4-Track Cartridge Tapes
You must have a 4-track deck to play these. Four-track was the precursor to the 8-track. These tapes do not have an internal pinch roller (it is contained in the player itself). Mechanically, this format is more or less identical to the cart machines and players formerly used in broadcast studios. In terms of track formatting they are very similar to a 3 3/4 IPS 4-track prerecorded open reel tape (except that the 4 tracks all run in the same direction).
I AM LOOKING FOR any high-quality 4-track decks: wide frequency response and low wow & flutter are a must. Even if you aren't selling, I would like to know the make & model of any such equipment! TOP 4-TRACK TAPE WANTS: West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band- Part One (Reprise / Muntz), Fugs- Tenderness Junction (Reprise / Muntz), The Savage Resurrection (Mercury / Muntz), GRT pic box versions of ESP label rock tapes (Fugs, Pearls Before Swine, The Godz, any others), GRT pic box versions of any Tower label 1960s rock titles (Pink Floyd, Chocolate Watchband, The Smoke, Davie Allan & The Arrows, biker soundtracks, etc.)
ALSO, if there is anybody reading this who is willing or able to convert a broadcast-type cart machine to play prerecorded 4-tracks, PLEASE contact me. Cart machines seem to be readily available secondhand. I would imagine a stereo cart machine would need to be modified as follows: a 4-channel head installed, some sort of switch for the electronics to switch tracks within the head (I don't even want to consider using a moveable stereo head), mods to the power supply or motor to run at 3 3/4 IPS (if necessary), and possibly mods to the output stage and / or jacks to be compatible with the RCA inputs of home audio gear (impedance matching, output level etc.) Ideally I would want to end up with a machine with S/N, distortion, frequency response and wow & flutter specs similar to a modern high-quality cassette deck, at least. (I have had this posted for a long time and nobody has ever replied so I guess this is an unlikely scenario...) All of the 4-track players I have found thus far have excessive wow and flutter and poor frequency response. Some of the tapes themselves, however, are fairly high quality: essentially the duplication is to the same standard as some 1960s 3 3/4 IPS prerecorded open reel tapes.
On to the listings...
IMPORTANT: unless noted, all of these are white cart ITCC in original title tag sleeves. Most are sealed. Any quantity stock is noted in (parentheses) before the price, otherwise only one copy avalable of each. Very nice items here; these 4-tracks are getting impossible to find used and finding NOS store stock like this is basically unheard of at this late date! None are cutouts unless noted "h" (i.e., cutout drillhole).
Bee Gees-1st-Atco-SS; LS/TT $15
Collectors-Grass & Wild Strawberries-WB-M-; LS; Muntz cart orig $15
Cowsills-The Cowsills In Concert-MGM-SS; LS/TT $4
Dion-Abraham, Martin & John-Laurie-SS; LS/TT (3) $4
The Doors-Strange Days-Elektra-SS; PB; very rare Ampex / Teledyne Fidelipac beige cart in pic box; small tag tear on shrink $50
Elephant's Memory-Buddah-SS; LS/TT; cool psych w/ killer track "Old Man Willow" $15
The Fifth Estate-Ding Dong The Witch Is Dead-Jubilee-M-; LS/TT; fresh pads; sleeve has some stains $10
Ella Fitzgerald-Brighten The Corners-Capitol-SS; LS; h; Muntz cart $5
The 5 Stairsteps & Cubie-A Family Portrait-Buddah-SS; LS/TT (3) $4
The Barry Goldberg Reunion-There's No Hole In My Soul (Only In My Head)-Buddah-SS; LS/TT (3) $3
Li'l Wally-My Vacation-Jay Jay-SS; h; early Muntz cart w/ small b&w top slick in Muntz sleeve; Polka music $3
The Pennywhistlers-Songs From Everywhere-Verve Folkways-SS; LS; h; obscure folk $5
Rusty In Orchestraville-Capitol-SS; LS; h; Muntz cart; early Capitol children's / educational title, also includes "Sparky's Music Mix-Up", these titles started out as 78RPM sets circa late '40s, rare item for Capitol label collectors! $5
Tamba 4-We & The Sea-A&M-SS; LS/TT; very cool Brasilian group (2) $4
Charlie Underwood Glide Band-Birth Of A Sound-WB-SS; LS; h; Muntz cart $4
Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf?-OST-WB-SS; LS; h; early Muntz cart w/ small b&w top slick $5
The Young Sound Vol. 2-Scepter / Wand Group-SS; LS/TT; another tape-only soul comp w/ Bobby Hebb, Maxine Brown, Chuck Jackson, Roscoe Robinson, Theola Kilgore (2) $4