Reel-to-reel tape (or open reel tape) came in many
shapes & sizes. The most common
to the average consumer was 1/4" tape. Reel-to-reel tape also came in
other sizes but was reserved mostly for the professional recording market.
To determine what you have, simply measure the tape, the actual tape
not the reel. It should measure 1 quarter of an inch in width. We transfer
all 1/4" reel-to-reel tapes.
Reel-to-reel tape came on many different sizes
of reels. Most common among these are 3 inch, 5 inch and 7 inch. Larger
10 1/2 inch reels were also made but not as common to the home user.
Recording studio demo tapes and radio/ television programs more commonly
used these sizes. We transfer
all reel sizes. To determine what size reel you have, lay it down on a
table and measure across the surface of the reel as close to the middle
as possible, as if you are measuring a plate. Your measurement may not
be exactly the measurements above but it will be very close to one of
them. Pricing here at Curtis Media Transfer is based
primarily on reel size. Reel-to-reel tapes that are not full of tape are
priced by how much tape, not how big the reel is.