1: Comparison of lapping charges to individual head prices (not a
full head assembly or headstack) from the manufacturer (OEM) and from
one third party (example courtesy JRF Magnetic Sciences).
Notes for Table 1:
1. All third party erase heads $2,000-$3,500 (except as noted below).
2. Erase head for 3M M79 is either Saki or PLX ($1,850).
3. All third-party Ampex heads are by Flux Magnetics.
4. MCI, Otari and Studer heads are by PLX.
5. 3M head options are PLX and Saki (TDK).
6. Lapping charges are reduced $135 if erase head is okay.
Reprinted with permission from Mix Magazine, August, 2000
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