has an idea what this drive is
from my poor and vaguely worded description, I'd kind of like to know. If
you're interested in it, call Lloyd. Contact information is on the web

        In talking with him, a few years ago (prolly more like 8 or 10 at this
point), he paid $250 for a room full of junk from Grady Hospital, and wound
up with two IMSAI 8080s, and at least one of them had a dual-drive Helios
setup (oh, how I want a 4 drive unit). The was also telling me about the
PDP-8/I he let go for $50. I was wimpering... I never find deals like

        He doesn't buy lots like he used to, but I did tell him that if he finds
anything he's not interested in the bottom of a rack or room full equipment,
to call me. While I may not be able to keep much of it, and least we can
prevent it from being dumpsterized, if it's worth anything to anyone.

Received on Tue Jan 14 2003 - 10:40:01 GMT

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