Sigh. MAME never was in their sights. Their hardware/software solution was only ever intended to copy hard sectored disks on modern hardware, producing flux based data as a side effect. Since these were the first copies, albeit not in image format for a) one machine that is already in MAME (Bull Questar/M) and b) another that was being discussed on VCFED (AES Lanier 103) I needed to introduce the archival solution first before I posted about the emulated machines in question.
Ladies and gentlemen, please direct your flak at me for obviously wasting MAMEdev time by pointing out things that in my opinion align with the overall conservation effort that I perceive MAME to be.
If Al hadn't started swearing at people that were just quoted by me (and asked to contribute), this thread could have gone under like others, where no MAMEdev is currently interested in tackling the new material, which is completely fine.
@RB if you're interested in what the software and dumps look like, please check the archive I uploaded to the FTP.