|82161A HPIL tape drive - possible source for tapes|
Message #1 Posted by Ellis Easley on 28 May 2003, 7:08 p.m.
Michel posted the address of a company that sells tapes that look a lot like the ones for the HPIL tape drive in this message:
I wrote an email to the company and have had the following interchange:
to: email@example.com <firstname.lastname@example.org>
I am interested in these tapes because they look like they might work with a
Hewlett-Packard tape drive (82161A) which HP no longer supports. HP also
called the tape cartridges "Mini Data Cassettes" and the manual for the tape
drive says the cartridges contained "24 meters (80 feet)" of tape. If there
is a chance one of your tapes might work in this drive, I would like to know
how I can buy some to try out.
We sell new CMC80 mini-data cassette tapes in packages of 10. The part
number is 600-0057-001 and the price is $19.00 each. These tapes operate
in a CM600 tape drive which is used in many different applications by a
multitude of companies around the world. We no longer manufacture new
units but continue to service units in the field. If you have a serial
number on the unit we may be able to cross-reference it in our data
base. We process these orders on a credit card or COD basis. Please
advise if you would like to order these tapes. Thank you.
I would like to try the CMC80 tapes with my drive. Is the price $19.00 for
one tape or the package of 10?
Hello Tony [???],
The price per CMC80 mini-data cassette tape is $19.00 each and the
minimum purchase is 10 tapes in one package or $190. Please advise if
you would like to place your order. Thank you.
So my question is: would people be willing to spend $19 each for these tapes (assuming they will work *perfectly* in the 82161A)? I am thinking of writing back to ask if I can buy one tape to verify operation because I know a number of people who are looking for tapes and would be willing to "club together" to but a quantity of them. If this company was actively selling the tapes, they would probably sample me one, but I'm pretty sure they are just supporting a legacy product (remember when companies used to do that?!!!)
EduCalc charged $9.50 each / 10 for $90 for these tapes in the last catalog that listed them. I don't know what they are going for on Ebay.