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1. WO2007008577 - FIXED-SHAFT HELICAL DRUM STRUCTURE WITH THE SHAFT SUPPORTED AT BOTH ENDS

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WHAT IS CLAIMED IS;

1. A drum assembly for a helical scan recorder comprising:
a stationary first drum (22);
a shaft (24) having a shaft first end (26) centrally mounted to the first drum (22) and a shaft second end (28), the shaft (24) having a shaft axis which is co-axial with an axis of the first drum (22);
a rotatable second drum (32), the second drum having at least one transducing element (34) mounted thereon;
wherein the shaft (24) extends axially through the second drum and the shaft second end (28) protrudes axially above the second drum;
a physical support member (40, 40(7)) connected to the first drum (22);
a physical support member connected to the first drum (22) and connected to stabilize the shaft second end (28) while allowing rotation of the second drum.

2. The apparatus of claim 1, wherein the physical support member (40, 40(7)) is connected to the shaft second end (28) to reduce deflection of the shaft second end (28) when the drum assembly is exposed to external vibration or shock.

3. The apparatus of claim 1, further comprising a stationary third drum (50) positioned axially above the second drum, the third drum (50) being rigidly mounted to the shaft second end (28), and wherein the physical support member (40(7)) is connected to the third drum (50).

4. The apparatus of claim 3, wherein the physical support member (40(7)) is connected to a peripheral surface of the first drum (22) and to a peripheral surface of the third drum (50).

5. The apparatus of claim 3, wherein the physical support member (40) is mechanically or adhesively attached to the shaft second end (28).

6. The apparatus of claim 1, wherein the physical support member (40) has an aperture for engaging the shaft second end (28).

7. The apparatus of claim I5 wherein the physical support member (40) is mechanically or adhesively attached to the shaft second end (28).

8. The apparatus of claim 1, wherein the physical support member (40(7)) has a hollow semi-cylindrical or curved shape for extending around a peripheral portion of the stationary first drum (22) and the rotatable second drum (32), wherein the physical support member (40) has side edges that are configured with a cutout (6OA, 60B) to permit access to a portion of the drum assembly.