I have, in the past, transferred both vinyl and cassette tape to digital files and I have a frien who asked if I could have some reel to reel tapes put on CDs, they are home recordings of her long deceased father, about a dozen 7 inch reels. Since I don't have and have never used reel to reel I sought out a local source to do it for me but they are scarce and they are not repsonsive. Due to the content I'm not willing to ship them anywhere. SO I decided, after some research, that I'd get a reel to reel unit and do it myself. I basically have one question. I have no idea how the tapes were recorded and I'm I'm trying to cover as many bases as I can with the unit I purchase. I'm going to assume (rolling the dice) that they were not recorded at 15 ips. I am assuming its possible that they were recorded in mono on an 8 track unit however unlikely that might be. If I were to obtain a stereo 4 track unit and did indeed run into the issue of an 8 track recording could I run just one channel at a time into the computer and be OK or am I looking at having 2 mono tracks recorded into one stereo channel? I'm thinking it's the latter. How common was 8 track recording in the early 1960s, when these tapes were recorded?