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    Fostex Model 20 problems

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    I havent used my Model 20 half track in about 5 years and now its having a problem completely erasing previously recorded material. I can still hear previous tracks in the backround after I record fresh tracks. Also the rewind and fast forward are really slow, about as slow as play speed actually. I mean really slooooooow. Are these just issues from lack of use or something more sinister?

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    It could be the tapes you're trying to play have succumb to sticky shed syndrome. Read the sticky thread at the top of the forum to find out more about the condition which will involve baking your tapes and thoroughly cleaning your transport's heads, guides and lifters.

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    rigghht again

    Once again I think you were righht ghost. I bought 2 reels of new Lpr35 and all seems to be back to normal. Thanks a heap Ghost. You da man, You da man.

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    Cool!

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    Just out of curiosity, what kind of tape were you running that was problematic?
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    It was a reel of ampex 457 but it was probably ten to fifteen years old. I didnt dectect anything sticky or gooey on the transport it just slowed to a crawl and the tape spooled very uneven and had a squeaky sound as it ran. FF and RW were as slow as the play speed. And to top it all off after recording I could still hear the previously recorded spoken word track faintly underneath. A fresh reel of lpr35 seems to be what my machine was hungry for. I guess there is a lot to be said for fresh tape. Thanks again.

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    Yeah, slowing down and squeaking is a symptom of the tape starting to go bad.

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    Is it just my imagination or does lpr35 sound more clinical and less tape sounding than quantegy? Does anyone else notice a difference?

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    lpr35

    No one here ever compared lpr35 with 457?

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