No, Ampex 456 was bad through most of 1994 and some of the worst I've seen were made in 1989-90. The problem was with a chemical binder they used, so eventually all those tapes made with that binder went bad. You may find tapes in worse condition than others, but there is no good sticky shed. I mean it's all unusable whether it's obviously shedding or just dulling the high frequencies.
Originally Posted by clongo
"If you canít make a hit record with a Tascam or a Fostex,
then youíre not going to able to do it with a Studer or Otari!" -David Mellor